if you haven’t been to yoga for the people on hastings st. in gastown, you must go.
their schedule features some of the top yogis in vancouver, the space is amazing, and best of all the studio is 100% donation based.
i couldn’t imagine a better place to partake in global mala on a rainy saturday morning than in the warmth and serenity of cofounder and yogi-extraordinaire suzanne slocum-gori (below, left) and the melodic voice of sparrow tiffany brulotte.
global mala occurs every year in conjunction with yoga month on the fall equinox (usually the 19th or 20th of september) and consists of 108 rounds of practice–the most common being sun salutations.
suzanne guided us through 100 A’s, and 8 B’s, an 85-minute ‘moving meditation’ in which we were asked to dedicate 25 salutations to four different areas: ourselves, our friends and family, the world, and everything in-between.
108 is a daunting number, but the practice proved far more mental than physical (although i did sweat like a yogic beast and my legs are tired).
i started off strong, setting my intentions and moving with my breath until somewhere around number 65, where sparrow’s melodic voice and suzanne’s gental guidance pulled me through and i finished my 8 B’s like a champ.
savasana had never felt sweeter.
go check out yoga for the people and mark your calendars for global mala 2011.
201-150 hastings st, vancouver BC