Beerasana weekended at the yoga festival! We were working this year, so we couldn’t get to everything, unfortunately, but we both took some very inspiring classes and one very terrible one. On the first night, our friend Shila Tirabassi spotted a gentleman joyfully prancing about in tiny shorts, and decided immediately that she had to take his class the next day. She probably recognized him as a former fellow classical ballet dancer.
His name is Jaye Martin, and his class was called “Opening the Lotus Heart.” Oh my. He lovingly woo-wooed us through a series of postures emphasizing backbending. He had us hanging on our neighbors’ arms for supported balancing, and dropped in some nice Sanskrit bits, like when he had us gyrating in “lady snake in heat” pose. The word n?gin? means female snake, and Jaye emphasized that it is not pronounced na-GEE-nee, but NAH-ginee; just as yogini (a female practitioner) isn’t pronounced yo-GEE-nee, but YO-ginee. “That’s Spanish!” he said.
Anyway, I loved Jaye. Anusara guy, says his bio. We also enjoyed a class with Ana Forrest-trained Elizabeth Pope of Yogani Studios in Tampa. Katelyn says you can always tell the Forrest people by their crazy pants. (Katelyn loves Ana Forrest so much she’s switched part-time to crazy pants herself. ) She also really dug a class by Tymi Howard (more on that later) and I got to max relax with a Yoga Nidra by Yogani (YO-ganee?) owner Annie Okerlin. I need to get over the bridge to take a regular class from her. Cindy Mastry and Jen Lowery, owners of Yoga Etc. Studio, taught a partner class that I wasn’t able to catch, but I’ve taken it before and it’s super fun. Great stretches.
Ok, this is a really boring post and it’s probably obvious that I’m also watching the Women’s Championship game. Griner and Baylor are killing Notre Dame. I just wanted to say thanks and kudos to Nathan Bangs and the whole Tampa Bay-area yoga community. We’re damn glad to live here.
Thanks to Michelle, Willie and Cindy for the pics!