I giggled my way through my first yoga class. I took one in college, alongside two of my girlfriends, and we just couldn’t keep a straight face, as the instructor talked us through our poses in one of the phoniest, most nasally voices we’d ever heard. (We’d all heard him talking on the phone before class: his actual voice sounded nothing like what we heard when the lights dimmed!) We laugh at ourselves now, years after, as all three of us have been (on and off over the years) enthusiastic practitioners of the highly touted, extremely popular workouts that originated in the East over five thousand years ago.
Full disclosure: For my part, I’d been more off than on in recent years so I was particularly excited to hear that the five-star rated Montage Laguna Beach had started offering classes to the public on-site at its acclaimed oceanfront spa.
My friend, Kathryn (who is a complete hoot and a newbie to yoga) and I recently headed down to see if we could stretch into a few poses without dissolving into giggles. What we found was certainly no laughing matter. Spa Montage offers an entire series of classes designed for all ages and abilities - in an amazing studio space defined by spectacular ocean views.
We signed up for the Power Yoga class, which offers a dynamic combination of strength, sweat and spirituality, with an emphasis on strong standing poses while toning muscles and calming the mind. Because this was Kathryn’s first experience of the ancient practice, the instructor incorporated Vinyasa Flow linking breath and movement.
Open now to the public as well as resort guests, the practice is both morning and afternoon, covering everything from Gentle Flow, Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga to Sound Meditation and Restorative Flow; releasing stagnant energy and building a strong support system through joints, blood flow, and connective tissue health. Signing up is as easy as popping open the MindBody app, and if you’re hooked, like we are, you can purchase monthly passes or package deals that even offer access to other spa amenities such as the whirlpool, sauna and steam areas. Grab your girlfriends (or anyone, for that matter) and flow into your week with Spa Montage (for information, call 949-715-6010).
Following the yoga class, we still had a couple of hours to while away before picking our kids up after school, so we each signed up for a signature spa treatment - Kathryn chose the Laguna Glow Massage - a warm, soothing, stress-relieving salt stone massage (after which she claimed she wanted to adopt the therapist - who was that good). I opted for the Laguna Beach Body Rescue (which I thought particularly appropriate given my extended absence from regular yoga practice). My therapist was equally skilled - my deep tissue massage enhanced by aromatherapy was a wonderfully relaxing mid-day indulgence.