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Remember: Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Early Bird Rate is $199). Instructions on how to sign up will be released tomorrow morning. Check our blog, facebook or twitter for more updates on the conference! #HYC2014

10:53 pm

Change in class time on Monday mornings in Blaine

Mondays at 6:00 am in Blaine has moved up to 5:30 am starting on August 11th. We look forward to seeing you in the studio soon! 

Your Heat Yoga Studio Team 

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5:21 pm

Wellness Friday with MAKwellness

It’s not about how we fall…it’s about what happens next…

By:  Maria Kasdagly IN MAKwellness

...so we keep moving forward

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Like many 20 something but nearly 30 year-olds I change my mind a lot.  I started my academics wanting to learn about Roman and Greek Theatre and Latin, but then my passion shifted to business…then communications…then business & communications & dance…then nutrition…and I finally settled into nutrition & cancer biology.  Oh yeah, then my professional career went from a corporate sales at News Corp in NYC, to being a group fitness/yoga instructor,  to working in retail at lululemon athletica (which might I add the greatest company to ever work for), and now to owning MAKwellness, so you’d think by now I would be fully confident in myself to move forward without fear.  WRONG!  I am petrified and I start to think about “what if I am no good?” “what if people don’t like me?” what if I am of no value?”.  As these many questions bounce through my head I immediately start the downward spiral of self defeat and for a while I will feel “stuck”.  As I continue to comply with stagnation my same thought patterns, worries, and troubles continue to mold into my future. Sometimes  it feels as if the risk of picking myself back up and going forward feels like a far worse plan than sticking with the current state.

Then I realized for me to move forward without fear I must let go, forgive myself, forgive others, forgive the situation, and truly realize the situation is over. Moving forward requires courage, compassion, and patience. It’s not that we must forget the past; the past helps us discover who we are as individuals and helps us determine our self worth as we continue our journeys. However, we need to forgive and let go of the past and detach emotion to it so that we can create space for our future. Think of our minds as a filing cabinet, we can only fit so many pieces of information into that filing cabinet until it is completely full. When full, we are then stuck with a choice: buy another filing cabinet or lighten your load so you can file new information.

“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”
–Paulo Coelho

Our happiness is not the absence of our trials and tribulations; but, rather our ability and personal responsibility to deal with them. We will fall time and time again…but at least falling is in the right direction of moving forward. To move forward is to be grateful, to be vulnerable, to be humbled, and to be alive.

Today, I challenge you to close a door and move forward. I cannot promise you that you won’t fall, but know the your legacy is not about how you fall it is about what you do after you fall.

11:19 pm

Why do yoga?

Always remember how hard it was when you started and look at where you are today. Be proud!

11:25 pm

Tuesdays Teacher Spotlight

Name: Chloe Meyer
Hometown: Ham Lake, MN
Classes Taught at Heat: Heat A
How long have you been teaching?: Since completing my 200 hour training this past May
Why become a teacher?:  The physical practice of yoga is something I fell in love with about five years ago.  Separately I began my own philosophical search for understanding the world at large and the inner workings of the mind.  Little did I know it would lead me right back to yoga.  Since realizing that my two passions came together in one place, yoga has become central to my life.  It’s my love and my passion and I want nothing more than to share it while learning more about it with other people.
Favorite pose and why: Headstand, because I never thought it would be possible, and then one day my legs left the ground.
Favorite tune to hear in class: I really enjoy silence or else subtle peaceful music
Motivational tip or favorite quote:This is the real secret of life, to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play” -Alan Watts
Advice to beginners: Really appreciate being a beginner, you won’t be one forever and it’s a special place to be. Appreciate the newness and the fun of yoga.  It might feel odd and awkward at first but this is just the start of your deeper awareness, mentally and physically, of your self.  There is so much room to grow and there are so many new possibilities ahead of you.  Just stick with it, ask questions, and keep practicing.  There’s no set of criteria to be a yogi, you don’t need to walk in the door with anything but yourself.
Where can we find you when not at heat: outside usually reading, hiking, or biking
Who knew?:  I love love love to sing
What do you emphasize in your class?  What would you like students to gain from your class?:  First and foremost I root each class in the philosophy of yoga – in staying grounded in the present moment, being apart of the here and now, noticing life as it is happening.  From there I emphasize alignment, safety, and mindfulness.  I want to make sure the poses are done as safely as possible in order to achieve maximum benefit while avoiding injury.  I also like to teach different poses in similar fashions, to show how poses that seem completely different from one another actually have many of the same efforts.  As odd as they may seem yoga poses aren’t arbitrary, they make a lot of sense and fit together nicely, and I think it’s helpful to share that with students by cuing those similar efforts and drawing from previous poses.  All of that requires paying really close attention and listening to your body and your mind, and that’s what yoga’s all about.
Tell us about other jobs that you do or did before teaching yoga:  I graduated from UMD last May and since then I’ve been working as a Youth Minister at St Joes church.  My hope is to keep pursuing yoga further and further for the future.
What have you learned about yourself on the mat that is applicable to life off the mat?: I’ve learned that mindfulness/awareness of the present moment is key.  Most problems or challenges on and off the mat can be relieved when we get out of our minds, let go of the mental story, and focus on the moment.  I’ve learned that there’s no point thinking about what “should” be, what my pose should look like, or what I should be able to do at this point.  I am where I am today, and I can only get where I can be tomorrow by first being where I need to be today.  Every step of the way is temporary, so I’ve learned to appreciate each step as I go, whether it be easy or difficult, It’s all about dropping the ego, letting life be, and enjoying it the whole way through. 
What difference have you noticed in your body and overall health since practicing yoga?: My body has never been in better shape.  I’m more flexible than I was as a dancer and in a more healthy way and yet I’m equally strong both physically and mentally, as a counter balance.  Overall I have a greater sense of body awareness.  I appreciate my body more and am mindful of foods I eat and how I carry myself day to day.  On top of that my overall view of life has shifted.  I think what I appreciate most is the balance, equilibrium, and care yoga has helped me achieve in both mind and body.

