After an intense week of meetings in and around Palo Alto, I finally coaxed myself into doing what I had been meaning to do for ever and visit a local yoga class. Whilst there were several listed in the area, I liked the look of Samyama yoga and decided to book an uber and attend their Saturday morning Vinyasa Flow. The class was already in session as I crept into the back row in my bare feet on white wooden floorboards. In fact the whole room was white with a large shell shaped yoga room, complete with mood lightening, floor to ceiling windows, and a feature ripple effect wall at the front of the class. This shala was most certainly on the chic side of the scale.
As previously described in a popular blog post, Vinyasa is a flow of movement using the whole body to release tensions as well as to build muscle tone and strength. The rest of the class seemed like seasoned regulars and as the background music hit some chilled out tracks, the room felt focused and in the zone. Joanie the instructor expertly worked though a series of postures and versions of sun salutations and invoked metaphors from nature to focus the class. At every relevant opportunity she reminded the class to find stillness either between breathes or between thoughts. She likened the breath to ripples in a pond which gave it a lovely visual image. Some of the poses were familiar, and some were challenging but overall I was filled with a sense of pure joy of simply visiting Samyama Yoga Center.
As the class drew to a close, Joanie toggled the dial on the automated blinds, dimmed the lights and invited us into the closing sequence. The soothing sound of Snatam Kaur played gently in the background as we did a series of inversions, before falling into a long leisurely Savasana. I drifted off into my own lovely la-la land, delighted that I had made it to class and making my own personal intention to come again when next in Palo Alto.
Samyama Yoga Center, 2995 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306