I signed up for this November 20 for 30 yoga challenge at Power Flow. Basically what that means is that I have to complete 20 days of yoga in 30 days. I stopped doing everything else for a month and I have committed myself entirely to yoga. Today was my 4th yoga class since I started Sunday (I skipped yesterday). Instead of taking the same teacher, which I normally do, I figured I would switch it up. Like really switch it up. I usually only go at 6am in Chatham but with the time change and this challenge I have been taking a few 8:15 Power Hour classes. This has given me major insight into how different one yoga teacher is to the next. I took one class where the teacher (who I love) spent at least 5 minutes with me during the class correcting, adjusting, and basically showing me how I should really look during half moon (four years later, I learned I need to use a block). I took another class where I don’ t think I ever made eye contact with the teacher which is not good or bad…just different. And then there is the teacher who has the best music ever. I may never learn how to get into side crow in that class but the music is so good, I can’t stop going. Lastly, there is the teacher I am going to be best friends with outside of class, he just doesn’t know it yet. He fully has my sense of humor and he is a rockstar teacher. I wish he taught more.
What is my point of this rant? Try new teachers, they may surprise you. Even though I do LOVE LOVE LOVE my 6am Cara, it’s nice to change it up sometimes.
I do understand sticking with the same Soul Cycle Teacher (hands down fave – Michael NYC, did he move to CA? Jayme, Kara, & Adam if you are reading this – GO TAKE HIS CLASS NOW! He is in Santa Monica at 5:30, 6:30 – report back and find out if he is coming back to NYC Tribeca) If you live in LA you MUST take his class!
I do have some Men & Yoga thoughts:
- Why don’t men take more yoga? I think if every man took one less crossfit class, bootcamp, spin class and took ONE (just one) yoga class a week, their life would change. Not kidding. I think they would live longer, their stress would dissipate, and that one day a week, let’s call it Monday, would be a great fucking Monday. Greg always says his therapy is his bike but I know if he took a yoga class one day a week, it would be a life changer or maybe a day changer :).
- I don’t care how hot the class is, I much prefer a guy sweating to death next to me in a shirt than a guy who is shirtless sweating everywhere… Unless, of course, you are this guy:
- I was in class the other day and someone just laid in child pose the entire class – all 60 minutes. I am all for taking a break & relaxing and I swear I am posing this as a question…Why would someone come to class just to lay there on a mat? Like why spend the 20+ dollars to lay motionless in a class with people doing yoga all around you? If it was a Yin class or meditation class, totally get it, but vinyasa flow for 60 minutes? Not sure I’m clear.
- A pet peeve of mine is the yoga class set up. If you walked into a class and there were 5 people and you had to the option to place your mat ANYWHERE, would you ever just put it directly in front of someone? People do this. I fully understand if the class is packed and you have to find a space but if the floor is basically empty WHY would you ever lay your mat in front of someone and block their view? It drives me bat shit crazy. I am so not that kind of person that would say, “Hey, could you please move your mat to the left so I can see what I am doing in the mirror?” I want to be that person but I’m just not. Therefore, I will just bitch about it to you (thank you).
- I have watched this video 300 times because the front row (which is why I will NEVER be in the front row) always pulls off this maneuver.
I have said this before – I know yoga is not about competition, judging etc. Its about being in the moment blah blah but it drives me nuts that I can’t do this. Is this the kind of move that maybe after years of practice one can actually do or its the kind of thing either you get it or you don’t? I am so scared I am going to land on my face.
- Do people take private yoga classes to learn these sorts of things? Do you think the only way to really get great instruction is to go through a teacher training class even though you don’t want to be an instructor? I would be the worst instructor ever. My music would be killer but my teaching would be abominable. Like you would leave my class and say NEVER AGAIN.
- For 2o years now I have been dying to go on a yoga retreat but not like Eat, Pray, Love India kind. I’m talking the “glamping” kind. At first I wanted to go to the Ashram in Calabasas and then I found out about The Ranch at Live Oak. Has anyone been to either?? Thoughts?? The Golden Door in CA also looks unbelievable – I actually spoke with them yesterday so I got the low down…but that deserves its own post (more on that soon).
That’s all for now (this is what I was thinking about at 6am this morning in Yoga…terrible I know. I wasn’t in the moment) Namaste….