This weekend was my long overdue getaway for yoga with a friend. So on Saturday, we headed to St. Louis and stayed on the Hill. As soon as we arrived, I grabbed my shopping list and we headed for J. Viviano & Son’s Italian grocer to pick up some good stuff for us and for others. We stocked up on this great garlic pepper, mozarella cheese and bread. I also purchased the most beautiful bottle of wine for a good friend. She collects blue bottles, and this one was shaped like a fish. I can’t wait to give it to her as a token for the wonderful artwork that she’s done for me.
After a bit of resting, we headed back to that same area where the grocer was located (less than five minutes from our hotel) to have dinner at Lorenzo’s Trattoria. We had made reservations and were sad to find we didn’t need them. The place was near dead at 6 p.m. on a Saturday evening. The traffic to St. Louis wasn’t bad either, and our hotel was fairly quiet. Economy? I think so. My friend had appetizers of calamari and goat cheese ravioli. I ordered penne pasta with eggplant, capers and kalamata olives with fresh mozarella cheese in tomato sauce. It was awesome. I liked the way they decorated each table with a clear glass full of these super long, skinny bread sticks. Simple but elegant. We had great coffee for dessert and then I ordered a tiramisu to go for later. Mistake. We were almost too full to enjoy it!
Sunday was breakfast at the hotel restaurant. We made healthy choices as we were headed for a full day of yoga with Saul David Raye. And what a day it was! (I borrowed this photo from someone’s Flickr site.) We arrived early at Webster University as we usually do to find a comfortable spot. The room has high, vaulted ceilings, nice windows and decent acoustics. We started our practice with meditation, in several different but enjoyable forms; everything from white noise, chanting, dancing and turning inward. Our practice was really good as it always is! It’s a feel good type of yoga that’s accessible to every body. He’s a very peaceful soul and guides us a lot of the time with his eyes closed. Maybe he’s channeling I don’t know. But it’s great. He usually travels with musicians and this time he was with Tony Kahlife. We enjoyed a little live music during the Sunday morning practice and were disappointed that we could not stay for the concert that evening. Yoga teaching duty called both of us to be home on Monday morning!
We also had a wonderful Indian and Thai combo lunch catered by the folks that hosted the workshop. It was a beautiful day to be outside, so that’s where the lunch was held. They served us fresh greens from their garden, rice, Palak Paneer, Tandoori Naans, and Thai noodles with an array of spices or crushed peanuts all washed down with hot tea. Wow. Best lunch I’ve had a in a long time, thanks guys!
After lunch, Thai Yoga was scheduled for the afternoon. This is always a great experience and though I’d taken this class once before, it was so wonderful to get a refresher. I would love to participate in this entire training, but there’s that cash flow factor and a two week trip to California involved. Perhaps someday. I don’t really want to be a massage therapist, I just like to share it in my yoga classes and relieve my family of stress. My son really loves this and I’m taking him with me to a class I’m taking this evening. My travel partner will be teaching and together, we will share some of what we learned with our group.
Right now, I feel very grounded, peaceful and happy. The rest of my day involves grocery shopping, kids, laundry and dinner. I will try to remain totally present in whatever I’m doing at the moment and keep the multi-tasking at a minimum. Wish me luck.