Yoga Worth Driving 90 Minutes For

08/26/2013

Yesterday I headed down to Charlotte for a blogger meet-up! Miriam, Leslie Ann and I went to take Jen’s yoga at Y2 Yoga and enjoy Sunday brunch together.

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Jen taught a truly amazing class. I’m not exaggerating, it’s one of the absolute best classes I have ever taken…perhaps even THE best. (When I was driving home, I called my boyfriend and told him that we need to plan regular Charlotte trips so we can take her class.) It was a 90 minute hot yoga class (but not Bikram style) with the usual suspects – down dog, warrior poses, planks – plus a couple poses I had never done before.

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pic c/o Jen

Jen made multiple adjustments to my poses during the class and her adjustments were different than any I’d ever had – they were gentle, but firm and done in a way that my body felt able to continue holding the pose that she’d helped me get into. (Hard to explain but if you practice yoga, I bet you know what I mean about not being able to hold some adjustments!). The the flow of the poses, the music, the heat, and Jen’s teaching energy made it not only a great workout, but a great emotional outlet as well.

I’ve heard before that we hold negative emotion and stress in our hips. Near the end of class, we went into pigeon pose (a pose I’ve been doing in yoga practice regularly for years without this type of experience happening. My hips felt much more open than usual because of the heat, and a song came on with lyrics that really spoke to me. I started tearing up. Jen came over and made an adjustment to press my hips further towards the floor, and emotions and heartache that I’d thought I’d long dealt with came rushing out and the tears flowed harder. I don’t think Jen even realized what was happening with me because I was so sweaty, the tears were well hid. It’s practices like this one that keep me coming back to yoga. It takes a special teacher and class environment for that to happen for me, and I’m so grateful I had that experience.

Plus, the class ended with everyone getting a cold, eucalyptus-infused (I think?) towel. Loooved that. :)

We cleaned up after class – the studio has showers, shampoo, conditioner, and towels! – and headed to brunch at Fern. It’s a vegetarian restaurant where everything is made from scratch.

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The served us cucumber water when we were seated, and I ordered black coffee and a bloody mary. I had to – bloody mary’s were $1! :) I loved the mason jars.
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I had the Quinoa & Spinach Benedict (with vegan hollandaise sauce so I could eat it! dairy-free for the win) and a gluten-free biscuit. I ordered 4 GF biscuits to go; I had to bring a little somethin’ home for my bf who cut my grass today. :) The food was delicious – even non-vegetarians would like this place! They had a cozy little covered patio too.
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photo c/o Jen
We all chatted non-stop and had a great time. It was a wonderful day and I was so glad to get to know these women better. We all agreed our next outing will be vineyard tours & wine tastings up near Winston-Salem. Can’t wait!
 

9 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]



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1 Ja @Ja on the RUN 08/26/2013 at 6:32 pm

Looks like a fun day! And I love all your outfits! :) Gorgeous! :)
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2 Lauren 08/26/2013 at 8:06 pm

My gym has the eucalyptus scented towels too – it’s my favorite part of my workout :)

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3 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 08/27/2013 at 8:50 pm

I wish mine did!!!

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4 Joanna 08/26/2013 at 8:57 pm

I’ve cried during hip openers before too. It’s nice to hear of someone else experiencing this–I’ve tried to explain to others but haven’t yet found someone that’s had that happen. It’s a strange feeling but so cathartic. The human body is pretty cool, huh?
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5 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 08/27/2013 at 8:51 pm

thanks for sharing that you’ve experienced it too! and yes, the human body is pretty cool indeed! :)

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6 Madison 08/27/2013 at 11:55 am

Looks like an amazing, fun, active, healthy day! Ya’ll all look so beautiful!
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7 LAQ 08/27/2013 at 12:53 pm

<3 this! And biscuits.
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8 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 08/27/2013 at 8:51 pm

<3 you

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9 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate 08/28/2013 at 12:11 am

Sometimes a yoga class at the perfect time in your life is better than any type of therapy. It looks like you ladies had a wonderful (and delicious) time!

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