09 January, 2014

Like vegetables

Today was vinyasa with Tina.

A lot of weeks I steer around Tina’s class because I always associate it with over-the-top intensity, and that kind of “energizing” dynamic that is sometimes the opposite direction of where I like to go with my yoga, which tends to be calming, slowing, quieting, down, down, down. But time and time again, when I do take Tina’s class, I feel amazing at the end of the class, no matter how challenging it is during. There are some classes that get difficult and I start to give up, but Tina is very much a “leave no one behind” type of teacher. Her energy keeps you going because how could you not be enthusiastic about giving it your best when she’s giving such intensity as an instructor. So there it was. Another good day, another tough class. And I was glad to be there.

Still finding a way to do the headstands in each class, either before or during class. I don’t want to start shying away from something now that I have it in the routine. I am still intrigued as to how that transition occurred for me. I was so emphatic in Chelle’s class a few weeks ago about not wanting to go there, but something shifted. It is a rare case of surprising myself.

Maybe it’s possible to surprise oneself more often. What’s the formula?

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