Monday, December 16, 2013

A Black Ugg Boot Affair

Whoever thinks the ladies (and Gavin!) at the front desk don't have fun at work is entirely mistaken.

Proven by one long email chain and a size 8 Ugg boot.

December 11, 2013
From: Lilly 
Subject: A Black Ugg Boot Affair
Ladies and Gavin, 

If anyone comes into the York studio returning a size 8 black Ugg boot - our dear client Diana will be so very happy.

Someone left class with one Size 8 Ugg and left her with one Size 9 Ugg so now she walks down the street with one shoe too big.

I don't know if this Size 8 boot will resurface, but if it does please call Diana and deliver the good news.

If anyone can turn this into a Shel Silverstein poem I'll make you cookies.


From: Jaida
Subject: Re: A Black Ugg Boot Affair

It's like I read children's books for my job or something....

On the eleventh of December, of 2013,
Diana took class at York.
She took off her boots and hung up her coat,
then practiced her Down Dog, Cobra, and Stork.

Her class concluded in an hour or so,
And she floated out of the room in bliss.
But when Diana went to put her boots back on,
She noticed that something was terribly amiss.

Her favorite Ugg boots were of two different sizes -
One a size nine and the other size eight!
And when she searched the hallway for the missing boot,
she could not locate its orphaned mate.

She spoke with Lilly, working hard at the desk,
And together they looked high and low,
But sadly, the boot did not appear,
And Diana trudged away in sleet and the snow.

So now the front desk staff is left with a mystery!
Riddled with questions and doubt.
Will Diana ever locate the missing boot?
We will just have to wait to find out.

From: Chloe
Subject: Re: Re: A Black Ugg Boot Affair

How can ANYONE compete with that?!?! Not even going there.

From: Nicole
Subject: Re: Re: Re: A Black Ugg Boot Affair

Jaida, you're amazing.
The following is BASED on a true event...I like happy endings ;)

Twas the morning of the eleventh in December this year,
When little Miss. W awoke,
She thought to herself "I'm stressed as can be!
I think I'll take yoga at York!"
She scurried and hurried and ran straight to class,
Her size eight Ugg boots on her feet,
Once at York she slipped off those boots right away,
And laid them to rest on a seat.
What little Miss. W didn't know at the time,
As she ran in the room with a haste,
Was to the left of her boots was a seat just the same,
Where size NINE Ugg boots had been placed!
As their people took yoga, the boots stared in awe,
They had never seen something like them.
They played and they laughed and they shouted at once,
"We must see each other again!!!"
Time quickly passed and the class came to close,
And little Miss W appeared,
With peace in her heart, she slipped on her boots,
All her stress and worries had cleared.
But as little Miss W walked away down the street,
The toes on each foot felt quite strange,
Confused, she ran back and asked the front desk,
"My boots aren't the same! Who's to blame?!"
A giddy Miss Lilly at the desk there at York, said
"Oh my, I'm glad you came back!
For the woman with the other mismatched pair of boots
Will return again tomorrow, in fact!"
And there you have it--as the Ugg boots had intended,
Their brilliant plan firmly stay,
They will indeed meet again, their friendship still strong,
So till then, Happy Holidays, Namaste!!

Happy Holidays from the creative staff at New York Yoga! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Yes, "Universal Practice" Does Include the Men!

Men, we understand the feeling of walking into a room filled with women and yoga mats can be daunting. Sure, you may have never come to practice yoga before because you believed that is was just about stretching and being in touch with your feelings. But, now that you're in the classroom and surrounded by female yogi's... you can't help but to feel out of place and uncomfortable. Halfway through the practice, you have most likely realized: this yoga thing it's exactly what you had imagined.

Here is what Stephen Walkiewicz at Men's Fitness has to say:
Going into my first-ever yoga session, I can see that I had this yoga thing completely misunderstood no matter how much credit I tried to give it. To me, it was just a silly stretch workout that vaguely had something to do with meditation-granola munching fluff. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's an intense workout that is physically and emotionally demanding.
More and more, we are seeing men taking the leap to join their first class and then coming back for more every day following. In Western culture, yoga marketing has been very faithful to female yogis by featuring women in clothing advertisements and yoga blogs. We believe yoga to be a universal practice, meaning all can profoundly benefit from being on the mat. Men, if you haven't made the jump to beginning your first class, don't be fooled by the view from outside looking in. Some of our most dedicated students and teachers are strong male yogis who have found the practice to be emotionally and physically challenging... so much so we see them every day of the week!

Don't be intimated, it's your practice too. Here's to the man on the mat!

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