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7 12, 2018

December 2018 HYF Hotshot: Jen Hoar

2018-12-07T21:53:17+00:00

If I had to list my ten favorite moments from 2018, one of them was watching Jen Hoar record her video submission to the New England Regional Yoga Asana Championships. Always a yogi with a determined practice, Jen took the plunge in September, agreeing to train with Team Chelmsford. Watching [...]

December 2018 HYF Hotshot: Jen Hoar2018-12-07T21:53:17+00:00
25 10, 2018

Be inspired, not intimidated!

2018-10-25T21:01:10+00:00

When you look at our class schedule, you will notice that almost every yoga class is listed as a "Beginner's Class." What does that mean? That means that every posture we do in class is appropriate and accessible for a first-time yogi, taking them through a "normal" range of motion. [...]

Be inspired, not intimidated!2018-10-25T21:01:10+00:00
9 10, 2018

October 2018 Posture/Move of the Month: Sit-Up/Straight-Legged Sit-Up

2018-10-09T13:41:43+00:00

If you watch The Great British Baking Show (and if you don't, you should, it's so good!), you know how Mary Berry, always encouraging and kind (but with very high standards), seems so sad to tell the bakers when their pies and pastries emerge from the oven with a "soggy [...]

October 2018 Posture/Move of the Month: Sit-Up/Straight-Legged Sit-Up2018-10-09T13:41:43+00:00
5 10, 2018

October 2018 HYF Hotshot: Debbie Butts

2018-10-05T12:19:01+00:00

Not long ago, I had just pulled into a parking space at The Hot Yoga Factory with my teenage sons, when a fellow yogi drove up and parked next to us. Both boys said, in the fondest way, "Hey, it's Debbie!" That's a common reaction to finding yourself in the [...]

October 2018 HYF Hotshot: Debbie Butts2018-10-05T12:19:01+00:00
11 09, 2018

All Questions are Good Questions!

2018-09-11T12:10:02+00:00

Every so often, a person will call out a question about a specific posture during class. It's almost always a good, relevant question, and if it can be answered in a sentence or two or with a quick visual, the teacher is happy to answer. But the 90-minute class is [...]

All Questions are Good Questions!2018-09-11T12:10:02+00:00
20 08, 2018

Yay for Youth Yoga! New Session Begins Sunday 9/9

2018-08-20T16:53:16+00:00

Nice toe-stand, Ben! Teaching the Youth Yoga class at The Hot Yoga Factory is one of the most gratifying things I do every week. Kids come to class for a variety of reasons. Some are curious about their parents' yoga practices. Some are wrestling with anxiety and other [...]

Yay for Youth Yoga! New Session Begins Sunday 9/92018-08-20T16:53:16+00:00
10 08, 2018

August 2018 Posture/Move of the Month: Awkward Pose and Calf Raises

2018-08-10T14:13:14+00:00

Early in the 26/2 series, Awkward Pose warms up your leg muscles and begins to open up your hips and lower back. The alignment cue that unites all three parts of Awkward Pose is keeping your feet parallel. Most of us come to class with tight hips that try to [...]

August 2018 Posture/Move of the Month: Awkward Pose and Calf Raises2018-08-10T14:13:14+00:00
9 08, 2018

August 2018 HYF Hotshot: Doug Oliveira

2018-08-09T18:37:48+00:00

Every beginner has their own way of plunging into a hot yoga practice. Some people wade in, a class or two a week; others are at the studio every day of their 30 day introductory month. A new student might quietly watch, listen, and learn; another might ask lots of [...]

August 2018 HYF Hotshot: Doug Oliveira2018-08-09T18:37:48+00:00
21 07, 2018

Making friends with Standing Deep Breathing

2018-07-21T18:52:15+00:00

Recently, a few students in the lobby confessed that they really dislike the breathing exercise we do at the beginning of class, Pranayama or Standing Deep Breathing. Oh boy, could I relate to their complaints! I used to really struggle through both sets. My shoulders were sore and tired, my [...]

Making friends with Standing Deep Breathing2018-07-21T18:52:15+00:00
16 07, 2018

July 2018 Posture of the Month: Spine Twisting Pose

2018-07-16T23:33:03+00:00

Even though we're moving our arms, legs, and head throughout class, each posture is built around the movement of the spine. Your spine twists in Standing Bow Pulling Pose and Triangle Pose, but Spine Twisting Pose is the first time you twist your entire spine, tailbone to the top of [...]

July 2018 Posture of the Month: Spine Twisting Pose2018-07-16T23:33:03+00:00