I can’t remember the last time I went to an actual yoga class. Nor do I remember doing a home practice that lasted longer than 20 minutes. I also fail at meditating for longer than 10 minutes. So when I randomly signed up for a 2.5hrs long yoga and meditation class, I had zero idea what I was getting myself in for!
It all started with a tweet that popped up on my feed about a breath and being yoga workshop at White Wolf yoga studio. I’d not long just published my latest balance update and I was in the need for some guidance and grounding. With a Saturday afternoon to spare, I took the plunge, signed up and paid around £26. Yoga, meditation, chanting, chakras, all those juice good vibes rolled into one yoga mat session.
Chanting? I won’t even sing in public unless I’m a few gins deep. And as for my yoga? Well, we all like to think we’re a bendy Barbara behind closed doors - and if we let out a fart or two nobody knows but taking those downward dogs public? I bet you can just feel the heat rising in my face!
Thankfully, the lovely Antonia of Allure la Vie, decided to put herself through the practice right along side me - guys, if ever you’re going to a new class that’s even the tiniest bit out of your comfort zone, take a friend! A knowing smile, a puzzled glance, a we’ve got this nod as you sink a little deeper - it makes a world of difference!
I rolled out my mat, popped off my socks and got down to it. Thalbia, our instructor for the afternoon was a dream. She was full of energy and passion that was contagious from the get go! As nervous as I was feeling, she really put me at ease, taking us through the motions, easing us into the practice. The yoga portions of the session where great, easy to follow and ideal for beginners!
Ok, now to the bit I was most concerned about - the chanting. I have never done any chanting practice before and I was barely audible for the first chanting session (we did 5 in total). Slowly, as we got further into the class and further into the chanting, with my eyes closed and Thalbia to guide me, I started to find my voice. It wasn’t really words we were saying, it was more of a sound that created a vibration in our chests and a hum that bounced off the ceiling of the room. It was a surreal experience. Out of nowhere, I just felt myself being carried off into the collective sound, my voice going in with 20 others, lost in there but feeling strong from within.
When it came to the meditation, I lost track of time! Every inch of my body melted into the mat, my mind relaxed, breathing focused, I’ve no idea how long each one lasted! I found it so much easier to focus during these guided session at the studio than I ever have at home!
Before I knew it we were Namasta-ing our way out the door and the 2.5hrs was over. I didn’t walk out, I floated. I felt like I’d just stepped out of a spa day, my entire being beyond relaxed. I tried to put it into words with Antonia and all I could come up with was surreal. The experience, how I felt, it was all so surreal.
I always thought me time was about investing in massages or facials, and don’t get me wrong, I still love those things, but they don’t touch my soul. Sometimes you really need to delve deeper inside of yourself to really work out the kinks and knots of what’s bothering you.
I’m still working on my home practice 5 times a week, and I’m trying really hard to get into a meditation zone like I felt in the class, and I will be attending future sessions at White Wolf, Liverpool Im hoping for at least 1, if not 2 sessions a month at any and all extended workshops. I think they will make for perfect grounding points, learning tools and third-eye opening exepreinces!
Have you ever attended a similar workshop? What did you experience?
Header Image: Chris Ensey