Last night I was invited to attend the Rachel Brathen Workshop and “Beats and Bellinis” after-party at The Yoga Factory in Hillcrest, San Diego.
When first asked, the name, Rachel Brathen sounded familiar. When I looked on the website I realized, hey, she looks familiar too. I know her! She’s @yoga_girl on instagram. I’m a total insta-stalker and she’s totally insta-famous.
The class was a 75 minute Vinyasa style flow, and boy, were we flowing! It’s the first time in a while that I haven’t taken a heated yoga class, but we definitely generated some heat. I was warmed up from my training session earlier that night and prepped for a good stretch.
The class started in supta baddha konasana, different from other classes that start in either child’s pose or standing position. Shortly after we got right into it and began with core work, moving from Navasana to Ardha Navasana.
We did some cool transitions, from three-legged dog, bending the stationary leg and kicking up to the other side. Or jumping all the way through from three-legged dog to low-lunge and crescent lunge. Never once did we do warrior 2 or do any typical flow except for Sun A. I liked this because for some reason, even though it is the most common pose, I feel like my warrior 2 is always funky and incorrect.
A good portion of the class focused on handstands and the proper technique/alignment to set your body up for success prior to your inversion. Rachel’s direction was very precise plus watching her demonstration was such an inspiration. She had so much control over her body and her balance was impeccable.
The flow was accompanied by “beats” aka live acoustic music. The singer had a soft and raspy voice, but it almost reminded me a bit of Jack Johnson.
The Yoga Factory itself was very cool. It has that very “hip and now” industrial feel that I just love. There was a lot of space which was perfect for the huge class turn-out. I’m not sure if the “bellini’s” portion happened, or if some people just followed @yoga_girl out for drinks afterwards. I ended up leaving when most people had already dispersed. Either way, bellini’s or no bellini’s the class was very exciting, fun and inspirational.
Rachel Brathen, me and my knock-off Sincerely Jules DBA tank.