Next to an organic wine shop in the neighborhood of Williamsburg, you may stumble across an open door with concrete stairs. Might make you think twice about whether this is the donation-based studio you heard of… until you reach the top and are greeted with the potent smells of hipster body odors. Prepare to break a sweat before your first downward dog, because the air is already perspiring heat.
The 2pm saturday afternoon class was surprisingly not as crowded as anticipated - although that still doesn’t guarantee a foot in the face or happy babies colliding. My sentiments about this place are bittersweet. The flow makes me sweat and the triad of chair-sits are ultimately burning. The outbursts of orgasmic “H-A’s” are awkward yet guiltily pleasurable. Though for first-timers, it can be horrific and truthfully alarming. The day after is rewarding and the mental break from the world is a relief. The best is always last, as they end with a quote and the Tibetan singing bowl. I’ll leave you with today’s nugget of inspiration, a quote by Mother Teresa.
"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
- Mother Teresa