THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN THE FIRST TIME I HELD A RETREAT:
1. Turkish Spa means everyone gets naked. Together.
2. Some countries charge for public restrooms.
3. Air conditioning is not guaranteed… anywhere.
4. How to sleep… anywhere, anytime, on a dime.
5. ‘Adventure’ means something different to everyone.
I’m working on creating FOUR retreats right now because this is something I feel called to do for the studio, for our community, for me personally.
To create more flow. More opportunities for fun connections, eye opening exploration and unforgettable experiences.
It’s more complicated than I expected to find just the right venue, at the right time of year, with awesome excursions and fabulous food with options … and that’s available. That’s why I’m throwing one in the mix that is COMPLETE AND TOTAL RELAXATION.
And just to be clear… I am not the ‘sleep in a hammock, under the stars, wake to the morning screeches of monkeys in the trees’ kind of traveler. I believe our ancestors toiled hard to invent indoor plumbing and I think it’s a little disrespectful not to use it. So all of MY retreats will have at least some level of luxury included. Besides, all you outdoorsy camper types don’t need ME taking you on a trip.
The four options I’m currently gathering info for are:
1. Santa Fe – Exploring the Springs, Shops, Spices and Hikes
2. Maui – Deep Reset, Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation Resort
3. Bordeaux – Charming Chateau with Vineyard and Village Visits
4. Sisters – Finding Flow in the Forest and at Five Pines, staying local, but in the wild
Something spicy, something tropical, something extravagant and something locally delightful.
DEC. 22ND 5:30PM – 7:00PM. $25 DROP IN OR USE YOUR PASS. (CELEBRATORY BEVERAGE INCLUDED)
ENJOY THIS DEEPLY RELAXING CLASS WITH SOUNDS OF THE SEASON AND SOUNDS THAT HARMONIZE WITH YOUR ENERGETIC FREQUENCY.
IN OTHER WORDS…YOU’LL FEEL DEEPLY RELAXED, ENERGETICALLY RECHARGED AND OVERALL UNSTOPPABLE!
SOUL COMPASS WORKSHOP
A UNIQUE STRATEGY SESSION WITH YOUR SOUL
DEC. 29TH 6:30PM – 8:00PM. $25 DROP IN OR USE YOUR PASS. (COMPASS TEMPLATE PROVIDED) BRING A NOTEBOOK
TAP IN TO YOUR UNIQUE INSIGHT AND INTUITION VIA MINI MEDITATIONS AND INTROSPECTIVE PROMPTS.
THERE’S NO BETTER WAY TO CONNECT AND STRATEGIZE WITH YOUR SOUL. AND NO BETTER TIME THAN JUST BEFORE THE NEW YEAR TO HELP GUIDE YOU FORWARD.
INTUITION IS USUALLY A WHISPER.
HERE YOU’LL HAVE TIME AND SPACE TO RECEIVE IT.
ADDING A CALM CLARITY AND CONFIDENCE TO EVERDAY LIFE.
8 Limbs Workshop
is the perfect way to enhance your personal practice.
Learn the limbs, the chakras and a few marvelous mantras you can use every day!
It’s also the FIRST STEP toward teacher training.
No committment necessary but the cost can be put toward training if you choose.
You probably thought I was going to ask you if you believe in Santa Claus? ’tis the season and all.
Nope. (you can tell me below though)
This time of year I am interested in bringing more internal light to this season. Brighter days, Uplifting tunes, Jollier conversations and Cheerier Chakras.
Do you believe in Chakras? (side note: Chakra loosely translates to ‘wheel’. Do you believe in wheels??)
Before you make your final decision, allow me to share the scoop on the traditional theory of the chakras. (briefly).
In a land, far, far away and a long, long time ago… Our ancestors believed that throughout our bodies and the universe there was an all encompassing field of… ‘something’.
Obviously they didn’t have the words to describe it yet. It wasn’t fire. It wasn’t water. It wasn’t blood. It wasn’t air.
But it was something amidst them, they pontificated, that we are all part of. The World. The Universe. The Cosmic Soup.
We now know today, thanks to Quantum Physics, that this ‘soup’ is called the Higgs Field. And it is made up of tiny particles called fermions and bosons. (As are we).
