Full moon yoga instead of sun yoga

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The first Full Moon Flow yoga class held on the last full moon of the year, December 11, relaxes at the end of the class as Tj Tate, owner of Life Flow Yoga, goes around the room using essential oils on each member.

I attended the Full Moon Flow yoga class at Life Flow Yoga on Dec. 11. Before the class began owner TJ Tate asked all the students to go outside so she could cleanse us before the class with bark from California.

So at around 5:30 p.m. about eight people went outside in the cold, some barefoot, to be cleansed. Tate did a group cleanse so we wouldn't be in the cold for very long.

Now, I don't do a lot of yoga outside my bedroom with my laptop open to YouTube yoga videos, so I was a little scared about how this experience was going to go.

When I walked into the front of the building, I was greeted by name by TJ Tate, the owner of Life Flow Yoga, and given a hug. Once I made it up the stairs to the top floor, the room was already set up for the class with mats, blankets, and lights strung around the room with soft music playing in the background.

I was one of the first few to arrive so while we waited for the rest of the class to make it, we talked amongst ourselves. As more people came I quickly realized I was one of the few novices who were in the class, but I figured I would give it my best shot.

When the class started, Tate mentioned that this class was not like other yoga classes where poses like Warrior 1, Warrior 2 and Warrior 3 were used to show reverence to the sun. This class focused on the moon and the importance of connecting the mind, body and soul to rejuvenate and refresh.

Instead of wide, long, stiff poses we performed slower, fluid poses where we opened up to the sky and moved gently from side to side. We never held poses long without some movement like moving our arms in a circle.

Some of the poses and movements stretched my level of knowledge and physical ability, but Tate did say to move however it felt comfortable, that yoga wasn't about hurting yourself but stretching and working your muscles.

I have horrible balance, it runs in my family, so I was expecting some of the moves to push my balance and they did. I will admit that I fell once at the beginning because I lost my balance, but I picked myself up and figured out how to do the pose without hurting myself.

My idea didn't look exactly like what everyone else was doing, but for me it worked. The movements were repetitive which made them a little easier to predict and by the time we worked our way back to the pose that I had lost my balance on I had a better sense of what I could do and not do. I did not fall again!

Tate said she would normally get up and move around the last part of the class to help with positions, but she could see several people still looking to her on what to do, so she stayed at the front of the class.

By the end of the session, I felt like I had gotten a work out, not the same workout as going to the gym or running around the block, but I could feel it when I moved. My muscles felt sore, but a good sore, does that make sense?

After the class was over, Tate had crackers and different cheeses and wines for the students to munch on as we talked. We even spent time getting to know one another and hearing more about this concept "Moon Yoga."

Despite my difficulties at the beginning I can't wait to take another class, and this time, keep my balance.

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