I entered Another Space in Covent Garden on Wednesday night for my first yoga class in about there months. My body was tight and I was looking forward to a good stretch, however I wasn’t prepared for the mental element of the class.
I recently read Nicole’s post about the mind-body connection when stretching, and after finding my mat in the dark, warm scented room, and immediately felt the stress and noise of the city melt away.
It wasn’t a conventional vinyasa class, like others I’ve been to in the past, we spent most of the session in the dark with awesome music complementing the flow. I loved laughing our way through 100 jazz hands, tried my best in dolphin pose, and enjoyed every down dog, warrior and triangle as I felt my muscles stretch.
Our teacher, Chris, encouraged us to go at our own pace, using modifications to make moves easier or more technical as needed. I found myself modifying to the more simple positions, or recovering in child’s pose more than I have in any class I’ve taken since starting yoga, however I was totally OK with it, and just listened to my body.
Admittedly, I sometimes clock watch during yoga classes, but I embraced and enjoyed every moment of the 75 minute session. I’ve been super tense recently, with the move, wedding planning, work, blog admin and financial stresses, and this has translated into a very anxious, often grumpy girl. During the class I could physically feel the stress leave my body, and I left feeling happier and lighter than I have in weeks.
Speaking on the phone with my Mum the following day, she even commented that I sounded calmer, less worried – asking if I’d ticked some things off my to-do list. Well yes, that and I’ve been to YOGA!
Now just to find a great studio in Henley so that I can maintain the calm! Does anyone else find this?