Ok, did you complete the yoga challenge? 10 yoga classes (in person, online, video, etc.) between Dec 7th & Dec 31st. Bringing bliss to the most stressful time of year. If you did, please let us know!
Here’s the sweet prize! We’ll give it a week or so for any shy Prana Fitness fans to pipe up. Everyone who completed the challenge is entered in drawing. Name drawn randomly wins!
Voila! Challenge complete!
My 10th class was the hardest- a 2 hour class for yoga teachers only- a place to explore, discover new techniques and poses, and to really push yourself to grow. I took on 12/31 a Tigress Class at Corepower Stapleton with the amazing anusara Julieta.
I must not have gotten the memo that this particular day’s class was to start off with 12 minutes of handstands, one minute to honor each month of 2011. I tried handstand each set, but ended up doing about 90% of it on my forearms. But still, 12 minutes upside down. Phew! Oh, and 3 minutes of corework between handstand sets. Phew squared!
My breakthrough in this class was the wheel help that Julieta gave me, about moving my armpits forward and moving my tailbone back. Like magic my vertebrae felt so much better in wheel! And I did my first ever drop back! From standing into wheel. With of course Julieta holding me the entire time, but still, it was crazy. I’m proud. I was for sure the least-experienced and least-advanced yogini in the room of 11 teachers, but it was so much fun. I will for sure go back. I can only grow from here!
Check it out, Teachers-Only Tigress Class Saturdays 3:15-5:15 at Corepower Stapleton. And here’s Julieta’s website.
On 12/31 I took the sweet Community Yoga class by Piper Rose. This is held weekly upstairs of the Mercury Cafe. Free, or pay what you can by donation. Open to anyone. I loved it! Nowhere else could I have screamed at the top of my lungs in a yoga class and learned the pose ExplodingJellyBeanAsana. Extra awesome about this class was the live music and bhakti chanting. It’s fun to vibrate the vocal cords and rock out as a roomful of warm strangers.
My favorite moment of class was the letting loose the hips in a few runners lunge variations. Similar to the cool one I learned from Elise at Half Moon, we sunk the hips low and moved the knee to the side and were encouraged to scream, moan, yell, or make animal noises, however we felt, to let loose what’s locked up inside the “emotional junk drawer” of the hips. I adore that this class is so fun, that it takes into account the needs/injuries of the students that come, and that everybody is LOVED in this class. Kids can tag along and practice, too! And they get the sweetest adjustments–handstand assists so awesome that their hands don’t even have to touch the ground.
Please check it out, Saturdays 10:30am at the Merc.
Thanks for an awesome class, Piper!