As I mentioned the other day in my latest video post, I had to change things up a bit with regards to yoga on Saturday. My normal Ashtanga Vinyasa class at The Studio is Saturday mornings 10am to noon. Which is fabulous, unless you need to be in Westlake looking pretty and professional by about 12:30.
Having skipped last week because of the ordination, I really didn't want to miss a second week of yoga. But I also didn't know what to do. That's where the always awesome Papa G. comes in, because earlier in the week he sent me an email asking if I knew that a particular Cleveland attraction holds yoga classes. As a matter of fact, I did know, I just hadn't been yet because of my regular class. But now their Saturday morning class fit my schedule perfectly for this one day.
So where was this mysterious yoga class?
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium!
Yes, ladies & gents, you can downward facing dog facing a shark. Or, y'know, several of them since the twice weekly yoga classes are held right in front of the shark tank. Led by instructors from Nishkama Yoga, it's an hour long session and because I'm not an aquarium member, the class cost me $20 (members pay $10). It's a bit more than I would normally pay -- the drop-in fee at The Studio is $15, although I buy a pass so mine comes out closer to $10. So, with the aquarium you were clearly paying for location more than anything else. Which, to be fair, is a pretty sweet place for yoga, but considering the annual pass for a single adult is $50, might as well just get the membership and then you get discount on yoga and free admission into the aquarium for a year.
It was actually quite refreshing to take a different class. Don't get me wrong, I love Ashtanga. Love. It. and consider it my primary practice. But it's ninety minutes, sometimes more, and it's a fast paced practice. Not that this one was all relaxing, I mean I was still sweating by the end. It was just nice to get out of my yoga comfort zone, y'know? To challenge myself and my body to try something new and different. The instructor, Whitney, had a fantastic vibe and personality and she led a great series of poses. I left the class feeling refreshed and energetic, which is always the sign of a successful practice.
Although, if I was teaching a yoga class at the aquarium we totes would have done fish pose. I mean, hello, that's just so obvious. Something to keep in mind. Um, if I ever become a yoga instructor. And, uh, teach a class at an aquarium. Yeah.
But, seriously, I'm glad to know there is an option -- and a close option, it was a less than five minute walk for me -- if I find myself with another Saturday schedule conflict or with a random Tuesday off. I also have no doubt that the yoga class helped me lose another 2.8 lbs this week. That brings my total to 88.8 and with a little destination, determination, deliberation I may hit 90 next Monday!
Where's the most unusual place you've ever practiced yoga?
Love from the ashes,