Hot 26 classes have become her ‘friend’
Unlike so many people who fear practicing in a heated Yoga room, Janeen Wynn, a registered nurse, was curiously drawn to it.
“I was intrigued by the heat,” says Janeen, who is recuperating from a shoulder injury after falling about a year ago. “I’ve always gravitated to warm sunny places, so when I heard that I could practice in the comfort of warmth, I decided to give it a try.”
Janeen plunged right in and now regularly attends the Hot 26 classes at YAM, because some poses in other types of Yoga classes aggravate Janeen’s shoulder, especially Downward Facing Dog.
The Hot 26 poses and the 105- degree heat in the Hot 26 classes have become her “friend,” she says.
The heat “forces me to focus ALL of my attention to the breath and the instructor’s simple commands. As the sweat pours out of my body, I see it as a detoxing experience … The intensity leaves no room for extraneous chatter in my mind. I let go of everything but the breath and focus,” she says.
Janeen says she is becoming more flexible and her shoulder pain has subsided.
“I’ve weaned myself off my sleep medication. I feel more confident in my body’s ability to heal and become stronger,” she says. “If I wake up at night, I utilize my breath to put me into a calm state and, rather than counting sheep, I go through the 26 Yoga poses.”
The 53-year-old, who practices feng shui in many aspects of her life, started practicing Yoga about 10 years ago and dabbled in other kinds, including Iyengar and Kundalini, because she yearned to get back in touch with her body.
“I had been a gymnast in my younger years and wanted to see if I could regain some of my strength, balance and flexibility,” Janeen says. “My goals were to develop strength and focus. But I discovered by sitting on the mat and quieting the mind, I began to open my heart to love and compassion.”
And she loved YAM’s welcoming feel the moment she walked through the door.
“The instructors and staff are friendly and helpful, “ Janeen says. “I especially appreciated that the instructors saw past my limitations and saw my potential. Their guidance helped me to trust and explore the possibility of my healing.”
Janeen, who is a firm believer in good nutrition to heal the body, also enjoys water-skiing, mountain biking and camping.
But exploring what the body can do on the Yoga mat brings her as much delight - and perhaps even more.
“As my shoulder continues to heal, I look forward to incorporating some of the Flow classes … and being able to do a shoulder and handstand again,” Janeen says.
“I am thankful to have discovered YAM!”
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