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Ann Marie Elliot: I know I can do great things


Our students all possess a unique story on how this practice has impacted their life. Each has their own reason for walking through the doors at The Hot Room. They have all experienced some form of transformation from this practice. During the month of October, we will be sharing several student and staff stories to acknowledge their transformations. Get ready to be inspired and read on about Ann Marie's transformation at The Hot Room:
The best answers don't often come all at once. Sometimes they reveal themselves in a slow burn, until you suddenly realize the world has changed. Things have improved. You've come through to another side of your journey.
I'm no stranger to searching for answers. I've struggled with my mental health for as long as I can remember. An eating disorder, wrong diagnoses, and hospitalization. Lost friends and relationships. I moved to the other side of the world to get away from myself (which anyone who has done this can attest is never a good idea).
It's been a long road: starting treatment, quitting treatment, new doctors, therapists, and diagnoses, new meds, ups, and downs. I met a psychiatrist who told me I had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and things started to click.
I still can't believe it took me so long to find The Hot Room.
I struggled on and off meds. Had an extremely inconsistent yoga practice, and wrestled with my mental health, my disordered eating, and general outlook on life. The unpredictability of everything gave me such an overwhelming sense of dread.
The minute I stepped into the heat, things started to shift in a way they never had before.
I've got to be honest, I hated my first Original Hot Yoga class. I barely made it through, felt awful, and went home talking about how I had no idea how I would ever do it again.
But then I did. And I sucked. And I did it again. And I sucked less. Suddenly, my brain felt like it was putting itself in order. I had done yoga before, but never in this type of heat. Never in a place where I was so supported to grow my practice.
I started having conversations with those around me, laughing, and saying “yoga keeps my brain organized”. I signed up for Hot Power Vinyasa Teacher Training. I started to love bikram. Doors opened for me to live authentically and love deeply.
For years I was waiting for an answer to smack me in the face. I was determined to flip a switch and be better, and it never worked that way.
Yoga wasn't the answer. Wanting to change was an answer. Talking to people and seeking help was an answer.
The heat was an answer, lowering my cortisol levels. The postures were an answer, learning to hold strength where I needed and softness where I could allow rest. The demands of the room were an answer, as every little thing I do to my body shows up in there: did I sleep enough? Eat enough of the right things? Have a drink too many? Have I been caring for my body?
The healing was an answer. Filling my cup with the community of yogis around me was an answer.
Suddenly, I looked around, and my life had changed without me noticing. Recovery isn't linear; all my problems aren't solved. But I have a groundedness in my body that I have never had before. Knowing that I did that for myself, in that room, with all its ways of showing me the truth about myself, I know I can do great things.




Jennifer Huss: Finding the Fountain of Youth

Our students all possess a unique story on how this practice has impacted their life. Each has their own reason for walking through the doors at The Hot Room. They have all experienced some form of transformation from this practice. During the month of October, we will be sharing several student stories to acknowledge their transformations. Get ready to be inspired and read on to learn how Jennifer Huss transformed her life at The Hot Room:
Recently I decided I was going to take back my physical health, so I started working out at home. I progressed into the gym and signed up for my first obstacle course race. This race consisted of 13 miles and 20 obstacles. Sixty pounds later and four races under my belt I was feeling good but not great. The cardio, circuit training and weights left me feeling tired and worn. I also felt pressure to keep it up but there wasn't a workout to recover and replenish me. I tried Bikram yoga while on vacation, and the day I returned home I sought out a hot yoga studio and found The Hot Room. 
I joined The Hot Room in April 2017, and in a short amount of time I realized THR is my fountain of youth and it restores me. I feel energized, challenged, inspired and accomplished when I leave. When I started going to THR I found it to be my oasis. It was only me, I knew no one, I knew nothing about yoga and it was fresh. No one needed anything from me and I just took it all in. The Hot Room regenerated me and brought me through to the next stage of my life. Yoga is my therapy, downtime for my mind and a time to be kind to my body.
My physical transformation during my time at THR includes losing 13 additional pounds. I also feel lean and better aligned. The mental and emotional benefits I've received from my practice have improved my life substantially. I take the peaceful focused atmosphere inside the room outside with me when I leave.  My reaction to the world is like my breath—calm and steady. I learned to let situations be what they are and no more.
I have developed such a strong passion for my practice that I went to Sterling Hot Yoga Teacher Training in Puerto Morelos, Mexico for four weeks this summer. The training and the people I met were incredible.  My transformation continues as I develop my teaching style and prepare to get on the podium and lead class. I have this new passion in my life to inspire others. That is one of the most positive aspects of my transformation.
The students at The Hot Room inspire me daily. It's a hard and disciplined practice, and I admire everyone that accomplishes their goal to get in the room day after day. I also love the way The Hot Room involves the students. The contests, challenges and recognition are well utilized platforms to motivate and create a sense of team. Who doesn't want to be on a winning team like The Hot Room? You never lose here!


