Shine On Yoga – OrlandoPosted: April 5, 2011
Does Groupon know how to hook a girl up or what?
Yoga for not even $1 a day? Just the deal I needed to bring me to my first Orlando yoga studio after going over a month without attending a single class.
Monday evening after work I headed over to Shine On for a Level 2 yoga class.
The studio was tucked into a cluster of buildings in a small neighborhood only a few minutes from downtown (and my apartment!)
After presenting my Groupon, I settled into a spot near the center of the cozy studio and relaxed in child’s pose until the session began.
The Yoga 2 class at Shine On was a perfect segue back into my regular practice – none of the poses required an advanced level of flexibility or balance, but I was able to get deep enough into the postures to feel the benefit of the stretches. I walked away feeling lighter and more open than I had in weeks! I’m definitely looking forward to attending the Vinyasa Flow and Yoga 3 classes for a bigger challenge. They even offer a Healing Belly Dancing class – I’m still on the fence about that one!
Prior to the class, I squeezed in a quick dinner: dandelion greens, tomato and walnut salad topped with a liberal squeeze of 365 Organic Honey Mustard.
Dandelion greens are one of the less common dark leafy greens on the market, yet I snagged them for just $1 at Clemon’s.
While dandelion greens are less “rough” than kale, they are similar in flavor – slightly bitter, with a bit more “punch” than run-of-the-mill lettuce. The Whole Foods honey mustard (one of my all-time favorite honey mustards!) gave just the right touch of sweetness to balance out their semi-strong taste!
The salad filled me up until after class, when I made a green monster as a small snack. The class wasn’t what I would call “strenuous,” but I still enjoyed a little after-exercise fuel.
I kept it simple with a banana, frozen blackberries, spinach, almond milk and a single scoop of Vanilla Bourbon Tera’s Whey.
Even though I wasn’t tired after the class, I slept like a baby. The session was very restorative(although I could definitely have done without the drawn-out crystal bowl therapy during savasana!) and it made me extra sleepy!
This morning, however, I could really feel the rejuvenating after-effects. I’m ready to tackle my Tuesday!
What is your ideal yoga class like? Hot and sweaty? Calm and meditative? Challenging or relaxing?