Recently, I was telling a friend that I thought that 75 to 80% of what is wrong with me right now (which includes, but is not limited to, an IT band that got so tight last year that it started yanking my kneecap to the side and required three months of physiotherapy, a shoulder permanently scrunched up to my ear and an overall mental condition that is constantly threatening to tip over into full-blown anxiety attack) can be traced to quitting yoga, when he suddenly remembered he had purchased a Groupon for ten classes at IAm Yoga that he wasn’t going to be able to use due to his travel schedule. Ta da! It was mine.
But there was some question as to whether or not I would be able to use the Groupon because it was for new customers only and, alas, I had taken a class at IAm Yoga in 2011. I did not continue to practice there because it was a hot only studio at the time and, as I wrote then, I thought I was going to die during the class. The studio manager looked into my account and had mercy. Because it was just one class, the studio had since moved to a new location and now offers regular temperature classes that didn’t exist in 2011 – essentially it is a completely different studio now – she made an exception. That was just the beginning of a very positive experience at IAm Yoga.
I tried to hit a variety of classes to get a true sense of what this studio is all about. I had to really ramp it up near the end of my month long trial because, counter intuitively, I began in the midst of more writing deadlines than I have ever dealt with before and time was a little crunched. This turned out to be a good decision. I am positive that getting myself to yoga increased my productivity. I became generally more calm, the noise in my head got a little quieter and I spent less time spinning my wheels in panic and just got down to business. But I also went to Montreal for a long weekend and then last weekend I got lazy. It’s not my fault Netflix released season four of House of Cards and I had to binge watch the entire thing immediately, okay?! I just started running out of time. In the end, I went to 9 out of 10 classes, which seems like a decent return on an investment I didn’t actually make. Here is how and what I did: Continue reading “IAm Yoga cured my broken practice”