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Hot yoga class breaks the workout mold for Pat McReynolds

Pat McReynolds took on the challenge of hot yoga to break out of his workout mode. Pat McReynolds took on the challenge of hot yoga to break out of his workout mode.

All week the CBS 5 Start Smart Morning Show crew has been talking about exercises that break people out of our regular routines.


Maybe what they've tried before isn't working, so all the personalities branched out and tried something they've never done before.


Pat McReynolds gives us this first-person account and a class in which he participated for the first time.

We've saved the most humiliating for last - me doing hot yoga.

But you know what? I'm not going to say that. I'm going to own this.

If you're like me and feel like you're not the hot yoga type, this might actually change your mind.

"So the theme of the class today is about stepping outside of our comfort zone," said our instructor, Anton Mackey.

As I settled in for my first real hot yoga class, it was nice to hear that my instructor knew what we were after.

For me, just showing up was outside my comfort zone.

But then I started looking around.

This wasn't a beginner class!

It's 95 degrees in here, and these folks are not fooling around!

"You'll be surprised. I don't have to tell you. You'll figure it out in a second," Mackey told me.

Well, so much for taking it easy on the TV guy.

"Its going to be about finding a little discomfort and just being with it," he said.

Vinyassa is flow-style yoga, intended to link your breath with the poses.

It's not about being perfectly formed, thank goodness. And many of the people here are looking to expand their minds as much as their muscles.

"I'm a full-time mom and a counselor, as well, and so the whole breathing relaxation part is important in both of my jobs," said Lillie Moore.

"See if you can tune out all of those thoughts that are fighting for attention in your mind," Mackey told us.

The class started easy enough with simple stretches and slow breathing.

It probably wasn't a good sign that I was reaching for the towel before everyone else.

And half the battle at first was trying to watch people around me to figure out what I was supposed to be doing.

"Look how good she is," I thought to myself about the woman next to me.

"Go ahead and bend your knee," Mackey said. "You (might) touch your neighbor's booty, so don't wiggle your toes."

This class was packed. They had to turn people away at the door.

And I was also surprised to see how many guys were in the room. But Dean Jablon and his son, Alex, clued me in.

"His first reaction was, 'Dad, yoga's for girls.' And I said, 'Yes! It is for girls," Dean Jablon said with a quick glance to his son and a grin on his face.

About halfway through the hour-long class, the pace definitely quickens.

"Some of you may have to do somersaults or flips," Mackey said. "Get to it, get to that plank. Pull your naval point in. Feel your core get tight!"

He keeps talking about inhale, exhale. Like I can control when I'm inhaling and exhaling right now.

I was falling behind, sweating a river, feeling self-conscious and out of shape. But at some point what Mackey was saying started to sink in.

"There is no wrong, there is no right," he says.

I was finally able to get my mind and my breathing under control.

It was extremely hard, but at the same time, I honestly felt great.

"Sure you've never done this? You're doing great bro," Mackey said.

It was like I was let in on a secret everyone else in the room already knew.

"You really don't know what you can accomplish until you try what you think you can't do," Mackey said.

"You are fierce. You are strong," he said. "As long as you believe, it's in your mind. Trust it guys."

You can find classes throughout the Valley. As Mackey said, there is a yoga for everyone.

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