11:48 pm

Motivational Monday


10:56 pm

Wellness Friday with MAKwellness

From Purple to Orange- The Mysterious Carrot

By: Maria Kasdagly in MAKwellness

Carrot Trivia (True or False):
  1. Carrots are better for you raw than cooked.
  2. The first cultivated carrot is believed to originate from the mountains of Afghanistan before the 900s and exhibited purple or yellow roots.
  3. Mel Blanc, the voice of cartoon character Bugs Bunny, reportedly did not like carrots.
  4. The orange carrot that we know today is orange for entirely political reasons.
  5. Carrots have lots of vitamin C and that is why they are orange.
  6. Bear and Vinny (my two dogs) hate carrots. Every time I peel a carrot they run under the bed.

Ohhhh a carrot


  1. False- Cooked carrots helps to break down their tough cellular walls. It’s hard to properly chew carrots and optimally benefit from the beta-carotene content. In the body, beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A, which is beneficial for bone health, the immune system, and vision. According to a 2008 report in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, cooked carrots made its antioxidants, most notably carotenoids, more ready available to the body.
  2. True- The first cultivated carrot did not have orange roots, but rather purple and yellow (often referred to as white). The orange carrot didn’t appear till the 17th century.
  3. True- Apparently, Mel Blanc was allergic to carrots.
  4. True- In the 17th century, Dutch growers are thought to have cultivated orange carrots as a tribute to William of Orange – who led the the struggle for Dutch independence – and the color stuck.
  5. False- The orange pigment comes from Vitamin A, more specifically the phytochemical beta-carotene. One medium sized carrot provides more than 200% of your daily requirement of vitamin A. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a natural chemical that the body changes into vitamin A. The deeper orange the carrot, the more beta-carotene you’re getting.
  6. False- My dogs are obsessed with carrots. As soon as they hear the peeler hit the carrot they are lined up waiting for their little treat.

Dogs and Carrots


Tri-colored Roasted Carrots with Fresh Herbs

roasted carrots







  • 12 carrots (I found a bag of Tri-colored at Trader Joes, but orange will do as well!)
  • 3 Tablespoons Grape Seed Oil
  • A pinch of Sea Salt
  • A pinch of Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • Approximately 1/4 cup of loosely packed Fresh Herbs (I have Rosemary, Basil, and Thyme growing on my deck so I used those for this recipe)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cut carrots into 3 inch sticks (should look like french fries) and arrange in a large glass baking dish.  Toss the carrots with grape seed oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh herbs until well mixed.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 20-25 minutes covered, and an additional 5 minutes uncovered.  Serve warm!

11:29 pm

1st Annual Heat Yoga Conference this September!


September 19th-21st, 2014

Located at Heat Yoga in Maple Grove


The conference features 2 full days of workshops for beginners, advanced students, teachers, and studio owners, as well as local vendors and a Saturday Night Yoga Celebration!


Tickets go on sale in August! 


Stay connected with HYC updates on our website or in studio. 

11:28 pm

More New Faces at Heat!

Nicole Christianson has joined our teaching staff! Nicole is a recent graduate of our YogaWorks Teacher Training Program. Nicole will be teaching at our Maple Grove Studio starting in July. Check out our staff page to learn more about Nicole! Also, look for a familiar face from behind the front desk on the teaching schedule! Our very own, Anna Rose Bakke, will start teaching at our Blaine Studio on this Sunday, July 6th!