Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Yoga in the Park
It was something I'd only ever heard about... until tonight. My friend Ariane had given the class last week in a park nearby and, although she's an amazing teacher and I was dying to attend one of her classes again, I thought I was not in the right mood, so I didn't go :( Probably would have done me the world of good though...
So I'd been looking forward to tonight's class all week. I told myself that no matter what mood I was in and who was giving the class, I just had to go. It's a free class put on by our local Lululemon and given by a different yoga teacher each week. The thought of doing yoga outside in the fresh air really appealed to me, so when they said there'd be showers tonight I refused to believe it. I didn't believe that it could be nice all day when we were cooped up inside and then rain just when we could go out and have some fun. So after dinner I ignored the weather forecast, grabbed my yoga mat, and went out to the park. Although there were only a couple of people when I arrived, the spot they had chosen in the park filled up quickly and, in the end, I'd say we were about 30 or so people. The wind had picked up, the sky was grey and overcast, and the temperature had gone down a few degrees. Sitting there on my mat I thought I should have brought my jacket. The session, however, started off quickly and within a few minutes I'd completely forgotten about wanting a jacket. The teacher led us almost effortlessly through a series of postures, holding some, flowing through others, and the hour passed by entirely too quickly.
It was an incredible experience and one I was very glad to have ignored the weather forecast for. In the end, the temperature was just perfect, not too hot, not too cool, just enough breeze to keep the mosquitoes at bay and the rain held off until I got home! What an amazing evening!!