What is Hot YogAlign with Joe?

It is a whole new approach to asana and it is wonderful because people change their posture from the first class and nobody has to touch their toes or force their spine to perform right angle or linear based poses that have nothing to do with the way our body is designed to move.

YogAlign is very scientific, which is very different than 'tradtional yoga.' It is about postural alignment not pose alignment which takes us to where we live; in our amazing bodies! We focus mainly on Deep Rib Cage "Core" breathing with natural body alignment, maintaining our four Spinal Curves.

These poses are functional movement exercises, which mimic how the body naturally moves. We avoid any poses that puts the body in a right angle, which puts pressure on the sacrum. That is why sitting in a chair makes your back stiff and sore. We were born to move not sit!

We offer a self-healing approach of the body with self-massage before strengthening and stretching the body. We discourage forcing the body into poses. We work with the SIP Breath and our minds to allow the muscles to lengthen and relax.

We do not believe in using force, we practice Ahimsa, compassion and caring to gently and intelligently transform ourselves.

A 75 minute session in a heated room promotes sweating and makes the body very warm, relaxed and therefore, naturally more flexible and strong. The heat and humidity creates a Spa-like atmosphere. At the end of the session you will feel aligned, with your body moving and breathing with less effort, less tension, and no PAIN! So, you can have your kid-like flexibility back! We want your whole mind and body involved in this process, not parts.

Aloha & Namaste -- Joe

Testimonials

"You will never forget your 1st HOT Yoga class. It is the Best!" - Michael F.
"I look forward to sweating hard and feeling all relaxed and loosened up." - Tina B.
"HOT Yoga & HOT Kettlebells are fun!" - Jerry T.
"Joe makes Kettlebells challenging and FUN!" - Linda M.
"Hot yoga is helping me to regain muscle strength and overall sense of well being. Joe explains the correct method of doing the movements throughout the class. He encourages everyone. We learn something new about the same movement every day and that knowledge makes you believe in this exercise even more." - Mitzi
"Hot yoga has been a great experience for my stressed out life. As Joe says, 'It's your hot yoga and you don't have to think about or do anything else right now, but breathe.' It's a Godsend and is teaching me to slow down and take time for me, and I never ever thought I'd do yoga let alone hot yoga! Thanks Joe." - Barb S.
"After 5 months of hot yoga with Joe, I have more energy, stamina, muscle tone and a sense of well being. Hot yoga has put the mind-body connection together for me." - Deb

"Yoga isn't a cure for many things, but there's almost nothing it can't help."

Lose Weight, Tone Up, Feel & Look GREAT!

Hot Kettlebells

Fantastic 60 minute workout!

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We offer Kettlebells five times a week: Tues., Wed., Thurs. at 7:30 pm; Sat. & Sun at 11:00 am

CLICK HERE for details and what to bring

"With an untrained mind, we live most days at the mercy of our moods. There is a different approach to our lives. We can wake up to our enlightened qualities: unconditional love and compassion; uninhibited, total ease with ourselves; a clear and sharp mind." -- Sakyong Mipham Ripoche

Learn to Meditate Workshop:

Turning the Mind Into an Ally

with Lesa Ricci

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Saturday, April 26, 3:00 - 6:00 pm

$30 -- Register here by April 19

It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don't we think about training our minds? Ideal for anyone wanting an introduction to meditation, as well as those wanting to refresh their practice. Based on the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, this three hour workshop presents how "peaceful abiding" meditation enables us to cultivate our mind's inherent stability, strength and clarity to deal with today's high-paced, high-stress world. Appropriate for people of all faiths.

The workshop includes:

  • Practical instructions for developing a strong meditation practice: Good sitting posture; how to relate with the breath as the object of meditation; what to do when thoughts come up; and starting a regular home meditation practice.

  • Guided meditation and discussion. 

  • Chairs will be available for those with physical limitations.

For more information contact Lesa Ricci at 503-869-6152

Lesa Ricci began meditating 26 years ago as a Naropa University student. She is now a certified Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, a tradition whose view is that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence that can be cultivated through meditation and further developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. Lesa is a native Toledoan who has recently returned after 28 years of service and leadership in a diversity of mission driven non-profits -- most recently as the Executive Director for the Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland for four years and its Practice & Education Director for eight years.