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As Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" wafts from the sound system, Nemeth tells the men to step onto the mat of the woman to their right.We stand facing each other, close enough to touch, and, at her instruction (she demos each pose with her boyfriend, Martin), get down to business, placing our right leg on each other's left hip and cradling the other's raised leg in our left hand.By now, I'm completely relaxed and enjoying each new interaction.
The men range from mid-20s to late 40s, and nearly all upend my stereotypes about yoga guys: that they're either 50ish professionals whose doctors told them yoga would alleviate their back pain, or New Age-y types with questionable hygiene.
This group is overwhelmingly good-looking, clean-cut, and lacking in overtly off-putting idiosyncrasies. She's dimmed the lights, lit candles, and cranked the heat so that it feels like there's a cozy fire warming the studio.
Nemeth discourages talking, so some quietly introduce themselves while others just smile silently.
Shortly after the first uncomfortable encounter, I drape myself in a backbend over a man in downward-facing dog, which feels luxurious.
I am airborne, held aloft about 4 feet from the ground by a very strong and handsome man whose hands are in mine and whose feet are pressed against my pelvis. This is singles yoga, where about 40 men and women get really sweaty and intimate on a Friday night at the Jonny Kest Center for Yoga, a popular studio in Birmingham, MI.
The class is the brainchild of Raina Nemeth, a teacher who wanted to give her love-seeking yogi pals a space to flirt.
There's a lot of lingering and happy chatting as we leave the studio. Emotionally, I'm not yet ready for a full-on flirtation, the kind that might actually lead somewhere. Alexa Stanard is a freelance writer based in Oak Park, MI.
And some of the men were appealing enough that I could lose my better judgment after a couple of beers.
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