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an athlete's perspective
My name is Dalton Maxwell and I am 19 years old. I started at Warmth after my junior year in high school to increase my flexibility for baseball. I loved how competitive I became, wanting to reach farther and farther every day. By the time senior year came I felt the most flexible and healthy as I ever had and was immune to pulling muscles due to stretches I learned in class that I did before my game. I continued to do the same the next summer and winter break before the next season. That was my first season playing college baseball for Menlo College. I believe this gave me an advantage over my teammates because I had better control over my body. The next summer I went away to play summer baseball and got really into strength building.
When I came back from college on my winter break, my sister Remington Maxwell had taken over and was addicted to the yoga studio. I did not even recognize my own sister after three months of her taking on every challenge and doing triples. She convinced me to come back and do Inferno Hot Pilates because all I wanted was to build strength. I watched my geek computer engineer sister completely kick my college athlete butt, as she worked through the burpees while I was gasping for air. That’s when I knew this was what was going to put me above all my teammates. As it was, I came back and had my best season for the team and was recognized throughout the league. Unfortunately, tragedy struck as I collided with another player during playoffs and strained my MCL. I wanted to get back as soon as I could, so I waited three weeks until I could stand on my knee without support and automatically came back to Intro Bikram, where I started, to regain that flexibility in my knee. I am happy to say my MCL is almost healed, and I am looking forward to coming back to IHP to compete with my sister.
Dalton is pictured on the far right, stretching with his teammates at Menlo College.
If you can, you must.
This is both an acceptance and an agreement I’ve made with myself, and I’ve integrated this into our family life from my mat at Warmth Studio (thank you Kelly, those are your words). There’s a lot of healing inside and out that happens on the mat, and a lot that you can take with you off the mat. This studio is a true escape ~ but in the sense that I am running toward a stronger version of myself, toward a new acceptance, toward facing what’s inside and rebuilding from there. Sometimes tears may even fall, but it feels so much better to cry a little while feeling stronger, and present.
7 months ago, we learned that our youngest daughter has Cystic Fibrosis. Up until that point her cough was misdiagnosed, and then just after Thanksgiving we learned that her cough wasn’t just a cough. Megan was 9 1/2 and her world was thrown at her so fast that we’re still spinning. She was hospitalized for 11 days while they worked on her lungs and brought her health up, and she now manages the 2+ hours of daily treatments (at times 3-4 hours daily depending on her symptoms) that she needs. It’s hard to totally commit to flossing every single day, so this is a lot to ask of her to commit to this kind of self care that is so extremely important to her health for her today and tomorrows.
She does it. She shows up. No matter how painful it is sometimes. No matter how the medicine made her feel the last time. No matter if she has to miss some things because of the time this takes for her to do it. She gets up in the morning to get in the first hour of treatments before her day can start, on school days and on our crazy weekend days too. And again each and every night before bed. She shows up.
She’s a warrior…Megan, you are a warrior! And Reese, Rachel & Megan ~ the 3 of you inspire me to look again and again at this wonderful life with less expectations and more love…and show up(!) for our today and tomorrows.
The Warmth Studio has been a healthy place for me to start reconnecting with myself and this new version of us. Each instructor brings such a gift every time with their energy, choice of words and music, the short poems shared, and the encouragement (and humor) they bring with their guidance. I relish the brain space a class allows, and I also get to soak up the energy from all the wonderful people in each class. And at the same time it’s still “just me” on my mat taking a breath, and gaining perspective, strength, and flexibility.
Maybe life really is about more than just facing what’s uncomfortable. Maybe uncomfortable is exactly where we need to be to grow and change. I’m learning to accept this a little at a time, and I’m grateful for a place I can go to do just that. If you start anything (the day or a yoga pose) with negativity, you just can’t go as far…your thoughts paint your energy and you get to see that immediately on the mat, it is a true reflection of where you are today. What a gift.
I’ve never regretted showing up. Life showed up…and now it’s time to answer that.
If you can, you must.
The attached photo is of Stacie and Megan on her 10th birthday this past April.
You may or may not know that I used to be a very dedicated Bikram Yogi for 5 years. And after a 4 years hiatus, I’ve recently returned. I am back. I am happy about it, and I am motivated to share why. Don’t miss out on my top ten list, and opinions about Warmth!
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