Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Yogaworks


I have done or “practiced” (as accomplished yogi’s like to say) yoga plenty of times but never at a place quite like Yogaworks. Yesterday I met my good friend Lisa in El Segundo, California for a class called “Yoga Flow”. Walking in to Yogaworks I knew I was at the Mecca of studios and amongst the yoga elite. The 2nd floor studio has a spa-like atmosphere that immediately transformed my mood and took my heart rate down a level. The soothing décor of bamboo creates a warm space and the smell of various tension-easing teas filled the air.

Being a newcomer to Yogaworks was a bit intimidating -- plenty of attractive women with lean, yet muscular figures, speaking in hushed tones.  But I had my girl Lisa, an active yogi and instructor, with me for moral support. There’s the etiquette…where do I put my shoes? How loud can I talk? What equipment do I get? How close together should I sit to other people? There is an entire yoga vernacular that needs to be learned – words like Kundalini, Hatha and Ishta. And as many times as I take yoga, I can’t for the life of me figure out the simple act of breathing. But I continue to be fascinated at how all these women stay slim and trim.

The Yoga Flow class is a unique combination of Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga. I’m not quite sure what all of that means but I do know that, together, the class helped to build up the heat in my body and was a cardio-vascular workout as well…which may be what I can’t raise my arms and my entire body is sore today. At the start of class, I became centered and relaxed, ready for a great workout…until the fire alarm went off. I refocused and continued my “practice” with plenty of downward facing dogs, planks and Chataurangas (I think they are the same thing?). The class was taught by Romy Phillips, who perhaps has the world’s most soothing voice and could easily sell me a CD of her reading me a bedtime story. The end of class was the most rewarding—approximately 5 minutes of laying on the floor, thinking about nothing, which allowed my mind to drift into full relaxation mode. Slowly Romy had us turn to our side and eventually sit up. With 3 kids I haven’t been able to get up like this in about 5 years. Generally, I awake to the “fire drill” of three babies screaming for me. For me, that was worth the price of admission. 

I was thrilled with my class and the calming benefits it had on me. After it was over, I felt like I could do anything. I was in a unique state of relaxation with increased energy and I was able to maintain this for the rest of the day.  My muscles are much more sore than when I “lift”. Utilizing your own body weight provides some phenomenal results that are immediate.  My arms and core already feel stronger and I actually feel SKINNIER today!



Yogaworks offers hundreds of classes at various levels, their "signature" classes, pilates, sculptworks, rehabilitative and even family yoga. They have yoga "advisors" on hand to answer all your questions and 23 studios within Los Angeles, Orange County, the Bay Area and New York.  The studio seems to have a huge following amongst the stars.  After my experience, I was sold and ended up buying a membership.  So you’ll get to hear so much more as I master my breathing, attempt new classes, learn the terms, make friends and continue my “practice”.

Namaste.

Yesterday’s food intake:

Breakfast:
1 poached egg (2), 1 slice wheat toast (2) , 3 sprays can’t believe it’s not butter (then what is it?), coffee (1)
5 points

Snack: 1 banana, vitamin water (1)

Lunch:  Salad with Tempeh, Veggie Steak, from the Veggie Grill (4) Sweet potato fries (3) sauce (3)
Iced Tea
10 points

Dinner:
Cornmeal crusted chicken with nectarine salsa (A fantastic Weight Watchers Recipe). (6)
Broccoli (0)
Brown basmati rice ()
Spinach salad (1)
Wine – (2)

Dessert:  WW Cranberry raisin pudding (4)

29 points (over by 3)

22 comments:

Alli said...

Sounds awesome! Keep us posted.

Gerald Pea said...

this stuff is getting very Complex....YIKES!

Gloria Cantu said...

Kelly, I go there too!!! This is so great! Check out the Barworks class.....I LOVE IT!!!!

KMac said...

Gloria, let's go together. I'm excited!

Gloria Cantu said...

yes, what's your availability?

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