Meet our New Teachers!

We are very excited to welcome some new teachers to our small team from January!  Sharon and Anna have been teaching in Edinburgh for some time, and have also been regular students at Hot Yoga Edinburgh, as well as participating in our Yin Teacher Training course which is being run by Clare Gates-Sjöblom in association with Hot Yoga Edinburgh.  We will be publishing our January schedule soon, so keep a look out for future announcements!

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Sharon Iacano

Sharon has been practising yoga for 20 years, and completed her first 200 hour Teacher Training certificate in June 2016, she is now continuing her Yoga teaching journey with a 300 hour Yin Teacher Training run by Chi Therapeutics in association with Hot Yoga Edinburgh.   Sharon is also a keen cyclist and spinning instructor, she has a great interest in teaching yoga to people who do sports as she believes that yoga is a really good complimentary practice for every activity that puts pressure on the muscles, fascia and joints.   Sharon’s classes are generally a mix of yoga styles dependent on the class, but they will involve building strength, flexibility and stretching those overused muscles and fascia. She especially loves teaching beginners as she finds it is so important to start from the basics and build a strong foundation in your practice. she is now building some Yin and Yin Yang for Sports and Flexibility classes into our schedule which are especially good for those with injuries or people who do sports.  Sharon brings an energy and gentle encouragement to her classes, and her knowledge of other sports is very beneficial in her teaching.

Qualifications:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         RYT-200 Registered Yoga Teacher                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          300 Hours Yin Teacher Training (in progress)

 

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Anna Haldane

Anna practised yoga intermittently for several years, however when she started her first nursing post her yoga practice intensified as she found it the best way to connect with herself and recharge.   Anna chose to undertake teacher training to deepen her own practice during a transitional time in work and personal life in November 2015. She began teaching classes in Edinburgh in January and is delighted to now be able to help bring yoga into others lives.   Anna believes that yoga holds the potential to deepen your connection with yourself and the world around you. Anna strives to encourage her students to connect with themselves starting always with the breath.  

Anna’s classes are inspired by her own practice and seek to challenge, engage and restore. Having sustained injuries from incorrect technique, she tries to strip asana down its core gradually building it up as students gain experience and strength.  No experience, flexibility or fancy leggings are needed to start your yoga journey, just an open mind and a willingness to learn.  She is always learning from her teachers, students and her own practice. 

Qualifications:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RYT-200 Registered Yoga Teacher

 

Hot Yoga Edinburgh Studio!

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Did you know that Hot Yoga Edinburgh will be opening it’s very own studio from mid December?

We spent a long time searching for the perfect location and space where we could create a beautiful Hot Yoga studio with changing rooms and showers. Our studio will be conveniently located close to major bus routes, Haymarket station and the Shandwick Place tram stop.

We will run a full schedule of classes 7 days per week as well as workshops and teacher trainings.

The fit out of our studio space is well underway and we will announce our official opening date soon, keep an eye out for future announcements!

Our Own Studio!

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Why is my Warrior II so bent out of shape?

I was chatting with a good friend and fellow Yogi recently, and she said to me that she didn’t like practicing Warrior II pose, as she felt all ‘bent out of shape’ in it, and was convinced her pose looked completely different to how it ‘should’ look.  Whenever she got a glimpse of herself in the pose, she thought that her body didn’t follow the perfect straight lines she’s seen in glossy photographs, but rather looked awkward and yes, a little bent out of shape.

Many of us look at beautiful photos on social media or in magazines of yogis in ‘perfect poses’ and then decide that our own efforts fall short, but this is not what yoga is all about.

At Hot Yoga Edinburgh, we try not to teach ‘perfect poses’, but rather the pose that works for each individuals’ own body.  Our skeletons are all sightly different, even if we have the same number of bones, they fit together in a slightly different way from person to person.  What might constitute perfect alignment in one person could cause pinching and pain in another.

Instead of teaching that there is only one way a pose should look, we encourage our students to learn about their own body, and make adjustments to poses to allow them to find their own perfect alignment.  This might involve a slight adjustment to the position of the foot or hip, perhaps an increase or decrease in the bend of the front knee, or perhaps in some cases another variation of the pose altogether.  We also stress that students should listen to how their body feels *today* as this could be different to how they felt the last time they took a class.

