Honestly, I meant to write this about a month ago but better late than never.
I’ve made it a goal to promote significant people and places in my life. You may notice that I often link anything about a place or person to their website or related site information. If you didn’t know that, now you do.
AND if I mentioned you but failed to create a link to information and you’d like that changed or vise versa, please let me know.
Ultimately, this is something anyone regardless of wealth or position can do to help those around them. So, I do what some days is all I can do. Not all days, but due to things like emergency bills and the effort to stay alive (inside and out) it’s more often than I would like it to be.
Yay, the working independent feast or famine conundrum! *SMILES*
Anyway, since I was about to be on the road for a month doing the Model Tour thing, and needing to treat my body with respect I found Kindness Yoga Studio in Denver,Co.
It took a little bit to find it. Even with my phone maps data it was still unclear where exactly the Broadway location was. I found a couple wonderful and totally worthwhile places along the way though: The Concoctory and Corvus Coffee Roasters which I talk about at more length in previous blogs.
I attended classes at the Kindness Studio all week with a first week free pass from the instructors. The flyer that was handed to me stated that this was not for people outside of the area but when I pointed this out they were by no means concerned.
It was apparent that to them sharing the practice was more important just as it became apparent upon attending classes that the confidence and faith in the studio is pervasive and that this was clearly a place of healing and growth. This convinced me that this was somewhere I would need to return to and where I would love to attend teaching instruction given the opportunity.
This was not the first time I considered yoga instruction either… that is a longer story. Perhaps for another blog?
I attended nearly every day. Taking the all levels classes, including the nontraditional Outlaw Yoga class. I try not to do anything too “advanced” when I’m jumping studios. Every class has it’s own challenges, like staying present, physical integrity, and respecting your body for example. Some days it’s important to thank yourself for making it to class… she who has yet to find a new yoga studio in Seattle says.
Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by the environment at Kindness. It’s entirely possible.
The pictures above are all from the women’s locker room. I know it’s a little odd to be thrilled about a locker room but… There were three shower stalls with filled shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispensers, clean towels to dry your hands at the sink, a vanity, a lounge, lockers and separate “water closets”. I could hang have stayed there for hours and been perfectly content…. They may have asked me to leave if I had actually stayed a considerable amount of time but I got the impression that hanging out and reading after a shower might be an entirely acceptable activity after a class.
One day I came just to use the vanity before a gig because the set up is so nice, not to mention the abundance of natural light.
Did I mention the complementary blow dryer (for use! not a take home! Just in case someone was thinking of going there), lotion, cotton balls, cotton swabs, and tampons?
You can see my cherry blossom adorned pink yoga mat with the water bottle next to it.
All and all this was a great place to be. I did a lot of thinking and wrestled some internal revelations, some angels and some demon, here. There may have been crying, but I’m not saying there was.
Ok, there totally was. It’s what I do, I feel. :)
Most of the classes I attended were Outlaw Yoga classes with Megan, who practiced under Justin. Justin, I am told developed this unique style. So far as I know their communal and slightly unorthodox twist on yoga practice is only 2nd generation. I look forward to seeing the evolution of ancient practices and an expanding yoga community.