Let me start of by saying that I had a whole big series planned that I was SO excited about. It would be called Dating The Gym, and I would be trying out different fitness classes and regimes here in the city until I found the right one. I even have a LIST of everything and every place I was planning on trying.
Ahh, but things change.
If fitness classes and gyms are bachelors, then consider this love at first sight. Bachelor #1 has swept me off my feet and I have fallen so hard that I can’t even imagine seeing anyone else.
If you hadn’t noticed, I’m a little over dramatic. But I’m kind of serious.
What primarily attracted me to Yoga Vida? Well, to be honest, what didn’t? It’s just a couple blocks from where I live, and I had heard both via word of mouth and reviews online that this is one of the best studios in the city. Of course, with that came the assumption that I could kiss my non-existent bank account goodbye. But no! Yoga Vida offers a trial for first time members: One week of UNLIMITED classes for just $10. I’m in.
I signed up quickly and painlessly online, and reserved my spot in my first class at 7AM the following morning. Upon arriving at the studio bright and early, I was welcomed and immediately felt calmed by the friendly environment (just like meeting anyone new, that first introduction can be a little nerve wracking!). And if we’re going just on looks, people? The studio is GORGEOUS: a spacious loft space surrounded by windows and very well lit with natural light. Plus it smelled good, something that isn’t exactly a given with these places.
(I don’t have pictures… check out their site though!)
The class was fantastic- a real energizer for my day ahead. The style here is power flow Vinyasa, which is definitely my go-to yoga. The class moved quickly without being too overwhelming, offered just the right amount of challenge (with options to make poses less or more challenging), and was a GREAT workout… I don’t break into a sweat too easily but this definitely pushed my limit! And most importantly? I felt totally zen and in touch with my body: the sign of a perfect class.
I returned to the studio every day last week and had a different teacher each time. Each was obviously a little different, but I loved that while they definitely had their own personalities, styles of teaching, and even targets in our practice, they definitely meshed well to the vibe of the studio: upbeat, energetic, and friendly.
I also love that towards the end of each class there is time devoted to working on inversions. It is here that I learned that I had been taught my headstand the wrong way. I was taught to try kicking up from downward facing dog. As it turns out, this can be both very dangerous and much more difficult than the proper way, which is to start in downward dog, support my head and neck with my forearms on the ground, and slowly walk my legs towards my head and arms, before drawing my knees into my chest and then carefully straightening them upwards (of course, do not try this without a teacher present!). Two classes later, I was pulling it off with flying colors!
Yoga Vida also has a 200-hour teaching program, something that I will hopefully be looking into in the near future.
Trust me, there aren’t many. The only thing I would say is that some of the afternoon or weekend morning classes can get a bit crowded, but nothing too overwhelming.
So what has become of my Dating the Gym idea?
I am firmly of the belief that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Will I be trying other fitness classes and maybe step foot in a gym or two? Most likely. But I have pledged the majority of my devotion to this wonderful place: they have totally doable student discounts and I have already signed up for a monthly unlimited membership :)
That being said, any fitness classes or trends you think I should give a try as well? What are you currently hooked on? In other words, what workout are you currently dating?