Welcome to Radiance Hot Yoga!
Our yoga classes are practiced in a heated room equipped with a constant flow of fresh, filtered air. Practicing in the heated room improves flexibility, strength and range of motion and brings vital balance while restoring all systems to optimal health. Consistent practice creates a physical, mental and spiritual harmony that is felt in all areas of the practitioner’s life. Our aim is to hold firm to the true purpose and nature of yoga, emphasizing strength and healing of the mind, body and soul. The yoga practiced in our studio reflects this approach, including the Barkan Method which has its roots in a Calcutta lineage, but also integrates postures from other styles of yoga which allows for increased range of motion. In our studio you will find classes that offer a high level of intensity and focus. Disciplined, dedicated practice, self study and spiritual openness are the acts of yoga.
- How should I prepare for a hot yoga class?
Get a good night sleep. Hydrate well, at least two hours before class, but don’t overload your stomach with liquids right before class begins. Depending on your metabolism, eat several hours before class, and then if you need a snack, have something light. Arrive early, especially if attending your first class as you will need to fill out paperwork. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a liability waiver co-signed by a parent/guardian who is at least 18 years old.
Come with an open mind and remember: the fun and rewards begin at the edge of your comfort zone!
- What should I wear/bring to Class?
Bring a water bottle, a yoga mat and a yoga towel. We also have water bottles for sale and mats and towels for rent if you don’t have them. Wear fitted, breathable exercise clothes that will not restrict your range of motion.
If you plan to shower after class then bring a shower towel. We have hair dryers in the changing rooms.
- Why is the room heated?
It is heated to warm the muscles, prevent injuries and allow for a deeper release in your body.
- How hot is the room?
The room is heated to 95-105 degrees.
- What if I have never done yoga before?
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the oldest surviving manuscript on Hatha Yoga, says: “Whether young, old or too old, sick or lean, one who discards laziness gets success if he practices yoga.” Put simply, regardless of age, physical shape or experience, anyone who practices yoga will succeed.
Most of the classes on the schedule are beginner friendly and our instructors will help new students by offering modifications, encouragement and support. You do not need any experience, you do not need to be “in shape,” rather you just need a willing mind and the desire to change your life forever.
- What if I am not flexible?
A perceived sense of inflexibility is the most common hindrance that detracts people from trying yoga. Yoga is not about how flexible you already are: yoga is about stretching the body, quieting the mind, and healing the soul. The more inflexible you are, the more you need yoga. You become flexible by doing yoga.
- How often should I practice?
We recommend coming to class a minimum of 2-3 times a week for the body to begin to develop muscle memory. If you are looking to make a real impact on your body in terms of your conditioning, strength, muscle tone, or weight, you should consider coming 4 or 5 times a week. Because of the low impact nature of the yoga practice, the body does not require days of rest like it does with weight training and other high impact activity.
- What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is the physical form of yoga designed to actively bring balance, energy and well-being into your life. It is the perfect lifetime fitness program and totally different from any other form of exercise.
- What is the difference between the Hot Vinyasa and Hot Yoga classes on the schedule?
Our Hot Yoga classes offer postures to prepare your body, mind and soul for the stillness of meditation and are composed of a standing series and a floor series. Vinyasa is a flow (continuous movement) of Hot Yoga. A Vinyasa class incorporates Hot Yoga postures, but with a fluid movement. A Hot Yoga class may incorporate short periods of Vinyasa sequences.
- Do you have showers?
Yes. We have changing rooms with plenty of space to get dressed both before and after your yoga class, bathrooms and showers so you can come to class for a great workout, get cleaned up and be on the way with the rest of your day!
Studio & Class Etiquette
- Please remove your shoes upon entering the studio.
- Leave all personal belongings in a changing room cubby during class.
- Please, no cell phones in the yoga room. If you are an emergency personnel, put your pager or phone on vibrate and place it under the corner of your yoga mat. Otherwise, keep yoga as a time just for you.
- Hydrate well, before, during and after class.
- Go easy on strongly scented perfumes or lotions prior to class. These smells will come across very strongly during class and become a distraction.
- Focus on your own reflection in the mirror and direct your mind within.
- Make every effort to stay in the room during class. If you need to take a break, lie down in Savasana until you are ready to join in again. If you must leave the room, make sure you inform the instructor first.
- For everyone’s safety, no hand/head stands are allowed in front of the mirrors. Please use the side & back walls.
- If you rented a mat, please leave it in the room after class.
- If you rented a towel, please put it in the hamper by the utility room.
|The yoga postures or ASANAS, are designed to work internally and externally. Internally, improvements to the heart, spleen, kidneys, liver, and intestines are realized through consistent practice. Externally, the joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are all made stronger throughout. In Hot Yoga, the average person BURNS 600 - 850 CALORIES and in Vinyasa, between 800-950 CALORIES, depending on how hard you work!||
As in all forms of yoga, the mind is strengthened through the discipline of yoga practice, which helps to alleviate stress, depression and anxiety. Yoga calms the mind, quiets the brain’s chatter, and brings about a deep relaxation response. Through the mindfulness that is practiced in yoga, you can begin to find peace and serenity that are often elusive. Yoga helps us deal effectively with the difficulties of everyday life and to fully experience moments of joy.
|As we strengthen the body and calm the mind, we open ourselves up for a transformational experience. Many of us have experienced pain and searched for answers. The path of yoga is a path of self discovery. The intention behind the yoga practice is to balance the body, quiet the mind and nourish the soul. You can leave behind that which held you back and discover your true self, realizing everything you need is already there. The answer had been inside all along.|
Boaz Alperson - Owner, Instructor.
