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YOGA CHANGES LIVES
HOT BODY YOGA is fortunate and grateful to have attracted an amazing array of teachers to guide you. We are dedicated to helping you explore your relationship with your body, mind and spirit with the goal of optimal health and wellness. The yoga teacher is a GUIDE to the true teacher WITHIN you.
FOUNDER & TEACHER
Back in the 90’s, when the management at the large health club I was working at offered to pay to send me to yoga training I quickly assured them that it wasn’t for me. I was sure yoga didn’t fit my personality. I was a cardio and weightlifting junky living in Colorado hitting the mountains every opportunity I could for mega doses of cardio and plyometrics. I had been personal training small groups in cardio, strength and boot camp and figured yoga was for flexible folks who liked to chant. Eventually I reluctantly agreed and the challenging physical practice hooked me instantly. Very soon after I figured out that yoga has an impact on every aspect of our being. My mission is to help yogi’s bridge the gap between the ancient teachings and modern fitness and life! I love learning about yoga, health, nutrition and wellness and sharing what I learn. When you stop learning, you stop growing!
I started my career as a Special Education teacher but after having children decided to stay home and raise my family. Yoga has changed not only my body but my mind and I love it! Hot Power Vinyasa is my passion and my goal is to share all the positive benefits of what yoga can offer. It is a phenomenal cardio workout that will burn calories, strengthen and tone as well as sculpt your muscles. It is also great for athletes as a part of their training program to counteract the painful effects of intense sports. You will love how yoga makes you look and feel! I aim to learn something new every day on my mat and off my mat!
Over the years of practicing yoga, it has never ceased to amaze me on how different every practice is. Some days I feel so strong and vital with endless energy while other days it takes every ounce of me to just roll out my mat! Very much like my life off the mat. I've also come to realize that it's not about the perfect posture, perfect breath, perfect sequence or perfect yoga outfit (although I do love a good yoga pant!). It's about digging deep from within to find that authentic self that's screaming to come out. It's about discovering ALL of you...the light and the dark sides of you while embracing BOTH with unconditional LOVE. Never once regretting a practice, I find myself smiling and quietly thanking this sacred space for restoring peace and balance within me because in the end, LOVE is always the answer.....and in that love you will find peace.
I took my first yoga class in 2007 and have been empowered by the practice ever since. Yoga has given me the strength to release fear and create space for grace and gratitude. As a former athlete and runner, I thought I had it all, however, only in my twenties, I found myself in chronic neck pain, weight that I couldn’t run off and just an overall bleak outlook on life. Yoga awakened a strength in me I never imagined for my self on and off my mat. Fear and insecurities began to melt away allowing room to give grace to my self and more importantly to others. My goal as a yoga teacher is to empower students in the way I was empowered. I hope to help them discover their own amazing strength and grace on and off the mat.
MANAGER & TEACHER
I didn’t instantly fall in love with yoga as I resisted its charm for the first handful of classes. However, after an intense power vinyasa class where I let it all go and left everything on my mat, I had a new-found respect for yoga. Yoga has given and taught me so much. I am more balanced, have a deeper connection to my body and it has given me not only physical strength but also a new level of peace within my soul. The great thing about yoga is that you can take from it what you need and tailor your practice to focus on what is best for you. Yoga helped me accept myself and it allows me to be me where I am in that moment without judgment every single day.
I have been inspired by fitness my entire life. When yoga entered my world it allowed me to be more present in all aspects of my life. Yoga has helped me release attachments to what might, and help me gain acceptance to what is. It's a constant journey of finding who you are and what you can become. It is a lifestyle and community where people can truly believe in themselves. Yoga has allowed me to find my purpose to inspire and empower others.
Yoga has enriched my life in so many ways. I started taking Yoga to add some stretching to my cardio & strength training. Hot Power Vinyasa became my favorite! This was unlike any “workout” I had ever experienced. I was challenged on a completely different level, breaking through mental and physical barriers I did not know I had. This “work-out” became a “work-in”, empowering me with strength, courage, and acceptance. I am so grateful to be able to guide others through their journey of growth.
