Yoga en España, by Andrea Morgan, Feb 15 (Spring 2011)
Name: Andea Morgan
Semester: Spring 2011
Program: Liberal Arts
School: Gustavus Adolfus College
Today was looong. I had a class from 10-12; 12-2; then 2-4! No breaks in between either!
In any event, I finally found a place to do yoga. There's a place about a two minute walk from my casa (!) called Temple Natura. It's a fabulous organic grocery store, cafe, and yoga studio, and they even did my style of yoga. The studio is absolutely beautiful. You walk through a garden with palm trees, orange trees, and other bushes and plants with fruits and flowers to get to a studio made of all glass looking out at it. I had such a great time in class, and I could understand everything! Even better, I stayed for a while after talking to the guy who owned the shop, and got to practice my Spanish for a while. I was challenged on my distaste for tea, because apparently the tea that they make at Temple Natura is the best in Spain. I'm going to class again on Thursday and gonna try some of Alejandro's "famous" chai :).
I feel so much better after a yoga class, especially since it's been so long since I've been able to practice. However, I also feel so great about being able to practice Spanish so much too! I spend most of my time here speaking English, because the people I know are all Americans, so that was really nice. Also, the person who owns the place told me that he's been organizing an intercambio with his other American friends to help his Spanish friends learn English. Basically, this is where I would speak to someone in Spanish so I could practice, and they would respond in English to practice with me. We'd do this in the cafe before yoga, so I'm totally in! (PS: everyone I talked to tonight was very impressed with me. nbd. I feel like a bamf Spanish speaker right now)