Hot Flow Yoga
Hot Flow created by Sally Flanagan is a ninety-minute Hot Yoga class influenced by the twenty-six postures of Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga and Flow Yoga.
Hot Flow combines Bikram poses with the sun salutations and focuses on shoulder stretches and hip openers. It is a dynamic yoga practice, excellent for building strength, flexibility and balance. The heated room assists the practitioner in sweating. This allows the body to release toxins resulting in a healthy system. The heat warms the body up helping the student to stretch beyond her flexibility without the risk of injury. Hot Flow introduces people to Ujai breathing and the Flow aspect of yoga which increases lung capacity. Concentration, focus and meditation are
Key aspects of a Hot Flow class and assist in centering the body and focusing the mind. Hot Flow guides the student through deep relaxation both in and out of the postures. When deep relaxation occurs the body releases stress and strain responsible for all disease and illness. .Here in lies the healing power of yoga. Yoga is the only form of yoga from which we gain energy as opposed to loose it.
Hot Flow is the perfect practice for people who have been doing Bikram for a long time and want to expand their yoga practice but who enjoy the heated room. It is excellent for people who are new to Flow and other styles of yoga as it teaches the basic sun salutation in a simple and precise way.
Hot Flow Teachers
My yoga journey started in 2007 with a hot-as-hell Bikram Yoga class right here in Jozi. Since then Yoga has been a way to ground, heal and express myself. In 2009 I attended a Vinyasa Yoga Teachers Training and a Yoga Experience YTT in 2010 ever since then I have been sharing what I know to the best of my ability. As we grow as people and yogis there are different things which become important in our practice, it’s a constant flow of evolution. Yoga has been my path to self discovery and acceptance.
The practice and amazing people I met in classes supported me in recovery from an eating disorder, depression as well as all the fun and light times. My yoga teachers were there to love me until I learned to love myself and that’s the space I like to hold for my students. A space of safety, freedom of expression and love. I hope to meet you on mat soon.
Nazreen Omar initially embarked on a YogaKids Teacher Training program in the USA from 2005. She took three years to complete this elite training program for yoga for children. She began her stint as a kids yoga teacher in August 2005 and taught yoga to young children, teenagers and children with special needs. As the only South African to be fully certified and recognised internationally on this program she also trains school teachers, yoga teaches and other professionals working with children the YogaKids program.
In light of her yoga path she further trained with Sally Flanagan owner of Yoga Experience in Illovo, Johanesburg in 2010. The Hot Flow yoga training program gave Nazreen her breakthrough into the world of teaching yoga to adults. In April 2011 she set off to the USA to train with Bikram Choudhary at his Yoga College of India in Los Angeles. After the intensive nine weeks Nazreen returned to South Africa as a cerified Bikram yoga teacher. She currently joins a strong, passionate and dedicated team of other Bikram yoga teaches at Yoga Experience in Illovo and at the Yoga Republic in Randburg.
Sally studied Dramatic Art at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and went on to discover Bikram Yoga when she was traveling in the United States in 1998. She received her Bikram Yoga Teacher Training certification in Los Angeles, CA, July of 1999 where she studied under Bikram. She was the 1st person from Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the Bikram yoga teacher training.
She founded Bikram Yoga Jozi in June of 2003 with then business partner Louise Boraine. In 2006, sally became the sole owner of Bikram Yoga Jozi. Over the past 5 years Sally has inspired 14 me
n & woman to attend the training. Johannesburg now hosts 3 Bikram Yoga studios: Bikram yoga Jozi, Fourways and Randburg.
While living in Los Angeles, CA, Sally trained in various other yoga disciplines namely Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, Tri-Yoga and power yoga. She has attended classes and workshops with Shiva Rae, Brian Kest, Seann Corn, Ana Forrest, Kali Ray, Gurmukh among others. Sally practices Transcendental & other forms of Meditation.
“I love Yoga, and sharing its light to manifest positive changes to this world is my life-path.”
Bruce led a typical pedestrian life, with two degrees in Engineering and an MBA. In 2006 he studied Reiki and then Mindfulness training and so began his journey into conscious and mindful living. This was followed by further esoteric and traditional studies; eventually leading him to Yoga.
In 2011 Bruce became a certified teacher of Vinyasa Yoga taught by Cherryl Duncan and Sarah Bentz of Living Yoga. Their teachings inspired him to teach others to experience Yoga. In 2013, to enrich his teachings, he completed the international Jivamukti Yoga 300hr teacher training course with Sharon Gannon and David Life. In 2014, he followed this up with a course in traditional Yoga meditation run by Abhyasa Ashram.
His love for Yoga now reflects through his teaching with emphasis on the Yogi’s individual requirements, irrespective of their level of practice, and acts as a “guide” for the Yogi on their journey.
His current interests relate to all aspects of Yoga, traditional Yogic practices, mantra, knowledge, devotion, with emphasis on pranayama and meditation.
All the teachings of Yoga are within our fabric and Bruce encourages students to rediscover the joy of Yoga for themselves through their own regular practice on and off the mat. Yoga unites us back with our creative source, and only the student can do this for themselves, becoming their own teacher.
“Yoga is a personal journey and it is my honour to guide students with confidence and joy on the path that is Yoga
To me Yoga is learning to use the body more skillfully. Over time what was difficult becomes easy, what was awkward becomes familiar, so I keep working with more and more difficult and crazy postures. The point is not these postures though, I’m looking for a very specific response from my body; Discomfort. The Body/Mind can feel uncomfortable for many reasons;
– Maybe I’m working really hard and so gaining Strength and Endurance.
– Maybe a stretch is really intense, so I’m working into deep layers of tension.
– Maybe a posture is difficult or scary, so it brings up fear and limiting-beliefs I hold onto: (I can’t do this, I’m not strong enough, I’m not flexible enough, etc)
In “sitting” with discomfort I often find stored long-term tension and emotions that no longer serve me and, at times, I am able to release and move beyond them.
I used to think of my body as a tool, something which I use as I want, now I think of it more in terms of a domestic animal that I have a relationship with. This relationship can be healthy or discordant. Some days my body is beautifully open and strong, other days it feels tight and week. I’ve had to learn compassion to allow my body it’s seasons. I believe strong, vigorous exercise helps to release daily tension, burning off excess “flight/fright” chemicals in the body, so in my classes I like to juxtapose strong, intense work with deep, relaxing release.