CrossFit Longmont, 1401 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 720-340-1333, crossfitlongmont.com
Instructor: Dawn Wildes, of Longmont, who has been practicing yoga for nine years and teaching for two. She was originally certified in yoga for kids, and shortly after she started doing CrossFit, the owner invited her to teach to adults there. Wildes has been teaching yoga for CrossFitters for 11 months.
She recently received her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification from Full Circle.
What is the workout? A slow yoga flow class specifically catered for CrossFit students. It is designed to help them elongate their muscles, improve definition and balance, and help prevent injuries.
Alignment is a huge emphasis in class and that carries into the CrossFit classes, Wildes says.
"There's so much overlap, yet it's the yin and the yang. CrossFit's loud and go heavy and lift lots of weights and do it quickly, and in yoga, we try to slow it down, focus on alignment, really taking the time to stretch those muscles," Wildes says.
What's different: Wildes also does CrossFit, so she knows firsthand which muscles are especially sore that week. She adjusts her classes to accommodate that. She also knows the participants on a personal level in and out of yoga and offers modifications, as needed.
What does it cost? Starting this week, CrossFit Longmont is opening is yoga classes to the public for a $5 drop-in rate per class. The yoga classes are included in a CrossFit membership.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Wednesdays for an hour.
Level: The class is a beginner's yoga class (although many of the participants are not beginner athletes), but it can be tailored to different levels. Classes range from about two to eight participants, although my class was bigger.
The class draws people who are new to yoga, yogis who are curious about CrossFit, people who can't afford a separate yoga studio membership and athletes looking to take their game to a new level, Wildes says.
I thought the class was a five on a 10-point intensity scale.
What to prepare: Wear comfortable clothes and a water bottle. Yoga mats provided, or bring your own. Some students wore socks throughout class because the room was pretty chilly.
Muscles worked: Big emphasis on core, deep stretching, deep breathing, slowing down. We also stretched our hips and hamstrings a lot. The emphasis depends on that week's workouts.
What I loved: Wildes is a peaceful, patient teacher. It's obvious that she has experience with kids, and that translates nicely into a class filled with many yoga beginners.
I think all CrossFit studios should offer yoga. It's a crucial balance for the students and allows them a fuller dimension of fitness. My class focused on "longevity" (safety and alignment), which is a criticism of CrossFit. Addressing this head-on in a class like this and teaching students how to slow down, feel their bodies, elongate their muscles, breathe and clear their minds will all contribute to safety in future CrossFit classes.
I also love having another inexpensive yoga option in east Boulder County.
What I didn't like: Wildes did a great job of trying to make the room comfortable and Zen-like; she offered us mat spray, played relaxing music and massaged our necks and faces with essential oils during savasana. However, it was still in a CrossFit studio in a large warehouse, with a large ticking clock in the front of the room and a cold floor. I suppose if I were a real yogi I could get Zen anywhere, but I found the studio a bit cold (literally and figuratively) for yoga.
How I felt after the class: I felt stretched out, but my ending meditation was not as deep as it typically is in a traditional yoga class Still, I felt balanced and my hips felt particularly open.
-- Reported by Aimee Heckel.
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