Company: Nutmeg’s Dance/Sunflower Yoga
Fitness is my therapy. When I’m stressed, when I’m happy, when I’m bored – it’s always there for me. And one of my favourite things to do is try a new workout.
Almost three years ago, I visited my family in Southwick, Massachusetts. Around the corner was this fun dance studio called Nutmeg’s Dance with Zumba classes run by Meg, a warm, smiley, and inspiring instructor. I boogied, dripped with sweat and smiled my way through that class. It was a blast, full of great choreography, full body toning and a fun, refreshing way to get some kick-ass cardio in. Did I mention she was four months pregnant with twins at the time? Yeah, she’s cool to say the least.
I recently returned to the US for Thanksgiving and just had to stop by one of her classes. This time, it was next door at Sunflower Yoga for a 60 minute vinyasa flow.
I started dipping my toes in the yoga pond a few years ago, but never really tried traditional styles like vinyasa – and any type of yoga was done via online subscriptions in my living room. So I was confident enough that I wasn’t going to fall on my face, but still pretty nervous for my very first live class.
“Meg made me feel completely at ease and excited to dive in.”
But that changed when welcoming Meg came into the room. She somehow recognised me from three years before which showed how much she pays attention to her students, and made me feel completely at ease and excited to dive in.
The room was warm and dark, with gentle lighting and an aromatherapy oil diffuser that gave out the most calming scent – which I sadly forgot to ask about. There was soft music and plenty of space – only about ten women in total. The mats were in great condition and clean, with blankets, blocks and straps available to use. It was very spa-like.
As soon as I said I had never used blocks or straps, Meg grinned widely and assured me she would change that.
She didn’t lie! The blocks intensified certain toning moves and the straps deepened the stretches. The flow was slow, but not too slow. The workout was relaxing and rejuvenating, but still made my muscles ache the next day. It was a perfect balance of therapy and fitness.
“The only downfall? She has set impossible standards for any future yoga class that isn’t at her studio.”
During savasana, she dimmed the lights even more and told us to use the blankets for props or to snuggle under. And as we laid there in pure bliss, she walked around to each of us, rubbing essential oils in her hands and giving us head massages – was this a dream? Luckily, no!
The only downfall? She has set impossible standards for any future yoga class that isn’t at her studio.
So guys, tell me – where is your favourite yoga studio? And do you have any recommendations for studios in Notting Hill or nearby? I’m a new addict, thanks to Meg.