Hot Yoga can change your life. But what's the catch?
You may be UNKNOWINGLY risking injury!
“Gabrielle Raiz - The Hot Yoga Doctor.”
Perhaps, like me, you first chose hot yoga for one or many of the following reasons:
Yes it's true - it's not all roses!
Well ... I'm here to tell you that you may NOT be getting the finesse in the instruction that you deserve ... because many hot yoga classes are taught to a "script"!
Look ... this "teach to a script" method has been great for helping popularize yoga classes, and while many classes seem great, simply following a scripted or recited class makes it much more difficult to dramatically improve your practice and take your benefits to the next level.
Here's the thing ...
The finessing, the nuances, the subtleties, the knowledge of yoga anatomy and the capability to teach to a very high standard do NOT come from using a script to teach yoga.
And it is HARD to find precise information and detailed advice – there is precious little available.
But I hear you say, my classes feel great? Doesn't that mean I am improving anyway?
Yoga is a "practice".
And there is a BIG difference between a great (and safe) practice ... and a bad one where poor habits could well be MULTIPLYING RISKS.
I've witnessed students making classic mistakes time and time again (and some teachers who are unable to offer a correction* because they have never been taught how to correct them).
Even worse, you could happily be following your teacher's script, thinking your movements and pose positions are correct, when in fact, there are times when you could be at risk of injury!
*I really DO want to acknowledge that there are amazing hot yoga teachers that ARE doing a wonderful job – making the "script" their own, changing people's lives - and helping raise the bar.
Hot Yoga is often taught with a recited "script." Why is this bad?
Hot Yoga is no riskier than unheated classes - if you practice correctly.
What are you doing to make sure each class is better than the last?
It really worries me when people say: "Go back until it hurts", "It's supposed to hurt like hell", "Kill yourself".
It should worry you too! ... But only if you are interested in dramatically improving the benefits you get from your own practice.
Any yoga (not just hot yoga) needs much more than a rote-learned, motivational "script" to be safe and effective.
Because if you are serious about getting the most out of your practice, you'll want to learn exactly how to apply accurate techniques to make changes ... but where IS that information?
This is a great question for you to ask!
To answer this I'd like to share a little of my story with you.
Back in 1999 when I first started practicing, I was HOOKED!
I went to class 7 or 8 times a week – and quickly developed a "good" practice. The teachers were great, classes were friendly – and I was often used as an example to other students or even to demonstrate a pose.
But I found it really hard to improve from there – I was missing the "expert tips". There were no corrections for my mistakes that I knew I MUST be making, or help to progress beyond where I was in my practice.
I was desperate to learn more.
So I went to teacher training in Los Angeles. It was amazing to be exposed to 264 other trainees who were as passionate about hot yoga as I was!
As a dentist, I was looking to gain a deeper understanding of hot yoga anatomy; physiology and teaching all body types to benefit from the yoga ... but it fell short of my expectation.
In fact, people who were at my training will probably still remember (fondly I might add!) the public "difference of opinion" I had with one doctor who had presented a medical fact that I knew to be simply wrong. I just couldn't let everyone else walk away with that misconception and potentially pass it on to their own students.
Now let me be straight with you – I am very grateful for my yoga lineage and the various teacher trainings that do bring "yoga to the masses".
But there is no doubt in my mind that this "franchise style method" means that you and I may NOT be getting the full benefit of years of refined experience and wisdom.
It all comes down to this: How are YOU going to get the depth in the poses, the coaching, the adjustments and corrections, the changes in your practice you might need to make just to avoid injury?
How will you uncover the techniques you deserve on YOUR personal journey – when the information simply isn't readily available?
Back in 2001, I was feeling the same way ...
I wanted more, dammit!
A few years ago, I asked visitors at our website – already popular for its huge amount of free information – what they were really looking for.
I was completely shocked at the response!
They were looking for exactly what I was looking for back in 1999 – a definitive instructional guide with precision step-by-step techniques and instructions for how THEY could dramatically improve.
What more motivation did I need? ;)
The Hot Yoga MasterClass™
a 304-page Manual, DVD and 2 x CD Set
What I thought would initially be a step-by-step guide, evolved over 18 months of pouring my heart, soul and sweat into what is now "The Hot Yoga MasterClass™", a 304-page Manual, DVD and 2 x CD Set*.
So now, if:
* DVDs have over 9 hours of class variety, including Double Set, Single Set and a Full 90-Minute Hot Yoga Class.
