I went to my first yoga class abroad today, and also my first 100 minute+ class. While the poses were virtually the same, it was definitely a different style of instruction than I’m used to back home. Even though I’ve been practicing regularly (2-3 times per week) for the past two years, it was an interesting experience to be out of my comfort zone due to not being at my home studio. One major difference was the quantity of time spent in meditation–maybe 20 minutes or so of breathing in seated position at the end. The directives were also a bit more concrete and offered fewer modifications, which in end meant that I pushed myself a bit farther. By the end, I had definitely enjoyed a full mind and body work out. I’ve generally been feeling so appreciative lately of yoga and how good it makes me feel. I’ve included a poll below, asking what your favorite physical activity is. 🙂
And since pictures are worth a thousand words, below is a picture I took on my walk home from the class this evening, passing through a two-tiered bike lot situated near the train station. A friendly fella explained that it’s typical for Aarhusians (just go with it) to leave their bikes there on their way out of town for the weekend, etc. It was so neat to see thousands of bikes, all lined up like that. This town definitely seems to be into biking, and I can only hope Chicago moves more in that direction as time goes on. I think we’re at least on the right path!