What does this have to do with the Chakras? Well, the yogis called this field of fermions and bosons, Prana. A Life Force that flows in everything. (Breath, Energy, Qi, Prana).
A force that flows THROUGH our Chakras. These spinning ‘wheels’ of energy. Think Portal style wheel. 🤷♀️
Our yogi ancestors believed this field circulated around us… and through us. When that field circulated freely… everything felt great. And when it got stuck in specific places, things got weird. Complicated. Painful. Fearful. Stuck.
Using the Chakras as a guide, we can uncover where and how the energy flows through us. This empowers us to enjoy a smooth flow when it’s happening and encourage better flow when it’s not. All using a little focused concentration and imagination.
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ps.. whether you believe in energy, fermions, bosons, chakras… or not… every single time you come to a yoga class… you’re improving the flow of prana for you and everyone around you. You’re aligning your Chakras.
(It’s okay, we won’t tell anyone). 😉😂
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The ONE dangerous adjustments inexperienced yoga teachers make … is the one they make without asking.
Many of you have asked us why we don’t do adjustments in most classes anymore… so I’ll tell ya.
1. We’re SO good, we can get you there with our insanely wise and accurate verbal cues. Plus the use of props. You don’t need us to physically move you. This practice is about YOU becoming more aware of YOU. (one caveat below)
2. Our insurance doesn’t cover us if we adjust you. For a while there in the 80s and 90s, there were some wreckless adjustments being made. But, Functional movement trainings have since entered the scene and yoga teachers around the globe are much more educated about the body, the bones and the appropriate range of motion.
LOVE Teachers are highly educated, well trained, very experienced and we all take YOUR safety extremely serious. (It costs a pretty penny to get that level of teaching… hence the cost of a studio membership). 😉😉.
3. We’re back on the Workshop Train and have many opportunities for you to come in and get hands on adjustments, specific alignment assistance and personal guidance on the practice.
STARTING THIS SATURDAY!
(So the one caveat is… you don’t need us to move you… but when you want a little more instruction… the workshops are the place to get more specific and play around with modifications and variations).
Saturday, NOV. 12th @ 10:30am.Alignment Workshop
We’ll do a little 10 minute flow to warm up and then we’ll dive into aligning the 4 basic foundations and then adventure into a few more exciting postures. (Let us know any of your special requests). Headstand, anyone? Side Crow?
It’s more of hangout than a class… so you’ll be able to ask questions, see demos and watch other people topple out of crow pose without having to stifle your laughter. All in good fun. All in good fun. Just bring a sense of humor, an open mind, and a helmet. jk, helmets will be provided. 🤞🏻
Please sign up ahead of time in Walla. We want you all to get personal attention and instruction … and leave feeling stronger, calmer and well adjusted. (see what I did there? 🤣)
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If the Rain has got you down… try this. Upgrade your membership, come to yoga more consistently for a couple months and if you start feeling way too good… you can stop and take a break and I’ll even buy you an umbrella!
Okay, all kidding aside… I know the weather is a concern for many. BUT you know me better than that by now, right? Yes, it’s rainy and overcast and it’s about to get gloomier when we drop the clocks back this weekend. (Someone fix THAT unneccessary catastrophe, PLEASE!). Science proves that it’s definitely not good for our Biology. Which is part of the reason so many people struggle with winter.
HOLD ON, cause I’m about to irritate a few of you. How do I know this? Because I already did it to a couple of my close friends by saying this exact thing earlier in the week. I said….’If I hear ONE MORE person complain about the weather…… … oops 🤦♀️🤷♀️. But seriously….
THE RAIN SHOULD NOT TAKE THE WIND OUT OF YOUR SAILS. THE COLD AIR SHOULD NOT FREEZE YOUR OARS AND WINTER IS JUST ANOTHER WAVE IN THE WORLD THAT SHOULD NOT SINK YOUR BOAT!
We HAVE to keep rowing. Row, coast, row, coast. row… coast… That’s life.
And we can STILL go outside. Is it as pleasureable as July? Maybe not for everyone. I DO understand that. Vitamin D makes a HUGE difference and if you don’t believe that than I probably can’t help you. And if you need some, I definitely CAN help you.
