Yesterday I ventured to New York City to explore it for the first time before I start my teacher training classes this fall. It wasn’t the best experience that I’ve ever had, but we’ll save that for another post.
We left my house before 3 a.m. to start the trip. We finally got into the city around 9 a.m. I really wanted to take the Strong class that Tara Stiles was teaching that morning. I knew I was pressed for time so we just began walking. I made it there around 9:25 a.m. sweaty and out of breath. (It was about 80 degrees already.) I met Tara, Mike, and another girl who was working at the desk that will be taking the training this fall too. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. So I walked into the studio and set up my mat patiently waiting for class to begin. There were probably about 15 of us taking the class, including Mike which I think is great. But class began and it was absolutely fantastic. It was challenging and so fun at the same time. Tara is so helpful and walks around during class to make sure that you’re doing good and help you in any way she can. I didn’t feel any pressure to “get into any poses” and didn’t feel judged like I have in some studios. I wasn’t planning on going back to NYC until this fall when I start the training, but being at Strala and being a part of it makes me want to go back asap. If you’re a yogi (or even if you’re not and you’re just curious) stop in at Strala and take a class. You can rent a mat for $2 if needed and drop ins are welcome! I feel as if this experience this fall will be such a positive and life changing experience and I can’t wait to begin.