We believe that through learning to accept our own body, as it is today, we can learn to love and accept ourselves.

So to my friend with the ‘Bent out of Shape Warrior’, I say that with time and practice your Warrior might straighten up a little,  but your yoga practice is beautiful as it is right now, as a work in progress.

 

 

 

 

Classes by Candlelight – 28th October

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As the nights draw in and the beautiful autumn colours are bringing with them a certain chill in the air, we would like to offer you 2 beautiful Candle-lit classes on Friday 28th October at the beautiful Gathering Essence studio.

5.15pm Hot Vinyasa – a dynamic sequence where each pose is linked with a vinyasa flow, building strength and stamina as well as flexibility.

6.30pm Hot Yoga (Moksha Inspired) – a slower paced class where each pose is held for several breaths, allowing students to slowly move deeper into poses with a strong focus on breathing.  This challenging class will leave you feeling energised and calm.

Both of these classes are suitable for all levels, we give clear instructions and encourage students to listen to their own body, we offer modifications for poses so that each student can find their own maximum stretch.

Pre-booking is recommended as these classes will be very popular, click on the link below to see our full schedule and book your place:

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We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

 

Happy Birthday to us!

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We can’t believe that it’s been two years already since we started running Hot Yoga Edinburgh!

The time has flown by and we have enjoyed every minute of a roller coaster ride!  We have learned so much from our students and continue to be inspired by you all every day.

We are delighted to offer you a Birthday Weekend Special discount to say thank you to all of you for your continued support!

10% Off Standard Pricing – This Weekend Only!

5 Class Pass (Was £50/£40* – Now £45/£36*)
10 Class Pass (Was £90/£70* – Now £81/£63*)
Monthly Unlimited Pass (Was £80/£70* – Now £72/£63*)

*Student discount available with valid student ID*

These special prices will run for this weekend only, so be sure to make the most of them before they’re gone!

(Passes are valid for 6 months from first use, and must be activated within 6 months of purchase. Passes cannot be transferred or shared)

Edinburgh Festival Schedule!

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We are excited to bring you our Edinburgh Festival schedule which will run from Monday 1st August to Thursday 25th August.  In addition to our regular classes, we will run extra classes on Monday and Thursday evenings at the beautiful Gathering Essence studio.  These classes are all priced at our standard rate, or can be redeemed with your standard class pass.

Mondays at 6.30pm – Hot Yang & Yin:   A dynamic flow with optional vinyasa flows followed by some slow deep stretches to finish, the perfect tonic to a busy Monday.

Thursdays at 6.15pm – Yoga Asana Lab: this fun, interactive class will focus on a few key poses each week, breaking them down to understand the function and purpose of the pose and then reconstructing them in a way that allows students to safely move deeper into their practice.

Thursdays at 7.30pm – Hot Yin: a slow, floor based practice where each pose is held for several minutes.  We encourage students to relax the superficial muscles, allowing the deep and connective tissues to be gently stressed and stretched.  This class will leave you feeling deeply relaxed.

Our standard classes are all running as usual, and you can see our full schedule and book your place on our online booking system, link in the menu at the top of the page.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Edinburgh Festival Schedule Update!

We are excited to be running a series of additional classes at the beautiful Gathering Essence Studio during the month of August. Heini will be teaching these extra classes on Monday and Thursday evenings in addition to our regular timetable, all are charged at the standard drop in rate, and covered by our regular class passes.

Mondays from 1st – 22nd August 
6.30pm Hot Yang & Yin – this dynamic flow will build up to a peak pose each week before slowing down into some slow Yin stretches to close, leaving you feeling challenged, energised and refreshed.

Thursdays from 4th – 25th August
6.15pm Yoga Asana Lab – this 60 minute class will focus on a few key poses each week, breaking them down and re-constructing them to discover the purpose and function of each pose and how to safely develop your practice. Suitable for students with some experience, we will offer modifications to poses so that each student can work at their own level.

