I have been doing Hot Yoga with Sandra for a year and a half, but became fully committed to it about eight months ago. I know that it sounds strange to add one more thing to an already very busy, happy and full life, but it was because of my hectic-at-times life that I decided to make yoga practice more a part of it.
When I first started with Sandra, I felt immediately connected to her and I loved the studio as a place where I only had to think about myself and breathing. I had never considered myself to be a ‘yoga person,’ but as I grew stronger and could do more challenging poses, I wanted nothing more than to keep working at them. Yoga made me strong! I don’t think I have every been stronger or healthier.
It also keeps me humble. As I have continued to practice, I have realised that every day is different on my mat. A pose that I can’t do one class I might do the next. I might fall out of a balancing pose that I can usually hold (or can rarely hold) or I might fall out of a new pose every time I try it…until the day that I finally get it.
I have come to believe that one of the best things about yoga is that the only person really watching me is my teacher, and the only person who really cares about my perfect or not-so-perfect pose, is me! Yoga has given me permission to stop fretting about what other people might think of me and to care more about what I think of me.
Sandra is not just an amazing yoga teacher. She is also a community builder, a guide, and a friend who sees the lighter side of things. While I try to hit my mat two to 3 times a week, the yoga classes stay with me in the way that I walk, how I stand and often how I think about new (or old!) situations.
Thank you for being here, Muskoka Hot Yoga!- Julie Freeborn
Over the last month and a half, I have discovered a new world. Hot Yoga. I have spent the last few years dealing with sporadic back pain. Back in early December of 2015, I woke one night at 3am with terrible mid to lower back pain. The pain was unbearable and it didn’t stop that night, and continued every night. Relentless back pain that I couldn’t sleep through. I was exhausted……..Continue reading here. – Jennifer Gilroy, May 2016
First I want to thank you for such an incredible class today. I felt refreshed, exhilarated and inspired. As the class was wrapping up all I could think was that this was the kind of class that changes lives. – Trish Fox
“Thoroughly enjoyed my class at Muskoka Hot Yoga today. The studio is small and intimate with a great ambiance. Very knowledgeable, professional instructor with a wonderful attitude that exuded that of a true yogi. I would highly recommend this studio!” Sherilyn August 2015 “Muskoka Hot Yoga is hands down the best yoga studio I have ever been to! It isn’t like any other yoga class I have been to before – after each class I felt extremely relaxed, renewed and empowered! Sandra fosters a safe and inviting space that everyone from the most advanced yogis to the new ones (like me!) can feel comfortable in. I’m a runner, so the classes are the perfect way to lengthen and stretch out my sole muscles after a long run, or clear my head after a hectic day at work. I’m so happy I came across this studio during a business trip and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great workout!” Oriana, April 2015 “After an interesting day on the rd I found myself with a few hrs to kill in Huntsville before joining my wife at the cottage (she had the keys). I found Muskoka Yoga here on trip advisor and decided to be spontaneous. The experience was energizing and enriching. Sandra is a delight and she seems passionate about her practice. I would recommend the experience to anyone who is a fan of yoga.” Aaron, May 2015 “This studio is small but mighty! If you want a great workout and to get your sweat on you can surely get it here. Sandra is an intense instructor who really pushes you to that sweet spot between your comfort zone and where its too much. She has a unique ability to transfer her energy to you as she adjusts you through your postures. The best part which is totally unique to this studio is the cold essential oil head wrap you get as a real treat during final relaxation. Such a nice added touch! The price is totally worth it and you leave with a renewed sense of purpose and well being for your day. Definitely recommend to anyone wanting a new invigorating experience!” Svetlana, May 2015 “I was so excited to find a hot yoga studio in Muskoka!….previously I had to wait until I was in the Toronto area to practice. This studio has exceeded my expectations on so many levels. Sandra is a wonderful instructor who assists all her students in their practice. It doesn’t matter what age or level you are at. Sandra brings out the best in everyone. She also incorporates thoughtful music and readings which I find is the total Yoga experience. The introductory offer is a great way to try out this wonderful mind/body experience. If you want a great workout and way to destress you have to try this! I am addicted!!” Cory, May 2015 “Muskoka Hot Yoga is a wonderful, inviting studio where every yogi feels attended to individually within the class setting. Sandra manages just the right combination of classical yoga with instruction in what each attendee needs that particular day, all enwrapped in her upbeat, fun personality. For me, it’s the perfect counterpoint to CrossFit, and as a 50-something the stretching and mobility benefits are enormous. Not to mention the ultimate relaxation! From the great music to the tea lights to the cool towels at the end of the class, I leave feeling like I’ve been to a great spa! Lucky me – I live nearby so I can go frequently – you’ve gotta go!” Kathy, Sept 2014 “Love absolutely everything about this space.
