Last night I treated my boyfriend’s mom and myself to two hours of relaxation & massage at Backwards Yoga. Sarah and Kela took over the room of 14 yogis and transformed it into a gentle class focused on movement that allowed gentle stretching and massaging. When I first heard about this class I assumed it might be like a typical massage- but Thai massage is much different. Sarah was certified in Thailand (how cool is that?!) to do thai massage and although it is hands on as well, it more focuses on the body moving itself rather than her digging into tissue with her hands.
We flowed through mini sequences including gentle twists, pigeon, down dog, seated, lizard, and more. Each pose we held for 3-5 minutes (not breaths… MINUTES) which I’ll admit was a struggle for me. Sometimes poses just aren’t comfortable, and moving with them helps me to keep my mind off of pushing myself to get deeper. But when you’re holding pigeon pose for 3-5 minutes.. there’s not much else to think about than the burning in my hip!
But yoga is about challenging yourself, and not just physically! This Yin Thai workshop was a great way to explore each pose with depth that you had to surrender to with your breath. My mind wandered at times, but after a while I got more into what we were doing. While in pigeon, Sarah massaged me by pressing what I would assume to be trigger points up my calf and hamstring of my back leg. There were some spots that felt sore to the touch, but I also felt an instant release of relaxation by bringing awareness to that certain point.
Overall, I’m glad we took the two hours to relax and become more aware in such a calming way. Sarah and Kela both have great energy and just being around good people made me feel relaxed and rejuvenated! If you guys get the chance to try out Thai Massage or Yin yoga… I would encourage you to try it! And be ready for that Savasana adjustment… its INCREDIBLE.