24 September, 2013

American Mat... Canadian Class... British Studio

Today was Power Vinyasa with Kinndli McCollum online via podcast (in my hotel).

The YouTube options are not fantastic. Let's face it. I don't even remember what I did yesterday. What did I do yesterday? I did something. I don't know what it was. It wasn't Ali K. Was it Yogi Nora? I don't think it was her either. Oh yeah, it was weird, time-warp Bikram/Baron class.

So, I decided it was time to mine a new quarry. iTunes Podcasts. Turns out, this is a good place to go. I thought it was going to be important to have video, but I think it's better without, because then I don't even need to think about looking at a computer screen. I searched for "Power Yoga" because that's what I wanted today (for reasons that are not entirely clear to me, in my sleep-deprived state). And one of the first options in the ~1 hour duration classes was someone named Kinndli McCollum. I didn't know anything about her, but it said it was a Baptiste class, and that was good enough for me.

It was a really good Baptiste flow. She stuck to the book, but her talk and her cadence was just the right energy level. She's a teacher I would go to often if she were local.

For whatever reason (ibuprofen) my low back did not hurt at all today, and I found myself wanting to do twists and folds. It's probably ill-advised, but I am not even sure what is ill-advised anymore. There's probably as much downside to allowing mobility to go away, as there is for getting into that area. I don't know. Listen to the body, I guess?

After class, I looked her up online, and discovered that she's a pretty important figure in the Baptiste organization, apparently "cofounder of Power Yoga Canada" (whatever that means). I guess it means that I stumbled upon a good class.

There will be more Kinndli in my future.

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