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
"My first class felt like the longest 90 minutes of my life, although I was amazed when I was able to get into some postures that I had never been able to before."
What made you come back?
"A sincere hope that the instructors were telling the truth about the second class being better than the first, coupled with a strong desire to get into shape. Since the second class was much better, I stuck with it and now can't imagine it not being a part of my life. When I first started my practice I was overweight and out of shape, but have since returned to the size I was in my early twenties and am in the best shape of my life. In addition, I am a much more patient person these days.
Advice to new students:
"Come to class as often as you can during your first month and be patient with yourself. Acclimating to this yoga can take awhile, but it is so worth it. Give it a chance and it really can change your life."
Join us August 4-6th for a kids yoga camp with Nikki Tam!
Practice yoga, learn how to make nutritious smoothies and perform a yoga routine on the last day. Ages 5+
$50 for all three days/$25 for a single day