Friday, June 5, 2009

Day 131: Class 123~ Leave your Yoga Body at the Door

Today was 8:30 am with Connie.  I leave for L.A later this afternoon, and am on vacation from work today, so morning class sounded like a good idea.  I've done am classes on the weekend and there is certainly a difference.  Today it was more pronounced.  My back was so stiff I could hardly do the back or forward bends.   My hands felt thick and awkward during first breathing, and my hamstrings, forget it.  I've gone every single day since I came back from my trip and today was just a strange class.  My "yoga body" decided to stay home in bed I think.  What showed up in the room was the stiffest most inflexible body imaginable.  My spine felt like a steel rod, and my breath was interspersed with grunts and gasps.  Connie even commented during my fixed firm "Michelle is trying to adjust to an am class today, she normally comes at night.  She's all stiff!"  I chuckled and so did some other students.  Then she just continued to say each class is different and not to judge yourself, just do your best.  With a determined look on my face, I toughed it out and finished the class, collapsing onto my mat in stiffness and exhaustion.   
Future plans:  The owner of my studio opened another studio across town.  Its a different kind of hot yoga called "moksha" from Canada.  I will be trying that in the next week or two and blogging about it.  Also, I plan on "catching" up at some point this summer and getting my classes even with my days.  Just a little personal vendetta at this point.  I'll count the moksha classes, as they too are 90 minutes.  
I'm off to redondo beach now!  I'll be going to the Bikram studio there tomorrow, so I'll blog next week and let you know how it went.


  1. I've tried Moksha up in Toronto and it's pretty good. Very derivative of Bikram (while staying safely on the legal side) with a vinyasa or two thrown in. For one reason or another it doesn't quite do it for me like Bikram does, but I enjoy it. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts.

  2. Have fun in LA! How long are you there for? Check out the new Hermosa Beach studio, too, if you get a chance... I know the girls who opened it and they are awesome, and I think they have a STEAM ROOM. These is NOTHING greater than a steam room before yoga. I was terrified of the one in LA until my friend Leyla (new owner of Hermosa Beach, what a coincidence!) convinced me to go in, and I was immediately ADDICTED. :)

  3. Ohhh, so jealous! Have a blast!

  4. Another blogger I follow just said she was going to try Moshka, too! Must be quite the craze. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it!

    And have fun in LA!!