However, I AM the kind of person who researches local yoga studios as soon as I have a travel destination. (Well, I research it second, after reading about where I can get the best food.) And I am happy I do, because it always gives me a chance to try something new!
The studio of my choice this time around was GoYoga. They are primarily a Baron Baptiste power studio. Their power classes are heated. In Florida. In 100 degree whether. As I have said before on this blog, I've never done heated yoga. I really just don't like being that hot and sweaty. I don't mind when it's natural, but why bake unnecessarily when you don't have to?
However, I really wanted to get some yoga in while on vacation, so under the heating vents I went. I had a really great practice with instructor Dorie, but the thing about hot yoga was that it made me super flexy-bendy but also kind of dizzy. I was doing the splits and things like that with no problem, but I could not balance because I kept feeling rather faint. I totally thought that I was getting acclimated to the heat towards the end; we were jumping up from upward boat to chair, and I was totes I got this! But I mentioned that to the teacher after class and she said she turned off the heat halfway through because it looked like it was getting overheated, ha! All in all a lovely class that gave me a serious workout, with very friendly fellow practitioners to boot. The worst part? Walking a mile back to the hotel in the blazing Florida sun. Yes, it's my own fault I don't know how to drive.
While GoYoga is primarily a power yoga studio, they are going through a transition at the moment and one of the teachers there, Gianna, teaches a Gentle Hatha class (no heat). I saw on her teacher bio that she has some credits from Kripalu, so I knew I had to give it a try! I woke my sleepy butt up for her Tuesday 9:00 AM class, which I know is not early, but is early for being on vacation. I was the only one in the class, so it was like a private. Gianna led a very beautiful sequence that was completely relaxing and heart-opening. She is also fantastically knowledgeable about Ayurveda, chanting and all that fun stuff, which she was happy to discuss with me after class.
If you're ever in Fernadina beach, give Goyoga a chance! Otherwise, how do you practice your yoga while you're on vacation?