Here are just a FEW of the hundreds of things you'll learn ...
Comprehensive Manual: Covers practice instructions for all 26 poses from the classic series, including modifications for all body types.
Mistakes and Injuries: Have an injury, or not sure if you are making one of many common mistakes? How to fix almost all common errors, including photos.
A Picture Tells a Thousand Words: We took literally thousands of photos from every angle, to guarantee the clearest, at-a-glance instructions.
"Gabrielle Raiz teaches yoga with the detail and insight you really need to transform yourself and your practice.
Using this beautiful book, you will be able to overcome physical and mental limitations you thought were permanent, and move to a new level of practice that is difficult to achieve just through attending class or practising alone.
I use tips and adjustments that Gabrielle taught me every day of my life, and her book is an inspiration, thank you."
Actor; The Sixth Sense, Dollhouse, The Ghost Writer, Hanna, Manhattan, Victoria and Abdul
"The Hot Yoga MasterClass has completely transformed my Yoga practice. It has helped turn my practice into a much deeper and rewarding experience.
I have been practicing Bikram Yoga for two years and I felt that I had reached a plateau and I was really struggling to find the motivation to return to class.
Yoga is important to me both mentally and physically and I was at a point where I really needed breakthrough to justify the time and energy that I was putting into it. It was the Hot Yoga MasterClass that reinvigorated my practice and helped me improve in 3 areas.
1. Breathing, I was breathing completely wrong and felt like there was no oxygen in the room.
2. Alignment, my shoulders were wrong in many positions and I found that I had general alignment issues that were working against me.
3. Pose by pose technique – The yoga teachers are very good at what they do, but they cannot notice every subtle detail of every individual in the class when there are 20 or more students. The MasterClass breaks down each asana in great detail and gives you a fundamentally sound foundation on which you can build on for each pose.
I would recommend this to anyone who is trying to take their practice to the next level."
Tony from Utah
Imagine a high-quality, US-Letter-sized manual (I'll tell you exactly what is in the DVD and CDs a little later) filled with 744 large, high quality photos and plain-english explanations for every step – INCLUDING common mistakes and how to fix them – and you're starting to get a sense of what I've put together for you.
The Hot Yoga MasterClass™
A premium-quality, 304-page hot yoga reference manual
Here's what's in it:
I'll expand on these various sections in a moment ... but first I need to tell you about the most amazing thing ... the photos and why they will really make the difference.
There are over 740 professionally photographed pictures in the manual (744 to be exact). I spent literally weeks and weeks sifting through the MANY THOUSANDS of shots we took over many days, to find EVERY ANGLE that would make the difference in showing you the exact technique.
I've included ALL the subtleties and nuances I've learned and taught over the years (believe me, some of these are not so easy to photograph!). We had to use a trick set-up with 3-cameras and a fourth roving camera to catch every aspect of every pose as we photographed our models (real students just like you and I) demonstrating them.
We used cameras from every angle! This is a peek behind the scenes.
ALL "technique" shots are LARGE PHOTOS - this makes it very easy to see the incredible detail.
The technique photos are deliberately larger to make it very easy to stand up, try them out and see them from a distance.
The "models" are regular yoga students, just like you and I. Normal bodies. Some flexible, others less so. (Of course I think they do look gorgeous in their outfits too ...).
Mistakes discussed are also shown photographically. Sometimes we had to stop because we were laughing so much trying to do something "deliberately wrong" – but the result was worth the effort.
You'll see EXACTLY what not to do – but more importantly you'll also see HOW TO CORRECT IT.
Each pose chapter is "color-coded" – so it is easy to reference quickly. Even the clothing is color-coded for consistency.
The manual is designed to be a lasting practical tool which will still look great on your coffee table in years to come.
So let me explain the sections in more detail – one of which I think is the absolute key.
An overview of the main elements of the posture, The "Essentials" helps you get clearly focused on the main pose objectives.
Funnily enough, it isn't always the obvious challenge in certain poses that makes them tricky to get "just right ". I've singled out what I've found to be the real key (or keys in many cases) to making the pose work effectively, no matter what depth you practice to.
This is where the rubber meets the road – this section literally takes you step-by-step through the pose:
There is really too much to list here, but I also reference the best breathing rhythm for the pose and various other tips and techniques to guide you through the posture.
Each and every step is accompanied by photographs demonstrating that exact step.
