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Barry Sinclair: 1200 Classes and Counting!

Karma Krew Since 2014

1200 Classes and Counting


We have so much to be grateful for at The Hot Room during our five-year celebration! The success of our studios would not be possible without the support of our community. To commemorate this support, we’ve decided it is only natural to choose Barry Sinclair as our next student spotlight. Barry is one of The Hot Room’s most dedicated and kind-hearted yogis to ever grace The Hot Room. He truly works and practices from a place of positivity and gratitude, and that energy is infectious. Since practicing at The Hot Room, Barry has taken nearly 1,200 classes and logged almost 1,500 hours of yoga. This doesn’t include the countless hours Barry contributes as a Karma Krew Yogi. We can’t imagine how many towels he’s folded, floors he’s mopped and fruit he’s chopped. Here’s what Barry has to say about his life at The Hot Room:


What’s life like for you outside of your yoga practice at The Hot Room?

Life is great outside the Hot Room!  Much of that is due to the many positive side effects I receive from my practice. Health, happiness and relationships just to name a few


When did you join The Hot Room community and what motivates you to continue to come back?

I joined the Hot Room community in 2013 a week or two after the studio opened. The community itself keeps me coming back. The students and staff are so inspiring!  I am far beyond grateful!  


What forms of yoga do you practice and why?

Mainly the Original Hot Yoga for the physical benefits. I also enjoy Hot Power Vinyasa, Hot Power Sculpt, and lately the Inferno Pilates. I find that when practicing all of these forms they feed off of each other. My body and strength are more balanced. 


What is your favorite posture?

My favorite posture is by far Camel! It makes me feel wide open powerful yet vulnerable intensely aware and indescribably invigorated. 


You’ve attended nearly 1,200 classes at The Hot Room! What does that number mean to you?

That number probably means at least a million things. It means I have fallen down and gotten back up at least ten thousand times I still consider myself a beginner. You should see my Standing Head to Knee—at this point I can only laugh. It means countless times I have been beyond grateful to myself and our community.


You’ve been with The Hot Room since the beginning. How have you seen our community change and evolve over the years?

I am amazed by the number of students who have also been practicing at the Hot Room since the beginning. That says a lot. I am also amazed by all of the new faces I see every week. It is such a unique opportunity to see and sometimes be a part of their transformation.


Tell us about your Original Hot Yoga Teacher Training experience?

Initially because it is my goal to teach. I had seen firsthand the products of the program in some of the great teachers we have on our staff. It taught me that I have so much more to learn. I would highly encourage anyone one interested in Original Hot Yoga to pursue a training at The Hot Room. In addition to providing the tools to become a great teacher it provides detailed anatomy, effective public speaking, yoga history and philosophy.    




Why One Class Is Not Enough


The dedication of our students inspires us daily. Every student has their own reason for coming to The Hot Room, but once in class, we embrace the heat together. Tammy Millott, who’s been practicing with us since 2016, describes her own personal journey with hot yoga.
Tammy is one of those faces that brightens the studio with just the flash of her smile.
After 32 years of nursing, Tammy was looking to show herself some compassion and healing and found this in The Hot Room. 
During her first class, Tammy thought to herself, ‘Maybe this isn’t for me’ after feeling a little nauseous and weak. She admits that her first few experiences with hot yoga were definitely challenging, but these hurdles reeled her in. With self-doubting thoughts rushing throughout her mind during class, she began to realize her ability to overcome these thoughts.
The progression of Tammy’s yoga journey only grew from there, recognizing more and more what her body truly needed. “I gradually learned what I needed to drink and how often I needed to drink,” Tammy expressed. She always assumed she kept herself hydrated, but realized after taking hot yoga that she was nowhere where she needed to be.
“I just felt detoxified and alive,” Tammy said.
How do YOU feel after your practice?!


How Yoga Helps With Your Busy Schedule


Our students here at The Hot Room have seen all kinds of transformations, not only physically, but also in their day-to-day life. Shawn Scott, student and now instructor (YAY!), explains why she is thankful that she found a home in The Hot Room.
Shawn began practicing with us in 2015 and within her first year, she lost 30-40lbs, developed a lot of strength and toned her body like she never had before.
Not only is her dedication to this practice evident on the outside, but she also saw other aspects of her life enhance as she deepened her practice. She accredits yoga to her increase in focus at her job, something her colleagues even noticed! “To get the output they need from me, I’ve got to go and do this,” she said.
Her husband, who also practices at The Hot Room, notices how much yoga effects Shawn’s life. He realized that the energy that she puts into her practice allows her to give back more to her family at home.
The one resource we all wish we had more of is time. Shawn’s absolute favorite class is the 90 minute Original Hot Yoga, which can turn into a 2-hour commitment. But she learned to build her practice into her busy schedule, claiming that yoga is an irreplaceable part of her life. 
If Shawn can figure out how to balance a busy, structured work schedule, a fun-filled family life and hot yoga, YOU can too!


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