Last night I made it to a class at Southtown Yoga in St. Louis and left feeling inspired and refreshed. They call this class “The Practice” on their schedule because teachers can unroll their mats and practice alongside you as opposed to teaching a typical, structured class.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I got there, especially since there were only 4 other people (2 of which were the owners and another was a teacher on their schedule). The beginning of our practice started with watching the breath as we flowed through sun salutes in unison but soon enough we broke away from calling poses, trying to make them perfect in alignment and aesthetic and we played. It was a great lesson in non-attachment. Pose by pose we let go of the shape and without judgement experimented with our limitations, recognizing where we were in our own practice and playfully making peace with it. Southtown Yoga was a great break from my typical practice, it reminded me that the learning never ends and the beauty of simplicity. Their safe community made it ok to be open, vulnerable, and challenged. After class I felt more physically and emotionally open than I had in a long time and found that a playful practice had changed me.