Heat Yoga Blog
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11:20 pm

What's Heat Yoga all about?

What is Heat Yoga? What are the benefits? What should you do when you walk in? What should you bring? If you are asking yourself any of these questions, watch the video to find out more about who we are and then come find out for yourself!

10:36 pm

New Faces at Heat!

There's lots of new faces at Heat Yoga Studios! Ellen Anderson, Krista Nielsen and Chloe Meyer have joined the Heat teaching staff. You can find Ellen on Tuesdays at 7 & 8:30 pm or Sundays at 4, 5, and 7:30 pm at our Blaine Studio. Krista teaches on Mondays at 6, 9:30 and 11 am at Blaine and Chloe teaches at 4 pm at Blaine on Saturdays. Check out the schedule page to sign up to take a class with one of them today! 

9:43 pm

Motivational Monday


11:27 pm

Thursdays Pose to Try

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Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose) Benefits: Stretches the shoulders and chest , stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen, strengthens the legs and ankles and improves balance Natarajasana requires both balance and flexibility. If you are new to this pose, you can place your hands on the wall, floor, or on your hips. Another option is to place lifted foot on the wall. Try to make sure that your hips are level to the floor. You also want to make sure you are not hyper-extending the standing knee.

11:40 pm

5 Things your breath does for your yoga practice


1) Enhances the mind-body connection

2) Allows us to control other functions in the body (heart rate, blood pressure, respiration)

3) Generates more oxypen for the body

4) Opens up the body

5) Changes the patterns of our mind and our life

11:18 pm

Tuesday Teacher Spotlight


Name:   Jessica Wiehle

Hometown:  Maple Grove, MN

Classes taught at Heat:  Heat A on Wednesday nights at 7 and 830 and aromatherapy workshops

How long have you been teaching? 2.5 years

Why became a teacher? I became a teacher because yoga has been so transformational for me that I wanted to help guide others through the same transformation.  Yoga is one of those things I find I gain a lot more from when I "give it away" to others.  There are days when I know something is missing.  I go to teach and I leave with my bucket filled.  So though it might sound selfish, giving it away is part of what moves and invigorates me.

Favorite pose and why? Oh wow, this will be a difficult decision.  I love one leg balancing poses because of how profoundly they can fine tune the mind and the body and bring about a sense of calm and accomplishment at the same time.  My favorite would be Ardha Chandrasana.  I also love a good heart opener like Urdhva Dhanurasana because it is physically and emotionally liberating.

Favorite tune to hear in class?  I love diversity.  I try to make my playlists from a combination of inspiring tunes, meditative beats and soothing sounds.  So when I go into a class that has that same diversity, I am happy. I also like it when a teacher's playlist represents who they are - it allows me to connect with them not only though yoga but the music they chose. 

Motivational tip or favorite quote? Nothing changes if nothing changes.

Advice to beginners?  Embrace humility.  Learning this skill early on is what allows the beginner to remain optimistic in the face of challenge.  Learning the art of yoga is a journey and not something you will ever master.  The truth is we all must remain humble in our practice because every day is different and regardless of skill, there is no conquering yoga.  A new yogi with the understanding that growth is easier when we allow ourselves to learn through mistakes - will indeed be very successful in their practice.

Where can we find you when not at Heat?  When I'm not at Heat you can find me with my family or working hard on my aromatherapy and cosmetic companies I am buliding.  I also might be in my organic garden or in my kitchen cooking up healthy meals.

What do you emphasize in your class? What would you like students to gain from your class?  I emphasize the finding of one's self through the journey of yoga - and often in the poses.  I want my students to be comfortable, challenged, and walk away from each class with a little more confidence than when they arrived.

Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before teaching yoga: 

I spent 7 years working as a paralegal in the area of family law.  I did a lot of research and writing and enjoyed this career but eventually I grew out of it and longed for something more.  I naturally love to learn and do so I myself natural cosmetic chemistry and medical aromatherapy (which I was already studying and have for ten years now) and learned that I am an entrepreneur at heart.   I started my businesses in 2012, coincidentally as I was starting to find myself along the path of yoga. 

What have you learned about yourself, on the mat, that is applicable to life off the mat?

I have learned to listen to myself and give my thoughts and intuitions the credit they deserve.  A lot of teachers will tell you to "listen to your body".  I learned to listen to that voice inside that told me to back off because I wasn't strong enough to take the pose further or, that I could challenge myself because a pose was getting to easy for me.  This same voice allowed me to learn how to trust myself and my inner intuition - to listen to and have faith in myself.  I used to be indecisive and doubt myself, but now that has been replaced with confidence and a better understanding of myself and the world around me. 

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga?

Everything has changed.  I used to exclusively weight train and what I love about yoga is I get the same satisfaction but with the added elements of breath, stretching, cardio, heat and mediation wrapped within the same hour.  My legs and arms are longer and leaner vs. the bulking that can happen from too much leg training on the weights.  And when I learned how to do yoga properly (how we teach at Heat), and learned how to engage all the right places - that is when everything changed - I mean every part of my body.  And it happens fast - if you give it the effort it deserves.  My focus, emotional stability, confidence and spiritual health have all vastly improved from my yoga practice as well.

9:43 am

Motivational Monday

Whether today is your first time on your mat or your thousandth time, sometimes you need to approach your practice as a beginner to remember that there is always something new to learn when doing yoga. When you forget about the outcome, it allows you to be more present to the experience. You just might notice a change in your practice!

10:45 pm

Improved strength, balance, flexibility and mental control are just a few reasons why every athlete should do yoga. Read the article from MindBodyGreen to learn more!

10:21 pm

Announcing Nutrition Counseling at Heat Yoga!

Eating has a powerful component of living, and what we eat has a profound impact on our energy level, mood, emotions, mental acuity, physical health, creativity, awareness, and athletic performance. Our on staff nutritionist, Maria Kasdagly, helps you understand the connection between what you eat and how you feel.  Check out the Wellness Page on our website to find out more! 

10:34 pm

Tuesday Teacher Spotlight

Name: Alyssa Brylynskei (formerly known as Alyssa Jacobs


Hometown: Anoka, MN


Classes taught at Heat: I sub (A, B, Sculpt, Gentle Flow, Hot 90)


How long have you been teaching? Since 2008 (heat '10)


Why became a teacher?

Multiple reasons, but like most things I do "on a whim." It was an idea that popped into my head and I couldn't push out. My favorite of all the things I do.


Favorite pose and why?

Dancers/(standing bow pulling pose) it reminds me of my glory days as a competitive cheerleader, the grace of a princess ballerina I never became, and shows the balance between strength and flexibility. Plus it lets me be a bendy show off ;) -> so not yogi, I know.


Favorite tune to hear in class?

guitar meditations- Madre -Billy McLaughlin or romances for solo piano or music for sound healing -Steven halpern I'm a savasana kind of gal. I love yoga nidra. 


Motivational tip or favorite quote? Be a warrior not a worrier! 


Advice to beginners? Just keep breathing! 


Where can we find you when not at Heat? NYC


Who knew (fun bit of info about you)?

I can speak some Romanian. Vorbesc românești foarte rău. 


What do you emphasize in your class?

Listening to your own body. Also finding your limits and overcoming them. Try something new. Have fun! 


What would you like students to gain from your class?

Focus, confidence and peace. Self love!


Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before teaching yoga:

haha that's a long one: right now I am a flight attendant, teach barre, & work as a server. I split my time between Manhattan & Minnesota. 


What have you learned about yourself, on the mat, that is applicable to life off the mat?

Don't hold your breath.


What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga?

Anxiety diminishes, mental clarity and my muscles are mushy in a good way.