I'm no yogi, but I do enjoy yoga. It calms and grounds me like nothings else can. One time I told my friend I liked subarus, Tartine, and Bikram Yoga and his response back was, "You are so from San Francisco. . ." What can I say. I've always been more of a cardio girl, but have taken yoga classes since high school. My favorites had always been Bikram (hot yoga), any classes that was taught outdoors, and most importantly, F-R-E-E. When I was walking the beach one evening, I saw a group of people doing yoga on the beach as the sun set and knew I had to be a part! One quick google search later and I was signed up for the next class Tuesday morning. And yes, I realize that I am posting about doing yoga on the beach in December - but hey, these are just the perks of California living.
Aapparently I happened upon a "Yin Yoga" class. It felt a lot more gentle than other yoga classes I've taken and we staying in the posses for 3 minutes. Considering my history of only doing a couple times year, the 3 minutes gave me a longer chance to focus on my breathing rather than focusing on not dying in that position until child's pose (all you yogi nubes know what I am talking about!). The instructor kept bringing us back to focus on breathing, not force any position, and to listen to our bodies. She would say enlightening things like, "Slower is not always easier" and other thought provoking Being someone who drives 90mph on the 405 and works over 40 hour weeks, I mean it when I say I needed, this 80 minute class on the sand, in front of the ocean, on the most perfect chilly, but sunshine-y warm December morning. Life in Southern California is not all beach days and açaí bowls, but in this case, it is now definitely morning yoga on the beach 3x a week.
On another note, I listened to a good podcast by The Liturgist's recently on God Our Mother. I think I cried when I heard the poem at the 12 minute mark. If you dont listen to the whole thing, I recommend at least listening to the first 15 minutes until the end of the poem. If podcasts aren't you thing, the poem is transcribed HERE too. Let me know if you want to join me next time for a class!