Exploring yoga

This post is Exploring yoga (part 1).  I will recap my experience at Mixed Level yoga.  Tomorrow I will recap my second yoga class, Yin Yoga.  I figured that since I am taking two different classes at two different studios, it would make the most sense to make two separate posts, in order to cover everything.

First, lets recap yesterday.  For breakfast I had a mix of sweet + salty cravings.

Instant apple cinnamon oatmeal, 2 pieces of Morning Star “bacon”, 1 small banana, & 1 tangerine
For dinner, Bry and I headed over to an Indian restaurant for date night.  OMG. Amazing food.  We shared a naan, and I had hot curry shrimp with rice.  Extremely flavorful and delicious.  This is why I love Indian food so much, because of the intense flavors!  After dinner, we relaxed at home with Bry’s sister and her fiance.  Because I knew that I had to get up this morning at 6am to start stretching for my 8am yoga class, I headed to bed early.  Yep, I went to bed at 9:30 on a Friday night.  I am really cool sometimes.  One good thing about heading to bed early is being refreshed and well rested the next morning.  It wasn’t nearly as difficult to get out of bed this morning.  Maybe it was due to the fact that I already paid for my yoga class.  =)
Yoga Class Recap 
I got to the yoga studio 30 minutes before class, because I wasn’t sure if I would get lost or not.  The studio was set on a large area of beautiful, scenic land.   Very inviting and calming.  In order to get to the studio, I had to drive down a long driveway, thus there was no through traffic.  
The class was a Mixed Level class, and about 20 people attended.  I do believe that the class was labeled appropriately.  All of the poses could be done with modifications, so each and every person in the class was able to at least attempt the pose.  I also loved the decor in the room.  Candles were lit, the walls were a calming dark purple color, and there were crystals and beads hanging in the windows.  The studio was gorgeous!  The instructor was very knowledgeable and talked us through the poses.  She offered various modifications in order to challenge the more advanced yogis.  The class moved along at a reasonable pace.  None of the poses were held very long, and she incorporated many vinyasas throughout.
Although the instructor was great, I wish there was less talking throughout.  It was great that she walked us through all the poses, but it was hard to concentrate on balancing at times.  Although the class didn’t start until 8am, we were able to go into the studio and set up our mats.  All of the people in the class knew each other and were chatting rather loudly before class.  Although distracting, I didn’t expect them to be quiet, because class hadn’t started yet.  It just would have been nice if they were a bit quieter.
After yoga, I headed over to Manhattan Bagel and got a coffee & bagel with egg whites and cheese. 
Needed to refuel after that workout! 
Yoga posts to come:
Exploring yoga (part two)
Accepting yourself & being nonjudgmental
Favorite and least favorite yoga poses
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