The studio at The Scotsman is small and allows for about 12 participants per class. There was a mixture of newbies like me and what I would call seasoned professionals. Our instructor Parinez, is the kind of person I wish I was- cool, chatty and seemingly good at everything. I'm told she's only been an instructor at The Scotsman for a short time, but since she's started the class size has gone from 2 to a packed room. She also teaches body combat and her class faithful's sing her praises.
But back to my Yoga class. We started off with some simple poses and routines, with Parinez stressing that you only push yourself as far as your body will comfortably allow. There's no struggling into positions that some people just aren't able to do. We covered downward dog, upward facing dog and cobra moves, which are fairly standard poses for any yoga class (so I hear). As I predicted, my flexibility was pretty awful, but I still managed to work my way through the class without feeling like a total novice. After 45 minutes of intense stretching, we took some time to do some relaxing breathing exercises. I was worried that this was going to be too hippie for me, but Parinez doesn't buy into that stuff. There was no mention of Mother Earth and I actually left the class feeling relaxed and just a little bit awesome.
Parinez's Yoga class at The Scotsman Spa and Health Club takes place every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm-7.30pm. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the class, and definitely plan on becoming a regular- in a few months I might even be up for buying my own yoga mat.
The Scotsman Spa and Health Club
Marketing Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE
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