Thursdays from 4th – 25th August
7.30pm Hot Yin – this 60 minute Yin class is a slow, floor based sequence of long-held poses. We encourage students to relax their muscles in each pose, allowing the deep and connective tissues to be gently stretched and stressed. This class will leave you feeling deeply relaxed.

All of our classes are available to book now, simply click the Book Now button at the top of the page, to see our full schedule and book your place. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Edinburgh Festival Classes at Hot Yoga Edinburgh!

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We are excited to announce that we’ll be running some additional classes at the beautiful Gathering Essence studio during the month of August!

We will hold classes on Monday and Thursday evenings from the 1st to 25th August, these classes will be live on our booking system this week, check them out and don’t forget to pre-book your place!

Our standard class prices apply, or you can use your regular Class Passes for these classes, we look forward to seeing you on the mat!

There’s more to life than Yoga!

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Working full time in a job which involves a lot of travel and teaching at Hot Yoga Edinburgh on the weekends doesn’t leave a lot of spare time, especially when you love Hot Yoga as much as I do and try to practice 4-5 times per week …

At the same time I’m conscious of how often I tell people that adding a yoga class or two to their own busy life would be very beneficial, both in enhancing their sports performance, but also in improving their concentration and general wellbeing.  A few weeks ago I decided to take my own advice and try out some other sports (as well as keeping up my Yoga practice).

So two weeks ago I turned up for a Spinning class taught by one of our regular Hot Yoga students.  I brought my husband along for moral support (and to carry me out of the studio if my legs gave way after the workout).  Our instructor showed us how to set up the bikes and then we were off!  I was a little nervous beforehand as I knew it was going to be a challenging class, but I was really pleased with how well it went.  What I noticed straight away was how well I was breathing …  I know this might sound fairly obvious, but there was something therapeutic about the rhythm of my legs working and being able to focus completely on my inhales and exhales.  We focus strongly on breathing in our Hot Yoga classes and I was delighted that it translated so well into cycling too.   The class was well structured with ‘uphills’ and ‘flat’ sections which kept your body guessing about the effort needed.  I made it through the whole class, although my thighs were screaming at me by the end, and I had no idea how much you use your arms while cycling, so I was aching all over by the end of the class.   For the last few minutes our Instructor slowed things right down and gave us some Yoga stretches to do to finish off, explaining to the students what each stretch was doing for the body.  I loved that he had brought some of his Yoga practice into the Spin class, and the stretches lended themselves perfectly to the class.  I am delighted to confirm that I did NOT fall off the bike and even managed to walk unaided out of the studio, I’m sure that our Hot Vinyasa classes had built up my strength enough to cope with the class, but the strong focus on legs, arms and back was really fun and I will definitely go back to another Spin class!

Continuing my efforts to try new things, Heini and I ran the 5k EMF race in Edinburgh last week.  Again it was lovely to have a friend with me for moral support, and we really enjoyed the run, which follows the road around Arthurs Seat in the centre of Edinburgh.  It was a beautiful day and the views were spectacular, which helped take your mind off of the long uphill climb.  Once again I enjoyed allowing my feet to pound the track while I focussed on my breath.   We finished the 5k in 30 minutes which was greatly helped by the crowds of supporters, including some of our own students, it made all the difference in the last few metres to hear someone shout “Hot Yoga Edinburgh” as we went past!    I was curious about how I’d find the race, as it starts with a long uphill but finishes with a fun downhill so that you can pick up some speed.  I found the last 5 minutes of the uphill really tough and wanted to slow down to a walk, but I kept breathing and focussed on putting one foot in front of the other.  I took the advice of a good friend who had said to break the run down into bite size chunks, so I’d focus on making it to the next tree, then the next group of supporters, etc, and it really worked.  Heini and I made it round without stopping and we even managed the sprint finish (ok, quite a slow sprint vs some other competitors, but we were happy with it!)

I really enjoyed pushing myself and trying new things.  Taking myself out of my comfort zone was liberating and I was very pleasantly surprised with how well my body coped with these challenging sports.  I am looking forward to trying out some more new types of exercise in the future, and continuing to push myself and expand my comfort zone.

Have you found Yoga has helped in your sports performance, and if so, in what ways?  Or is Yoga more about your general wellbeing?  Let us know your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!

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