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!