During this 30-day challenge, I have a few staple classes: Linseed on Tuesday, Moksha on Wednesday, Power on Friday. But the rest of the week is pretty open to doing new classes and trying new studios. (Hooray for Passport to Prana!) My friend and co-worker Jess goes to Yoga Tree regularly, so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s really close to work and has a jam-packed schedule. One of the reasons I prefer running over yoga is that it means I can stay late to finish that project or sleep in that extra 10 minutes. I’ll still get the workout I want in. With yoga, you need to plan ahead more. With a schedule like Yoga Tree, you can plan a little less.
I decided to book it to the 5:45 class on Monday. I rushed out of work. Arrived in 5 minutes. Bonus points for proximity! The studio is immaculate. And shiny. Very shiny. I felt like I stepped into a Lulu Lemon commercial. It was so slick that the spiritual elements felt out of place. I loved their self-locking locker system, though. Every gym in the city should have that.
The class itself was fine, if unremarkable. Kim knew her stuff and the sequence allowed for more difficult variations if you were up for it, but still open enough that the earliest beginners would be comfortable. But, as I’ve learned, it’s become really important for me to have the instructors’ personalities be a huge part of the class. Part of the reason I go to Jen Slade’s classes at Kula so much is that I never know what I’m going to get. At Kula, a Linseed hot hour is so very different from a Tess hot hour.
That said, I can also appreciate knowing exactly what you are going to get when you step into a studio and a class. And I think that’s what YogaTree offers: professional, high quality consistency. I may get a 5-class pass and stick it in my back pocket for days like Monday (the passes never expire!), when I need to squeeze a class in. I’m especially intrigued by their morning classes starting at 7:15 and by their 50 minute lunch time class. This is the studio for the busy, and I like it.
Take this class if: you’re looking for a beginner-friendly class or need a solid I-know-exactly-what-I’m-in-for yoga experience.