This past weekend, I went to something called Soundbath at one of the coolest yoga & pilates studios I have been to in a very long time. Anyone in North Broomfield / Erie should really be checking out Studio Love.
I actually had no idea what I signed up for only that a friend of mine thought I should go and my only frame of reference for what we'd be doing was this photo (from their Facebook Event) which made me think "Adult Nap Time" so I obviously I signed up.
Little known fact: I'm the world reigning champion of thinking that things sound like a good idea only to talk myself out of actually doing them. But I was really committed to going to Adult Nap Time and was excited to see friends that I hadn't seen in a long while. Thanks to my friend Kristel for inviting and inspiring me.
The studio, unassuming on the outside, was cool and eclectic with a great vibe on the inside. Most notably was how being in the studio made me feel. From the moment I walked in, I felt welcome. There was such a great camaraderie with the woman who practice together. There was warmth and laughter - it was absolutely infectious.
I arrived about 20 mins before it kicked off - I was geared up, I had my favorite mat, I grabbed the same props as the person in front of me, I had a great spot in the back row next to a friend I was so happy to see and be able to share some space with! I didn't even care what we'd be doing at that point, quite honestly.
Apparently we were doing Yin Yoga (which I LOVE), there was sound healing (I didn't know what that was) and massage (what?) all combined into a 90 minute session.
I didn't even know about the massage part of this kick ass session! As I moved into butterfly pose with my head on the mat, someone behind me started massaging my shoulders. Entirely unexpected as no one was behind me when I got into butterfly.
In fact, the last time that happened, I was on the B-train and it was the drunk guy that dresses up as Elmo, the one that works Times Square in the summer. Anyone who has been to NYC knows exactly who I'm talking about - Drunk Elmo that smells like B.O and urine in his mangy costume that charges children 10 bucks for a photo(?). I actually took Finn to NYC while I was working one summer, he was 4 - as we were walking to my office through Times Square - Finn saw Drunk Elmo and I was like "oh no ... let's skip that meet & greet" ...
Finally, I have better memory now when it comes to an unexpected massage.
Anyways - apparently Yin Yoga is what I have always loved but never knew its name. It contains all the poses that I love the most! We held each pose for 5 mins or so, there was a lady walking about bing-bonging chimes, she had a little shaker, there was a gong and Tibetan bowls - it was so unbelievably cool - again, with each pose came another massage (scalp, shoulders, forehead, hips, legs, feet) ... I have never had 90 minutes go by so incredibly fast.
If you were to tell me I had to do anything for 90 minutes, I would think "90 minutes, I may die here". With each passing pose, sound, and massage combination I felt more and more relaxed and in tune with my body. I wished it could have gone on for hours. To find something that can bring peace in my mind and heart is really rather remarkable.
I have never been so incredibly thankful to be invited to something. To step outside your day to day life - to spend 90 of the most luxurious, self centering and relaxing minutes completely disconnected from everything but your body - what a gift to yourself.
Studio Love holds these events on a near-monthly basis. Please Please Please check them out. I know I will absolutely be there for the next one.
Find some time to relax and disconnect from the world around you.
Studio Love: Yin Yoga, Sound Healing and Good Massage
Drunk Elmo: No Yoga, No Sound Healing and a really unwelcome Bad-Touch Massage