I was introduced to the Hot 8 studio on Wilshire by my roommate Brynn who swore by it. She had been going to Soha’s classes regularly and it showed. I, on the other hand, had just gone through a breakup with my boyfriend of 10 years and was feeling a bit lost to say the least. I was newly single at 26 and felt completely derailed. To make matters worse, I had gained about 20lbs towards the end of the relationship and my confidence was at an all-time low. So one early morning, back in October 2013, Brynn attempted to drag me from my room, which I’d turned into a dungeon that consisted of Sex and the City on repeat and endless amounts of pizza delivery. You should also know that prior to joining Hot 8, I rarely exercised (as in I never exercised) and the idea of going into a sweltering room with experienced Yogis wasn’t at the top of my priority list. Nevertheless, I decided I should at least try it out. I remember the first half of Omar’s Sculpt class was almost unbearable and there were moments I thought I was going to puke. But I didn’t want to give-up. And an hour later, I felt more mentally and physically sound than I could remember. I knew instantly that Hot 8 was going to become a new home for me.
Since that morning in 2013, I’ve managed to lose 30lbs and have kept it off from going to Soha’s Barre classes and Omar’s Sculpt classes religiously. Their remarkable techniques have drastically changed not only my body, but my mind as well. I have more energy than ever and a newfound lease on life. I thank the universe every day for giving me that little bit of courage to attempt something completely out of my comfort zone. And I especially thank Hot 8 for welcoming me into their loving and warm community.
- Murphy Stack