24 July, 2012

Relax, breathe, and move forward

Today was Power Vinyasa with Tina at Be Luminous.

One thing I am starting to detect from my experiences here is that there's no guarantee that you'll get a rest during a Vinyasa class. The whole point of Vinyasa (I gather) is FLOW. Everything ties together. You are always in a pose, and the poses are not islands, completely separate from one another, but more like stones in a stream that can be stepped between. I mean, I knew that. But most of the Vinyasa classes I've taken have some sort of break during the series; either a Child's Pose, or a Savasana (though, not all, as you often hear me complaining when I don't get a rest during class). When the temperature is a little lower, it seems it is easier to go through a full class without offering those breaks, because there's a little bit less cardiovascular burden, a little more air. In a way, I think this might offer the possibility of making a cooler class harder, because you don't ever need to stop.

Tina's class was very much about keeping the flow going the entire time. The sequence, though pretty standard, had some very long holds in the poses, taking us from awkward (knee-to-nose) to even more awkward (pull that leg up really tight to your chest and hold it there, before stepping through). It reminded me a bit of a Gordy class, in that the burn comes not from speed, but from depth, duration, and continuous flow.

Today, for the second day in a row, I ran into a fellow yogi from UYS immediately after class. Strange coincidences, since I don't typically run into people during the day. But interesting, the way the universe works. Yesterday, I ran into a fellow student. Today, it was an instructor. It pulled at my heartstrings for my yoga community. That, combined with other rumblings I had heard about my whereabouts, and I'd had my mind nearly settled on showing up this evening for a double, to take Whitney's class. But the truth is, my body was completely beat from this one class, and it would have been ludicrous for me to do another one. Still, I do miss my home studio. This is something I wanted to do to shake things up a bit. So I'm going to try to stick with the plan, and listen to my body.

Hey. Body. I'm listening. To you.

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