In The Middle

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Delayed.  Not a good word to hear.  Especially when you’re at the airport.  This happened to us on Tuesday.  We were supposed to fly out of town at 5:05.  I checked everything before we left the house.  As we were checking our baggage, the status changed.  Delayed.  Bummer. 

I was traveling with my daughter and her best friend.  We were on our way to Florida to visit my parents.  I was extremely excited because I actually took four weeks off.  I was more than ready to get there and happy to arrive at a reasonable hour instead of in the middle of the night.

Not the case.  We were delayed two and a half hours which put us landing at St. Pete at around 10:30 p.m.  We retrieved our luggage quickly met my parents and headed to Englewood which is where they live.  We got to their place around 12:15 a.m. and of course, the kids were ready to swim. 

Around 2:00 a.m. we all finally made it to bed.  I was happy to find that my parents had purchased a new, very rad camper.  I have the entire thing all to myself and I couldn’t be more stoked.  It has beautiful white cabinetry, and faux dark hardwood flooring.  The a/c cranks and runs fairly quietly.  Needless to say, I slept until near 9:00 a.m. this morning.

Today was a mellow day of hanging out.  We swam in the pool for hours.  We got some groceries and made a full blown turkey dinner like we usually do.  I walked to the beach with the girls around 6:00 this evening.  The breeze was awesome, the sand felt good and of course I dig the smell of the ocean. 

My dad invited a dive buddy over for dinner as well.  Tomorrow, the three of us will head out on the boat into the Gulf.  Luckily, the oil has not made it here yet.  I hope we see some cool things out on the water and catch some amazing fish. 

Most of all, I am thankful and excited at the same time that I don’t have to cram anything in to like 4 or 7 days.  This is going to be a nice, long overdue, extended vacation.

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Convict Cards

A few months ago I got a call from a yoga student that had an interesting question.  He knew someone who was incarcerated.  His friend and about 15 other guys practice yoga in the prison.  The bad news was this.  They’d just had their yoga mats taken away due to some sort of regulation, like a fire hazard, etc.  They were issued some different mats but they were told they were too long.  Looks like someone was making it hard for them to practice if you ask me.

The new mats that they were approved to use were $65 a piece, retail price.  Yikes.  They needed like 15 of these and of course, when you’re locked up you get like $8.50 per month.  If you have a job assignment while you’re in there, you can make like $20 a month.  Big money.  Another yoga teacher and I put our heads together.  We were thinking the Yoga Mala could help but did we really want to wait until June 19 to get the loot?  Not really. 

We sent out e-mails to students and teachers that we knew would be interested in helping.  We made announcements in our classes too.  Within 10 days (yep) we had the money that we needed.  We also purchased the mats at the wholesale price since we already had an account with the company that sold them.  It’s amazing what people will do to help when times are apparently so tough.  I received this thank you card in the mail the other day.  It was done in pencil and crayon.  They even made the envelope for it out of folded paper and they created a convict card logo for the back as well.  Each inmate signed the card with a special note of thanks. 

I think it’s great that yoga has found it’s way into facilities of this nature and perhaps when they are released, they will see the world in a different light.

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Summer Solstice Yoga Mala 2010


Join us on Saturday, June 19th at 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (arrive whenever, leave whenever)

LIVING MEMORIAL PARK (on your way to the Nature Center – outer road)

Bring your yoga mat, a bottle of water, a finger food for sharing, your family and anything else you might need for yoga in the elements.  Do all 108 sun salutes, or do a few!  Chant, sit, meditate on the vibration.

Move to the beat of live drumming and chanting for a good cause.  Event is free with a suggested donation of $15.  All proceeds will stay local going towards the Teen Outreach Program through Teach to Inspire.  TTI is Springfield’s first non-profit yoga studio.  This will be our first outdoor yoga event.  We’re expecting it to be huge!

In case of stormy weather, we will meet at the UU Church at 2434 E. Battlefield.

Hope to see you there!

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Two Pieces of Ice

Summer is plugging right along.  Can it be June 15th already?  I guess so.  It’s also my dad’s birthday if anyone’s interested in sending well wishes his way.

In my yoga world, things are rocking right along.  I totally dig my summer schedule.  I took an awesome Kundalini class on Saturday.  If you live here you know how hot it’s been.  The air conditioning at the studio was out.  Let’s just say it was rather hot.  I dug the class but I also hated it.  Nothing but Kriyas but I hated it in a wonderful way.  Can’t wait to do it again.  But this Saturday, I’m opting for a meditation class. 

We’re holding the Yoga Mala on Saturday afternoon.  This will be our first time we do the 108 sun salutes outside and it’s going to be 93 degrees.  I am excited to take the event outside.   I think we’ll have a huge crowd.  I taught my free class this morning and the group never ceases to amaze me.  I thought it might slow down for the summer.  But nope.  It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  I love the energy on Tuesday mornings.  I think it might be one of my favorite classes of the entire week to teach.  And guess what?  I receive the least financially for doing so.  Things are cool like that sometimes, that’s for sure. 

I teach on Tuesday nights as well.  Cool gang at the YMCA too.  After my class I dropped in at a friend’s house up the street.  She’s going to France tomorrow so we had a drink to celebrate.  A drink of Ricard, or Pastis to be exact.  She brings this back from France, and this time, she’s bringing some for me.  If you like anise or black licorice you have to try this.  Except I don’t know where you can get it around here.  So I guess you can stop by my place in a few weeks.  We sat on her deck with a glass of this and two pieces of ice.  Perfect ending to a great day that’s for sure.

I got my Volvo back.  My car I must say handles better than it did before my accident.  Guess I needed to wreck it.  I would highly recommend St. Louis Street Auto Body Shop to anyone in town.  Go there.  They’ll do it right.  I’m going to sent them a thank you card.  Believe it or not, I was way relieved to get rid of that 2010 Pontiac G6 the insurance company gave me to drive.  Every time I closed the trunk I felt like I was slamming a metal lunch box.  I love my car.  End of story.

Kids are staying busy and that’s a good thing.  Jordan signed up for an off season track team here in town.  He has meets on the weekends and lots of training during the week, plus he’s working too.  Lauren is volunteering at Wonders of Wildlife and spending lots of time with her friends.  I feel we’re busier now than when school is on.  I kind of miss the idea of the school schedule.  Things get kind of crazy with late night dinners, sleeping in and having to be here and there.

Wishing I had a couple more pieces of ice……….