For a first-timer like me, the WET Deck at the W Atlanta Buckhead Hotel seemed like the perfect spot to try out my first yoga class. Once I got to the fourth floor of the W hotel, the yoga mats were all spread out like some colorful art arrangement while people dressed in bright yoga gear stretched out and chatted with each other. It seemed like I was the only novice in the group, and that made me a bit nervous!
The friendly crew from lululemon athletica and the enthusiastic instructor, Todd from Atlanta Hot Yoga, definitely made me feel welcomed, however I had my doubts about whether or not I would be able to make it through the hour-long class.
With each stretch we did, I could feel myself relaxing – if there was something too difficult, I simply stopped and watched (in awe) as the more advanced students effortlessly shifted from pose to pose. Todd clearly knew how to put everyone at ease – cracking jokes and explaining things about the different poses we were striking. We ended the class on our backs, just relaxing, breathing and listening to Bob Marley. “You’re an official yogi now,” Todd said to me. I just hope I get better at the next class!
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