Sometimes you come to the studio for ‘me’ time.
And sometimes, if you can convince a friend or family member to join you for a sweat sesh, you come to the studio for ‘us’ time.
We’re always so happy when Stephanie and Kevin Borselli walk into the studio together, usually for an Inferno Hot Pilates class. They’re friendly and hard-working, and I highly recommend setting up near them so you can draft off their great energy.
Meet Stephanie and Kevin below, and be sure to introduce yourself next time you see them at the studio!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
We have a crazy chaotic lifestyle, which works perfectly for us! We both work full-time and travel for work. We have two teenagers. Plus we have a dog named Dylan whom we rescued from a high-kill shelter five years ago.
When did you start practicing hot yoga?
Stephanie: I started practicing about six years ago.
Kevin: I decided to take a break from the CrossFit scene to reduce some of the miscellaneous injuries I seemed to be experiencing in such a competitive and high impact environment. I was looking for something with a little less impact, but also get a solid workout. I did some hot yoga sporadically, but I really became more involved about two years ago when Hot Pilates was added to the studio. I felt like I got a great combination cardio and resistance workout. I like the yoga – – but I really love the cardio/HIIT training I get from the Pilates.
What do you remember about your first class?
Stephanie: Larry was my first teacher, and I just remember him telling me to ‘keep breathing.’ Halfway through it I thought, ‘I’m never coming back,’ and then…by the end I was hooked!
Kevin: For hot yoga, I recall being nervous I would make a fool of myself. But I quickly became comfortable in that I could do what my body could do that day and was not being judged. I naturally have tight hips due to past athletics, which makes many poses very challenging.
How often do you practice?
As often as I can. There have been periods where I’ve been there every day for 30 days, and then periods where I (sadly) will practice only once in a month.
Kevin: I try to maintain a practice of about twice a week, but it definitely varies with my work travel schedule. I’m trying to make it more of a priority in my schedule.
What physical benefits and changes have you seen from your practice?
Stephanie: I have seen huge benefits. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about 13 years ago, when my daughter was a year old. A doctor told me that I should prepare myself to be ‘sick for the rest of my life.’ Finding yoga made an enormous difference in my ability to keep my joints moving the way they should. At times, I have to modify poses due to damage the disease has already done to my joints. I love how supportive the teachers at HYF are in helping me find the right modifications.
Kevin: I’ve had back pain for a number of years, which I notice completely disappears when I’m keeping a regular practice. I also find that it improves my sleep.
Are there other benefits you’ve noticed?
Stephanie: I’ve found that the tricks we learn to stay calm in the hot room (like controlling your breath) absolutely work in other areas, such as when I prepare to do a business presentation to a room full of people.
Kevin: I have much better endurance in all other athletic activities.
What has surprised you about your practice?
Kevin: I’m surprised by how each day is different and how your body reacts to each session. Some days are harder than others.
What is your most challenging yoga posture? Why?
Stephanie: T-R-I-A-N-G-L-E…I think of every yoga class in two halves – before triangle and after triangle!!
What is one tip you would give to a new student at THYF?
Stephanie: You definitely have to give it a chance and definitely don’t judge yourself by the first class…you do get better quickly!
Kevin: I see some first-time people with this look on their face like ‘this is crazy!’ then they seem to enjoy it more each time they come.
Tell us more about your Hot Pilates experience — how do those classes affect your yoga practice?
Stephanie: Lately I do more Pilates than yoga. The fact that it’s just an hour really helps to fit it into your schedule, and I love the music. It really makes it fun.
Kevin: I do more Pilates than yoga too. But I really feel that each practice complements the other. You need strength, flexibility, and balance for each practice, and you have a chance to really work on your strength in Pilates.
What’s it like to practice together?
Stephanie: I love it! The community at THYF has been a part of my life for quite some time, and it was great to share it with Kevin when he joined a year ago.
Kevin: It’s really great as a couple to be able to motivate and challenge each other and to have something to share. It’s a great way to spend quality time together and socialize without eating and drinking too much, ha ha!
Stephanie: Yes, but admittedly, we do love having cocktails after the Friday night Pilates class!
How do you motivate each other to come to class?
Kevin: I usually use the ‘shame tactic,’ but then it’s used against me more.
Stephanie: I can’t believe he said that! But I do tend to text him at work inquiring whether I’ll see him in class, LOL!
What other activities do you enjoy when you’re not in the hot room?
Stephanie: Traveling, reading, movies, boating, and going to the beach.
Kevin: I love boating, fishing, golf, snowboarding, and walking and playing with our dog.
Thank you so much, Stephanie and Kevin! See you in the hot room!
–Ellen Olson-Brown, The Hot Yoga Factory Chelmsford