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She’s strong. She’s determined. She’s a hard worker with a great sense of humor and a fantastic Rabbit Pose.

She’s the one and only Sara Waggener, and she’s our November Hotshot! Read on to find out more about your fellow yogi!

See her excellent Rabbit Pose here.

And if you’re at all curious about yoga competition, watch this 2015 video and ask Sara to tell you more about her experiences training and competing!

When did you start practicing Bikram Yoga?

My first class was over four years ago, but I started regularly practicing 3.5 years ago.

How did you discover Bikram yoga?

A lot of encouragement from Steven Haver.

What brought you to the HYF studio?

It’s the closest studio to my house.

What do you remember about your first class?

It was hot, and I was miserable.

What keeps you coming to class?

I feel better in my body and my mind when I practice. Plus, the people at HYF are awesome!

How often do you practice?

It varies.

What physical benefits and changes have you seen from your practice?

When I first started, I had such horrible lower back pain, I was extremely limited in what I could do. Now I don’t have back pain anymore.

What has surprised you about your practice?

I never expected to stick with it. I’ve never done anything for so long since I stopped gymnastics.

What is your most challenging posture? Why?

It changes as my mind and body change. I usually try to have something that I’m working on, whether it’s a posture or something that’s the same in many postures, like keeping my palms together or not rotating my hips.

Do you have a favorite posture? What do you like about it?

Camel is my favorite. On days where I have a hard time letting go of everything I brought into the room, Camel is the one posture where everything gets released.

What is one tip you would give to a new student at The Hot Yoga Factory?

Patience. Everything takes a long time. Your body didn’t get to where it is in one day, and it won’t get to where you want it to be in one class. If it did, your mind wouldn’t be able to keep up with the changes anyway.

What other activities do you enjoy when you’re not in the hot room?

Hiking and reading.

Thanks, Sara! See you in the hot room!

–Ellen Olson-Brown, The Hot Yoga Factory Chelmsford

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