I have to thank my friend and husband John for inviting me to my first yoga class. Never thought I would return for my second class but I did and in here now full of gratitude and blessed to have been teaching hot yoga for over 12 years now. To be able to hold a space where the Long Island community can come to and experience not only how great hot yoga is and how it makes you feel but to have people recognize that time for “YOU” is precious and a necessity. I am inspired each and every time i enter that room and so grateful to call it “HOME”.
Yoga is a very important part of my life, but I am also a musician and I love the balance in my life that I recieve from the two. My level of physical activity has increased tremendously since starting yoga. I now like to spend time on the flying trapeze, rock climbing and I have even started running, something that I never thought would happen. I truly believe that yoga can really enhance anything you do or want to do in life. I look forward to seeing you in class!
Overall, yoga is easily one of my favorite parts of each day. It pulls from every area of life and creates balance. I think we as humans are truly happy when we pinpoint the things that make us feel connected to ourselves. Only then can we be effectively inspirational to others. This yoga has been one of those connective things in my life, and I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with all of the students at this studio!
In 2013, I found myself entering HotYoga4You RVC for the very first time, wishing to try something new and attempting to be brave. That is when I entered Chris Morrison’s class and everything changed. Chris’s classes inspired me to not only push further into my practice (as I found myself always looking forward to floor bow), but his classes taught me that it was okay to smile and laugh – and when you’re a socially awkward introvert folding yourself in half in a 105 degree room – a smile is vital.
The beautiful thing about this practice is that it teaches patience; it teaches you to focus on yourself for sixty minutes, to rid your mind of any negativities that attempt to creep in and it helps to build your confidence. I was ecstatic when I was asked to become a work study, not only allowing me to continue my practice but encouraging me to open up to the community within our studio. Slowly, I went from the student who never talked to the unofficial studio baker who never shuts up. The friendships and connections I have made within our studio – it is those connections that I am truly grateful for and what make our studio special.
When I look back, I still cannot believe the steps that have led me here to this moment. Transitioning away from the socially awkward introvert who hid in the back of the room to the quirky (yet still awkward) instructor prepared to stand on a podium and lead you through class. In the summer of 2018, I took my love for yoga one step further, learning and becoming certified in Vinyasa flow – an experience that turned my perspective of the practice upside down (quite literally!).
For anyone who is nervous about beginning this practice, I implore you to give it a chance – a true chance. This practice is so much more than finding depth in a posture – it is about finding a hidden strength within yourself, a fire that you never knew existed. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get wild! All you need is maximum effort.