Just in case you are wondering, I will probably be blogging about Joseph for a few days over here. I have much to talk about not to mention the fact that I have made him my official Yoga Boyfriend (I think he might be ok with that). For starters, let me give you a run down of how day two, Sunday, went.
First we had a regular 90 minute class. This class was for anyone who showed up. No one paid extra. If you walked in and didn’t know Joseph was going to be teaching then SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE. I think that may have happened to a few people. The room was packed, and it was a fantastic class.
But before we even got to class I learned that Joseph had been introduced to my blog, and he had read my post where I described how cute he is and how I gawked at him in class Friday evening. On Sunday, the studio owner’s husband came in and said to me that Joseph had seen my blog and had blushed while reading it (he’s a total sweetie that yoga boyfriend of mine). Then Joseph came in. I just cleared the air. I said, “I understand you read my blog, and you know how cute I think you are.” He blushed! It was awesome. Then we hugged and had a nice laugh. I told him I had sat up near the podium again – in front of it and to the side, not right next to it – and figured that since he had read my blog I would either get no corrections or ALL the corrections. He said I was getting them all. We laughed again, and I prayed he was joking.
He was joking.
However, I did get some good corrections and one nice back massage. It’s too bad for you that I got to Joseph first. He’s my yoga boyfriend now, and he can’t be giving the rest of you back massages.
Seriously, I must have busted my ass in class on Saturday because I was all kinds of cramping up in class on Sunday morning. Of course I busted my ass on Saturday. I was parked right next to him all day. I HAD to look good. In spine strengthening my lower back started to cramp (twice!). So in half-tortoise he gave me a nice massage which fixed that. I requested a third set of half-tortoise, but unfortunately that did not happen.
After class we had a 30 minute break and then Joseph led the competitors in a Fight Club. Note a couple of things here: (a) he did this free of charge, (b) this was open to anyone who had registered for the competition not just competitors at my studio, and (c) he did this free of charge (I feel the need to stress this). There’s no monkeying around in fight club with Joseph. That class moves! But of course he gets that not everyone can do everything. He was once in the same position. He’s very understanding. Fight Club went from 11:00-2:30 (you do the math). When we got to a posture that someone was doing in compeition we were instructed to stop him so he could watch us and give us feedback. As such, everyone got detailed feedback on the two advanced postures they were thinking about doing in November. Is this guy amazing or what?
While I cannot go into what all we did in Fight Club, Joseph did tell me I should tell you all that he got me into leg breaking pose. I tried to find a picture for you of the posture online but couldn’t. I’m not even going to try to describe it, but let me tell you what an awesome teacher Joseph is. Leg breaking is a posture you do on each side. The first time I did it on side one I was way off with the set-up. So for side two he came over and literally moved me around until I was in it. I was so tired at that point that I let him do whatever. Then, I tried it again on the first side and got myself into it fine. Once he set me up I understood it. Now, I don’t know if I could do it right this moment without looking at someone or hearing directions, but I think I could get back into it if I were in class.
Today, my Yoga Boyfriend is gone. I believe he was headed to Los Angeles for teacher training. I miss him already. He knows so much about yoga and literally has an answer to everything. If I have a question, and I think the only answers are A or B, Joseph will show me it’s neither but something else entirely that I hadn’t even considered. He’s changed my perspective on the practice, what I do, how I do it, and why. It’s going to take me awhile to process it all. I cannot begin to express how much the time I had with him meant. It was life altering.
In the meantime, I have to get the picture I have that goes with my story about doing four sets of camel on Saturday. I think y’all will like that one.