I Tried It: Yoga Speed Dating

As a single New Yorker it's hard enough to find a date, so when I heard Crunch gym was having a speed dating yoga class, I figured the gym wouldn't be a bad place to meet fit, cute, New Yorkers.

Immediately upon entering the room I felt a bit out of my element. I'm about the farthest thing from a yogi and there were some good looking fellows doing yoga like pros.  After a brief warm up our lovely leader, Jess, had everyone partner up our mats and we were given questions to ask our partner as well as yoga poses to do together. After each question and position, we switched partners. It got a little messy at first, but it did allow everyone to mingle. My first partner with a nice young man who was really energetic about the yoga activity.  I, on the other hand, was a tad mortified.  The very first position we were asked to do consisted of touching butts with your partner and grabbing each others wrists while bent over.  We were basically speaking to each other through our legs, needless to say it was awkward.   I wasn't exactly excited about bending over and talking to some guy I didn't know through my legs, but at least I can say I tried it.

On our next round of gentlemen brought me my stereotypical "type."  He seemed like a nice enough young man until he started talking... The first question I got was, "So, why are you single?"  This question is always so silly to me, because if I knew why I was single I would probably do something to remedy it.  But what did he really want to hear?  Sometimes I go three days without showering?  Because broccoli gives me mad gas?  I don't know.  Our question prompt told us to discuss if we have we ever had a bad date. I told my prospective suitor while holding both of his hands and trusting him not to drop me as I leaned back as far as possible, that I really hadn't had a bad date I could think of.

After mocking me for not having a bad date, when I asked him the same question he didn't have a story to tell either!  He then told me to relax and that I wasn't trusting him in the pose, I said it was hard for me to trust someone I didn't know not to drop me.  This prompted him to suggest that I had trust issues.  Oy vey!  I was like no trust issues in life, just in handing over control of a physical situation because I don't want to fall on my bum in front of the whole damn class.  By the end of that, I wasn't sad to move on. After a few more rounds of perfectly kind, but not my style, young men, I felt I had done enough awkward yoga poses with strange men for years to come.

Unfortunately, the bar portion of the evening was canceled, so if anybody did click with their yoga buddy, there wasn't a chance for them to get to know each other.  I did see a few couples chatting afterwards, so I hope that they were able to exchange numbers, but it was a bit awkward to try and reconnect after class.

All in all, it was a positive experience.  The yoga teachers were great and everyone was a good sport.  I certainly had to step far out of my comfort zone, but I'm glad I did it.  I would recommend it to someone who is looking for a good time and some stories to tell, but it is not for anyone looking for a serious date or some serious exercise.

Would you try a speed-dating yoga class? Have you ever snagged a date while working out at the gym?
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