Monday Night Yoga

While driving home one day last fall, I noticed a sign on a large billboard outside St. Matthias Church in south Guelph:

Classical Yoga
Sunday and Monday Nights
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

I showed up one Sunday in early September with my mat and an open mind. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that we would be practicing right in the church. The pews are pushed back, the lights are dimmed, and soft music plays in the background. Our instructor, Erik Hay, encourages us to try all the poses and then he suggests modifications. For seven months, I enjoyed the pace of the Sunday night class and felt myself easing into a comfortable yoga bubble.

Two weeks ago, I decided to challenge myself and try the Monday night classes. A faster pace. More balance poses. I was ready to become an advanced beginner in this beautiful church where I can step out of time and leave all my concerns behind.