So my girlfriend invited me to yoga with her a few weeks ago. I was super excited! The place was Shine, Africa Yoga project at Diamond plaza. You can check them out on Facebook or on their website . We settled for Saturday 10 a.m. They have a donation community class every Saturday. I packed up some workout clothes and got ready to find my way ( because I live and work in Nairobi and have no idea where Diamond Plaza is) I was running late. By this time my friend had been in the class for 1 hour. I made it for the last 45 mins. All phones and bags are kept away so no distractions in the studio.
Then the shock begins…..
I am ushered upstairs, I ask the gentleman why I can’t be downstairs. He says just go upstairs. At the end of the stairs, I stumble into a hot room(stumble because the room began where the staircase landing ended). Are we doing bikram Yoga? The room is too hot, people are sweating. I find a mat and lie down. The only yoga position I know from watching stuff on media is downward dog. People are fluid and flexible and more fluid. My mat is in between 2 gentlemen, both topless (insert excitement) but wait I thought yoga was for chics only. There is a 50/50 gender balance here. The yogi goes over some instructions. Am I the only newbie here? Just as I am getting in sync with everyone, instructor asks people to balance upside down. I mimic the rest and hold the position to the end. When I put my body back on the mat, I feel this intense pain. I think I broke something, my spine,my spleen maybe I crushed my heart?Can someone call the ambulance? The guy next to me is so relaxed. The pain goes away after 3 minutes. We do a few more poses. I am too curious to relax. I can’t help look and peep around. For the last poses, the lights are suddenly turned off. Why are we in the dark? Everyone else is relaxed and breathing in and out peacefully. The yogi has now switched to full blown yoga terms. Class has ended. I look forward to more classes and to actual relaxation. Wait. I can’t find my
After the class we gave our donations. I loved the yoga project and I will definitely be going for more . Have you done yoga before? How did you actually get to relax and breathe on the first day?