This past year, change has been a common theme in my life. Although some of these changes are exciting, many of them are difficult and sad. I decided to give the 10 classes for $10 a try over spring break. The hot yoga classes are challenging, but they are also something else, they are my grounding force. When I feel that so much of my world is out of control, they are a safe space where I can focus my attention on the present moment and heal. Each session I leave feeling a little bit stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Nikki J :
I am so thankful for how HYFL has impacted my life and health. In just six months, I have become stronger, more flexible and coordinated than I have ever been. My friends really notice. At 58, I am often the oldest in a class, but it doesn't matter. All instructors are expert, encouraging, and engaging. Everyone has their own personality and style, but Is consistent and respectful. This experience is probably the reason i was barely injured in a recent bicycle crash. You'll be seeing me around for a long time.
My main form of exercise has always been long-distance running. This year in the course of a 22 mile run I suffered an injury to my right foot that has prevented me from running at all. I feel so fortunate that the Hot Yoga for Life Studio came to my neighborhood or I would have never discovered hot yoga. The hot yoga classes have allowed me to maintain fitness while I recover from my injury and has opened my eyes to how powerful this form of yoga can be in building a more balanced fitness. The changes in my body have been amazing and I will definitely continue with hot yoga even when I can run again.
Hot yoga is one of my core life tenets, having discovered it during a very challenging time eight years ago. It has transformed my entire body, including losing weight and gaining muscle. More importantly, it has enabled me to be in touch with my body and my mind-body relationship, in a way I had never known before. I looked all over Portland for a studio that teaches hot yoga, but does so in a way that is mindful, has an atmosphere of zen-like positivity, and allows the teachers to lead the class in the way they choose. I finally found it in HYFL! Thank you!!
I've spent a lot of my life doubting myself and worrying about outcomes. Can I do that? I don't think so. Well, maybe. No, I won't even try. About a month ago I did my first tripod headstand. It was during Jill's 60 minute power vinyasa class. I didn't even realize that we were working up to it and then all of a sudden she said 'Ok, now tripod headstand.' And I just did it! There wasn't time for doubt or worry or fear. Just time to breathe and go.
You know tree pose, where you stand on one leg and bring your palms to touch at your heart? I was hopeless at it. I used to falter every time. I’d cringe when I heard the instructor announce it because I knew I’d soon be swaying this way and that, hopping awkwardly around; trying but inevitably failing to balance. Enter Hot Yoga For Life. One recent evening, as the sweat seeped from my pores, the teacher explained the minute mechanics of the posture. It worked, and I feel like a new woman. No more embarrassment. Success!
I've always been impressed with the staff at HYFL, and in the last few weeks took some classes by Kyra and Sara which were off the charts. Sara's class had about 5 last minute students drop in, and with grace and ease packed the noon class. Everyone was a bit off-center with all the delays and she started us gently in some seated meditations, breathing, then we eased into moving, and next thing you know were off and running. Very skillful reading of the room!
These are very accomplished teachers and I dearly enjoy the classes. See you around the studio...
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