Friday, November 16, 2007
So, the latest fun wrinkle to Yoga classes is that my friend Tiffany Morgan is now co-teaching a free (donations accepted to help the kids at OurHouse) "Ha-Ha-Hot" Yoga class.
Here's how it works: It's a mix of Bikram (hot) and Vinyasa (flow) yoga, but with the added twist of being encouraged to cut loose with anything from a joke to a curse word.
Not that the yoga classes at Decatur Hot Yoga are uber-strict. They are very laid back and supportive of folks' practices, but there is a sense of austere reverence in a yoga practice room - it's sort of like a non-contact dojo. You focus on your practice, you don't make much noise, and you show a sense of reverence for the spiritual aspect of the practice, regardless of your personal creed.
In Ha-Ha-Hot Yoga, the F-word has flown around the room more than once. Your teacher is as likely to tickle your foot as she is to correct its placement on the mat. And new age elegies have been replaced by the Brothers Gibb, Paul McCartney, and even Willie Nelson.
The practice is still very structured and supportive of people walking away feeling like they got a good workout, but the vibe is loose and fun. It's a nice balance, alongside the more proper and disciplined art that is practiced on other days. Having both makes Decatur Hot all the more appealing.
Give it a try: Tuesdays at 9:30am. Free, or a karmic donation. It's about 75 minutes long. www.decaturhotyoga.com
Anytime you can laugh repeatedly while simultaneously sculpting your body, that's a good thing.