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October 21, 2009

Last night I ventured over to Charm City yoga for the hot vinyasa class. The last one I went to last Friday wasn’t really that hot. Something was up with the heater. Last nights class was with an instructor named Camille. Everyone absolutely loves her, they don’t come if she has a sub. She pushes people to a new level and is so energetic it is contagious. This is also the same person that I took my very first hot vinyasa class with last year around this time.

Flash back to last year’s class: I had to walk out of the class and take a big breather bc I thought I was about to pass out.

Fast Forward to this year: Still a little scared bc of my last experience, and not knowing if I have enough yoga experience in me to complete the class.

I arrive in class and she starts off by welcoming us and asking if any of us are opposed to a hip-hop playlist. I immediately wanted to scream out “NO! I LOVE HIPHOP” but looked around the room and saw that no one obliged. perf. The class was hardddd, I tried new postures that i’ve never done before, I sweated through all of my clothes, and I completely let myself go in savasana. And the playlist? Golden. She picked every single song I would have picked. Beyonce’s Single Ladies was my absolute favorite of the night. With a tough class like this, the playlist she gave us was the perfect way to help us push through.

I’m in love. I hope that she continues to use this type of playlist for that class during the week. At first I was wondering if I should keep coming to that particular class or go to the beginner vinyasa class afterwards. Camille kept saying last night, if you don’t practice and try new things you’ll never improve your practice. I was scared to fall out of certain postures, but she kept reassuring that we all fall out, we just need to jump back in.

It’s funny that a  yoga class can relate so much to your everyday life. You’ve got to try new things, and not be scared of the end result. You might fall, but you just pick yourself back up and go at it again. You WILL eventually succeed.

love the way it’s making me feel. and i love the lululemon manifesto.


17 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2009 10:35 am

    My yoga instructor uses alot of rock, (Aerosmith, Led Zepplin, etc.) and I love it!
    Hip hop sounds like it would be fun, too.

  2. October 21, 2009 12:08 pm

    Where is Charm City Yoga? I’m always looking for yoga place in MD/DC. I need more yoga in my life!

  3. October 21, 2009 12:57 pm

    so proud of you for challenging yourself, sweets 🙂 that classs sounds phenom!! I really want to try bikram!

  4. October 21, 2009 1:42 pm

    AWWWW Ash you and your profound post. 😛 You’re making me want to move to maryland so I can take yoga classes with you and reach my new realization about life. *sigh* you’re totally right though, life is about taking risks (calculated ones that is!) and living life to the max! Love you hun and HAPPY hump day!!

  5. October 21, 2009 2:02 pm

    I’m so jealous! The class sounds amazing! I went to a new yoga class yesterday (my first non-bikram) and didn’t love; I sort of think I need it to be hot/really challenging. Your instructor (and her musical taste) sounds amazing!

  6. October 21, 2009 2:16 pm

    Your yoga class sounds so great! You totally encourage me to get back into yoga everytime I read your yoga class stories! I love the lululemon manifesto to bits.

  7. lowandbhold permalink
    October 21, 2009 2:22 pm

    Sounds like a great class! I love it when instructors play non-yoga music sometimes. It can really change the mood of the class.

  8. October 21, 2009 2:48 pm

    I agree … I just LOVE the LuLu Lemon Manisfesto. I want to post it in my classroom! I wonder if they sell posters, hmmmm.

  9. October 21, 2009 3:54 pm

    Sounds like an awesome class! I wish we had a good studio around where I live.

  10. October 21, 2009 6:58 pm

    Sounds like a great class!

  11. October 21, 2009 7:30 pm

    very cool! awesome job ashley- you are already making alot of progress with yoga! and hiphop music mixed with yoga? this sounds coollllll

  12. Menden @ Skinny Menny permalink
    October 21, 2009 8:57 pm

    This class sounds so coool! Man, that sounds challenging…way to go for getting through it, girl! Glad to hear that you’re enjoying the yoga classes 🙂

  13. October 21, 2009 10:40 pm

    sounds like a fantastically amazing class. the playlist sounds perfect, too.
    i like it when a class is challenging in a good way.
    glad you’re enjoying yoga!

  14. October 22, 2009 3:05 pm

    I LOVE the manifesto as well. I noticed it in my last Yoga Journal magazine- Dance, Sing, Floss and Travel- what more could you want?

  15. October 22, 2009 4:08 pm

    great great post!!

  16. Salt permalink
    October 27, 2009 9:10 pm

    I love it! Great post!

  17. October 27, 2009 9:50 pm

    hi the i came across you site link from another cranky …i think….im sooooo new to yoga that i am using tapes to start and have not ventured to a public class yet and still calling them poses instead of postures…lolll….im green and not quite ripe yet..lolll…i enjoyed reading your blog …you…made me smile today..all the best to you always..

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