Preciss Stone: Experiencing Transformation One Breath at a Time


Our instructors all possess a unique story on how this practice has impacted their life. Each has their own reason for walking through the doors at the Hot Room and sharing the gift they’ve been so graciously granted, but they have one goal for their students: for them to experience the same transformation from this practice that they have. The Hot Room staff spotlight this month could not be more PERFECT for our theme of the month: Transform Your Life.
Preciss Stone has transformed in more ways than one through The Hot Room, as a practitioner, a teacher and an individual. She continues to strengthen the relationship between the mind and body through one thing - the breath. After only 6 short months of practice, Preciss’s instant infatuation with hot yoga inspired her enough to become a teacher herself. Becoming a teacher not only allowed her to strengthen her own practice, but it also granted her the opportunity to positively affect others’ lives. While Preciss has experienced immense personal growth through The Hot Room, she’s also been able to watch the community around her flourish and transform TOGETHER over the last 5 years. Here are some wise words from Preciss about her intimate relationship with hot yoga:

When did you decide to teach, and what was the tipping point to enter the Original Hot Yoga teacher training?

It was not even a year into my practice. I actually decided 6 months into the practice that I wanted to teach. This style of yoga was like nothing I have ever done. I felt so invigorated and challenged. I wanted to continue this feeling and figure out a way to bring this same feeling to others. I wanted to find a way to incorporate this into my community. Simply my love for it right from the start is why I wanted to teach.

How have you transformed through the years as a teacher?

I’ve transformed by learning more about compassion and how to apply compassion to each and every person who comes to practice at The Hot Room. Everyone that comes through our doors is dealing with something. You have to give everyone the space and allow people to get out what they need to in The Hot Room—it’s never personal. As a teacher it is my responsibility to hold the space for them and keep them safe. It’s huge to me to keep everyone safe mentally and physically.

How do you apply yoga outside of the studio?

Everyday life is breath. One breath at a time. I’ve been more aware of my breath, which is the foundation of everything I do. I’ve learned how to breathe and be more grounded in everything I do. I’ve also learned how to control my breath and how I look at things through my breath. It truly makes a world of difference.

What is your favorite posture? Your least favorite?

I have two favorites: Triangle in the standing series and Camel in the floor series. They are both challenging and invigorating at the same time. Each time I practice I feel like I break through another barrier. I always try to take myself to a new place in these postures each day. I look at myself as a blank canvas and listen to the words so I can learn more about me. For my least favorite, awkward part three. I cringe every single time I do this posture, but I am also thankful for it because it challenges me. It challenges me because when I think about some of the injuries I’ve endured, and how I must rely on my muscle strength in my legs and abdominals. I’ve learned to embrace the things I’ve disliked through this posture.
Describe what you see watching The Hot Room community grow over the past five years.
I can’t even begin to describe what I’ve witnessed. It’s amazing because it’s five years of The Hot Room helping the community live their best life. I’ve seen five years of sweat, hard work and determination, with so many members coming through our door with the same goal. It’s been a huge influx of different bodies and diversity. Not just in race, but diversity in body shapes and gender. It’s really amazing to see how the community has transformed. The Hot Room community truly makes this yoga accessible to every BODY!


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