I spent the last weekend at a conference in Chicago. Outside of the sessions, I spent my time merrymaking my way down memory lane (staying with a dear friend from grad school, haunting the places I used to live in and frequent, and feeling dwarfed in Chicago’s architecturally and proportionally staggering downtown).
Needless to say, a few days in, I was feeling a little creaky, so I dragged my friend and his partner to a yoga class in my old neighborhood: a Vinyasa 1-2 class, taught by Kenya.
The class was primarily deep stretching and a few inversions, with limited sun salutations. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a more fast-paced or flow class, but I did love two things about it:
- We did an inversion that made my spine de-kink in all the right ways. Basically, you’re in dolphin, with your feet on the wall, legs parallel to the floor. You can lift one leg at a time if you’d like, or just keep both feet planted securely on the wall. Leg lifting was just challenging enough to be exhilerating, and I could feel my joints lengthening and separating in all the right ways.
- Kenya came over to correct me during my newly-mastered chaturanga. When I let her know that her adjustment was something I just couldn’t do, she laughed and said “Good to know!” She trusted me to know what was best for my body, and didn’t push it. At that moment, I decided I loved her.
It wasn’t the cardio experience I was hoping for, but it did get me nice and stretched out, and feeling ready to go sit on a plane again. My friend and his partner both loved it, and felt energized afterward, too.
I’m also a sucker for any studio that provides clean mats for their students to use at no charge. Chaturanga for the win, y’all.