Karachi Yogini

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Following the Iyengar Way… June 9, 2010

Filed under: And the Journey begins...,Uncategorized,Yoga Class — yogini786 @ 8:14 am

So it has been a few days since I wrote here.  I’m still traveling and yoga hasn’t stop either, but yoga that inspired me to write was not happening until 2 pm today when I went for an Open class at Jivamukti NYC.  This place was something else.  Like all studios it seems here they are in tall buildings…I walked into a place where I immediately felt positive energy. Something I realized that had been missing at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in NYC.   I wouldn’t say it was negative energy but a sort of stale energy and also seemed to lack diversity.

After attending 2 classes following the Iyengar way, I was sadly disappointed (though the studio is quite beautiful).   I felt too much of a deliberation in the teachers of the Iyengar method.  For me Iyengar’s spirit was missing from the teaching style. Iyengar’s spirit is heavy and light.  It is awareness and relaxation.  And in these classes I felt stressed!  Is my toe in the right direction, is my inner thigh pulling to the knee, is my hair standing straight!?!?!? hahahah i just felt like I couldn’t focus on any pose because I was trying so hard to listen to all the details.  What I wanted to say was that over time you realize yourself those minute little adjustments to make.  And somehow I felt cheated by the experience. I had expected the Iyengar way to be something that I would love more than any other style but I guess its because I expected something I was disappointed.

Today’s class at Jivamukti though started off with just the right intention…the instructor says forget anything you expected to do or get from this class.  Wow. Note to self: I need to start saying that!  The class went on for almost 90 minutes straight before Shavasan and it felt like a Jivamukti Ashtanga special!  To begin he made us chant Om three times, then chant one of the Yoga Sutras in Sanskrit.  Then we started our Surya Namaskars nice and easy until we got to every crazy inversion pose without any wall support – and though almost no one could do them (including me ofcourse) we still kept on trying!  I had experienced a morning class where they painstakingly go over each part of your body and how to make it “perfect”, to a class where its ok to just try, take a risk, was so amazing.  I immediately felt how much more this style of yoga suits me and what I  need.

Returning home, I spent the evening in a NYC apartment with my sister in law in a small sauna room that is in the bedroom. Why and how there is a sauna in a room are questions I have no answers for, but I can say that its actually a pretty good idea:)

Mexico is close…hope the inspiration continues on…


Rachel, Faust & the Scorpion June 4, 2010

Filed under: And the Journey begins...,Yoga Class — yogini786 @ 5:35 am

Wednesday morning equipped with my ever so handy Iphone map I make it to Innergy Yoga Studio.  I met Rachel, a yoga teacher, at Ulpotha, Sri Lanka, a dream vacation that at times I feel like couldn’t have happened to me but it did!  She is the most incredible teacher.  Her voice is like a soothing sigh and the way she runs her class is just something else!  2 weeks she taught us two classes a day and she instilled an amazing sense of confidence in me about my capacity to practice yoga.  

I knew that I would have to see her when I came to London and she was gracious enough to spend so much time with me.  After her morning class we went for lunch and then chatted.  She introduced me to her teacher, Faust, an Italian older man who I thought must be about 58-60.  At lunch I find out he’s 75 years old and still going strong.  Yoga is the key to youth I’m telling all of you right now!

So I leave Rachel, head over to Soho to make an appointment for my tattoo and then go all the way back to Innergy for an evening class with Faust.  I was so excited about this class – 2 hours long and it lived up to my expectations and MORE. 

Faust made us do this amazing energetic yoga that totally opened up the spine, worked our core strength, and challenged us to go into poses that I usually only dream of.  There were moments in that class that I was transported out of my body and into another space – something I can’t really describe in words – and my favorite part was after doing something incredibly challenging he would tell us to just drop into shavasan (corpse’s pose) and just let go, forget everything you’ve just done!

It was amazing.  I flipped twice out of the headstand and then up into wheel – a prep for the scorpion – and it hurt my wrist for a moment but I learned so much about my body in such quick moments.  

These yoga adventures in a city as energetic in London is so unexpected – finding a corner where yogis and yoginis practice with such devotion, focus, and strength I was elevated to a whole other level…breathing moving…feeling and absorbing…and keeping up…I wish I could go to 10 more of his classes or even 100 more!

Tomorrow I go to Jiva Mukti London Centre with Rachel…more yoga related adventures to come:)


Feeling hot hot hot! June 1, 2010

Filed under: And the Journey begins...,Yoga Class — yogini786 @ 11:00 pm

So I called up Bikram Yoga Studio in Soho this morning to find out how to get there from my friends place – and apparently the receptionist had no idea!  So I left in a bit of a panic until reaching the tube when I remembered I’m in England and I can use my iphone google map to get me anywhere I need to:)  

I reached about 10 min before class started and hurried through the registration form.  I had tried to wear what was most appropriate in my suitcase (and since I had packed for Jamaica weather) for this famous “hot” yoga (rooms are heated up to 105 F/41 C) I imagined  I was going to sweat until I melted into the yoga mat.   Reading the information brochure, “the most exciting, hard-working and effective yoga class in the world…” I was ready for the adventure of my life! 

The room was hot, like a dry sauna, and we started with these breathing exercises.  We did 2 sets of everything and the class was 90 minutes long.  And I kept on waiting to really sweat.  To sweat more then I have ever before, to want to faint, to get really dizzy, out of breath, and the room to get hotter and hotter as we went through the sequence of postures.  

But alas, and much to my surprise, none of that happened.  I didn’t get drenched, my clothes were wet, and I was sweaty but not even close to how much I sweat in Karachi while doing yoga.  And I missed my sun salutations.  The class finished very strangely.  While we were lying down in Shavasan, the teacher said  Namaste and the students while lying down said Namaste back to her. Weird. I think the hardest part of the class for me was to decipher the teachers British accent while she spoke a mile a minute.  Most of the class it felt like she was reading a pre planned script moving us from one posture to the next.  

I finished class surprisingly without any of the drama I had anticipated in my first hot yoga class.   But when I entered the changing room I got a little dose of it!  Walking into the shower area suddenly I see 5 naked women showering.  I immediately turned around…realizing that there were no doors in this shower room and since there was no way I couldn’t shower after this class I had to just let go of my weirdness, shyness, and awkwardness and go for it!  

Bikram yoga, or as it says in the brochure “kick ass yoga” – so far – after effects amazing – during the class – a little bored and not so challenged!  Have to say AQ Power yoga in Karachi kicks my ass a lot more 😉  

Til the next yogini challenge !