I wasn’t looking for yoga. I am friends with Kara and around the time Balance opened and she kept inviting me to attend a class. Eventually I went to one and I really liked it.
I enjoy the hot temperatures and fast pace, challenging classes.
My increase in flexibility and stress relief.
I can’t encourage people enough to check out Balance. I believe it would benefit anyone, but especially athletes in any sport. The increase in flexibility and mobility alone can improve anyone’s daily life.
I am probably the healthiest I have been in my entire life.
How hard it can be. I had no idea what I was getting myself into that first class. As I got stronger and gained more experience it got easier, but there is always something to improve upon, and I think that is what I enjoy the most.
Honestly? Because Kara, a good friend, opened up a hot yoga studio. My daughters thought it would be a good idea to check it out, so we did. Five-and-a-half years later I’m still going strong in every class. Well...most classes. Did I mention how freaking HOT it is in there? I was also having some lower back issues five-and-a-half years ago. My core strength has improved tremendously resulting in little-to-no back pain. Plus I’ve played sports my whole life so I needed a no-impact workout for my joints.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve played sports my whole life. I have always been coached. I have always had someone telling me what to do and when to do it. I try to work out on my own in a gym or at home but it’s too easy to sit on the couch and change the channel instead. So here’s my first secret--I pay money and because someone tells me what to do each and every workout it is awesome! The instructors at Balance are absolutely the best. Each and everyone of them do a great job. And, because I’m Dutch, I’m determined to get my money’s worth! Another reason I reached 1000 classes. And my other secret? I like to eat ice cream. A lot. Thus I work out.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate Mickey who also reached 1000 classes but in THREE years. Practitioners of yoga will tell you that yoga is not a competitive sport--but let’s be honest--she won. (Did I mention she is about 10yrs older than me?) Congrats Mickey!!!
Psst--don't tell Kara, but for any new clients who have never been to Balance--mention that you read this post when you come in for 30 days of yoga for only $45! Offer runs until May 31, 2019.
I discovered Balance by searching the internet for yoga studios in the Cedar Falls area. I attended 2 studios.
The atmosphere at Balance was very welcoming and the schedule of classes offered gave me the opportunity to attend classes with the variety of talented, well-qualified instructors who make the practice challenging yet encourage everyone to make modifications as needed.
After a few injuries I experienced limited flexibility, decreased strength and pain which limited being able to do some types of exercises that I was used to. Practicing hot yoga has allowed me to increase my flexibility and strength and reduce pain which are a few reasons I go to Balance so often. I feel blessed to spend as much time as possible with the people I get to call friends (instructors and participants) who make Balance an exceptional yoga studio.
Family and friends who come to visit me are fans of Balance and often bring their yoga clothes and mats when travel so they don't miss their opportunity for hot yoga at Balance when they are in Cedar Falls.