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Yoga Mala and More 2009

100_3230The New Year’s Day Yoga Mala was quite a success, as always!  At the beginning, my daughter counted 63 people.  There were more that rolled in, so I believe it’s safe to say we had around 70 for sure!  Beth and Eric did a fantastic job with the live vibration.  They are an amazing team for sure!  I chanted the second set with Beth and it was so much fun!  We took in $78 in cash and I dropped off the food that was donated today, and it weighed in at 303 lbs.  Wow.  That’s a lot of food.  We had several people with cameras running around, so as soon as I get the rest of the photos, I’ll have something up on the web site, and of course get a newsletter out to the world.  I’ll leave you with these photos for now.

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After the Mala, we headed up the street with fresh flowers (that I forgot to bring to the Mala….shhh…don’t tell anyone) and a bottle of wine, to have dinner with some friends, L & M.  They met in Europe a few years ago.  M is a British tour guide who still travels the world.  He happened to be the guide for the tour L was on with her students.  Thankfully for us, they fell in love, got married and made their home base here so we can enjoy his accent, sense of humor and the amazing food they prepare together for us! 

We started our meal with a tomato, mozarella and avacado salad drizzled with something out of this world.  I’m sure it was something simple like olive oil and lemon juice and basil, but it’s always way better when someone else makes it!   Why is that?!!  Next up, they served us beef burgundy with some awesome potatoes that had a bit of a mustard flavor.  Good stuff, and of course, they served it with a great bottle of wine that made it even better.  For dessert they whipped fresh cream, made the best coffee ever and we enjoyed a lemon curd patisserie for dessert.  Thanks guys for one of the best meals ever and of course the company rocked as well. 

What a perfect start to the New Year, first Yoga, then Family, Food and Friends.


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Happy January 1, 2009

We stayed in as we usually do on New Year’s Eve.  Hubby ended up working late, to be expected, all hell usually breaks loose about the time he’s supposed to leave, and it was also a holiday.  Nothing new.  We ordered some pizzas, downed some cokes, had one brandy and watched a movie.  Pretty boring stuff.

This is the first year in a long time that my sister wasn’t here for New Year’s!  It was kinda weird.

Today is the New Year Yoga Mala.  All afternoon.  I’m excited and I’m also glad Lauren will be attending as well.  There will be other children there and she asked if she could run the camera!  Awesome.  I love it when kids take photos, you never know what you’re gonna get. 

I’m helping in the chanting department this time, so hopefully that will go well.  I love to chant.  In the dark, when the students are in relaxation!!  I’ll be fine, I won’t be up there all alone.  I’m thinking we’re going to have a HUGE turnout.  We aren’t asking for a cash, charity donation this time, just non-perishable food for the food pantry.  There will be live drumming with the chanting, so it’s extra special.  Looking forward to this afternoon!2008-94

 2008 Yoga Mala

This will be the third time we’ve marked the New Year in this way.  We don’t have to do much advertising anymore, it’s just expected that we have it and I think that’s just plain cool.  We’re using the Unitarian Universalist Church this year, should be nice with big windows facing South!

After the Mala for me, (and work for Frank) we will spend the evening with some friends we don’t get to see very often.

More Mala details tomorrow!

Om mi try ya – na mah ha……..om rah vay ya – na mah ha………om sur yah yay – na mah ha…….phonetic chanting, great way to learn! 


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The Yoga of Moving Forward and Letting Go

Today, I made it to Sunday yoga.  I even made it to the 8:30 meditation, barely.  I started my car, but forgot to turn on the defrost, so scraping was in serious order.  I do not like to enter the yoga room two minutes prior to class.  Heck, I don’t even like to enter the yoga room five minutes prior to class!  But it was OK, I made it and I needed it.

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Today was a special day.  One of my favorite local teachers (Beth) is opening a Yoga Education and Training Center (here in town) and I’m excited for her!  I’m also excited to help teach some of the training workshops as well.  Today was her last Sunday morning at our studio downtown.  We had a large crowd of fourteen.  Some of the regulars were not there this morning, so it had potential to have been a much larger class. 

Beth is a chanter and a good one.  So we opened up class with the 12 mantras for Surya Namaskar.  This was joyful and energetic and prepared some of us (including yours truly) for chanting on New Year’s Day at the Yoga Mala for charity.  We did a variety of sun salutations and I always dig the Jivamukti style salutes that she sometimes throws in.  The locking of the thumbs always makes me feel as though I’m in water.  Something that I truly love, being the avid swimmer that I once was!  And still am, when I get the chance, I’m just not on a team!

In celebration of moving forward to 2009, we focused on forward bends and some back bends.  Soft back bends, nothing too explosive.  She mentioned the back bending as a way of leaving stuff behind, because we all know if we don’t leave stuff behind, it’s hard to move (bend) forward.  So true.  I tend to carry around a lot of totally energy draining and useless information from my past at times, so I totally appreciated this class, on this very day!  Thankfully for yoga, I’ve been able to let go of a LOT of stuff that I’ve carried with me.  Even some of the stuff that I wanted to keep, but didn’t need to!

I will miss Beth’s Sunday class at our little studio.  She offered her teaching position to me.  It’s a great gig, good crowd, decent money, nice time slot.  But, I like attending the class on Sunday mornings, not teaching it.  As much as I could always use the money, I turned it down.   My friend Amanda, that took her first yoga class with me at the YMCA will be leading it.  I’m excited for her to have a studio class!  Beth will continue to teach on Sunday mornings at her new place and I’m sure I’ll drop in.  I will also be there to support Amanda, as a new studio teacher.  It’s nice to have cheerleaders (in a silent energy yoga code kind of way) in the room!

I left the yoga room today feeling much better about 2009.  Not that I was feeling necessarily bad about 2009 when I arrived, but………..yoga’s cool like that!


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The Sub

It rained.  All day long.  We are going to float away here.  I feel for the people who have basements.  We don’t have one.  I did a little shopping for a birthday gift.  Ended up at one of my favorite new age bookstores.  The place is awesome, as they have new and used books.  They have all sorts of other cool stuff too, and whenever you buy a book there, it smells really, really good.  They say they don’t pump anything in, it’s just all the incense and stuff.  Wow.  It’s amazing.  I love to come home and fan through all the books I just bought and take in the scent.  Long story short, I got the birthday gift, and ended up spending $70 total.  It’s nice to have a $40 gift card when you walk in places like that!  I was grateful as today, I hit the jackpot on books!  Last minute, my yoga teacher called.  She was feeling icky and asked if I could sub for her.  Of course, I wasn’t doing anything else this evening.  I headed to the studio, in the rain.  Had 3 regulars and one from out of town on business.  Fun group, great little class.  Glad she asked me to do it, I feel better from just setting foot in the studio.  It has a way of doing that, and  like it!  When I got home, my husband and son had gone fishing.  My daughter, was playing spy.  She had a little suitcase loaded up with a notepad, some highlighters, a compass, a watch, 2 flashlights and anything that Nancy Drew might need.  Just imagine, if all we needed was a spy kit and the Disney channel for total satisfaction.  Oh, to be 10 years old again.