As I drove down Main Street in Purcellville yesterday I was sipping on my water, hydrating for my yoga class tonight. I was noticing the charm of this small town with the warm happy people outside enjoying the beautiful weather. I was on my way to Yoga 4 Life for a Monday night yoga class taught by Lara.
I pulled my car around behind the house to the parking area and grabbed my favorite friend…my yoga mat and walked into the studio. Candles were everywhere…it smelled of warmth, love, wood, earth and peace. I changed into my yoga clothes in the bathroom and set up my mat. I hadn’t taken a led class in a while and my personal- home practice had become a little boring.
Lara led us through an integration series, loosening up our bodies and awakening our senses. Then came the intention part (pick an intention for your practice)….for some reason I thought of inspiration. I guess I wanted to find inspiration from my practice that night. Inspiration came through at different moments in the class….it was just what I had asked for.
The class was a slow, mindful sequence of prana flow inspired yoga….it was great; she showed the class new ways to open up and prepare our body for peak asanas. (poses) The sequence allowed me to work my muscles, open up my tight areas, and connect my breath with movement. After a healing and relaxing savasana (dead body pose) with a hint of lavender, she read an inspirational reading that matched my intention. A few tears fell from my eyes as I was making my way toward the front of my mat in a seated position to face her…I barely opened my eyes—just a squint to see her outline with all the candle light surrounding her….she is a gift- one I am so grateful for. I just hope you get to experience this some time in this small town with a big heart.