I love the way yoga makes you feel. Stronger. More flexible. Relaxed. But I've found I can only maintain so much commitment to a video (even a really, really good video) and though I've liked the teachers I've had at gyms, there is something about being surrounded by a zillion people smaller, stronger and 10x more flexible than you are that can completely psych you out.
In my heart, I've always hoped for a yoga studio. Something close (so I'd actually go), something affordable (that wouldn't require my whole monthly personal allowance) and something with lots of flexible classes (because my schedule rarely is.)
So, I was driving down Josey a couple of months ago and saw a sign for RESCUE YOGA. Just a little sign, tucked in a strip mall behind the Walgreens at Frankford. There was a list of classes hanging near the door, so I grabbed a schedule and went back to addend a class.
And I loved it.
The thing about a yoga studio that is different to a gym or videos is that the studio itself tends to have a personality. In this case, Rescue Yoga is relaxed and very real--which is probably a reflection of the owner, Jenny.
In fact, it has been a discovery to me just how much personalities of instructors provide different "flavors" of classes. I suppose this happens everywhere, it is just that I hadn't experienced it before. (At the gym, the vibe was homogenized....probably intentionally.) If I were to describe it, I would say that Jenny's classes are very real and relaxed, but with a lot of knowledge laced through them. I don't believe I've ever gone to one that I didn't learn something I didn't know before. Bill-the-Realtor teaches with a power you would expect from a male yogi. He is also very focused on the internal benefit of yoga to focus the mind and connect with the breath. Victoria-the-Dancer's class is just fun. I found myself smiling constantly as there was a lot of joy to it. Heather-ahhhh. Heather teaches restorative yoga...which is like a gift she gives you each week. In fact, Heather's is a "can't miss" class for me. It is something I didn't realize I desperately needed until I found it. Restorative yoga provides the type of deep relaxation that an hours worth of massage does for you. But at only $10 a class, you can afford it much more often.
If you live in North Dallas, check out http://www.rescueyoga.com/. Or, Google to find a yoga studio in your own neighborhood. And, if you already go to a studio, tell its story below.