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Even though that first class I practically melted, it turns out that regular classes are even hotter. But it didn't matter though, I was already hooked! I liked that I could concentrate through the heat to find a posture. I loved the challenge. I also loved that the Hot Room is a judgement free zone so I am my only competition. The staff are very knowledgeable, too. I've had several different teachers in the past month--each have a different style and emphasize different points so I learn something new each class that allows me go deeper into a stretch or hold a posture longer. I am much more toned. I trained for a half marathon for 12 weeks earlier this year but I actually saw more results from completing the 30-day challenge at the Hot Room! Hydrate! Even on days you don't go to class. Be patient with yourself and breathe to ease into those tough postures. Camel is the most fun for me! Half moon is my second favorite because I've experienced the most improvement here. My first couple weeks of classes, I hated that posture, but now I look forward to the backbend and really challenge myself to see my reflection in the window--I'm almost there!
I remember my first class like it was yesterday, it was on a Saturday and the place was packed. I came in to class without water and fresh off two cups of coffee; I was completely caught off guard. I have never experienced the range of emotions like I did during that 90 minute class; I was hot, sweaty, dizzy, nauseous, mad, confused, and ready to be done. After class I thought, "never again", however I wasn't going to give in that easy.
I returned to THR the very next day because I was determined to make it through the entire class without hitting the floor in total exhaustion. The class was just as hard, however I was better prepared mentally. I made it through and was hooked.
Health benefits for me have been as much mental as they have been physical. Physically, my back pain, balance, flexibility, strength and energy level have all improved tremendously. Mentally, my practice has taught me how to "be comfortable in uncomfortable situations.” Gaining this skill and applying it in real life has helped me through numerous situations both in my profession and personal life.
My advice to new students is to really listen. This will help maintain your focus and composure during class, thus leading to a more productive and enjoyable practice.
My favorite posture is standing head to knee because it’s fun, rewards patiences, and feels great!
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