One of my New Year's resolutions is to practice yoga more often. I'm lucky if I make time for it once a month. I decided on the spur of the moment to take the New Year's Transformation Yoga class on New Year's Day in Woodstock at the Woodstock Yoga Center. This was a special by donation class with the donations going to Family of Woodstock. Last time I went to the studio was 3 years ago when it was Bliss Yoga. I tried a rather intense Kundalini class there. Now it is Woodstock Yoga Center/Downtown Shakti part of Shakti Yoga, owned by Linda Lalita Winnick.
Linda Lalita Winnick and Alison Sinatra took turns leading the energetic Vinyasa class. I've been to a few of Winnick's workshops at Shakti Yoga, and I always leave with a sore body and yoga zingers in my head. I like her way of putting yoga concepts in layman's terms. One concept of yoga that she explained is that in order to transform yourself, you need to get rid of the bad stuff—the useless stuff that is keeping you from transforming. As I was struggling with a lizard pose, she joked that maybe resolving not to eat "meat and cheese" would help all of us transform. (Well, that is easier said than done, but taking a Transformation Yoga class is a step in the right yogic direction, right?)
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