Updated: Feb 6, 2020
Muskoka Hot Yoga founder and instructor Trinity O'Brien preaches that consistency in your practice is key.
"A consistent hot yoga practice allows for a deep level of peace and acceptance of what is in your life, it sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Releases stress in your nervous system, calmness finds space to take over," she said.
The studio located in Huntsville at 395 Centre Street North has a Hot Yogi of the Month and celebrates its members 'yogaversaries." The common thread which connects these committed yogis is investment of time in self on a consistent level.
December 2019 Hot Yogi of the Month, Deanna Galt is a mother of two, wife, and works as a Probation Officer. She explains the importance of taking time to nurture self wellness.
"I have been doing yoga at Muskoka Hot Yoga consistently for about 9 months now. I started this at a low point in my life when I was grappling with grief, depression and anxiety, that was debilitating to the point where I was unable to work and took a leave to focus on getting better. Yoga was such a huge part of my recovery and I was at the studio several times per week at that time. Now that I am back to work I still hit my mat 2-3 times per week at the studio, to keep my wellness in check and for “me time” I have also incorporated meditation in my toolbox of coping skills, and even keep a yoga mat in my office now," she said.
January's Hot Yogi of the Month is Heather and she shares a similar experience to December's Yogi. Heather agrees that when incorporated as a routine yoga is a powerful practise.
" If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be happy to sit by myself, let alone look forward to and cherish those moments of silence, I probably wouldn’t have believed it. If you were to tell me that I would be the happiest and the healthiest I’ve ever been then I definitely would have had some questions. I was always the type of person that validated my self worth on being with someone else or by what other people thought or said about me. But here I am, one year later after committing to yoga classes at least 3x a week and I have never felt better about who I am as a person at my core (& root chakra if you will). I have never felt more supported and loved for being exactly who I am than at Muskoka Hot Yoga. Moral of the story is that sometimes beautiful and healing things can happen when you aren’t even paying attention and that’s exactly what happened with myself and yoga."