I am the type of person who can spend hours inside my own head, and I always feel very satisfied and content with being alone with my thoughts. Though I have been exercising pretty regularly throughout my adult life and find group aerobic classes challenging and motivating, I struggle to get to know people in these settings. The noise, the pace, and the number of people can overload my senses, and by the time I am done, I am ready to bolt back to the solitude of my car. Britton can attest to my hermit ways. I hate extraneous noise and will often disappear inside our own home for hours on end for some quiet time. Up until last year, I had not found an exercise outside of hiking and walking that was really on my wavelength.
In late summer 2017, to mark the fall equinox, I signed us up for a “yoga hike” at Tribble Mill Park with Megan from Ebb and Flow Yoga in Loganville, GA. On the days leading up to the event, I daydreamed about what an evening yoga hike would be like, assuming it was much like a regular yoga class but outside under the setting sun. Well, the sun did set like it always does, but rather than “yoga” as I know it, I experienced a moving meditation, a walk in the woods punctuated by small sounds and images so vivid I can still picture them. At the end of it, I felt relaxed and light but full of energy. I WAS HOOKED.
We became members of Ebb and Flow in October 2017, and by December we had purchased a full year membership. Yoga at this studio is unlike any other yoga classes I have taken. Their message of courage, positivity, mindfulness and play make coming to class an adventure. The teachers are our intrepid guides, navigating us through complex and highly athletic movements and supporting us with their wisdom and experience. No matter your age or what shape you’re in, you can find a place in the Ebb and Flow community.
I have moved my body in ways that I could never have imagined and discovered muscles the next morning I did not know existed (looking at you internal obliques…) I also find that my practice is bleeding out into other aspects of my life as well. I’m eating more plants, drinking more water, and just getting out of my desk chair and busting out some prayer poses. The numbers on my bathroom scale have finally started to budge after months of maintaining. This chronic know-it-all is learning to throw her assumptions out the window and take life one day at a time. I am so incredibly grateful to have the members and staff of Ebb and Flow in my life, and to have a path before me that is challenging and fun.
You can find the latest updates from Ebb and Flow Yoga on Facebook. They are currently running several specials for newbies, and their walk-in price is hella affordable. You can also bring a friend (or lover) to class for free in February.