Love and relationships at home and work, go flat if we don’t break from the routine. With this in mind I planned a surprise family experience, texting my hubby a time and address to meet. The location was close to his afternoon business appointment, yet 40 minutes from the house, so it was an easy sell. “Trust me.”
Margot and I arrived early while Joe pulled into the parking lot right on schedule. Despite the seemingly vanilla exterior, a sign “Peace on Earth.” welcomed us through a lovely entrance to Raffa Yoga. After checking out the tranquil oasis, I handed Joe a change of clothes to get ready for a 75 minute Raffa AntiGravity® Yoga class that all three of us participated in.
Our class took place in a specially equipped studio. Individual swaths of fabric suspended from the ceiling, provided each participant with a relaxing cocoon and supportive sling to engage in modified yoga poses. We faced Valerie, our lovely and adept instructor, and a mirrored wall that displayed encouraging words, “trust your hammock.” Valerie assured us that each 9-yard fabric hammock was strong enough to hold up to 2000 pounds. Ok?
In addition to taking flight in our aerial yoga swings, Joe did encounter navigation challenges maneuvering his size 13 feet and 6’2” frame, in and out of the stork like carrier. He did persevere, holding the Warrior pose, attempting to replicate the Vitruvian Man pose, and hanging upside down like a bat. He was quite the sight, and I was no better.
Making memories does not necessarily require boarding a plane and flying off to an exotic locale. Our family fore into Raffa AntiGravity® Yoga was not even an hour from the house and cost less than a dinner out, and will be remembered “always.” Joe gained newfound respect for “female flexibility”, over male brut strength. He even expressed an interest in trying yoga again, although right side up would be his preference.
In retrospect I would not have eaten the chocolate covered bacon candy before inverting, swinging and stretching. Next time I’ll save the snack for later. Since variety, even in chocolate, adds spice to life, maybe we should try Paddleboard Yoga next.