Erich Schneider (erich_schneider) wrote,
Erich Schneider
erich_schneider

Beginner

Connie-Lynne has been away since Tuesday - she went up to San Francisco for a big in-person get-together for her company. This has left me with hours to fill, so last night I went to a yoga studio in Silver Lake for an acroyoga class. It goes beyond partner yoga to "multiple partner yoga" and involves a lot of aspects of, well, acrobatics.

The class had about 15 people of a mix of experience levels. It was tremendous fun for me but also very challenging. I've been doing yoga for about 10 years and the particular style I do now (ashtanga) for about 2 years, so there are a lot of things I feel strong doing and I have a lot of well-worn paths in my practice. The acroyoga required different kinds of strength than I am used to - imagine lying on your back with your legs straight up in the air, and then supporting someone whose body is horizontal with their hip/thigh grooves on top of your feet. Oh, and they're moving around too to maintain their balance.

What immediately struck me is that I felt like a beginner again. It's been a long time since I felt that way doing yoga. I haven't actually been to a yoga class regularly for about seven years, when Connie-Lynne and I stopped going to the class we went to together (due to some changes there that made it less fun). I don't think I'll be able to attend this class regularly (8-10pm on Fridays) but feeling like a beginner reminded me that there are still plenty of ways I can grow and improve.
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