Two Weeks into Going Rogue and Julie Already Feels Some Type of Way
Hey, guys! It's Julie (Your local and now remote Rogue Yogi) writing to you live from Da Nang, Vietnam. Many of you joined the gang after learning about me and the Mongorrian going rogue for real. Yes, we actually moved out of the US and are living abroad for at least a year!
We moved to Vietnam 2 weeks ago and all I see are motorbikes, motor scooters, cars and humans all trying to cross each others paths with MINIMAL signal lights. MINIMAL STOP SIGNS and MAXIMUM pandemonium. It's just a clusterfuck of people just somehow managing to not hit each other as they scurry along their way.
Add to that the fact that there's people cramming people on these motorscooters. Have you ever seen 2 kids sandwiched between 2 parents on the same seat?!
It's such a different world, you guys. There is a lot of westernization happening in the midst of the third-world-ness. So, with that being said, it didn't take long for me to appreciate how good we had it in the US.
Either way, I kept my word about exploring as much yoga as I can while we live abroad. I checked out the nearest yoga studio to see how classes are led.
The class was called "Gentle Yoga". I thought that I could just show up with my gentle harem yoga pants and not have to bring a change of clothes. I was fucking wrong.Above is a pic of said studio. The raised platform with the criss-crossed foam mat is for the "YOGI". The rest of the studio has placeholder foam mats with numbers on them. You have to pre-reserve your spot. All the walls are mirrors. All the teachers are straight out of India (except for one who is Vietnamese).
"Gentle Yoga" in the US = Gentle Yoga
"Gentle Yoga" at this Vietnamese Studio = Power Yoga with minimal Vinyasas but core-strengthening and arm balances (????????)
The studio is part of a gym with paintings of the Golden Gate Bridge, Rodeo Drive, Red Hot Rods and lyrics of Katy Perry.
I wasn't upset that the teaching style was different than what I've experienced in America. I was more frustrated that there was just as much a heavy focus on strength and little to no focus on meditation or proper alignment. But, I guess that's how many of us start yoga--for the fitness aspect. Some decide to incorporate the other parts of yoga. Some don't. If I don't like the instruction, I can just find a quiet place at my grandma's house, unroll the mat, step on it, and practice by myself.
I feel grateful that I have enough knowledge so far to practice a sequence without a teacher. It's what solidifies why I'm creating courses for you to be able to practice at home, too.