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Amber Knight

Amber Knight

I first start practicing The Dayton Method Hot Yoga at Yoga Tribe in 2005, five months after I quit smoking. I practice approximately four times per week. Once I took my first class, I loved the intensity of the workout and the way I sweat. I have always done intense workouts, long-distance running, aerobics, cycling, however, I did not feel the same amazing benefits I feel with hot yoga. Also, I have injured myself working out, and with yoga, I feel my body is being healed. Yoga has had so many amazing benefits in my life. It helped me to quit smoking, as it focuses so much on deep breathing and smokers generally take short sudden breathes as opposed to long deep breathes. I suffer from anxiety and have had bouts of depression, and hot yoga relieves both symptoms and gives me a better overall perspective of life.

It is continually healing me from the negatives effects of being a long-term runner, as well as continually improving my complexion. I eat better when I practice hot yoga and feel better because I drink a lot of water. I realized that the postures are all important and each posture works off of the one before it. I used to only think it was important to do the intense parts of a workout and never paid much attention to stretching, warming-up, and then warming-down. This is probably why I have injuries. Sometimes I do not want to workout at all because I am really tired and yoga is so gentle, it tricks me into having a good workout. I start with some wonderful breathing and stretching exercises and before I know it, I am sweating profusely and have completed a great workout.

I quit practicing hot yoga for a period of about a year due to my work schedule and finances. I started running again and working-out at home with the P90X program. Although those are both good workouts, I did not feel the same benefits as I did when regularly practicing yoga. After I made a commitment to come back to hot yoga regularly and have experienced the amazing benefits again, I now know, hot yoga is not an exercise class I attend, it is a way of life and is vital to my mental, emotional and physical health and well being.