Testimonials

I discovered Sandra’s hot yoga studio in the cold, very snowy winter of 2017.  I was working a job contract in Huntsville (a beautiful town filled with amazing people!) and was very happy to find a hot yoga studio here!  Practicing hotmarnie yoga started about 10 years ago for me but it is in the past 3 that I have really made it a part of my life.  The experience at MHY covers many senses. The room is intimate with a beautiful cut log wall feature and items that Sandra has surely personally chosen to enhance positive energy, relaxation and an environment for mentally letting go and expanding oneself. The atmosphere is relaxed with meditative, calming music, essential oil infusers, hymalayan salt lamps…..Continue reading here

Marnie Martin July 2017

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Hot Yoga has been an amazing experience for me since I started.

To me it feels like a Spa workout with an overall relaxed and satisfied feeling after! The focus on the breatihng, the “let go” and the mantra “I am good, I am joy, I am enough” helps me very much…Same for the “OM” and setting my intention.

It helps me, together with Abraham, other meditations and conscious awareness throughout the day (the best I can…) to keep my feelings/mood positive, good and full of energy! And stress low….LOA is such an eye opener for me, it guides me.

I combine hot yoga with strength training and weight lifting and I love the combo. – Denise VanDolen March 2017

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Really noticing a difference in my shoulders, which is great since baseball season is almost here. Thank You, Greg Cameron March 2017

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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.yogi-picjulie-freeborn

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

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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

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

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.
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
 
“All my life I have been very active and found athletics came very easily to me. I have been swimming since I was less than three and running with my Dad since I was 10 or 11 however along came 2007 and the birth of my first child & 40lbs. That weight came off fairly easily but the birth of my second child exactly two years later in 2009 and another 40 pounds did not! I went up and down from 2009 until 2011 and then I went to a wedding in August 2011 and saw pictures of myself and I looked like I was pregnant all over again! Reality check time! A dear friend of mine Jennifer O’Leary suggested I talk to Sandra and see if Bootcamp Goddess would do for me what it did for her three years ago when she shed an incredible 80lbs. I met with Sandra in September and we talked for almost two hours about where I was emotionally with food, life etc and she pulled no punches! She was honest, direct and gave me a good talking to that made me realize how I had let everything become more important than I was. I was more worried about my kids, my husband, my family .. on and on the list went and I was way down at the bottom. So I knuckled down did the work and with Sandra’s help and direction with food and classes I have released over 30 lbs and many many inches.
The real breakthrough for me though is that I’ve had days where I’ve fallen off the wagon and in the past that derailed me this time it hasn’t. As Sandra will tell me.. everything before today is the past, it’s gone! Today is all you have… So on a few occasions if I felt lousy about a bad day or days food wise / exercise wise, I check in with Sandra and she lifts me up with some kind, thoughtful and inspiring words and I’m back on track! Life is good!” – Elaine
 
“In the Fall I came across a great deal for Bootcamp classes – since I’d done them before, I figured, Great! Little did I know that I was not only about to participate in one of the best Bootcamp classes I’ve ever taken, but that I’d meet someone as motivating, thoughtful and caring as Sandra. First – the workouts. The structure of the classes are varied and always interesting. Everyone is encouraged to move at their pace, but never to slack off. Sandra is encouraging and motivating, yet she’ll call you out when she knows you can do more and push harder. The atmosphere in camp is friendly, fun and challenging, and despite being sore and sweaty at the end, most days you leave with a smile on your face. But more importantly than the great workouts is Sandra. She is supportive, knowledgeable and truly cares about how each person is doing. She has been incredibly supportive to me, above and beyond anything that I could have asked for. Sandra truly wants everyone to live the best lives possible, to be as healthy as possible and to be as happy and centered as possible. Her personal attention has kept me coming back for a third session in a row. She is truly fabulous in every sense of the word. If you’re thinking about signing up, don’t think for another second. Just do it. You won’t regret it.” – Lisa B
 
“I came to Sandra feeling truly stuck at the weight and fitness level I was. I was running a great deal and the weight just stuck. I figured I should just accept it. This past summer, my stress levels went up and I felt like I needed to take better care of myself. I joined bootcamp with the goal of just feeling better. I read all the testimonials on the goddess web site and figured I would never see the same results. I was going to be happy with even the smallest results, so I joined expecting this to be my next fad. Well…2 months later and I have magically achieved more than I dreamed I would! Just attending Sandra’s class and making some minor modifications resulted in me feeling better than I have in almost a decade. I didn’t think I would ever feel this good again in my own body. Boot camp has done that for me. I’m addicted! I’m thrilled at the clothes I can wear again and how many people have noticed a change in my body, my skin and my attitude. Thank you Sandra!” – Samantha O
 
