By the time you read this post, I am spending a little time on the beach with family. More about that later, but know that I’m spending a little time with these two… who are so incredibly grown up compared to this picture.
When I head out of town, things are always a little hectic the night before it seems. I always leave my packing until the last minute (guilty), and I usually overschedule myself. Wednesday night was no exception.
My friend LaDawn and her husband have just recently redone their backyard. Sprucing up their deck, adding a huge cement pad, and landscaping the entire area beautifully.
You may remember LaDawn from our previous yoga adventures. She’s usually my partner in crime whether it be blindfolded yoga, laughing during yoga, or traveling around the world via yoga.
LaDawn had the brilliant idea of asking one of our favorite yoga instructors Shelly Blais to hold a “Yoga in the Yard” style class for a bunch of our friends. Yoga in the Yard just happened to be scheduled for Wednesday night, and I couldn’t miss it. Especially considering the view we had as the beautiful Colorado sunset rolled in.
The class itself was set up to be a gentle class. Gentle to me means it doesn’t have a heavy vinyasa (flow) element to it… but don’t be fooled, gentle doesn’t mean easy. Our class ranged from yoga regulars (LaDawn, Deb, and I) to athletic newbies that rocked the class.
Because we had at least one new-to-yoga participant, Shelly took the time to explain the poses very thoroughly and, in ways, describe why we position our bodies as we do in the class. While I’m not a newb, I loved this. What a lovely reminder during my practice. I’m so glad I had a chance to listen.
Here’s the fun part about having a custom class… It’s TOTALLY our class! Not only did that mean we got to pick our poses (core for Alecia, quads for me, and hips for all), but it also meant we could pick our music.
Shelly took LaDawn’s suggestion and put together a John Hughes inspired playlist! Yes, that means we moved to songs from all the greatest 80’s movies. It was like the entire brat pack was there.
I think my favorites of the bunch were Danke Schoen taking me back to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and “Don’t You Forget About Me” which wrapped up our practice in savasana. So fun! And, I like to think the neighbors had to be loving it as well… I mean how can you not?
Thanks, Shelly, for hosting this fantastic class. I can’t wait to do more Yoga in the Yard/Park/Studio with you in the future!
After our beautiful class, we slipped inside to take a few pictures and to enjoy our “Random Act of KINDness.” My friend Lauren was WAY too KIND and dropped off some KIND snacks for the ladies to enjoy! Part of her job in working for KIND is to spread the KIND love, and as you can imagine the ladies were excited to see these treats!!
Thanks, Lauren and KIND!
Post-Yoga, there may have been a lovely bottle of wine and opportunity to chat on the patio… two of my favorite things on the planet. However, knowing that I needed to set my alarm for 4am to make my 7am flight on Thursday, I had a tiny sip and slipped out to finish packing.