Yoga: Day 2

October 23, 2008 at 9:58 am | Posted in yoga | Leave a comment
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So, despite (or, more likely, because of) all my whining yesterday, I got my butt out of bed at 5:45 (note: I also got my butt into bed at 9 p.m., even though I read for about 45 minutes [yes, an actual novel! And Tom Perotta, whom I stalked the night before, at that…]) and went to yoga. This time, I went to Prana Power Yoga in Central Square. At that time of the morning, it was only about a five minute drive across the bridge and up Mass Ave. The class was from 6:15-7:30, but I stationed myself by the door and snuck out at 7:15. I was home at 7:25. (Missing core work, backbends, and inversions, but at least I was there through pigeon, my favorite…) Tim leaves at 7:30, but didn’t seem to mind too much.

Maybe I need to give Forrest yoga a few more tries, but Prana is what I’m used to now (heated rooms, vinyasa, a million sun salutations…), and I felt much more comfortable and at home there. (As an aside — it’s strange to reread this and realize that this Baptiste-style hot yoga is now my comfort zone.  Coming from an ashtanga practice, the first time I went to Baptiste in Cambridge I thought, “This is nuts. I’m never coming back.” The room was 100 degrees, people were sweating all over the floor (eeew), and the vinyasa seemed so quick as to be dangerous, alignment-wise. But the studio was only a few blocks away, and once I got used to the heat, I was hooked. I don’t like practicing without it now. Also, if you would have told me six years ago that pigeon would someday be my favorite pose — I remember literally crying out of sheer frustration in Shiva Rea’s class in Los Angeles during one extended pigeon session — I would have walked out of your yoga studio. Maybe it’s the heat that allows me to enjoy it these days? But I digress. Sort of. )

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