Well, I had a little bit of an adventure last night. I, James, and MacKenzie, friends from school, decided to go to a Yoga class. We met at Maryknoll and took a taxi to the yoga studio. None of us knew exactly where the yoga studio was. We trusted that the taxi driver would know how to get there as long as we provided the address. This was a bad idea in retrospect. The taxi driver did not know the address either. We drove around for a while. He stopped twice to ask other taxi drivers about this yoga studio. One driver directed us to the general location of the studio. The second driver told us the exact location. Each time we stopped for directions, we all could hear a string of words coming from the mouth of our taxi driver. We all imagined them to be bad words and being directed toward us. When we arrived at the yoga studio, we tipped our driver at least 15 Bs in addition to the cost of the ride. 15 Bs is roughly 2 American dollars. It was guilt that made us tip more.
We entered into the yoga studio. The yoga studio is a house which is divided into several rooms. There is a different class in each room. This type of setup provided a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Tonight, our class was the only one in the studio. First, we needed to pay for the class and find out if there is room in the class. The class was the same amount of money as the tip that we gave to our taxi driver. Fortunately, there was enough room for the three of us. We walked through the wrong door to get to the yoga room. Our instructor politely told us to walk out and go into the side door. We had to remove our shoes, and grab mats, a block, and a blanket. The room was small and we all had to be extremely close to each other. I think there were about 15 people in the class. Our instructor said that the class was going to be in both English and Spanish because of us. We told our instructor that we all were learning Spanish so it would actually be beneficial for her to speak in Spanish. The majority of the class was in Spanish. She insisted to speak in English at various times so we could understand the positions.
This yoga class was a combination of Hatha flow and Yengar. Hatha flow yoga is focused on the fluidity of the movements. Through a repetition of moves, a person becomes familiar with each move and slowly builds up endurance to hold each position longer. I consider Hatha yoga as a great introduction to yoga. It is more for beginners. Yengar yoga is focused on holding each position for 2-3 minutes at a time. In holding each position, a person develops muscle and eventually able to hold the position for a longer length of time. Yengar yoga is definitely for more experienced persons.
The class started with Hatha as a way to warm up our bodies. Then, she began using Yengar. The class was little over an hour. She showed us positions that I have never done. One position was using the block and the wall as a prop. We walked four and half steps on our mat. We then placed our right hand on the block, lifted our left leg up and put our left leg on the wall. Our right leg remained on the mat. My hips still hurt this morning. The class was exhausting and wonderful. She invited us to come back to this class and try other classes at the studio.