BUT I am about to go even further – 1000% POLLYANNA – because I DO know what it’s like to feel sunk. Down, depressed, afraid, worried, sick… trust me I used to be the queen of worry and anxiety. But after the most recent perfect storm of death, panDemic and despair over the last few years… I could care less about the weather. I’m just super f’in happy to be outside with my pup, upright, uplifting and breathing clean air.
And it’s 1000% because I LOOK for those little annoyingly optimistic things that I can attest to the power of ….. (not positive thinking)… ha! You thought you knew where I was going with that. Nope.
I can attest to the power of FORWARD MOTION. KEEP GOING. BUNDLE UP…(Beanies have been ordered!). FIND YOUR FLOW.
WELCOME THE WEATHER, WHATEVER THE WEATHER AND LET’S WEATHER THE STORM TOGETHER.
(Pro tip: I also watch for the sunbreaks that happen when the Weather app is wrong and I immediately make the most of those).
Seriously though, if I can do it, so can you. I’ve seen hundreds of people over the years pull themselves out of a funk* and go on to love every bit of their lives. You know how….? Yes… You do.
YOGA.(you totally saw that coming).
Here are some fun oppportunities to weather the weather together.
Gah… I’m gonna be saying that a LOT this season. Look out Grinch! I’m comin’ for ya : )
Upcoming workshops: Asana Alignment, Chakra Talk, Love Strong Hikes. Sign in to Walla or Join the FB Group for more details and any updates.
Much Love and Spontaneous Sun Breaks to you all!
*If you have something more than a weather funk, please know that I am not making light of more serious conditions. I’m simply trying to remind my family and friends, that they CAN walk in the rain and it WILL make them feel better. And whatever else is going on… it at the very least, can’t hurt to try it.
ps. apologies to my friends. I love you and yes I’ll go to Palm Springs with you in January to alleviate the gloom. Please get me a window seat. 😉🤣
We’ve all heard the introspective question… ‘If you knew today was your last day… what would you do? How would you spend it?’
But perhaps a more powerful inspirational question might be… ‘What if last night was your LAST night?’ This actually just occurred to me last night… and while I thought about it… I felt a huge amount of regret about a few things. At first.
And then… the deeper, more powerful question for me was… If last night was my last night… and then turned out that it wasn’t… what a breath of fresh air that felt like! I woke up and could do anything I want. Cause I’m still here. So WHAT do I want to do today?
This will sound a little cliche, I know… but…
You can’t just live to work. It is SOOOO easy to get caught up in getting things done, going places, checking off to do lists, running errands. But many of us can’t just drop work to go explore the world Richard Branson style. Especially if you’re in the raising kids phase of life, right?
And I’ve always felt it was SUPER cliche to say… find new hobbies, do more of what you love, take up salsa dancing, learn a new language. BLEH, no thanks.
I DID actually take that advice. I created a business out of something I loved so that I could do it all the time. I went in search of new hobbies that would encourage a more outdoorsy lifestyle… (because I wasn’t naturally very outdoorsy… and bugs bug me). 🤷♀️. I started adding quick trips to the beach more often and started LoveStrong hikes a few years ago. (it’s moderate, low elevation, hiking, let’s be real). I got Charlie and now I get outside way more than ever before. Plus I became an exceptional dog photographer. 😂😂. @sircharliekarma
IT’S 2022 PEOPLE.
And Love it or hate it, the internet is a gold mine of opportunities that can expand our horizons. We CAN reorganize our lives to do more of what we enjoy. To find and/or create work we enjoy. To learn new skills, find new ideas, take a few risks, start a business, go on a road trip, get a hairless cat or a puppy, find new recipes, meet new friends and expand our lives in the direction that we personally want to go.
Is it time to ReDesign your life? What if last night was your LAST night… would you have wished that you had redesigned your life?
IS YOGA THE ANSWER?
I’m not saying Yoga is the answer (but it is 😉) for what to do with your life. I’m saying yoga gives your mind the space to let those new ideas come in. And the strength and courage to follow those nudges.
Start here. Start with Love. Start with a community who’s sole intention is to support and encourage your practice so you will feel Strong enough to Live a Life you Truly Love and Enjoy. #LOVESTRONG
And if you’re already doing that… consider joining Love Yoga as a ‘trail guide’ to encourage the others that are just begininng.
