My First Spanish Language Yoga Class –
at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
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My First Spanish Language Yoga Class –
Free at the
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
December 4, 2014
Category – Yoga, Fitness
Yoga Class in Spanish
Last night I had the distinct unexpected pleasure of attending a Spanish language yoga class at the MACC, Austin’s local Mexican-American cultural center.
I say unexpected because, though I anticipated a well taught refreshing yoga class, it was the instructor’s presentation that surprised me, taking me back to my earliest years.
Marcella Garza, fluent in both English and Spanish, first checked to see if we all would understand her adequately in Spanish. My youngest girl teased me after I got home, asking me if I had understood her 🙂 Actually, between my upper frequency hearing loss, and that I haven’t spoken day-to-day Spanish since when I started kindergarten, it was a good question.
But I did find, and I’m glad I did.
Yoga Class Today and Memories of My Past
Besides the usual sun salutations, twists, alignment and breathing cues, all expertly done, there was an aura from my past in Marcella’s intonations and cadences.
In Houston, when I was five and started public school, it was illegal to speak Spanish in public schools. And my parents wisely decided I need to immerse myself in English to be able to do well later on. They were both first generation born and raised Americans, and I was also born and raised in Texas. In the Valley, where Spanish was the first language of many native-born Mexican-American citizens.
So hearing Marcella intone right and left arm and leg movements, derecha y izquierda, and telling us to breathe in a steady patter of reminders between movement cues, became a chant of sorts. Rhythmic. Letting me find and drift into my own personal rhythms.
I look forward to the other free yoga class, this Saturday morning. Though with a different instructor, I have a feeling it’ll be just as nice!
Having been 200 hour certified myself in yoga, and certified nationally in group fitness by AFAA, I perceived the class I attended to be worthwhile on all fitness levels.
Who’s Welcome at MACC
Everyone! Of course 🙂
As most fitness classes I’ve attended here in Austin, the majority of attendees are in their 20s and 30s. Last night’s yoga class did have a few folk with a couple more years under their belt 🙂 and of course, me, at 64!
And, as with the Cantinflas Mexican movies my wife, Sheila, and I have attended at the MACC, folk of all cultures are welcome and present.
Contact information for class for adults and or youth is : (512) 974-3785 .
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