“I had first joined Bootcamp Goddess because of an opportunity I found online. I told myself that I’d do it for the 8-weeks but then move on to something different once my session ended. Fast forward four sessions later and I still found myself doing lots of burpees and squats along side my fellow bootcampers. I was hooked! I was always an active person however no matter how much I worked out, my weight would never go down or would increase. Being part of Bootcamp Goddess, Sandra O’Brien provided me with the knowledge and motivation I needed to obtain my personal goals. She helped me to create a healthy personal diet within my comfort zone, and with an intense workout three times a week, I am now in the best shape I have ever been. In addition to physical fitness and dieting, Sandra helped me to appreciate myself as a person and helped to change my perception on things, adding more positivity in my life. Joining Bootcamp Goddess was one of the best decisions I made. Not only did I see the immediate physical results but I was able to take a lot away with me to keep going.
Thank you so much for all you’ve done for me Sandra!” – Carine P.
 
“Participating in the past eight weeks of co-ed bootcamp has motivated us more than we ever thought possible. Having an hour a couple of nights a week where we can escape without kids and push ourselves to the limit has done wonders to strengthen our bodies, clear our heads, sleep better, have more energy and has reminded us of just how much we’re attracted to each other! No matter what the day has thrown at us, we rely on each other to get out that door and after 60 minutes with Sandra the stress is a distant memory. We can’t imagine doing anything else that has this huge a return on our investment. Thanks Sandra!” – Natalie & Mark Cichy
 
“I have been a Boot Camp Goddess for almost a year, and Sandra, I can’t thank you enough for all of the positive changes I have been able to witness in myself.
For the first time, I have taken full responsibility of what I put into my body, and have been ecstatic with the results of what I’m getting out of it. The brand new wardrobe and the joy I now get out of shopping aside, the results have come in all forms: clearer skin, deeper sleeps (and no cat naps after work!), muscles and lines on my body I didn’t know even existed, and best of all, a workout routine with a great group of ladies who are all striving for the same thing. Each class continues to be different from the last, and each session brings an innovative change that keeps us coming back for more. I look forward to every Tuesday and Thursday, knowing that a good workout is on it’s way. I now realize the utmost importance of a balanced diet and intense physical activity, even if it’s for 10 minutes a day.
Sandra, thank you for being such an amazing motivator on my journey to become the person I strive, and know I can, be! I may be close to my initial goal of where I want to be, but I know that once it’s reached, I will forever remain a Boot Camp Goddess! 🙂 ” – Kelly W.
 
“I got in to my size 6 skinny jeans this weekend! Haven’t had been able to do them up comfortably in 6 yrs. What a thrill!” – Tristan C.
 
“I was 6 weeks post partum and randomly looking on the internet for something to help me regain my strength post baby, when I came across Sandra’s website. I immediately emailed her and got a quick response, and started my first bootcamp the next day! I had never felt so out of shape in my life when I started her classes but I began to regain strength very quickly and started feeling more like my former self. After listening to her diet recommendations, I began to pay more attention to what I was eating and realized that I could make better choices almost every time. It is hard to believe such small things can have such a large impact! After 8 weeks of camp I feel like a totally different person and am well on my way to my ideal post baby body. I can even do ‘real’ push ups now ;)” – Christina A.
 
“Boot Camp for me has been a life changing experience.” – Nasha Mirza
 
“I started Bootcamp on May 3rd as a way to get back in shape after my long distance running was ended due to a knee injury. I was looking for a way to regain the strength I had when I was running. I have definitely felt the pain that a good workout can bring after running several marathons but none of that had prepared me for the day after my first Bootcamp with Sandra. I had to fly to Phoenix and I must admit I was unsure if I could get off the plane after sitting for 4 hours I was that sore. As much as I was in pain after the first class it did get better and after eight weeks, I have lost 12lbs of fat and gained 8lbs of muscle. More importantly I feel great and have tons of energy. Thank you Sandra for helping me regain the strength I had lost and for showing how what I eat is related to how I feel” – Cathie