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Archive for January 7th, 2012

7
Jan

30 Days of Yoga- Day 13

Restorative Yoga with Jeannette Goudallier

Wow! Today was my first time in the brand new YogaSource Los Gatos and it is AH-mazing! The studio, probably 5 times the size of Yoga Belly’s (and there’re TWO of ‘em!), was spacious, modern, and absolutely gorgeous. Despite having so little to do with YogaSource’s great achievement and big move, I felt proud to be there today– like being part of a monumental Silicon Valley zen.

I took a back seat today and opted for a restorative class– more meditation than exercise. Restorative is usually too slow for my attention span (which generally requires constant, challenging movement to stay focused), but today it was just what I needed. I left calmer, softer, and feeling like I had just woke up from a refreshing nap after a day at the spa. Mmm.

7
Jan

30 Days of Yoga- Day 12

Power Yoga with Edna Barr

Being flexible has its downfalls. Often, instructors think because I can do a perfect needle or splits, I must be stretchy everywhere. False. My hamstrings are tight, my hips are tighter, and my back barely bends into a standard wheel pose. Also, of course, just a few hours after reading this article from yesterday’s NY Times titled “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” (which mostly points to pushing yourself too far, bending the neck too much in things like arches and shoulderstands, and teachers pulling bodies into “proper” position during class as the main causes for concern) I found myself being asked to arch a lot, perform shoulderstands (however, armed with the proper technique), and being pulled into poses I didn’t know I could do.

The pulling wasn’t all bad though. Edna coaxed me into a deeper wheel pose than I had done since my pre-vaulting gymnastics years, and it actually felt really good. For a moment, I imagined myself not in a dark yoga studio, but back in a brightly lit gymnastics warehouse on that slightly smelly bright blue floor being pulled into submission by a kind, but demanding gymnastics coach from my youth. It was nice to be pushed again.

Also, there’s this video. Which I find beautiful and poetic. On to day 13!