My body and I had a blast at Yoga Jam today! We’re both very tired though 🙂
The day started with 6:30am oatmeal and coffee (as you saw!), followed by a 30 minute bike ride in the beautiful warm weather (I had on shorts!) to the hotel where the jamboree took place. I met up with Kelsey and we began our 6+ hours of yoga.
Overall the day was a blast – well coordinated, great classes, good attendance and a fun lunch. The highlight of my day was definitely when one of the assistant instructors was helping me align and said “You don’t need to use your eyebrows to do this pose.” (My eyebrows were obviously raised high, working hard 🙂 ) In fact, almost every time they told me to relax my face I realized I was flexing it! Guess that’s a tension zone for me. I only got to try 3 different studios of the 8-10 that were there, but I found one that I really loved.
Here’s a quick recap of the day:
- 2 half moons
- A few fish
- A handful of binds
- 3 pigeons
- 3 shoulder stands
- 4 tree poses
- 5 bridges
- 15 chair poses
- 25 planks
- 50 warriors
- 100 downdogs
- 200 forward bends
- 1,000 breaths
Class #1 was a good opener because it was very slow and all about alignment, but we weren’t keen on the instructors at all. They were…on the hippie side. Very nice, but not our favorites.
Class #2 was totally awesome. A really fun vinyasa flow. This was by a studio that I can really see myself going to. The secret ingredient: they have assistant instructors that go around and help everyone with the poses, which was really like getting a back massage during the class! They don’t just lightly touch your hips; they press their hands into you and slide them down your back. It felt wonderful!! If there is anything that I’m missing out on with audio home yoga, this is it. I really loved their energy and attitude as well.
Around 11:30 Kelsey and I split a banana. I wasn’t really hungry, but I felt like I wanted a little something after 2 classes and with an hour and a half till lunch. Oatmeal held me all morning though!
Class #3 was Deep Stretch. I wasn’t in the mood for stretching at this point, but stretching is what I got! We must have held most of the poses for 3-5 minutes and I think this class was the hardest on my body all day! By the end I was really enjoying it, but I think my entire back is now ripped open 😥
Then we had lunch! It was catered sandwiches, salad and cookies. Accompanied by sunshine!
I took one of the Turkey and Swiss Sandwiches to start
Along with a plate of salad
And a cookie!! The choco chips got all melty in the sunshine 🙂
But half way through my sandwich I wanted to try one of the veggie wraps. I ended up eating both sandwich halves, most of the salad and half the cookie.
Class #4 was another from the awesome studio and was quite hot and sweaty flow. We had just had lunch and no one wanted to be in down dog, but we made it. A few people had to leave because they were so full! The classes were all over an hour, and I can’t stress how fast those hours went.
Class #5 was a smaller (because lots of people had left) intermediate/advanced power flow and was a nice way to end. The instructor turned the room up to 85*, so I got a taste of hot yoga. It was great, but I did find that I got quite slippery, which made some of the poses difficult.
I was pretty pleased with myself overall in terms of my yoga ability. I felt like my in-home YogaDownloads prepared me well. I didn’t realize how advanced YogaDownload can be until I started to compare to the poses today that were considered challenging! In terms of going to a studio, I feel like between YogaDownload and the YMCA’s basic classes, I have my bases pretty much covered for my yoga needs except for the Yoga One studio’s style. I really loved their vibe and of course the assistants and think Kelsey and I will definitely go there a few times. We have free passes from today, and they have student rates, so I can see myself adding in a few classes a month. We’ll see! But while it was nice to be with the other people and have a real person instructing, I still think I prefer my home-style yoga for regular use.
My body was pretty beat on the bike ride home, but after a shower and a fun dinner, I feel fine. I came home pretty hungry, but I think I was just really thirsty because I didn’t need a snack when I was sipping water. I do think I’m pretty dehydrated though, so beer for dinner probably wasn’t the best choice!
Of course I got the infamous beer sampler
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse, Blue Moon, Abita Turbodog & New Castle
Annnnnd my very favorite Spinach Salad with goat cheese, peppers, pine nuts, croutons, the best focaccia bread (which Matt ate 75% of) and a spicy low-cal dressing. Other than the bread, I ate it all.
The four of us split 3 delicious pizzas –
Quattro Fromaggio, mozzarella, parmesan, gouda and goat cheeses with sun-dried tomatoes
Bronx Bomber, spicy italian sausage, prosciutto, gorgonzola cheese, tomato sauce and fresh oregano
Spicy Shrimp, wood-roasted shrimp, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, Cholula® sauce, goat cheese and fresh basil
I had one slice of each, plus 1 extra bite! The slices are super thin but are packed with flavor –
Being the first summer-like day of the year, we made a bee-line for the ice cream shoppe!
I got – Coconut 7 Layer Bar!!!!!! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! I believe this is a rip-off of my favorite Hello Dollies 🙂
He got PB Cookie Dough. I inevitably had a few bites. I would also like to thank Kate + Nate, especially Nate, for their generosity sharing their flavors with us!
I’m off to chug some water and get a good night’s sleep. I’ve got midterms this week and then a trip to Africa (!!)