So, I mentioned that while in Maine I took a yoga class that was totally wrong for me. Regardless, I committed to two additional classes the following week at the same studio.
I attended a
one-hour Power class and absolutely loved it. The practice was led by
the owner of the studio and she gave me the challenge I needed. I sweat
so much I had to flip my mat over halfway through the practice. It's not
that I don't appreciate the emotional and mental aspects of Yoga, it's
just that I prefer to incorporate them into the physical aspect at my
own pace. I don't like having those elements forced on me when I'm not
open to them. When the instructor asked us to set an intention in the
Power class, I chose to open my hips up throughout the hour. By the end
of the practice, I felt it. I was there. I stayed on task and got the
mental workout I also needed.
The Power class was so
awesomely intense I could barely move the next day. So I headed to the
Slow Flow two days later to work that out. Again, this class was more my
pace. It gave variations and while it wasn't as physically strenuous as
a Power class, it did offer a challenge. Which was good, because
remember how I could barely move? Oh man.
point, you ask? Well. I want you to know that even after 7 years of
practicing Yoga, I occasionally attend a class I don't like. But I don't
let it discourage me from continuing my practice. I understand that on
any given day, a teacher could be "off." That might mean my practice
suffers because s/he didn't deliver for the students. And just because I
don't like one style of Yoga, it doesn't mean I won't like another.