A change of pace

On Wednesday evening, with the slush and snow of Washington’s biggest winter storm this year turning quickly into ice, I went to take my usual yoga class at Thrive and found that I was accompanied by only one other student who dared to risk the cold and winds. Our teacher, Lisa Johnson, even called in to say that she was trapped in her home with no plow truck in sight yet to clean her drive way. So Susan, the owner, offered to step in and led a threesome in which she would do the practice with us. She would give us audio cues for the poses and flows and we could keep pace with her or modify according to our abilities and needs. We ended with a long restorative phase during which we used bolsters, belts, sandbags, blocks and blankets to get us into Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose), something that we would not ordinarily have been able to fit into a normal class.