It is also color-coded so the steps stand-out on the page - this makes it super-easy to follow each step as you are practicing the pose.
Where there are variations between "sets", or there is a "deeper version" these are included here.
Gabrielle's Master Class book and DVD's have become an essential part of my practice.
While I practice in a studio, I have learned more about technique from Gabrielle than I have in class, and in a much shorter time! The studio instructors are great but aren't always able to refine individual techniques. This I have learned from Gabrielle.
Her work is a perfect accompaniment to any practice! It is precise, it is detailed, it is expertly explained.
There is more information here for every aspect of hot yoga than a dozen or more resources combined. If someone is serious about their practice and/or really just wants to get what they're "supposed' to get from hot yoga, you can't pass up this resource!!!
What Gabrielle has provided is absolutely INVALUABLE. Thank you, Namaste.
I believe this is totally unique! I have never seen a yoga book – let alone a hot yoga manual – where so much detailed effort has been put into showing photos of REAL PEOPLE doing the poses WRONG ... along with text and photos of HOW TO FIX THEM.
I have put every ounce of my years of discovery into this section – every pose chapter includes this, including Savasana – so if there's a common mistake you've come across and have been wondering how to fix it, you'll most likely find it in this section!
Where possible, I've placed the mistake and the "correct alignment" together, with a checkmark (tick) on the correct pose so it's easy to find.
ALL mistake photos are bordered so they are clearly differentiated from the much larger "technique" photos.
You'll always be clear which is which!
Also in the "common mistakes" section are some "gray areas". Not everyone's body can do every pose in the way it is intended, so there ARE exceptions where a modification can "look" like a mistake, when it isn't. Where this is the case, I spell out acceptable modifications, along with photos labeled with an asterisk (*).
There is a unique and very comprehensive section for every pose,
called "Common mistakes and how to fix them"
"Bikram yoga needs to be practiced correctly in order to achieve the benefits and success in the poses. I found this out the hard way. My lower back was in so much pain after my first 2 [public studio] classes that I had to make weekly visits to an Osteotherapist. Rather than give up yoga ('cause isn't is supposed to be good for your back?) I googled and came up with your website, ordered the book and video and 'voila' – the pain has disappeared.
The book now sits proudly on my coffee table and is frequently read by family and friends. Very informative. Congratulations and thank you!"
The Hot Yoga MasterClass™ is a deliberately large paperback.
This is so you can extract maximum detail from each high-definition picture. We used a three camera setup during the photo-shoots so that side, front and overhead photos could be taken while the student was in the pose. We also used a roving camera for super-duper detailed close-ups and funky angles.
I designed the manual in a large US-letter-sized paperback format so you can gain maximum benefit from all these amazing photos!
Yes ... it's true, you can't learn everything from a book!
Sometimes, to obtain the maximum benefits, you need to hear the instructions AND see the image at the same time.
So I've made a very unique DVD to help you really FOCUS.
Because it uses the live soundtrack from my classes! You'll hear me instructing the very details explained in the manual – and you'll also hear this in a live environment with real students (I even mention them by name during the class!).
(Click "Play" below to watch snippets from DVD Vol I)
Quite uniquely, I have gone a few steps further and put crystal-clear detailed and precise photographic demonstrations at each exact point on the DVD where the audio track mentions them (watch the snippet above and you'll see what I mean).
Running out of time? Wish you had a 60-min class? Simply use the DVD menu, select your class variation, press "play" ... and you're good to go!
Total "running time" (all class variations): 5 hrs 50mins
The DVD is REGION FREE, professionally pressed & printed (not burned) and will play on any DVD Player or Computer and on both NTSC and PAL systems.
When you order the Hot Yoga MasterClass Package, you’ll ALSO receive an instant Video File Download of DVD Volume One, so you can ‘get your learning on’ ... immediately!
Hardwire better technique into your practice from today!
The DVD is perfect for giving you technically excellent pose instruction. You’ll see, hear and read onscreen the best way to do each pose in an integrated, concise and precise way.
I also think that at some point, you want to focus on just yourself and not watch poses on a screen!
So you also have a full 90-minute Class on 2 x CDs - a different "mood" class to the DVD, but with the same poses; same sequence of course!
This is a challenging and compassionate class with just the right amount of technical detail.
This class was recorded live at one of our Teacher Training programs in Costa Rica.
It has the energy of an interactive class with plenty of corrections yet deliberately uses no students' names.
This makes it absolutely perfect for developing a focused non-distractible practice!
