I stumbled into Elements today, hot, sweaty, and confused. There must have been forty people in class today, packed in tightly, leaving little room for personal space. Why are there so many people here today? Was I in the right place?
Reverently removing my shoes I scanned the class. I had made plans to meet a “lovely woman” there (who now prefers to be referred to as “dark princess”). We met eyes and she waved me over to a yoga mat and blanket, neatly laid out beside her.
Excellent way to start a Saturday!
The teacher was sweet and seemed to be having a really great time (I wish I could remember her name!) She really embraced her punny sense of humor as she guided the expansive mass of tightly packed students through foundational stretches and hip openers.
Although I was expecting a more power-vinyasa type class, this class was fun, stretchy, and really quite easy. I’ve spent all week biking, working out, and doing some intense yoga classes, so I feel fine how I spent my hour of yoga time today.
P – 7 (abs awake!)
M – 9
E – 7
S – 5
Interesting point: on the advice of a friend of mine who studies neuroscience, I’ve been taking 500mg of L-Tyrosine between meals for mental clarity. She says it is essentially dopamine, which, from what I understand, feels really good.
Combining 500 mg of L-Tyrosine with a double shot latte has arranged my mental faculties in such a way that I feel calm, confident, and quick at the same time. I’m really enjoying the dual stimulation.
Research has shown that L-Tyrosine increases cognition, working memory, and subjective-well being, as well as decreasing stress levels. (disclaimer – I’m not a doctor, dammit!)
Right, as this is the conclusion, I should do some concluding. Overall, I am glad I went to the class; happy to have biked there; grateful for my connection with the dark princess; and creatively stimulated by life, supplements, yoga, love, and evolutionary psychology.
If you’re reading this, please let me know what you think! I’m not just doing this for myself, although blogging is extremely helpful for measuring personal progress. My wish is that you can learn and grow and evolve by reading this post, may it be for the highest good.