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“Yoga is sooo boring.” That had always been my mentality when it came to yoga, meditation and anything that had to do with om’s, chi’s and/or chakras. Well, I was pretty much put in my place after my first class with Brian.
Like many people, I happened upon a Living Social deal and decided to purchase it, seeing how the studio is 2 blocks always from my apartment. The other deciding factor was the fact that I had stopped working out regularly for about 2 years before that and felt like a lazy, weak blob. Exercise had always been a big part of my life but fell by the wayside due to crazy work hours and social obligations. My head space was filled with unhealthy negative thoughts and figured that even if I attended a few classes and gave up (which happened a lot because I got bored with uninspiring gym memberships), I would still get my money’s worth.
My first class was not easy; my muscles were protesting and my mind was furious that I was being forced to try harder than I really wanted to. But that’s the beauty of these classes – it makes you try more than you want to for your own good. That was the reason I came back. To have any instructor that cares about your wellbeing enough to correct your alignment had been rare; a lot of previous classes I attended had the instructor in the front of the class doing their own workout instead of helping their students learn properly form and alignment.
It’s been almost 2 years and I have been faithfully attending 4 to 6 classes a week. I used to have crippling neck pain that would plague me every few months and required 3 chiropractic sessions a week. Now I go to the chiropractor every 2-3 weeks. Yoga has strengthened my body and mind in ways I couldn’t even imagine.
I have been inspired so much by the studio and instructors that I have decided to join the teacher training apprenticeship. I want to inspire the yoga newbies that walk through the doors and make sure they don’t hurt themselves but still get a great workout for the body and mind.
Yoga is SO not boring.
I was a frightened and timid yoga beginner when I went all research-nerd trying to find the yoga studio that would be my first. I perused every website in town and felt something when I read Cal Yoga Company’s. If you’re thinking of trying it out and want to know if this place will be a good fit for you, I highly recommend checking out their website. I could tell they spent a ton of time on it, and I really got a sense of who they were and what the process would be like. It was totally accurate and I’m happy to say I have found my yoga home. It would have sucked if I had a bad experience and got turned off of this practice before it had the opportunity to straight up change my body. And man, has it changed my body. I used to get lower back pain often at work when doing certain physical labor and now I’m just more aware of what my body’s doing in every activity, engaging my core and using proper form when doing everything from carrying groceries to performing certain tasks at work. Without even really trying, it’s become second nature, which is very cool.
This place is so unpretentious, which is refreshing as hell and the main thing I was nervous about when embarking on my yoga journey. The people who attend are down to earth, focused on their own practice and not judging yours, and it feels like an overall supportive environment. The teachers are rad. Brian, the owner, is a bad ass teacher and I really felt like I got plenty of personal attention and help without feeling on the spot or embarrassed or anything. I’ve also taken classes with Gerri, Sarah and Emiko and they are all so lovely. I don’t get how they can take the time to correct your form and still watch the entire class, but they totally do. It’s so worth the money because of this. I know I will never injure myself or anything because they are seriously paying attention and engaged. I just feel like everyone there cares. It’s a great feeling. I look forward to every session, even if I’m not particularly in the mood, because I know I’ll feel amazing afterwards.
I had heard a lot of things about hot yoga being nasty and smelly, but it’s totally not at this place. They keep it really tidy and there are no weird odors or anything funky or gross. I am so in love with this place, I think it’s something really special and stands out against other places I’ve heard about for sure.
Thank you, California Yoga Company, for helping me on my health and well-being journey. You’re an integral part of it!
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