December 4, 2014
Field and I just made it in time for 9 AM class at TucsonYoga with Ann. So happy to have arrived in Tucson and to find this class. There were 21 other students. Ann said she hadn’t taught a regular yoga class (not counting workshops) in 4 years, but no one would possibly have known. Ann is a PA, a nice combination of medical and yogic intelligence, experience and skills. She’s a very lovely, warm, enthusiastic and well-informed teacher.
It’s interesting to see how yoga classes vary from place to place, and also to see what is more universal throughout. In most places the instructor remembers to introduce her or himself, and being a drop-in, I appreciate that. Also, many places offer a focus for the class, or a “word for the day.” Ann’s focus was an all-over movement of the spine. Class started with a seated meditation, then moved in to asanas, starting with cat/cow. We added reclined bound angle baddha konasana, bird pose salabhasana, and low bridge setu bandhasana. Standing poses included standing side bend, and neck releases. Asanas ended with legs up the wall, vaparita karani before final shavasana. Ann’s instructions were precise and well-paced. No adjustments were given. The class was suitable for all levels.
Tucson Yoga is located near the University of Arizona. Class was a bargain at $6. Most people attending were middle aged, some younger. The studio is very simple–one large, open room that you walk right into, off the street. No buffer or check-in area. A small desk acts as a check-in space. The bathroom is right off the studio, again, no buffer between practice room and that door. The cork floor, lighting and temperature were all conducive to an introspective practice.
As one would expect in the domain of yoga, everyone at Tucson Yoga was friendly and welcoming. Later, we saw Ann while shopping at REI. We recognized one another and acknowledged the connection. Sweet. J Yoga is such a powerful connection between all. This universal language crosses borders, cultures, ages, social strata–and time. Through yoga we find recognition of ourselves in the other. When we close the practice with “namaste,” we acknowledge our accordance–our agreement–our oneness. We bow and hold that intention to honor ourselves, and one another, in every unfolding moment.