Over the past four years, I’ve tried out many a fitness studio and class in New York.
Exhale. (So, I kind of like that top?)
I keep telling myself I’ll go back! That I will totally become the person who always does _______.
It doesn’t usually happen.
I’m a runner who likes to dabble in other classes.
The one other thing I keep returning to is yoga. How it makes me feel mentally and physically is irresistible.
Last week, I tried restorative yoga at Laughing Lotus. They were (and still are!!!) running a 30 days of yoga for $39 special. One class was $18, unlimited was $39. Even if I only did one more class, it’d be worth it, so I went for it.
Tonight I left work a bit too late to meet up with friends for a drink as I’d planned, and I wanted to get a workout in. I didn’t have the energy for a run, so I looked on Laughing Lotus’ site to see if there were any classes tonight–and there was an 8:30 flow class.
New York for the win.
The class was taught by the adorable Annie, who looked and sounded a lot like Isla Fisher. It was 8:30 on a cold Thursday night, so it was just me and three other students.
Annie started off the class telling us about a class she was taking about breathing. Where is she going with this, I wondered. She told us about Dr. John Sarno’s theory that much back pain is caused by psychological origins and stress–not getting enough oxygen into the back. As someone who sometimes has lower back pain and and who puts a lot of stress on herself, I found this really interesting.
Since the class was so small, she walked around and did lots of corrections to our alignment, and occasionally rubbed our shoulders or necks to relax us and get us to move deeper into the moves. I’m usually really self-conscious about being adjusted, but I was open to it tonight. The shoulder rubbing stuff was a little awkward at first, but once I relaxed into it, it was so incredibly relaxing.
By the time we got to savasana, I was ready to melt into the mat.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be going back, both to Laughing Lotus and to her class. It’s close. It’s not at all pretentious. It’s not too expensive, by NYC standards. She teaches Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30pm. Want to join me?
Tell me about your favorite yoga class/studio. Also–do you go for physical reasons, mental reasons or both?