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Partner Yoga on the weekend

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Wow, that was a very exciting weekend. As I promised I am sharing what has happen.

Saturday morning was busy. I woke up very early and headed to my Viynasa class which was not too bad at all. Depressing weather didn’t stop us from turning upside down and got playful with tripod stand.

Later on I went to an open house of one of the studios I teach in. This time I taught a Partner yoga class with a co-worker.

So what is Partner Yoga all about?

It involves two (or more) people joining together to transform traditional yoga asana and create new version of it. Partner yoga allows to open the body more deeply that we can not do it on our own, keep correct alignment, balance and focus. Because you support each other in a specific posture it helps with increasing the stretch and the impact of yoga on your posture. It’s mutually beneficial for both. You can do the same pose with your partner or interwind a pose and create a new one.

Partner yoga connects you with your partner not only on physical level but also emotional. Since it involves the yoga asana, conscious breath but also touch – you will touch and you will be touched by other people – Be prepared;).

Finally Partner yoga offers a unique way to build trust and gain sensitivity to your partner’s needs. It can be intimate and help with fortifying communication in an relationship and bring you closer with your partner. Having said that you can practice with anyone you want: your spouse of course but also with a friend, a co-worker, a stranger, a fitness buddy. Most important it’s a playful way to have fun and laugh together.

Until now I was practicing all the Partner yoga classes with my friend. Somehow we built this connection and trust to the level where I was not afraid to “fly” above her, balancing my body only on her feet. And maybe I didn’t even realize how important it was. For those who are new to this practice my advice is to keep eye contact all the time and continuously check with your partner what they need or how much longer they can hold you, how much deeper you can push them etc.

Julie is in a Child pose and I am stretching in a backbend- felt awesome!

Overall the whole event was fun. The class went well. Not everyone came in with their partner so we matched people up and also practiced with them. Later on I hang out there a bit, met people from my training. It was great to see my old friends.

The excitement of Saturday didn’t end there. I managed to convince my “dancing buddy” to go out to a night to the club. Tom was not thrilled – he just hates clubbing…I needed to dance so my friend’s husband and Tom went to the bar and we both went a club. It felt extremely good to get crazy on the dance floor after so long (too long). Although I need to admit that I couldn’t feel my toes at the end of the night and on Sunday I was extremely tired all day. Well… I am not getting younger and I guess now I need my time to recover the next day.

The last exciting news from my weekend is that I found out that I won a prize from the draw that took place at the studio’s open house. Which is: Chef of the local vegan restaurant is coming to my house to prepare me dinner (vegan dinner of course). This is very exciting although I wonder what Tom will eat 😉
I am not sure how it all works yet, but surly I will share my experiences from it.
And now… we shall start the work week.
Xoxo

Izabela

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Childhood dreams on the weekend

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Hey Bloggis!!!

Sorry for neglecting you but I had a fabulous weekend and this is what was happening. My bouquet of roses first.

I started my Saturday with teaching a yoga class. I felt fatigued in the morning but the students’ energy gave me just a good kick. Then we were running some errands and in the evening was a surprise dinner to me. Tom took me to the restaurant were I wanted to go for a long time. The Blacktree in Burlington serves very distinguished and extravagant dishes. I need to admit the service was spectacular, the staff was knowledgeable and the Chef arranged each dish carefully. The menu changes monthly but I need to say the options of entries are pretty limited. Especially for someone who is not a meat eater. I had a fish with some scallops. A small portion and the combination of tastes was pretty interesting to try and not so heavy to digest afterwords.

The real fun happened on Sunday. I was teaching a yoga-pilates class in the morning just to warm up before we went to see the Cirque du Soleil – ToTem in Toronto. You know that feeling when you are watching something and it brings your childhood dreams back to life? Well this is what happens each time I watch this show. Ever since I remember I was dreaming about a career as a stage performer either in dancing or acrobatics. And honestly I don’t know why we forget about our dreams when we enter adolescence. I spent several years in contemporary dancing and we did perform a lot. I am not sure why I didn’t consider this as real career for myself and just treated it as a hobby. Maybe it was lack of encouragement or me not believing in myself. But when you are standing there just before the show and lights on the stage go on, the curtain is up, the adrenaline raise up to the maximum, and this is where your hard work pays all off . Seeing this type of performances always brings back this warm feeling and memories to my heart.

Totem was great, maybe not as good as Alegria we saw before but there were quite a few breathtaking moments. Acrobats were spectacular, descending on the rope in a Urdhva Dhanurasana (the Wheel pose) or in a duo where she was in the Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance pose) in the air held up by his hand … fascinating to see. Too many comedy sketches for me in between thou. I love the music from their shows. I always ending up with buying the CD. Now I have something to listen to while I am driving.

On that note, as I am a fan of acrobatics. I did a few workshops on Acro and Partner Yoga before and I love it. You can get very creative with the poses. Hopefully I will find more chances to play around with that .

At the end of my evening I was in the kitchen of course;). I created some Almond protein energy bars for the upcoming week.

Let me know how was your weekend?

xoxo

Izabela