My first class was challenging! I was glad to just make it through the 90 minutes. At first I was relieved but there was also an immediate sense of pride for staying in the room and trying something new and something entirely for myself. It was one of the most difficult physical challenges I had put my body through in a long time. I had expected it to be, but I was surprised how I felt even hours later. I was energized from within and knew that I wanted that to continue.
I am more limber than I was a year ago and I've also built strength. In addition, I've also begun to be more conscious of the mind/body connection and have had brief and fleeting moments when my mental strength has been able to calm the physical reaction to the challenge of the practice. I've maintained a healthy diet for most of my life but this practice has encouraged me to be even better about it. We've all experienced an especially challenging class due to dehydration or a poor choice of meal or timing of a meal. I've also been less prone to illness.
Be patient and be present. Take one pose at a time and focus on where your body is during that particular class, during that particular pose.
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
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
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!
We are thrilled to announce that The Hot Room is opening a second location - this time in Downtown Indianapolis!! The Hot Room - Downtown will be located at 305 E New York Street (corner of New York and Alabama) - at the original Indianapolis Firehouse! A perfect location, don't you think?? Construction is currently underway and we are planning to open doors later this summer. Please follow The Hot Room on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest updates. We are so thankful for the support we've received from our current students and the larger Indianapolis yoga community. We are looking forward to helping to grow the yoga community and contribute to the changing face of downtown Indianapolis.
Look out! Indy's about to get even hotter! ☀
Meet Marti and Eric, our June Students of the Month!
They have been married for almost 39 years and we love that they have recently started their yoga practice together!
"The first class was very hard. I was very hot and it was a challenge to do most of the yoga. My girls had encouraged me to try it and so I felt I needed to try. We did not know exactly what to expect and were completely new to yoga, but everyone has made us feel very welcome from the very first class. It was challenging but well worth the experience. I'm seeing toning in some areas which I definitely need and I have more endurance doing yard work. I have lost weight, gained endurance, and feel better after taking the classes. Hydrate starting the day before. Your progress is your own. There are all different levels in the class and you don't feel intimidated. Don't moan. The instructors are very encouraging and give lots of pointers. At the end of class they aren’t saying have a nice day, it is Namaste. It is certainly worth trying, it seems to be a very total workout without pounding your joints. Don't be afraid to try it and keep going."