benefit of the doubt
After a week of killer back pain I finally carved out some time to see my chiropractor this morning. I got an adjustment, had a great massage and then at lunch time I went to yoga (my awesome job has yoga twice a week during the lunch hour). The instructor did Yin Yoga (a stretching class) but I was looking for something a bit more intense so after work I called Eleisha and she invited me to Moksha.
My roommates, Anna and Eleisha, often tried to convince me in LA to go with them to Moksha or Bikram (Hot Yoga) but I never perceived sweating in a hot room with 40 strangers as a good thing. Well I suppose when your trusted friends tell you that something is awesome, give them the benefit of the doubt. I felt so relaxed afterwards and I didn’t even mind the cold outside. That’s a first! The room temperature was 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) and so it felt like being back in LA with the summer heat and then you add the deep stretching. It was a perfect winter getaway!
In Los Angeles I usually defaulted to aquasize (water aerobics) at the Pasadena Rose Bowl pool to decompress because yoga never really did the trick (and it was cheaper) when I needed a break from my studies. I’m not even really a big fan of yoga because my hip flexors and glutes are always to tight and generally I spend most of my time trying not to think about going into child’s pose – which I nicknamed ‘quitters pose’.
The Rose Rowl Aquatic Centre is an amazing outdoor pool where you can mingle with seniors who teach at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory – contractors to NASA) or maybe hang with an Olympic athlete in training. It was always an incredible feeling swimming outside (especially in January/February) exercising in the water. One time Eleisha and I met a real rocket scientist in the hot tub!….no joke.
Hopefully Moksha will be my refuge from the winter blues. Can’t wait for my next visit to a tropical stretching paradise!