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Honoring a Legend with Ashtanga

Yesterday, I decided to try an Ashtanga yoga class at my gym for the first time. In fact, this was my first time ever stepping foot in Lifetime Fitness’ yoga studio and was pleasantly surprised by the tranquility and simplicity of the room. Our teacher, Jaime, started off the class on a sad note. With tears in her eyes, she shared with us that her yoga teacher, Larry Schultz, had just passed away. I felt her pain even though I did not know him (but have heard of him before). He was the founder of It’s Yoga and created Rocket Yoga, amongst other accomplishments. This is a great loss in the yoga community. We dedicated our practice to him last night.

Ashtanga was way more intense than I anticipated! Lots of holding difficult postures and breathing into them. Same principles as I had learned in Vinyasa and Bikram, but taking it to the next level. We started with a chant, followed by 3 om’s. The practice included many sun salutations to warm up (although it seemed a bit different than what I’m used to)…and much more fast-paced. I found it hard to keep up at times. After 90 minutes of balancing postures, twisting postures, and seating postures…I was thoroughly spent. Still feeling it in my abs, hips, and shoulders today! I will likely try this again if I’m looking for a challenge but don’t really see myself doing this style regularly.

10 days until my first race of the season!

Next in line: athletic yoga.  Stay tuned…

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Days 12 & 13: A Spiritual Double

I finally did what I said to myself before that I’d never do. I did my 12th class at 6pm with Insel, then came back at midnight for the silent candlelight class. A double! The 6pm class went smoothly… and I purposely didn’t push myself too hard knowing that I’d be back in several short hours. It’s really starting to catch up on me knowing that I have to rinse my mat after each use…and I’m going through clothing SO quickly. Literally, doing laundry every 4 or 5 days! Crazy.

The midnight class was such a treat, and was scheduled to bring in the winter solstice and lunar eclipse . This rare event that occurs every 372 years was indeed a spiritual one, and I couldn’t imagine commemorating it in any other way. I was also very surprised at the turnout, the studio was jam packed…around 50 people! Silly me for thinking I would be one of the few crazies that showed up at such a late hour. This community is truly dedicated to the practice and I feel so  humbled and honored to be a part of it!

They added a child’s pose to the beginning of the class, and about a dozen meditative “ohms” at the end. I’ve never felt such strong energy in one room in my entire life! We moved quickly and swiftly through each posture. The silence was delicious.

I’ll admit I came into work 3 hours late due to going to bed at 3am after watching the moon turn red. But… it was definitely worth it 🙂 I’m also surprised at how good and at peace I feel today.

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