Dating yoga class
As Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" wafts from the sound system, Nemeth tells the men to step onto the mat of the woman to their right.We stand facing each other, close enough to touch, and, at her instruction (she demos each pose with her boyfriend, Martin), get down to business, placing our right leg on each other's left hip and cradling the other's raised leg in our left hand."All my single friends were speed dating or on Match.com," says Nemeth."So I thought, Well, five minutes on your mat with someone will tell you if there's a connection." Having recently ended a serious relationship, I'm not ready to start dating again, but I want to test the waters and see who else is paddling around.I'm talking about perspiration that soaks through my clothes in unfortunate places and takes my makeup with it in streaks.I decide to keep the makeup light and don my favorite cotton leggings and a flattering tank, ignoring the parade of cleavage and butt-hugging pants that walks through the door. You should have a deep conversation in your first date so going to a nice restaurant is better.Yoga needs you to focus on yourself not to other people.
But when I practice yoga, I'm usually drenched with sweat—and not the sexy, dewy variety.
I am airborne, held aloft about 4 feet from the ground by a very strong and handsome man whose hands are in mine and whose feet are pressed against my pelvis. This is singles yoga, where about 40 men and women get really sweaty and intimate on a Friday night at the Jonny Kest Center for Yoga, a popular studio in Birmingham, MI.
The class is the brainchild of Raina Nemeth, a teacher who wanted to give her love-seeking yogi pals a space to flirt.
After that, I'm on my back with my legs wrapped around the waist of an impossibly muscular man who's on his knees, facing me.
Before I've had time to fully recover from the experience, I'm getting a massage from a kind man with glasses who tells me that he likes my aura.
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After 90 minutes of climbing all over each other, we end by lying quietly on our backs in savasana, close enough to each other to touch hands and feet.