“It’s not just about the postures, Sandra really understands yogic principles and that translates into a yoga class that’s not just a physical workout – it’s a spiritual and emotional workout too. I’d recommend this to anyone who’s looking for an authentic yoga practice and doesn’t mind the heat :)” Ruby November 2015
AMZING instructore, caring and gentle.
Thank you!” Susanne, Feb 2015 “As soon as you walk in the door, you feel comforted and relaxed. A wonderful experience from beginning to end… and then you want to do it again!” Nicole, April 2015 “From day one the feel-good factor encouraged me to continue and the rest followed…Sandra is inspiring with her humour and gentle coaxing to “explore the possibilities”. Jane, April 2015 “First time trying Hot Yoga and I LOVED it. My back feels amazing and it hasn’t for a very long time. Thank you. Looking forward to my next visit.” Donna, July 2015 “The best yoga I have ever practiced! Anywhere. An amazing experience every time!” – Jenna, August 2015 “I have lived all over the world and have had the opportunity to take many Yoga classes. Muskoka Hot Yoga definitely topped the list as one of the best yoga classes I have yet to experience. Sandra is amazing at taking you to another place and allowing you to escape the outside world for that precious hour of bliss!”- Chloe, June 2015 I don’t know how she does it but owner and instructor, Sandra O’Brien of Muskoka Hot Yoga, manages to challenge you physically while still encouraging serenity and peace. My husband and I enjoyed everything about our class with her yesterday. From the deliciously scented studio, heavy sweating strength and stretchy poses to the much appreciated cool towels at the end, Muskoka Hot Yoga delivers both a sensual escape and a great workout. We will be back- LOTS! – Carrie S, Nov 2015 “I was a participant in Sandra’s bootcamps for four years until she moved to Muskoka (sad day for me). I have been a member at a number of prestigious gyms and I have yet to experience the same level of attention as I did with Sandra. Sandra introduced me to healthy eating, reinforced a positive mind set and positive outlook on life not to mention strict attention to posture and position while executing each exercise. Even though Sandra is no longer my instructor her teachings stay with me. I am blessed and grateful. Thank you Sandra” – Janet Pinney, Nov 2015 “My name is Natalie Cichy. I first met Sandra in the Spring of 2008 when she ran a personalized bootcamp for new mothers, have participated in co-ed bootcamps, yoga classes and power-yoga sessions over the past 5 and a half years.Before meeting Sandra I had a vision of my previous “thin” self, and the goal was to recreate what was. It was all about my physical appearance with no connection to physical strength, peace of mind, or my general health and well-being. Since meeting Sandra I strive to create a strong body and mind, and achieve balance with what I put in and take from my body. She truly has helped me to shift my entire perspective!” “In the two weeks that I’ve taken Bootcamp Goddess, I’ve lost a pants size! I’ve gone from size 11 pants to a size 10, and my tops fit me so much better! Everyone has been telling me that they’re seeing a change in my weight and complimenting the way I look, which is such an self esteem boost! Thanks to all your advices, I’ve become more aware of what I’m eating and have actually stopped drinking pop (this is huge for me!), I stay away from processed foods, and have finally put my treadmill to use after a long time! My diet is so much better and I feel great. I’m seeing a really positive change in myself in such a short period of time. Thanks for being so patient with me and motivating me to push myself more and more each class, knowing you believe in me makes me believe in myself too. Thank you for being so supportive, you’re truly an inspiration. I’ll definitely continue to spread the word about Bootcamp Goddess! ” – Sarah H