Rise and shine, it’s time for yoga with Martha Stewart!
My day started bright and early at Theodora’s apartment. We were both invited to a yoga event with Martha Stewart this morning, so I spent the night on her couch (Theodora’s not Martha’s) last night.
At 6:30 AM, we hopped in a cab to Grand Central Station for the event.
Before the yoga class started, Martha came out and started snapping pictures of the event with her camera. She was standing literally 5 feet from Theodora and me, so we happen to notice her camera, which was the same one that we both own. Cool! Actually, Martha’s camera is the newer version of ours (Canon S100 versus S95), but it was still kind of neat to see. (Um, ok, we’re nerds.)
The hour-long yoga class was part of a larger two-day Martha Stewart event held today and tomorrow at Grand Central Station called “American Made,” which “honors and celebrates the crafters, makers and entrepreneurs whose work reflects their dedication to quality, inspiration, creativity and sense of possibility embodied by the Martha Stewart brand.” You can read more about the event and details here.
The yoga class was taught by James Murphy, instructor of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York.
He was an awesome instructor—personable, positive, and very clear with his instruction.
In case you’re wondering what Martha is like in person, she was friendly (not as cold as I expected) and seemed really sweet. At one point during the class, I made eye contact with her and she smiled at me! It actually kind of surprised me (I totally wasn’t expecting it), but I managed to smile back. Martha was also shorter and more petite than I expected. I guess she just seems a lot taller on TV—maybe because she’s typically wearing heels?
The class incorporated lots of fundamental yoga poses with a focus on technique and form. The instructor used Martha as his model to demonstrate a number of poses.
Martha was a pro! You could tell she regularly practices yoga.
Overall, it was a great class and it left my tight legs (from yesterday’s run) feeling a million times better.
I thought I’d have trouble relaxing in Grand Central Station with all kinds of commotion going on around me, but I was able to tune it out and clear my mind for a bit. It was a nice way to start the day. Om.
Breakfast was provided after the yoga class.
It was a tiny breakfast with just a couple of pastries and some pears, so Theodora and I went in search of something more substantial.
Theodora suggested Penelope, which sounded delicious, so we walked there for breakfast.
I started with a decaf latte.
And, to eat, I ordered an omelet with spinach, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and a side of pesto. Eggs + pesto = holy yum! On the side: homefries.
After breakfast, I said goodbye to Theodora and then walked to the Bolt Bus to head back to Boston. It was a quick trip, but totally worth it to do yoga with Martha Stewart! Seriously, what a cool opportunity!
Question of the Day
If you could pick any celebrity and any workout to do with them, who and what would it be?