Never in my wildest of dreams had I pictured myself looking forward to yoga. I never thought of it as manly because I had this perception that even a three year old could do it. I was wrong. Yoga is not for women alone. It isn’t easy either if you haven’t been to the gym in four months and haven’t taken up any physical exercise. Yoga is for everybody and it is refreshing. If you ever undermined the power and importance of yoga, you should know there’s a day dedicated to it across the world. Yup. International Yoga Day on the 21st of June.
I recently had the pleasure of accompanying our GM, Michelle Slater, for an afternoon of Chocolate, Wine and Yoga at The Tribe hotel in partnership with the Africa Yoga Project. Truth be told I was only going for the wine and the chocolates. I just had to get through the yoga bit.
At first glance. It all looked easy. A few stretches here and there. Nothing I couldn’t handle. We had our session at the helipad. The fresh air, the nature all came together creating a peaceful aura. Our instructor, Paige Elenson, was a delightful woman. She took us through a few warm up exercises and I felt like a pro. Until we got really into it.
Yoga is all about positivity. The series of exercises you go through help release all that mental and physical stress you’ve been harbouring. Once we got into the upward facing dog and the tree pose. I knew I was in a bit of a fix. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it. I did. I might actually make it a regular thing. I had finally realised how unfit and inflexible I am. We let out a few deep sighs and lengthy ‘hums’ and all that tension was washed away. We did a few more core stretches and poses. My favourite had to be the upside down dog, partly because it was so simple.
After an hour of toppling over, getting help from the instructor, we were told to close our eyes and reach out for a chocolate that was placed in front of us. Chocolate is 1000 times better when you aren’t focusing on anything else. The burst of flavour, the different textures and tastes all erupt in your mouth and create, for lack of a better word, pleasure. After the last exercise, we broke off, mingled around and shared a glass of wine.
It was an enjoyable experience. Eye opening and soul refreshing. If you haven’t considered yoga as a way to boost your positivity, its a high time that you should. Every Sunday, join the Africa Yoga Project for a Bend & Brunch special at the 275 balcony. They have yoga from 10.30am to 11.30am and brunch from 11.30 to 5pm. Charges are Ksh. 1500 for yoga alone and Ksh. 4000 for yoga and brunch. Your whole family will love it!