Our Friday night class (i.e. V&V) took a turn for the interesting last week; we had partners, we flew, we threw out the boundaries…and it was awesome.
On another note, this is belated shout-out to Hailey, who introduced herself to D & I at V&V – it was fun to meet you, and hopefully you come join us again! 🙂
On one other note, welcome to the store! A little glimpse into where I spend many days.
Back to being acrobats! We started with a few group stretches & massages; yes, massages. Get comfortable, people.
Can you find me? The RB, Martha, is hiding in there, too!
Massaged and more familiar with our mat-neighbors than we were before, we stretched. This is not your typical downward-dog or back-bend, but whoa does it lengthen those muscles:
No, my heels aren’t usually that close to that mat. Feels gooood.
Finally, we got into the real stuff. “Find a partner, we’re going to Fly.”
Whew, here we go. After a quick demonstration, we learned there’s a base and a “whale” (flattering name for the Flier, yes?). The base strongly grabs the whales’ ankles, places his/her heels along the base of the shoulder blades (flexed feet), and stretches his/her arms and legs into a V.
Base-people, you don’t need to be prepared to bench press your body weight, or more. You’ll find that sweet spot, and will suddenly feel like you’re barely holding anything, much less a person.
The Demo: Well, yes, of course you make it look so easy…
Each group had a spotter; nah, we can fly without it!
So. Fun. However, Yogis! Don’t go running to your mat tonight telling the boy/gal to hold you up – spotters are definitely needed for the first go-round, and it’s a tricky sequence that could cause some damage. If there’s a partner-yoga studio/class around you, go get it!
I was later (after a glass of vino) approached by one of our Boulder Ambassador-alumni (who was there as one of many Teacher- Spotters), who asked “Do you want to fly again?” Glass of Chardonnay in hand, I agreed (?!) and proceeded to do things I didn’t think were allowed by gravity, or human balance. When the Pros have got you on their feet, you listen and DO. It was an experience, to say the least. I’m already talking to our team about seeking out a class, and going for Round 2!
All crazy acrobatics aside, this was such a refreshing reminder of what Yoga (or any activity you’re truly passionate about) will do; it will bring a community together.
It puts you in a room with strangers, and can often be a selfish practice – focus on you, meet yourself where you are in each pose, take your gaze inside and think about your intention for being there. But, then look around. The person next to you would spot you if you needed it; they would help you in a handstand, or stretch your back in a forward fold, or let you fly for just a few seconds, to see what it’s like.
Today, look around at your own personal community; remind yourself that you’re surrounded by people who support you, love you, and would gladly lend a hand if you need it or ask for it. Be grateful for each person that comes to mind.
Happy Valentines Day!