Alisha Medina

I have been involved with the Polynesian culture since I was 6 years old.  I started taking Polynesian dance lessons at that age and continue to this day.  Back in 2009, there was talk about HOT HULA at the studio where I was dancing.  It piqued my interest so I decided to attend an instructor training to see what it was all about.  Now, I didn't attend with the intention of becoming an instructor.  You see, I was almost 240lbs with very little self-confidence.  Long story short...I have now been an HHf instructor for over 3 years and I am about 30lbs lighter then I was when I started!  I am still a work in progress, but every day I continue on the road to better fitness and health.  If it hadn't been for HOT HULA, I might still be that shy, "big" girl in the oversized shirt standing in the back of the room! I was attracted to HHf because I already had an attraction to the culture and the dance form.  I am Poly at heart!  I LOVE that HOT HULA cultivates love and support amongst its members.  From day One I have felt welcomed, wanted and needed.  Everyone has a special place in HHf and every time I get back to a class that I haven't been able to attend in a while it's like coming home! It is very fulfilling to teach HHf.  Not only does it keep me accountable because I have a class full of people waiting for me, but it gives me that opportunity to encourage my members to keep on going and pushing forward regardless of their fitness level or health level.  My members are an encouragement to me every day.  When I'm teaching, I am just part of the class with them.  I want to be an inspiration to others out there that have the state of mind I was in when I first started.  I want them to know that they can exercise, raise their level of fitness and health, and have fun doing it.  

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my kids.  They amaze me every day with their talents and beauty, and I am forever grateful that I get to be their mom. When I die, I would like people to remember that I found great joy in serving others.