Recorded in superb-quality, sparkling clear audio.
Click the player below to listen to a short sample (Second set of Back Bend and into Pada Hastasana):
Brand New 90-minute Class!
And I'm sure you're also thinking ... "how much is this all going to cost?".
To be honest, I've had marketing experts who have seen the Hot Yoga MasterClass™ manual tell me that up to $350 is not unreasonable for such detailed and highly photographic material of a limited nature. I guess they must be thinking about the text-books they had to purchase at Harvard!
No ... it's way less than that!
"A GREAT compliment for you: I went to Bikram yoga studio in Buenos Aires and they asked me in which studio I learnt to do the poses so well.
I told them that I study at home with your MasterClass. I am very proud and think you should be proud as well!
It is not that I am so advanced, but they were saying I paid so much attention to my alignment."
My aim is to keep the manual down to about the price of a typical monthly pass or around 6 classes (class prices vary enormously by the way!).
You can do the sums for yourself: You could go to class 5 times per week for up to a year. In that time, you would literally spend well over $1,000 on monthly passes but STILL not make the kind of IMMEDIATE improvements that other owners of The Hot Yoga MasterClass™ are raving about.
I am so certain that you will love this package that I'm giving you my 100% satisfaction guarantee*!
I guarantee that if The Hot Yoga MasterClass™ Manual does NOT improve your practice way more than 15 classes ever could, then I'll give you a 100% refund! (You have a full 60-days under my Guarantee*. Does not include shipping.)
I know from the feedback already given to me by many happy students that it is the COMBINATION of the Manual and DVDs that ACCELERATES your breakthroughs - and your enjoyment of all the wonderful benefits.
So I'm going to go out on a limb and make you a special offer that will save you over $51.00 AND ship free ... if you order today, I'll also include an extra 90-minute Class on MP3!
For a limited time only - every copy of the Color Paperback Package purchased from our site also comes with a BONUS 90-Minute MP3 (Valued at $14.99).
Perfect for traveling; put it on your iPod, iPhone, "Tablet of choice"... and this is the same 90-Minute Class as the DVD: Practice to the audio; learn from the DVD!
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"Well … I feel the same as everyone else about the HYMC complete set. I love it all.
It has helped me in so many ways to "fine tune" postures in my Bikram classes, my breathing and concentration and I too go through page by page for each posture and watch the corresponding DVD so that when I go to my next class I can practice what I have just learned.
It too makes me excited for my next class. I highly recommend this set to anyone. You won't be disappointed. :)"
"I was introduced to Bikram yoga during college back in 1980 when he released his orange book (no longer published, I believe)."
The instruction in this book excelled my practice beyond my expectations. The breakdown and explanation of poses far surpasses Bikram's books.
This book has made my practice 100% better, more enjoyable and much more beneficial. I have corrected a number of things I was doing wrong! It is worth every penny!"
I just received my Master Class order. I wanted to tell you that I am more than impressed!! I have been teaching Bikram yoga for 5 years. The Master Class will be a great resource.
I do value the Bikram training, I learned a lot about myself, but I have learned to teach from teaching.
The strict dialogue used in most classes doesn’t touch on all of the important information that you have included in your book. I can’t wait to immerse myself in the Master Class. The book is beautiful as well as informative. I’m also excited to take the classes on the DVDs, I am in the process of building my home studio.
"A problem that I could not seem to fix for 7 months (even with private lessons) was resolved when I read page 45."
I believe wholeheartedly that thousands of students are missing out on massive benefits, simply because they lack access to practical, precise resources.
When you use the Hot Yoga MasterClass™ you'll be free from wondering class after class if you "got something right".
No more trying to get hold of a busy teacher to discuss "something that doesn't feel quite right" or a pose you "just don't get".
And no need to spend tons of money on private lessons (typically anywhere from $100 to $225 per lesson) - because ALL you need is in The Hot Yoga MasterClass™. By my calculations, you'd actually save money - less classes needed to "learn" - more classes getting the REAL benefits you are going for!
I am excited to help you discover a far more satisfying hot yoga practice - but more importantly, to help you make the changes you really want in your life.
What are you waiting for? Join me now!
PS. Remember you have my 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. I guarantee that if The Hot Yoga MasterClass™ Manual does NOT improve your practice way more than 15 classes ever could, then I'll give you a 100% refund! (You have a full 60-days under my Guarantee*. Does not include shipping.)