Yay!!! My bff's sister came to Israel this weekend! Unfortunately though, it was raining. For many Israelis, that means not even leaving the house as if they're made of sugar and will melt. For us, that just meant more indoor activities.
We started at Yoga class. We both have done what I'll call "fitness yoga" in the states. This is yoga with a lot of standing positions, yoga that focuses on strength, balance, and flexibility. This is not what we got at Prana Yoga College. The yoga there was what I'll call sleepytime yoga. Not what we were expecting, but still fun.
The entrance is a bit hard to find as it's at the back of a building. You'll know you're there by the pile of shoes out back. Enter, and the greeting area looks like it was decorated by some hippies. It's calm, and they offer you tea. They had a free class, but we took the class with live music. The class is in a back room that is also decorated in a very hippie manner- large swaths of fabric hanging from the ceiling, buddhas, Asian wall hangings. Up front, the musician was playing flute, drums, something that sounded almost like chimes, and who knows what else. The music wasn't rhythmical at all, and it wasn't workout music. It was what I'd describe as relaxing white noise. It fit in very well with the class. Mostly, we were on the mats on our backs. There was a lot of stretching. There was a lot of breathing. There was a lot of closing our eyes. We did stand up at some point, but then we did more stretching and breathing. Finally, she had us on our backs on our mats, with a pillow under our head, a log pillow under out knees, and a blanket over our bodies. We were told to close our eyes. I'm thinking naptime. It felt very slow and relaxing, if a tad boring for somebody active like me. So I was utterly surprised when she told us our 2 hours were over. It did not feel like the class was half that long, but the clocks outside agreed with her. All in all, if you're into relaxation stuff, I highly recommend this. If you're looking for a workout, not so much.
Afterwards, we grabbed a bite to eat near Dizengoff, since it was very close. There aren't a ton of places open on Saturday, but there are some. For dessert, we went on a Krembo hunt and eventually ate some while standing for cover in a convenience store as the rain had picked up a bit. During a lull, we went again exploring and found ourselves in an empty market. It was pretty interesting to see all of the boarded-up stands and abandoned displays with nobody selling of buying because it's Saturday. It's quite a different experience from during the week when the area is busy can crammed with people.