I’d been missing yoga since my membership at Pure Yoga expired four months ago. At the time, I was all ‘Yay, I can just go for pole all the time now!’ and I pretty much did. But then slowly I started to miss yoga and its calm, gentle ways.
Which surprised me, because I really didn’t think I would.
But I guess when something’s been a part of your life for a few years, you can’t just walk away from it that easily. I never regarded my poor yoga practice as something I took very seriously, but then I did do it for five whole years.
And yes, I know I can always roll out my mat at home and practice in the living room, but… no, I really can’t. I have no illusions about just how lazy I am, and it’s the whole process of being led by an instructor that I enjoy most. Plus it’s nice to work out with other like-minded people, all sweating at the same time.
Then one day on Facebook, I saw this jaw-droppingly awesome video and I rrrrreeeeaaallllyyyy started to miss yoga:
The gorgeous yogini in the vid is Briohny Smyth. I think she’s got more strength and control in those cute little toes of hers than I do in my whole body!
The day that I saw it, I got so wistful that I started wondering if I should renew my membership at Pure!But I’d have to commit to a huge, 2-3 year unlimited package again that would set my credit card back by about three thousand dollars and I just don’t go often enough to justify that kind of price.
So when I spotted a 4-class Groupon deal for a new studio, I jumped at it! One Wellness Fitness Club is 20 minutes from my office, and they sell class cards instead of huge, unlimited membership packages.
I picked a hot core class to start with, and was sure I’d be lying on the floor in a puddle after 15 minutes from the lack of practice, but it went surprisingly well. Some difficult poses felt easier than I remembered, and I ended up staying for a second hot stretch class which I really enjoyed too.
The staff there seem friendly as well, which is always important. And the classes are quite small and intimate, with the instructors addressing some of their regular students by name. So far I’ve had a different instructor for every class I’ve attended, but they all walk around and make adjustments to everyone’s poses. I know that’s ultimately a good thing, but it can also feel a bit pressurizing. Some days you’re just a little more tired, you know?
Half way through my third class, the instructor asked me if I was a dancer. (!!!) When I told her I take pole dance classes, she proceeded to name me a few of the advanced girls from Bobbi’s who do yoga with her. I was quite impressed that she could remember her students that well.
After doing 4 lessons, I’ve decided that I like the studio enough to sign up. They just happen to be having a fantastic promo for 100 classes at just $999, and it’s calling out my name… Anyone want to join me?