Being a part of ClassPass, I have the opportunity to try a ton of different classes and studios in the San Francisco area. Like i've mentioned before, i've gotten really into spin, pilates, and barre classes. So much cardio. But what was missing about workout routine included stretching, toning, and well...relaxing.
Luckily, I live in San Francisco and there's no shortage of yoga classes. Now, i'll admit something. I have a hard time turning "off." Many of you who know me can say the same. Buuut, when the mood strikes, I desperately crave some "me" time. Whether it's 5 minutes to grab coffee by myself, an all-day shopping extravaganza or a day of just doin' me, I need time to recharge (much like the iPhone i'm always on – I swear, i'm trying to get better).
I've tried several yoga studios and I admire each and everyone who practices yoga. I love the idea of setting an intention not only for the next hour, but for the day. I love the flexibility that comes with yoga and most of all, I love the tranquility of yoga. But, it's hard. At least for me. So when I find a studio i'm really comfortable with, I call it a mini-miracle.
A few weeks ago, I tried Ritual Yoga in downtown San Francisco. I walked from my place in Pac Heights to the Financial District sort of prepping myself for an hour of "zen." I calmed my nerves by listening to Kendrick Lamar and Odesza (fitting, right?) and got to the 10:00 a.m. class a few minutes early.
I was greeted with a smile and hug by Brittany Blum, co-founder of Ritual who showed me the space they are inhabiting for the time being. I put my stuff away, was given a yoga mat and cloth and stepped inside a room that smelled of bergamot oil and was lit only by candles. Upon entering, I told myself to leave all my shit at the door and have a good time.
Brittany and her two other co-founders (Caitlin and Lindsey) have created an amazing mixture of intense, high-end, and soulful yoga that gives you an entire experience from beginning to end. Oh, and I worked up a sweat while I was it.
So, that being said...I HIGHLY recommend Ritual for the experienced yogi, the novice, and anyone who wants a serious sweat session.