I can’t believe it’s already been three years since I first tried my first hot yoga class with Sandra! The minute I relaxed into the final resting pose and she put the cool, scented cloth on my forehead, I knew I was hooked for life. Unlike any other exercise class I’ve ever endured, I really look forward to being in class and getting out of my head to just focus on my breathing, my poses and myself. I think of it as a stretching and strengthening exercise for my body, mind and soul.
Sandra has taught me to be patient. To be in the moment. To live my life as mindfully as possible. I can honestly say I am a much happier, healthier person for it.
I love all the classes at [Muskoka Hot Yoga](http://www.muskokahotyoga.com/schedule), from Zen to Power Flow. I like to think that I am getting better at it, although I’ll admit I’m not a thing of beauty when folding my body into a reverse bind or pigeon. I’ve never expected anything out of my poses, just inner peace. As Sandra reminds us constantly, though, “It’s yoga practice, not yoga perfect.”
At the beginning of each practice, I set my intention. Sometimes I decide to send all my strength to a loved one. Or sometimes I decide to send all my love to a sometimes violent and unsteady world. I believe this basic tenet of yoga wherever I am, is where I am – eyes down, heart focussed, deep nourishing breaths.
I am so blessed to have met Sandra and the other instructors at Muskoka Hot Yoga and to have them as part of this community. Thank you for being there for me and all my other fellow yogis on our mats!
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