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…