Jules is my 13-year-old golden mix I fostered and adopted from Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue http://www.goldenrescuenc.org/ in 2007 when she was four. She’s an angel of a dog. Here she is taking a walk break under the cherry blossoms.
A friend invited me to join her for a fun yoga class at a lovely little yoga studio off Lake Boone Trail. It was my first time at Bliss Body Yoga, and my first yoga class in quite some time. The class was presented as Flow and Franzia. The Franzia is just there for the alliteration. We actually had bottled wine. (Nothing against boxed wine.)
There were eight of us, and our instructor was Jordyn Matthews. Jordyn focused on balancing poses, so we actually tried to hold off on too much wine until after class. Though I’ve only had a couple flow classes ever, downward dog seems a part of any flow class. So it was lots of downward dog, surrounded by lots of plank, several warrior poses, some eagle, some pigeon, several new-to-me poses whose names I can’t recall and one over-backwards pose I didn’t attempt. While challenging, all the poses felt good. Jordyn focused on the community in the studio; the sharing of energy among us.
To that end, she had us place our mats in a circle. Several times, she had us come out of eagle pose by touching hands and connecting the circle, supporting one another. It was a good class. I am grateful to Michelle for the invite. After class, neighboring restaurant The Oak brought over a couple of lovely bites for us. We filled our glasses with wine, took our bites and sat on our yoga mats. Continuing the sense of community Jordyn fostered, we sat, ate, sipped wine and shared stories. Most of the yoga classes I’ve taken over the years have been the traditional quiet in and quiet out with but gentle nods shared among each other. It was lovely to be able to sit a spell and know for a moment the neighbor on the yoga mat next to mine.