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Donia Hodge

Donia Hodge

I took my first Hot Yoga class in 2006, one month before a “big” birthday and as soon as our daughter was old enough to baby-sit our son. I had been curious about the classes for quite a while and I thought it would be a good time to try it. I signed up, went into the room and was completely overwhelmed by how intense and hot it was. About 40 minutes into the class, I realized I had no idea how much longer the class lasted. I thought, what have I gotten myself into? After class, I had to sit in my car for a while before I could drive home but later I felt so good. It was like a reset button for my body and mind. I loved it! I like to practice 5 days a week, that doesn’t always happen but that’s when I feel my best. The 3 pm Hot Power Flow is great because it fits into my work schedule perfectly. I try to that as many weekdays as possible and then take the Hot Yoga classes on the weekends.

I decided to start Hot Yoga because years earlier I had a freak accident happen to me. The accident so badly injured muscles and nerves that it changed my life. Even after several surgeries I could no longer run or bike ride the way I used too. I had exercised almost my whole life and I needed to get that part of my life back. Plus, I thought the heat would work well for me, and it did. Hot Yoga allowed me to exercise again. It started to heal my body. I gained more mobility throughout the injured areas, started to become more flexible than I had ever been before and I gained back my strength. For me, after 8 plus years of not being able to exercise it was a miracle! My husband joined about a week after I did. Yoga has been fun to share with him. We both enjoy it and see its benefits. Yoga has taught me many life lessons, what it is like to be in the present moment and to strive for that at all times not just in the studio. It has also taught me how to breathe correctly. A wonderful bonus, Hot Yoga has allowed me to meet and make wonderful friends who share the love of Yoga and the healthful things that go with a Yoga lifestyle. I have met so many amazing, wonderful people – I feel truly blessed to have found Huntington Beach Hot Yoga.

My “Ah Ha” moment happened when my job had been particularly stressful; I finished a class and realized that I didn’t think about work once during the class. It took my mind away from stress and focused it on practicing Yoga. I left the class feeling completely different than I did going into the class, I felt like I had been on vacation. That’s when I realized how powerful Yoga was for the mind as well as the body. I have learned about the mind body balance and how important it is to try to achieve that balance at all times. I have also learned that you change your life in great ways with yoga.