YOU could be just the inspiration someone is looking for.
Whether you’re a New Yogi or a Trail Guide, come to the Yoga 101 this Saturday and let’s chat about all the opportunities.
ps… I spent last night (what could have been my last) with my cousin… brainstorming about our businesses, moving furniture, eating sushi, painting cabinets, singing along to The Voice, playing with Charlie….
No regrets. I don’t need a sunset on Necker Island to finish out my human experience. I’m all good here. 🥰
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I’m probably gonna tear up a lil’ bit as I write this one.
Because this guy right here…. Is 1000% why I opened a yoga studio. And if you read the whole thing, you’ll understand just exactly how this relates to your practice today.
Entrepreneurship is in my genes for sure. Great Grandpa, Grandma and Dad all worked for themselves. I vividly remember sitting in my Grandma’s Uniform shop (for nurses) wanting to ‘run things’, count back change and greet customers with my witty charm. She also had a sweet crib in the back with her stocked fridge and tiny black and white tv to watch ’The Young and the Restless’.
But HE – Zack – is WHY it happened when it did.
Zack had an elementary school assignment to interview his parents and write about who they were and what they did. He couldn’t explain where I worked because in his short life I had changed jobs a lot. All office jobs. All one step up, better than the last. I was searching for the perfect job that would allow me to make a decent wage, be there for him and not bore me to death.
So I gained a lot of experience during those times and I never missed any of his games. I even coached his soccer and basketball teams at one point. But when he couldn’t describe what I did… that bothered me. He said I worked in an office somewhere.
True. I worked in a mill office, then the hospital foundation, then in sales for an employment agency, then in advertising at the Democrat Herald. I worked in the mortgage industry. (in 2008! I know, I know). And then after a short stint with my Dad’s insurance company, I went back to the hospital for my dream job at the wellness center. My resume definitely seemed a little shaky until a wise person looked at it and said… ‘looks to me like you have the makings of an entrepreneur’! OMG my heart swelled!
But let’s back up a few years… to when Zack was born. I was 24 and smack dab in the middle of a decade of anxiety.
Random anxiety attacks kept me from fully living… even after he was born. (anxiety relief training below)
My biggest fear was that I would pass that on to him. I didn’t want to be an anxious mom. So I popped my VHS Rodney Yee Yoga tape in and started practicing yoga in my living room. For the next few years, I dabbled, I dallied and then I discovered it’s secrets! I studied it all, the breathing, the chakras, the sutras and the 8 limbs. This was my jam.
And then I began to dream.
I started dreaming of becoming a yoga teacher and my wildest dream was to open a studio… because then…. I would be doing something healthy, positive, kind and easy for my son to describe.
But deep down…
I really wanted to be someone he would be proud of.
The first time I heard him tell someone… my Mom owns a yoga studio… that was it for me. I could die happy. ; )
But now… oohhhhhh how the tables have turned.
I mean I definitely think he’s proud of me.
But right now, I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of him.
You see, a year ago he told me that he wanted to be a Tattoo Artist. (Every parent’s dream, right?).
I think I did a great job of not outwardly cringing while expressing my genuine support.
I knew he’d be great and I knew I would support him… I just worried about all that ink in his veins. (You know I like healthy things!).
He’d already finished college, created his own art show and had other jobs in the food industry, concrete, counter tops, ride sharing, t-shirt printing and maybe a few others? And then….
He had a dream. He chased it. He’s living it. He’s loving it.
He inspires me every day…with his unbridled enthusiasm for learning his craft, meeting new people and hearing their heartfelt stories while he literally paints their emotions on their sleeves.
(He also offers them breathing techniques and understands the power of a meaningful mantra. I mean, he is my kid. ; )
What’s all this got to do with you, your practice or the studio?
Well first of all it’s why we’re even here.
Yoga was my path to courage. Zack was the catalyst.
The courage to open a yoga studio… (in 10 days, in a fairly conservative area, during a recession, in the grass seed capital of the world… with no savings, no formal business training and no backup plan).
Yoga taught me that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
Yoga teaches us to calm the chaos and confusion in our minds and align our energy with our hearts. This is where you’ll feel your true path… even if it doesn’t seem immediately accessible.
It took me FIFTEEN YEARS to realize my dream.
It took Zack ONE.
