Day 20: Deep Stretch
Background: Yoga Six believes that everyone deserves the mind-body experience of yoga. Their practice is energizing, empowering, and fun. Class-goers can choose from six core classes: Y6 101, Y6 Stretch, Y6 Slow Flow, Y6 Hot, Y6 Power, and Y6 Sculpt & Flow. The studios are fresh and modern to make you feel welcomed. This is a place for you to relax, focus on yourself and enjoy life. Read more here about how you can leave your shoes at the door and let the day go here.
2:56 — Sitting in traffic outside of Liberty Station
2:58 — Running through the maze that is Liberty Station
2:59 — Barreling through the doors of Yoga Six (not at all) relaxed for our restorative yoga session
There must be a connection between when my friends from Maryland join for a 100 Days of Fitness class and how late we are. The last time we cut it this close, Zach was in town. And this time, Nik joined for the fun. Thanks for coming, Nik!
Fortune had it that our instructor, Kendall, was in the lobby as well. She directed us to the room and helped us get set up with the equipment we would need for the class.
3:01 — Sitting on our mats — record time.
I know we stress this a lot — but always try to be 10–15 minutes early for new classes! And if you’re not, hope that the studio staff is as accommodating as the Yoga Six Point Loma crew. For everyone reading this, Yoga Six classes start *on time*. So don’t do what we did — don’t be late.
Yoga Six is a franchise offering a variety of different classes. For this class, we visited the Point Loma location and chose the deep stretch. After 20 days of fitness, I can confirm restorative yoga is my favorite type of exercise class. It was a welcome day of relaxation. Especially coming off of the high impact of Barry’s and the high intensity of Elevate.
For class we needed a few key items: our mat, yoga blocks, straps (which were optional to use), and a bolster. We settled into a kneeling position and my eyes fluttered closed. The Point Loma studio has the perfect vibe for relaxation. It is modern, crisp, and filled with cool gray tones. Although the class had plenty of people, the room was spacious. There was plenty of room to move around and find poses that worked best for you.
My hips had been super tight all week. I reasoned it was a combination of the workout classes we took earlier in the week and our work schedule. I spend a lot of time on my computer, which equates to a lot of time sitting down. When I went to test the app the other night, I realized I had only walked 582 steps. 582! In an 18-hour day! And I only had 2 hours left to get the other 9,418.
Whether for a physical or mental refresh, getting up and moving around can be the best medicine. Dylan will take long walks in the neighborhood during a busy workday to clear his head for what’s coming up. All the while getting his daily steps in! When I was looking at my sad 582 activity bubble, I vowed to make some changes in my work flow.
All of this was actually racing through my mind on my yoga mat. But then Kendall’s voice cut through my mental chatter.
“You’re here for a reason, take this hour and make it your own.” Kendall Wood
And I thought — yes. It’s 3 PM on a Friday. There are 1,000,000 things I need to be doing. But, you know what? This is one of them. Taking space for myself, away from the emails and meetings. Relaxing. Recharging. Restoring.
I silenced my vibrating watch and committed to making the next 52 minutes my own. Nik is new to yoga, so he didn’t know what to expect. But this class had a ton of flexibility with Kendall encouraging us to do what feels right. We flowed through different moves designed to open our tight hips and back.
I do this thing in every workout class we take where I overcompensate on the stronger side of my body. I’ve found whether doing a plank or a pigeon, my hips are always uneven with one being higher than the other. This alignment may be more of an issue for a chiropractor, but Kendall was quick to catch it. She helped me re-position my body in a way that made the stretch feel better.
By the end of it, as we were laying in savasana, all I could think about was how happy I was to be there. I was glad we took the time to make space for ourselves, and was ready to return to the day. Kendall made an announcement that we were welcome to stay in the room for another 30 minutes to relax. Unfortunately, Nik and I hadn’t made enough room in our schedules to take advantage of it. But next time I attend a class at Yoga Six, that is definitely something I will do.
All in all — an absolutely fantastic experience. It was exactly what we were looking for. We were able to catch Kendall after class and ask a few questions. Check out her answers below!
Meet the Instructor:
Kendall Wood: @thechillyogi
1) How did you get started with yoga?
I was living in Seattle, I had finished college, and I realized I did not want to work in an office. I was exploring some other avenues to see what else was out there that might resonate with me more. I started practicing yoga a lot. It really helped me with anxiety and stress in my life and put things in perspective. I thought it would be wonderful to share that with other people and become a teacher.
2) Do you have a favorite yoga pose?
My favorite yoga pose is probably Warrior III. I love that it incorporates balance and strength at the same time. I really enjoy all of the balancing poses for that reason.
3) Is the class routine prepared before each class?
I start with a general idea of what we’re going to do, but it always moves as I go. I have been teaching for several years now, and I teach full time, so I teach quite a bit. I’ve found the best class comes from going with the flow and seeing what people’s bodies need. This ends up creating a more well rounded class and rhythm.
4) Guest Question: How do I bend? (Nik)
Patience is number one and being really gentle with your body. I see a lot of new students putting a lot of pressure on themselves to attain a certain pose or shape that they’ve seen in a photo. It’s easy to forget that a lot of the people we see in pictures have been practicing for years and years and years. So I always say just to give yourself time and not think that it has to look a certain way. Just focus on how it feels. If it feels like you’re getting a good stretch, and you’re getting a little bit stronger each time, then you’re doing the right thing. Just take it easy and be patient with your body.
5) So we see you have a website, what’s the story behind it?
It’s a place where I can bring together all that I do with yoga. I teach at a variety of studios around San Diego. I do private and corporate yoga, retreats, and events. I’ve also done a bachelorette party before; that was really fun!
One thing that I really enjoy is bringing yoga to special populations. I teach at a high school in the area and work with their athletic program, which has been really wonderful. I get to show the kids how to exercise and also how to clear their minds. It helps them take a break from all that’s expected of them and chill.
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