Imagine the following situation: you are ringing the bell in an entrance hall of a building near the train station. A wiry, bold man opens the door and growls “bonsoir”. He is wearing a huge fleece jacket and nothing but underpants. You’re entering the apartment and he leads you into a dim room with ropes on the walls. What would you do? Probably run!
Well, you shouldn’t, because it could be the beginning of the best yoga class you’ve ever had. At least it was for me! I’ve done yoga for four years and with five different teachers, but I never experienced a class like that. It is basically one hour of intense and constant stretching with the help of ropes.
You’re going to experience all stages of emotions, you’re going to want to cry out of pain and laugh because it is just so absurd. You will ask yourself why the hell you’re doing that and why you’re paying to put yourself into more than unnatural positions. But when you leave the class after the 10-minute meditation at the end you will feel like a new-born baby.
Whoever expects a mumbled “Find your inner self!” and the typical transcendental sounds is wrong. It doesn’t get more spiritual than the incense, which is lid at the end. The teacher is a quiet man who is constantly walking around in circles while you’re doing your exercises. He’s going to correct you, bend you further down and most likely push your body towards its boundaries. It is quite impressive how much further you can go into a position if someone forces you to, even though you thought you already reached your limit.
The Centre Nataraja is located in Rue Assalit and offers 3 classes per day in two different levels. It is specialized on Hatha Yoga and Asthanga Yoga. Both are combinations of yoga postures and yoga breathing exercises and are supposed to bring peace into mind and body.
The use of ropes enables to stretch and strengthen areas of the spine, that wouldn’t be reached with regular practice. It supports the body and makes it possible to hold tiring poses like the downward facing dog or a headstand for a longer period of time.
You can check their schedule online (www.centrenataraja.free.fr) and just drop by whenever it is suitable for you. The prices could seem quite high (20€ for a single lesson or 50€ for four lessons), but it is definitely worth it.
The first lesson is free, so give it a try!
Address: 4, rue Assalit – 06000 Nice
Phone: 04 93 92 44 22