Not to pull an Oprah and sound super hippity dippity, but I truly believe the universe watches out for us. Whenever we’re getting to a scary point of sheer breakdown, ugly hot mess-ness, the universe steps in and throws us bones. Have you ever noticed that? Emotional storms of crazy hit, and then right when we’re about to check ourselves into an institution, the clouds part.
For me, the clouds parted two weeks ago when that dreadful illness left my body. I was weakened by the bug and slowly getting back into a workout groove. That’s when the good ol’ universe stepped in and sent me Kimmie from Kinesis. This woman told me about some of her amazing classes her “krew” offers. The minute she mentioned “recovery yoga,” I was in. I’m infamous for shying away from all things yoga … it’s just never really been my thing, but she sold me on the recovery/less-yoga part. I was actually eager to put on my yoga toe socks for anything and everything recovery related.
The class’ motto is “Make movement your medicine.” I couldn’t resist. They were totally speaking my language!
Workout I Did: Yoga Tune Up
I woke up Saturday morning, ate a good breakfast and then headed to Culver City, Calif., for my day of body kindness. Thirty minutes later, I was signing paperwork and talking with Kimmie about the cool therapy balls we’d be using. (You might have heard of Yoga Tune Up before — you can do the at-home program, or, like I did, take a class.) That’s when the balls and the convenient little sack they come in became the best joke of the morning. Oh, the ball puns that woman was using during class. It was hilarious and totally loosened me up. (Laughing is very good for the sore-bodied soul.)
Humor aside, the class was effective and awesome. For one hour we used various-sized rubber balls to roll out the myofascial nastiness in our bodies. It wasn’t painful like I’m going to cry in front of a bunch of strangers painful, but it definitely wasn’t a walk in the park. We started with a stretch test to see where we stood, then we’d do some work, and then we’d test again to note any changes in our movement/range of motion, all the while laughing and joking around.
There were some definite beautiful moments where those darn balls hit just the right spot and rolled out some nasty tension — and when that would happen, my eyeballs would start rolling. It was all about the rolling! Once the class was finished I could stretch more easily and felt looser and lighter. My two favorite body feelings … swoon.
Now I’m a super fan of Kimmie, her people and her class. I swear if I lived closer I’d invest in that magic. I just loved how positive and open she and her staff were. They try new things. They have a crazy eclectic group of folks who take their classes. It’s far from an intimidating workout space and, most importantly, they get that no two bodies are the same and embrace that with modifications. I love modifications! I love people that love bodies and want to make them stronger without crazy forms of torture. I love fun classes where it’s okay to laugh and smile. For these reasons, I say Kimmie for President! Kinesis is the perfect place for folks who want to do something great for themselves, but are scared of traditional big gyms with big muscle-y neck giants. There are classes for different strokes. So if you live in the Culver City area and have been looking for a good workout family to join, I sincerely recommend walking in, talking with one of the trainers and trying some classes.
I double dog dare you to try Yoga Tune Up and then coming back to this post and sharing your experience. Ten cool points if you share a great ball pun you heard! —Tish