I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember and easily get overwhelmed with work and life. A friend suggested going to yoga as a way to help with stress management a few years ago. I went to many yoga studios, and while they were all great, they just weren't lasting matches. A little over a year ago, I found Hot Feet and loved it. I went for a few months, but stopped going because of a family emergency. My time has been juggled between family and friends and work for the past school year (I teach kindergarten and first grade in Seattle). I really missed working out regularly, especially going to yoga, and decided I needed to get back at it.
I started with working out on my recumbent bike and doing intermittent fasting. However, I wanted to do more. This summer after school got out, I decided it was time to get back to Hot Feet. My first class back, I realized that what I had been missing was coming to yoga. The community at Hot Feet is unlike the communities at many other yoga studios. I always feel welcome when I walk in the door. When an instructor gives me guidance on a pose, it is in a way that is encouraging; I don't get embarrassed as i have other places. As a bigger girl, I don't feel judged when I am in a class, even if I can't do something perfectly. There is a growth mindset at Hot Feet where everyone is working on something alongside everyone else - just like in a classroom.
Since starting the recumbent bike and fasting, as well as coming back to Hot Feet this summer, I have lost 15 pounds! I have found a way to better and more successfully manage my stress levels and anxiety. Thank you for welcoming me back with open arms. I plan on using some of the things I have learned about yoga with my students this year. We had a yoga session this week during Kindergarten Jump Start and they LOVED IT!
Here's to many more years of Hot Feet!
Hot Feet Fitness Member