Last week, AAH went off to the gym in the early evening and stayed there suspiciously late. When she finally came home she announced she’d met a friend and they’d decided to go to a Hot Yoga class that was just starting.
Hot Yoga is the hott new thing in here in Niceland. And if you know the Nicelanders, you will know that are absolute total suckers for the hott new thing – whatever it may be. Cuz it changes. Frequently. One day it’s electric foot massagers. The next day it’s leather sofa sets. The next day it’s American beds. The next day it’s playing the stock market. The next day it’s taking currency basket loans. The next day it’s buying banks and using them to finance your own risky ventures worldwide. And whatever it is at any given time – EVERYBODY’S DOING IT. And those who aren’t doing it, are wishing they were doing it because EVERYBODY ELSE IS.
Anyway, the hott new thing now is Hot Yoga. So AAH and I go off to the gym tonight and the class was scheduled to start at 8 pm, and by 20 minutes to 8 the whole yoga studio is full – well, except for two mats, which AAH and YT managed to grab [heheh]. So we sit there and wait and sit and wait, and people come in and see the room is stuffed full and they go get mats anyway and stuff themselves in there. And the most bizarre thing about all this is that Icelanders are NEVER that early for anything – they’re ALWAYS at the last minute. Which just goes to prove just hot hott this Hot Yoga thing really is.
Right, so AAH has mentioned that the teacher is “this American chick” who keeps saying “into the dog, into the dog”. Hm. Okay. So suddenly this girl at the front turns around and just starts talking in this thick Californian accent without even acknowledging that, like, she’s in a different language zone altogether. Not even a single nod, like “hi, sorry I don’t speak your language, so I hope you can understand mine!” She’s just all extended nasal vowels and rising inflections, and every two minutes commanding us to go “into the downward facing DOG” – with that long, drawn-out vowel on DOG. And I’m like, this is totally surreal. ‘Cause this chick is talkin’ Californian and acting like that’s perfectly normal and everybody in this room is doing everything she says and acting like it’s perfectly normal, too.
So on the way home I mention this to AAH and she’s like, “pfft yeah, I didn’t really understand any of what she said except DOWNWARD FACING DOG”. And I thought to myself, wow neither did I, come to think of it. Maybe nobody did.
Anyway, the hott yoga thing was pretty overrated in my opinion, but maybe that was because it wasn’t really all that hot. Apparently [so AAH learned in the last class] they’re waiting for these space heaters to arrive from the States and it’s supposed to be a lot hotter [which I’m not sure is something to look forward to cause it was pretty sweaty and clammy in there]. The positions were all pretty familiar [especially DOWNWARD FACING DOG] from other yoga classes I’ve taken in the past, only in the past there has been plenty of time given over to the last position, which I believe goes by the delightful name of “the cadaver” – i.e. when you lie under a blanket and have a little snooze at the end. Maybe when hott yoga is really hot it’s too hot to play the cadaver, who knows. At any rate, I could have used a little rest at the end after all those downward facing doggie positions.
And look! I managed to get through a whole post without once mentioning the krepp … D’OH!!!
RAIN AND WIND
Otherwise known as autumn in Iceland. It’s been blustery all day with occasional showers, nothing too heavy, though. Mild temps. Right now 11°C [52F]. Sunrise at 6.52, sunset at 7.51.