Leah Johnson - Leah has always been an athlete. A top runner in high school, she extended her running career at a Division 1 college running mid-distance events and cross-country. Leah's teaching experience began out of college as she started teaching middle school science and math and also coaching track teams. Eventually Leah found her way into triathlon competition and when running seemed to take more out of her than it gave, she found her way into a Bikram class taught by Terry Cunningham. Over the course of many years hatha yoga became a staple of Leah's life. Still a runner, yoga offers balance for her body, mind, and spirit. Through yoga, she has gone from barely touching finger tips to the floor to now reaching with her full palm, gained strength in her upper body with those Barkan double chatarangas, and built concentration and stamina to hold standing head to knee, to name a few physical gains. But, most importantly, she has learned to breathe through challenging moments, works to refrain from judgment of self and others, and can quiet her mind with more ease. Leah was completed her 200 hour RYT in 2016 with Jimmy Barkan. She is also a certified mindfulness educator. She loves to work with students on alignment of postures and believes that there is a place for everyone in a yoga class.
Elena Unishchikova - I grew up in Russia and am a certificated sports aerobic trainer, with a degree in physical education & sport. I joyfully discovered yoga when I moved to Singapore in 2008, where I practiced with Dr. Yogi Ram, an Indian yoga master. Yoga became part of my life, and my practice had helped me grow stronger, more flexible, and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment mindfully. I completed my 200 hour Integrative Yoga Therapy teacher training with the Soma Yoga Institute. I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind, and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you come off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced.
Stephen Adams - Stephen’s yoga journey began in 2010 when he made a decision to practice yoga as a compliment to his active lifestyle. An avid tele mark skier, mountain biker and all around outdoor enthusiast, he found Yoga a great way to build strength and increase his overall flexibility. Along the way, as his practice progressed and he began to feel the internal transformation yoga had taken him in his life, he became inspired to share the gift of yoga with others. Inspired and encouraged by his teacher, Jennilee Toner, to enter her teacher training program in March 2014, he completed the Hot Warrior Yoga teacher training in June 2014. Stephen believes the mind, body, soul connection is a sacred one, and one that should be nurtured and inspired. With that mentality he teaches his classes from his heart, creating a safe, alignment based, uplifting environment. Students are encouraged to begin to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness, while linking breath to movement.
Terry Cunningham - Terry Cunningham is a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor. She completed the Bikram Instructor training in spring of 2002 and earned re-certification in May 2008 and most recently in January 2012.
Terry taught Bikram Yoga in her home studio for the last nine years and is excited to continue her teaching and practice of Bikram Yoga at Radiance Hot Yoga. A certified New York state educator, Terry brings enthusiasm, experience and energy to every yoga practice. She engages students at the level where they can develop their potential, learn at an individual pace, and enjoy a challenging yoga practice.
Laura Mahoney - I was introduced to prenatal yoga in 2009 and to Bikram yoga in 2012. I was immediately fascinated with Bikram yoga’s ability to provide relief from the chronic neck and upper back pain exacerbated by my 16-year career in dental hygiene. To my astonishment not only did I find that Bikram yoga bestow physical relief from the neck and back pain I had been unsuccessful in treating, but I also noticed how it calmed the chatter of my often-racing mind. Yoga quickly became my mental and physical therapy session, rehabbing my body while mellowing my mind.
I completed a 300 hour Bikram yoga training with Terry Cunningham in 2016. I am a fervent traveler who’s wander lusting has brought me to nearly 20 countries. I am also an international medical mission volunteer, a dedicated public healthcare provider, a wife, and a proud mom.
Valerie Stanson - A little over a decade ago, I began my yoga journey in my tweens after finding my mom's yoga tapes. My tight, athletic muscles liked the mindful movements and the thought of touching my toes. I continued on my yoga journey in college by participating in a work/study with NP Rock Yoga, where I had hoped I would find some stress relief and more flexibility. There, I had found several challenging and loving teachers who helped me step outside of limits that I had set for myself and realize a greater potential on and off the mat. I had completed my 200 hour RYT and my classes focus on breathe and alignment and are infused with a little humor and a lot of love. I can now touch my toes but more importantly I continue to find a beautiful union of mind, body, and spirit from small movements, connection to the breath, and the power within.
Kate Vaccariello - Kate began her Bikram Yoga practice in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, during the spring of 2009, after years of injuries and chronic pain. In 2016, she earned her 200 hour Yoga Instructor certification and began incorporating Barkan and vinyasa into her practice, although the original 26+2 will always be home.
“You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start once again.”
Cheryl Williams - Cheryl received her Pilates Mat Certification at Core Pilates NYC in 2015 and her Power Vinyasa yoga certification in 2016. Cheryl recently relocated to the Albany area after having been a Fashion Industry professional living and working in New York City for 12 years and most recently working in the wellness community in her hometown of Elmira, NY. She has always been active in competitive athletic activities from gymnastics, softball and swimming as a child and throughout high-school to traditional training at gyms throughout her college years and twenties. She was introduced to Pilates & Yoga 6 years ago and was immediately captivated by the way they strengthened the muscles in her entire body, which other forms of exercises hadn’t. She continues to be inspired by the way both modalities realign, motivate, and improve all body types and that they work for beginners to experts! Cheryl loves teaching Yoga & Pilates, the mind- body connections they create and building relationships with her students.
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