On a fine Wed summer evening, I’m delighted to take myself out on a me time venture to a quiet, green neighborhood 5 minutes away from where I reside in Rehab. I was invited by La Nouva Vista to an exciting Body and Soul event. Excited to treat myself to a yoga session taught by 2 young, dynamic and very friendly ladies. (Jennifer Osman and Lousiana ) I promise my desk bound body tales of stretching, unwinding and relaxation. Here I enter the compound and find my way to the Body and Soul arena ushered around by the friendly, well-informed staff. I’m stunned with the green, lush landscape and the candle-lit poolside, where the yoga session will take place.
On very subdued tunes, Louisiana starts off the session with a sequence of stretching poses, I follow the routine carefully (downward dog, hip opener, cobra stretch, child pose and repeats) – surrounded by what it seems to be a loyal, yoga-loving new Cairo community. While Louisiana leads, Jenny is meticulously checking out on us and gently correcting our poses. We are encourages throughout the session to push aside our worries, focus on breathing and enjoy the moment.
Then Louisiana hands over to Jenny, who leads us softly to a more rigorous, powerful and heart-pounding routine. Vinyasa is a term that was used frequently during the session, it is a Sanskrit term that translates roughly as “arranging something in a special way,” like yoga poses in a routine for example. Like many Sanskrit words it could have many profound, different meanings. Sanskrit is an Indo-European sacred language of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and is the basis of many modern-day Indian languages. The yoga routine isn’t easy and requires a lot of mind and soul focus to follow through. The amazing backdrop of greenery, fountains and peaceful surroundings adds this extra incentive to carry on and focus on the breathing, stretching and feeling the rejuvenation of the moment. The workout surprisingly doesn’t feel like a punishment or leaves me with strained muscles – reminiscent of my latest gym session!
Image Credit: Jenny Osman Yoga
I’m surprised with the amount of energy I went home with and the evident stretch and muscle lengthening I enjoyed for days to follow. Note to self: pay attention to how your body is feeling at all time.
“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” — Aadil Palkhivala