I didn’t expect it, but it felt so amazing to walk down to Coolidge Corner Yoga for my first regular yoga class this evening. There was this great comfort in having the prospect of such a warm, welcoming environment filled with friendly, familiar faces just a short walk away. I walked in to find the place abuzz. The owner, Tatyana, was at the front desk looking happy as can be. Apparently it was busy all day–so delighted to hear it as this is so deeply deserved.
I was also very excited to take my first class with Nicole Clark, whose reputation precedes her. With 22 years experience, and having come up under Anna Forrest, it’s no surprise that her class was nothing short of extraordinary–especially her adjustments. I’m not sure that I’ve ever experienced better adjustments in my entire life of yoga to date. She was particularly mind-blowing during a pigeon adjustment. I experienced a lot of pain in my right knee over the summer (which was particularly pronounced when doing pigeon on the right side), so I’m very wary of the pose. She picked up on this immediately and was there like a flash (in a crowded classroom, I might add). She sat in front of me and pressed her foot into my right hip crease, then pulled my arms way out toward her (like taffy, as she put it). I don’t even have words. I also went from Crow straight into Tripod Headstand tonight, which was a nice little victory.
I did, unfortunately, have one of those classes where there was a lot of self-chastising. In an adjustment at the beginning of class, Nicole told me to stop with the strength, and just work with my breath, allowing the chi to move me. I became overly-fixated on this, which is, of course, the worst way to actually get into a flow. But, still, it was an incredible experience and I absolutely cannot wait for more.
As I came out of my packed class, people were lined up outside, snaking all the way up the stairs and into the lobby, waiting for the next session to begin. You would never know this was a new place. So, so delighted to see so many getting introduced to all of this wonderfulness.