If you have been reading KERF since my Charlotte days, you might remember how much I fell in love with hot vinyasa yoga. I first tried it at Yoga One in Charlotte and then my favorite studio, Y2 Yoga opened and I really fell head over heels.
Y2 had it all: heat, rockin’ music, lavender towels, great assists, challenging classes. Heck, I used to get up at 5:30am on a SATURDAY to go to Superflow class! [Yay for Charlotte friends!]
So when I moved to Charlottesville, the first thing I did was to find the hot vinyasa studio. This place is so cool there just had to be one, right? After some searching and asking around, I realized there wasn’t a hot vinyasa studio here. Major sad face.
I tried Bikram but didn’t love it. I did a month-long trial at the Ashtanga studio here and enjoyed it but didn’t feel it was worth the cost long-term for me. My gym also has an amazing yoga program, but the rooms are always cold and the music never good! The closest I got to my beloved hot vinyasa was the 108 sun salutations that AYC put on one solstice. There are so many types of yoga for different personalities, and it’s the cool, modern style I’m after – in a warm-to-hot room. [I was in a class once at another studio when a student interrupted the class to ask the instructor to turn the air conditioning on – and she did! I was freezing by the end – brrrr!]
So this is all the long way of saying that we finally have a rockin’ yoga studio here in Cville!!
Opal Yoga opened on Valentine’s Day. The studio features vinyasa classes, in heat (but not hot), with great tunes. It’s not quitttttte the same as the hot style of Y2, but it’s 90% there and I loved both of the classes I took so far.
The studio is lofty and gorgeous – love the Caribbean feel. There’s even a class set to Reggae music that I can’t wait to try.
There’s obviously no childcare, so it’s hard for me to get to a class, but it makes it all the more special when I do. I have realized how hunched and stiff my body is since having a baby. Possibly from being pregnant and just not being able to move as much and possibly from all of the baby carrying, picking up and bending over I do now. Downward dog feels juicier than ever. I was humbled the first time I tried to do wheel – my body clearly doesn’t have the same flexibility it had when I was practicing yoga regularly. I would love to get to one class a week, but with a little one that’s going to be a challenge. I bought a 20-class pass on opening weekend, so I’m going to have to find time to make it work!
I went to a DJ class this week in the evening and woke up super sore the next morning. Yay for yoga burn.
Three keys to a fantastic yoga class [in my opinion]:
1) A very warm (preferably hot) room. Cold yoga just doesn’t work for me.
2) Vinyasa flow. I want to flowwwww. I like to hold poses like half moon for a challenge near the end of class, but if I don’t do at least 10 sun salutations to down-dogs I feel incomplete.
3) Groovin’ tunes. Some might feel that music distracts the mind but music allows my mind to become empty. Without music I just think but with it I get lost and get to that happy yoga mindset.
I haven’t found the perfect class at Opal yet, but I know my perfect match is there!
Summer rooftop yoga? Yes please!