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Cruising in your comfort zone? Been there! Here’s my journal of actually doing the stuff I usually think about but never get around to doing.

Advanced Yoga


This week I did nothing at all out of the ordinary so on Saturday morning at the bach at Great Barrier Island, I forced myself out of a warm snuggly bed with the winter sun shining through the window and hauled my arse over to a local yoga class I had heard about and been meaning to join for about ten years. At least I could write about it in this section.
All I can say is that looks can be deceiving. I didn’t expect much from a yoga class located in the little local community hall, and certainly as we lined up I thought kind of smugly, oh I am one of the younger ones here, I’ll be fine. No Lulu-Lemoned Christy Turlingtons here – far from it. I took a place in the back corner next to one of my fave locals, a warm squidgy buxom lass whom I thought might be game for a bit of half hearted yoga and a chat. Not so.
This was a highly functioning advanced yoga class of committed yogis who had been doing yoga for upwards of 20 years. Shit. My cuddly mate was doing hand stands and all sorts as I was farting around with the yoga strap. Plenty of mats, blankets, blocks, bolsters and bricks were supplied and we had to use all of the equipment consistently. It was all very HANDS ON. Groups of 2, 3 and 4 helping each other do positions and all sorts. At one point, my cheery mate was sitting on me while I did child’s pose, at another point several others had me hanging by straps.

Over the years, I have been to many yoga classes. I would never have thought that the most challenging, enjoyable, entertaining and effective one was tucked away on Great Barrier Island right under my nose. The instructor Linda, has a quiet unassuming manner but has whipped a lot of Barrier bodies into shape. She is in her early 60′s but has a body of 21 year old which makes sense as that is when she started practicing.

As I drove back over the hill to Medlands Beach in a post-yoga glow, I reminded myself of one of my favourite sayings

“everything you want in life is available to you and waiting, right over there, just outside of your comfort zone”.images-2


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4 Responses to “Advanced Yoga”

  1. Jane
    June 6, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    Ha ha – I just went to a yoga class at some ones house – it was so hard, but i kinda liked it, I felt wrung out – and was surprised how out of shape and out of touch with my body i had gotten. I wondered if I would ever attempt such torture again, that night i went to bed excited about the deep post exercise sleep I was going to have, only to wake 4 hours later bawling my eyes out about my Dad who has passed a decade ago. For 2 hours! They say the body holds all the emotions, and I think I just attacked some heavy emotions I have been carrying with me.

    • sandy
      June 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

      Oh you poor thing! I am looking forward to a deeper journey into yoga sx

  2. Abby
    June 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Fantastic stuff. Emotional release from the body is very important,follow up with a deep tissue massage is great for facilitating more if there is more. Judy knows my number if you find yourself seeking an appointment on a wednesday in newton. And Hahaha jude , ahh… the joys of Iyengar yoga, Im still a beginner after 15 years. Lovely, lovely, and so handy!

    • sandy
      June 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

      ok will bear in mind