Hatha Yoga

New Summer Schedule!

Summer is right around the corner and I want to make sure you know about our new Summer Schedule that begins June 1st! We have a few changes to our schedule:

  • Amal is going out of town from June - mid August. Bridgid and Lk will sub her CorePower classes while she's away.
  • Two new teachers have joined our team!
  • Debbie will be taking over Susan's Monday 7:30 pm Gentle class
  • Jan will be taking over Bridgid's Sunday 10:30 am Gentle class

Oh, and I should also mention that I'm going to India from May 29 - Jun 23. We're visiting my husband's family and I'm hoping to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga School while I'm there. These lovely ladies are subbing my classes while I'm away:

  • Monday 10:00 am Yoga for MS: Gabriela
  • Wednesday 8:30 am Gentle: Lk
  • Thursday 6:15 pm Gentle: Gabriela
  • Friday 8:30 am Gentle: Kali
  • Saturday 6:30 am Gentle: Jan
  • Saturday 8:00 am Gentle: Angela

See you soon! Zelinda

Lessons Learned When a Yoga Class is Way Too Hard

Last week I attended a Gentle class at The Yoga Room that was way too hard for me. Seriously. And it actually had nothing to do with the class or the teacher. She taught a beautiful and appropriate practice. It was me. I hadn’t attended a class in a couple of weeks, I was under stress, I hadn’t even made time for my person practice. I knew my body was tight, but I didn’t realize how tight until the class began.

It was excruciating, like nails on a chalkboard. My body resisted every pose. I thought back to my recent reflections on whether it’s ok to not listen to the teacher in a group class and how I had resolved that I should respect both the teacher and myself.

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But this particular class was so challenging for me that it went beyond my previous reasoning. Even the modifications that the teacher suggested (and that I myself teach) were not making the class accessible to me. Every pose was uncomfortable.

So what did I do? I went even more slowly. I took breaks. I breathed. I held poses that felt good and skipped the ones that didn’t.

And then after the class was done I realized how grateful I was for this class that was way too hard. It provided the time and space for some important lessons. On the surface: what to do when the yoga class you attend is way too hard. But on a deeper level: what do do when life circumstances are way too hard.

And really, the response is the same. Go slowly. Take breaks. Breathe. Be easy with yourself. Let go of what you think you’re “supposed” to do and be ok with doing what is right for you.

Treat yourself with love this week, sweet yogi.


XO, Zelinda