The Teachers of HotYoga4You Rockville Centre, Long Island

Yolanda Nash

Yolanda

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Don’t know where to begin with how yoga has open many doors in my life which has shaped me to who I am today. Definitely a different person in a good way of course. I have to thank my friend and husband John for inviting me to my first yoga class. Never thought I would return for my second class but I did and in here now full of gratitude and blessed to have been teaching hot yoga for over 12 years now. To be able to hold a space where the Long Island community can come to and experience not only how great hot yoga is and how it makes you feel but to have people recognize that time for “YOU” is precious and a necessity. I am inspired each and every time i enter that room and so grateful to call it “HOME”.
Janice Burke

Janice

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I started taking Hot Yoga about 5 years ago. When people ask me what I love about this yoga my response is always the same, EVERYTHING. I love how it makes me feel, physically, mentally & spiritually. I lost my job in Sept 07′ that’s when I decided to become a teacher. Everytime I practice I learn a little bit more and I improve a little bit more. This practice stays with me both in and out of class, and having the chance to share these bene fits with others is a great feeling.
Chris Morrison

Chris

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I took my first Hot Yoga class in December 2004 during my junior year of college. Between my course load and work schedule, my level of physical activity was virtually nonexistent. I found myself driving past a yoga studio everyday on my way to school and once winter break began, I decided to take my first class. I had no idea what Hot Yoga was and also no idea that it was going to be hot in the room. Immediately, I fell in love with the vigorous workout that Hot Yoga provides and noticed that I had more energy at school and work. I practiced consistently for the rest of my college career and then I was encouraged by John and Yolanda to attend teacher training. Initially, I thought the idea was crazy but eventually went to Los Angeles and completed hot yoga teacher training in the Fall of 2006. Yoga is a very important part of my life, but I am also a musician and I love the balance in my life that I recieve from the two. My level of physical activity has increased tremendously since starting yoga. I now like to spend time on the flying trapeze, rock climbing and I have even started running, something that I never thought would happen. I truly believe that yoga can really enhance anything you do or want to do in life. I look forward to seeing you in class!
Heatherly

Heatherly

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I started Hot Yoga after my competitive softball days were long gone. I was a college softball catcher with a love for high heels when I was not in cleats which equates to bad knees and aching back. I heard Bikram Yoga was a tough workout and my inner athlete wanted a new challenge. I thought yoga was for skinny, flexible people but I have to admit I was wrong. It is a perfect workout for the strong and curvy as well. I love that you can’t just muscle through a class like other workouts but you must be mentally fit to get you through too. You can’t just “phone it in” – you have to commit to having a great class. I am always on the run or on the fly and my Hot Yoga class is usually the only 90 minutes of my day that I get to fully focus on only myself. After my 2nd reconstructive knee surgery I asked at every physical therapy session when I could return to the hot yoga studio. My physical therapists laughed at me and said turn up the heat in the office and get on the stationary bike. Some people just don’t get it but to those people I say “don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it”.
David Ryan

David

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I never thought that I would ever try Yoga until I hurt my leg. My sister said that it might help my injury so I decided to try. That was back in 1995. If I didn’t practice Hot Yoga I’m pretty sure that I would be in a wheel chair today. I really like the challenge. I definitely feel like I’ve worked my body, mind and spirit after a Hot Yoga class.

As a teacher I get Hope and Inspiration from all students especially from students that are older and have more injuries than I do. After my last car accident when I felt like could couldn’t get better and was really depressed I remembered many students who had it way worse than me that worked hard and had a positive attitude. I thought that if they could do it then maybe I could too. Today I am still working through the injuries happily with others doing Bikram Yoga. I do it because I feel better and I am happier when I put deposits into myself. Helping others helps me help myself. I am truly grateful for my life because it didn’t have to turn out this good.
Maria

Maria

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I started practicing Bikram yoga after years of training in other forms of yoga. Unbeknownst to me I was experiencing symptoms of anxiety and panic after retiring from the NYPD, losing my mother and going through menopause. With these difficulties I came to the realization, that the best treatment was yoga. In 2007, I first attempted Bikram yoga at the RVC studio with my son, expecting to panic and to never return. Fortunately, the challenge of the practice and it’s great rewards kept me coming back. To say this hot yoga changed my life would be an understatement. Training in 2010, and now teaching was yet another challenge and well worth the hard work. I’m happy to share this knowledge with others and hope they find their way through their own challenges in life.
Tommy

Tommy

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I took my first Hot Yoga class in May of 2011. Like most people I fell in love instantly. Coming from a life as a Bartender and Musician its safe to say that I wasn’t living the healthiest of lifestyles. The practice forced me to look at myself in the mirror and come face to face with what I was doing to my body by living such a lifestyle. I commited to the practice. Practicing five days a week. Knowing that I wanted to continue learning and experiencing all the benefits of this beautiful practice I asked to become a Workstudy. Over the next few years I deepened my practice through countless hrs in the room, working with other teachers, and being mentored under the guidance of Yolanda Nash I finally was able to become a teacher in Oct of 2013. Which I am tremendously grateful for. I have felt the true healing power of Yoga. I continue to work and deepen my connection to the practice. Continue my education of the asanas. Most importantly I continue to be humbled by the practice. Which helps me not only become a better teacher but reminds me that I am forever a student. Yoga may not be for everyone, but I believe everyone should try it. At least once. You just never Know!
Joanna

Joanna

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I was out for my daily 3 mile run, a route I took on a regular basis. Half-way through I had to stop, turn around, and limp a mile and a half home. My knees gave out on me. Aching and in pain I went to the doctor the very next day. After having x-rays taken on both of my knees the doctor said there was nothing visibly wrong and the pain could be from the repetitive motion that comes along with being a regular runner. That weekend I took my first Bikram yoga class. I stepped into the hot room in 2010 and the first thing that hooked me was the intense cardio workout that I had never really associated with yoga. Instead of taking my cardio to the pavement, I could have an even better workout without ever leaving my yoga mat. I loved the heat, the sweat, and that I could FEEL my heart beat as I worked my way through each and every posture and class. Four years later what still draws me to this yoga practice is that every day is different. Every day I can enter the room without judgment, without expectation and really get to see what my body is capable of. Every class I take I know that the postures I’m doing are healing and restoring my body, not tearing it down. I love that each and every class I take is a challenge! I have seen, and felt, unbelievable changes in my body (and mind) as a result of adopting this yoga into my life.