I’d like to say that I taught him well, that he’s a quick study.
But in reality… it’s quite likely that… his soul is simply older than mine.
Back in the day… Being a Yoga teacher sounded like a chanting acid trip into the forest. And being a Tattoo Artist had an underground grunge band or street gang feel.
But now it’s where artistic expression meets social marketing meets human connection.
We both want to make a positive contribution in the world.
We want to be free to do creative work, express ourselves and have fun doing it.
That’s alignment. That’s Yoga.
Practice… and all is coming. (K. Pattabhi Jois)
Thank you for being part of our dreams….
ps. oh I haven’t gotten MY tattoo yet. I’m getting a few actually… something my Dad wrote… something my Mom wants and something else for me.
Don’t worry… none on my face! ; ). You’ll be the first to see them.
It’s online and ready to roll. There’s never been a better time to regain control and start feeling better.
This course contains FOUR modules of short videos exploring
how we perceive anxiety
what happens in our physiology
the impact our activities have on us and
flow states for balancing our energy.
Bonus blooper reel coming soon purely for your entertainment. ; )
It also includes guided meditations, a yoga practice if you’re into that and daily tips and techniques to keep these concepts front and center while you create this powerful transformation in your life.
That’s right… the yoga practice itself is not required. You can swap out any other activity., So if yoga’s not your thing… that’s okay. It just happened to work really well for me.
It’s designed to use practical daily concepts to eliminate excessive stress responses that become chronic anxiety over time. So if you or someone you know could use a little break, a new perspective, some encouragement and some modern science around breathing… this is it.
ps. I hired an amazingly talented team to produce this workshop… so it would be easy to access and pleasant to watch. So for the next 10 days ONLY it will be just $97.
After that it goes up so that we can continue creating more for you! More mini workshops, new classes, monthly encouraging challenges, new planners and other ways to support your practice. I’m already working on the expanded version for those that want to keep going.
It was 2 AM! I woke up out of a dead sleep… I couldn’t catch my breath. My fingers were going numb, my heart was pounding, my neck hurt, my throat felt thick, something was terribly wrong. I didn’t know if I was going to pass out or have a heart attack. I was immediately pissed… because this wasn’t the first time I’d had an anxiety attack. But it was the first time it had woken me up out of a perfectly good night sleep!
Why would I wake up just to pass out? At this point though, I was 22 years old and I had been through this enough times to at least know what was happening. At this point, I could either call someone or get up and start doing jumping jacks. (Yes, that actually helped at times).
On multiple previous occasions I had ended up in ER and had every possible test. Blood work, EKG, heart monitor, etc… all signs pointed to… PANIC.
That can’t be right. I’m 22. I’m smart. I’m healthy. I can talk myself out of this. I’m not even panicking… WTF. And then it happened again…. and again… and again. I spent the next 9 years worried, afraid and determined to figure it out.
I. Tried. Everything. Herbal remedies, exercises, medication, meditation, dietary changes and more. I had to dig deep…. and finally go to counseling. They told me this was something I’d have to manage the rest of my life…. again… WTF?
They were wrong. 100%. (In their defense, a lot has changed in the past few decades)
I’m not saying yoga fixed everything but it definitely led me to everything else that did. (yoga is not required in this course)
It’s now been over 23 years – completely free of anxiety attacks. Nada, zero, nil, none, nothing. Even through I went through childbirth, heartbreaks, job changes, empty nesting, moving, losing my Dad, almost losing the business and surviving 2020, to name a few of the hardest parts.
It seems to me that if I had a mental disorder or a life long affliction, those things would have put me over the edge, right? Nope.
I have never been more sure than I am today that anxiety is sadly misunderstood. And because of this, many people are led to believe that they have a chronic mental disorder. And in many cases… that’s simply not true.
It could be a broken breathing pattern, a faulty focus filter or a severe lack of flow…. or all three!
So I created a short, powerful training course to highlight these possibilities, the evidence behind them and the ways in which they have worked for myself and many, many others.
It’s designed to eliminate anxiety but it’s also a powerful way to reduce any levels of stress and balance energy.
ps. if you attended one of the live workshops in the past, this is SO much more than a refresher… the link above explains what all is included in the course. Including the daily tips, course workbook and a monthly planner.