My journey with yoga began as a little girl, watching with real enthusiasm as my mom practiced and taught yoga. I felt so intrigued by all those “crazy” poses I saw in her books and I would try to do them all! I realized I had an ability, but also a desire and passion, to take all sorts of physical challenges head on. From that moment on I set out to give anyone and everyone an opportunity to see movement as I now had. My curiosity took me to dance, specifically, Contemporary Dance, where I discovered the amazing abilities that our bodies possess. I found that moving my body in challenging ways was fun and exciting at the same time. It was there that a passion for discipline, creativity and expression was born. Also, during this time, yoga was very instrumental in my life through my mom’s influences in Mexico, where we would practice the discipline as it had become routine life for my mom and stepdad during that time. Yoga followed me all the way to the States and I was fortunate to practice with an extremely inspiring teacher in Austin, TX, where I fell in love with yoga in a different way as I was pretty much without dance in my life at that time for the first time in years. Yoga has brought me into a season of reconciliation with my inner self and has taught me the importance of the power of the mind. As an athlete now, this has been huge for me. I not only approach life more courageously, but, also, I have been given more acceptance and compassion to recognize where I am today and keep working toward growth. Not only is this beneficial in my practice as a yoga, but in my training as an athlete and in my life! Yoga has helped me to stay positive, remain hopeful, and live in the present. It is in this way that we can rely on God’s power to transform our minds.
Growing up as a swimmer I only wanted to do the hard workouts! I used to say to myself "I don't do yoga, I'm not a yoga person."
I was right, at that point in my life I wasn't, but not because yoga wasn't for me, I could have used it desperately, it was because:
I WAS NOT ready for yoga. When I finally gave into it due to an injury from running and kickboxing I was instantly hooked! I had found 'the hardest' workout of them all!
Yoga is breath, it is life, it is presence, it is awareness, it is spirit, it is emotion.
But most of all: YOGA IS TRUTH, my truth, and looking back I understand that girl who said, "I'm not a yoga person."
My door has been cracked open- that's all it takes- a little crack. Once I opened my heart and mind to experience yoga I instantly knew I wanted to share it with the world!
I truly believe yoga is for EVERY-BODY!
Yoga and I haven’t always gotten along. I am someone who thrives on emotional connection. For at least a year into my yoga practice, I could never understand the obsession with this yoga thing. I didn’t feel connected to yoga or to myself. I was constantly worried about how I looked. I was mad that I wasn’t able to do each pose perfectly. I was irritated that I couldn’t control every little thing I wanted my body to do. That attitude took charge of my life for many years until the day yoga wouldn’t let it anymore. I call it the day we started seeing “eye to mat”. By nature I am a perfectionist, a people pleaser, a control freak, and I've been known to have one heck of a stubborn attitude. Between you and me, those personality traits got me into yoga for the wrong reasons. I came to class one day exhausted – mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, you name it. I was too mentally drained to focus on how I looked or how I wasn’t doing something “right” that I really did let it all go. I just WAS that day. At the end of practice laying in savasana tears rolled down both sides of my cheek and yoga and I had our moment, our emotional connection if you will. I understood. I got it then that it doesn’t matter what you bring to the mat or whether you’re “good” or not, yoga is for you. The reason I began yoga is not the reason I come to yoga today. We have a new relationship. If you give yoga the chance to change your life, it will and I’m proud to say that I am proof of that.
Mila Rae Dutton
"Blessed are the flexible for they shall bend and not break." Numerous times my mother spoke these words over me as a child, and this mantra continues to resonate in my adult life. A flexible mind is a healthy mind... a flexible body is a healthy body... and that is what yoga continues to confirm each time I step on my mat. Yoga encourages flexibility of the whole self... to stretch farther and to expand your being past both external and internal distractions. It is a practice of awareness, acceptance, and refining the self. Yoga reminds me to be grateful in the moment, to explore creative potential, and to always strive to be the healthiest version of me.