My first yoga class was outside Chicago in 1978. A secretary in a sales office where I was interning invited me to join her at someone’s home with 10 or 12 other women. The biggest thing I remember was Shavasana, or Corpse Pose – mainly because the class was at the end of a long day at work and I was exhausted. I totally welcomed the opportunity to lie down and do nothing. Shavasana is a pose that ends a yoga session and invites complete relaxation and deep breathing. In fact, I recently heard that 15 minutes of shavasana equals about one hour of sleep. I’m not sure it’s true, but I can attest that it’s relaxing in a way that leaves you refreshed.
I didn’t keep up with yoga, but came back to it about 15 years ago. It was a great way to unwind after a stressful day at work. A few years later, when my mom was sick with Alzheimer’s, it helped me to stay calm(er) in the storm of watching her lose pieces of herself until there was nothing left. These days, I have a yoga practice 3 to 4 days a week to stay flexible and increase my core strength. Ten years from now, maybe even 20, I’m willing to bet it will stay relevant in my life.
So when I was invited to attend the upcoming The Yoga Expo in Santa Clara (California) on July 24th, I jumped at the chance. The Yoga Expo is a day-long yoga-fest packed with more than 50 yoga and meditation classes, live music, local & sustainable food, and shopping opportunities.
And it might be coming to a city near you too. After Santa Clara this weekend, it moves onto Washington DC on August 20, Denver on September 3, and Houston on September 10. Other stops include Vancouver, Los Angeles, Portland (Oregon), Fort Lauderdale, and Philadelphia. For a complete schedule with dates, go here, and get your yoga on. If you live in the Bay Area, there are still tickets, and maybe I’ll see you there!