When someone takes the forethought, time, energy, and resources to open the largest yoga studio in Tampa you know you have to take their yoga class. The thread of community yoga begins from the moment you hit the front door and never ends. You get the sense from Annette Scott that she knows stuff, you also get the sense that she’s serious; but what you’re not so sure about. Her witty banter often greets yogis at the front door and you might wonder how one person can be in five places at once; how often does the owner of a yoga studio check you in? She has a hands on approach as this whole studio is obviously a labor of love.
One of the places you can find her is teaching in the yoga studio. She still teaches 4 days a week, yes she also levitates on her days off. Her offerings include “hot power hour’ on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays and on Friday evenings she also teaches a “slow flow with nidra”. Her power yoga always begins with a little monologue on the tenets of yoga which are applicable to life or vice versa; remember I said she knows stuff. She is the only instructor in the history of my globe spanning 10-year practice where I’ve taken classes that speaks before class. This monologue isn’t one to be missed!! I’m not sure what she’s studying or reading or if she has a direct line to the Dalai Lama but these thoughts have personally changed my life off the mat. She plants the seed, lets it cook, and sends you off into the real world. Those seeds sprout out at the most glorious and unexpected times; seeds of kindness and compassion. The physical practice itself . . . not for the faint of heart. Annette leads a strong practice in her power hour in a well heated room; try not to pass out. She’s going to challenge you so man up.
On Friday evenings, you meet Annette’s alter ego and the antithesis to her power hour – “slow flow with nidra” class. A non-heated room dimly lit and again you just know this woman is going to rock your world. Completely present and grounded during every millisecond of the class. The gentle physical practice chips away at the layers of stress from the week and brings you to the pista de resistance; nidra. Yoga nidra, also referred to as yogic sleep, is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. It is a step by step way to induce “pratyahara” or withdrawing of the senses. It switches off the sympathetic nervous system and switches on the healing qualities of the parasympathetic nervous system. Medical mumbo jumbo aside, nidra is the shit!!! Although the yogic goals of meditation and nidra are the same, deep relaxation, nidra being guided sometimes makes it more palatable and easily accessible to the practitioner. If you haven’t been able to relax for months or years, get to nidra.
Whatever you decide to choose between these two delicious offerings of Annette’s, you will leave glad you stepped on the mat. Life changing is an understatement; be a part of the yoga lifestyle, get on the mat and see for yourself.
Written by Kristen Carla Blogger/Acupuncture Physician www.facebook.com/kristencarla
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