Windmills off of Pubnico NSAlthough not as exciting as going to a brand new place since I grew up about 30 minutes away, I am enjoying the adventure. Being familiar also allowed me to find some local yoga classes... and I decided to give Beloved Yoga a try!
Located in a local boat house, I knew it would be a bit nerve wracking. The Yoga community here is TINY, with three teachers and the students all know each other. After three hours of driving and a stressful morning, I was looking forward to yoga.
The room was beautiful, with original wood floors overlooking Lake Milo. The instructor was lovely, so open and honest. She introduced her class as being far from 'competitive' and I was nervous. I don't do well with slower classes, slowing my 'monkey mind' is difficult. Also, the yogis in this smaller community tend to prefer the more superficial, asana, lulu, aspect of yoga. *edit: let me be more specific... the yogis in this community traditionally have preferred... maybe some of you might remember my 'beer and yoga' post from a while back? * So although I cannot speak to small yoga communities in general, I can speak to this one and historically how it's been. Think driving three hours JUST so they can get to the lululemon and have 'the' clothes.
It was amazing. We practiced some slow, focused poses that I have been disregarding for a complete sun sal. Pranayam, neck and shoulders, chakras... and she introduced Tai Chi.
I have never practiced Tai Chi, but I know Teresa from Ponderings practices regularly and I also know it resembles Kung Fu (I have friends who practice). Heather, the instructor, looked so graceful and intense. She led us through the 'earth sequence' which she informed us is grounding.
I stumbled through, but felt amazed that I could actual feel the energy between my hands. Perhaps it's my practice while connecting with the Goddess, and visualization of energy and cleansing, but it wasn't as foreign as I thought it might be. The best part? All the other ladies didn't seem that weirded out.
I am so glad that I decided to give such a beautiful practice a try (unknowingly). Tomorrow, I'll give yogaglo a try in the hotel room. I look forward to really putting 'yoga on the go' to the cold, cramped hotel test.
Have you tried something new and scary lately?
(also, check out my interview on Life Breathing, and check out her beautiful space as well! It's filled with wonderful, insightful posts- Thanks Em for the opportunity!)
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