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Dennis Mackenzie

Dennis Mackenzie

I first started taking Dayton Method Hot Yoga about April of 2004. I practice about 2-3 times per week depending on my schedule and lately trying to mix it up with the Power Flow classes. Stephanie Rafferty one of the instructors, a great friend of ours, started to take the classes and highly recommended this to me. I was very curious and also unsure of what I was getting myself into. At the time I was one of the few men that were taking the class and sometimes the only guy in there besides Jason.

Yoga has changed me personally especially mentally by using the power of the mind to overcome the physical challenge of exercising in the heat. I had a severe herniated disk 25 years ago which I was lucky to have resolved without surgery with a papaya enzyme injection into my disk. I was told I would probably develop arthritis in this area, so Dayton Method Hot Yoga has helped keep this at bay and not developing it into something more severe. It energizes me afterward throughout the day and calms me after stressful life situations that we all face.

It also keeps me flexible which is essential as we age. To me it is like taking a hot cleansing shower from the inside out!!… I think the biggest moment to me was not in class but about a half hour after I left and how much energy there was and great I felt…What I have learned the most especially after doing a couple of the 30 Day Challenges is that it is more of a mental workout which makes the physical part a little easier and I can achieve that goal once I have that mindset. I finally got IT when I figured out how to conserve my energy through the Challenges and concentrating on relaxing and using just enough muscle to hold my poses instead of fighting my body. I gave in to the pose!!!