Rain

Rain is like the yoga practice.

Sometimes we are quiet and still, listening with an undistracted ear. Other times we are actively engaged, experiencing it barefoot, without umbrella or raincoat, or some variation in between.

Cleansing, nourishing and renewing.

 

Hello Boston Sports Club

Walking through Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury you don’t go far without seeing a familiar face and saying hello. Members talk before and after classes, on their way in and out of the club and while working out. Many refer to it as their gym family…and this large family of members, instructors, trainers and staff has been adopted. We are now Boston Sports Club, and this has been a hot topic of conversation.

As New Englanders, we are skeptical of change. We have our routines and we like them. The unknown makes us uncomfortable. It’s not easy. However, change is often necessary for something to continue on.

Walking through the club you notice the energy – multiple classes going on, runners and walkers on the track, the weight and cardio machines in use and the activity in the pool, basketball courts and racquetball courts. If you weren’t feeling motivated before you walked in, you do now.

As we move forward, new routines will become familiar. Our name may have changed, but we are still the same family of members, instructors, trainers and staff working together, supporting each other and doing what we love.

 

 

 

 

Zoetry, Punta Cana

Zoetry, Punta Cana

I am finishing a one week vacation at Zoetry Auga in Punta Cana. A destination for me to vacation and be a yoga student again.

Yoga classes at Zoetry are located in the spa and the space is indoors, yet open to the outdoors. Lush green gardens surround the studio inviting the birds and their songs and the temperature is mid 80’s, even at 8:30AM, providing a natural heated studio.

Estefany Vargas is the yoga instructor here. She offers a daily class to the visitors of the resort. The class is a mix of Vinyasa and Hatha styles, and Estefany leads the group in a very calm, strong and encouraging manner. Although her group changes as vacations begin and end, she does not hesitate to get to know us, and help us reach our potential in a posture. She is genuine in her love for the practice.

As an instructor, it is a treat to hang up my teaching hat and practice yoga as a student. It reminds me what it’s like to try a class for the first time; and by the end of the week, what it’s like to participate in a class I am familiar with. It brings a different perspective and deeper understanding of the practice and the process of teaching and learning.

After class, breakfast, and then to the soft sand beach where the sky is deep blue, the ocean is teal with occasional white caps and the greens are varied, deep and bright. After a swim, it is easy to fall back into shavasana. Namaste.

 

 

A New Look

Real estate, yoga and art each have a process, path or journey to travel and I meet many people along the way. Thank you for being here, I am glad our paths have crossed.

Many thanks to the yogis for agreeing to be photographed and many thanks to my tech savvy friend who built the site and taught me a few things along the way. I am grateful for your contributions and happy with the new look!

Making a Mark

Making a mark – so powerful. It proves existence, and change. Where there was nothing, suddenly there is something.

We are as original and unique as each day and live in a world that is constantly changing. Breath by breath, we are part of this constant change, made to make marks, made to create, made to change. The tricky part is not to allow obstacles to stand in the way.

Yoga is a medium that allows us to make a mark upon the body, mind and spirit. Each practice imprints itself upon the internal world and where there was nothing, suddenly there is something, more.

Heated Vinyasa Flow
Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury
Wed 8:00AM Studio 3
Sun 9:30AM Group Fitness Studio
Drop in welcome

Image from Pinterest

Hello January

Hello January. You are welcome after a busy holiday season. I see yogis returning to the mat, seeking to get back into routines, fighting off winter blues, cold temperatures and working on resolutions.

It is a time of year I spend more time on my mat reflecting inward. Where am I? Where do I want to go? What can I do right now to work towards that goal? What are my true thoughts and intentions? and more importantly, are they being expressed? My time on the mat gives me direction and answers.

When we are fully expressing our true thoughts and intentions, our energy flows like the wind and water, moving freely, unobstructed with direction and purpose; brilliant and clear as the stars on a dark night in January.

Hello January… may the rest of the year be as brilliant and clear as you.


Heated Vinyasa Flow
Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury
Wed 8:00AM Studio 3
Sun 9:30AM Group Fitness Studio
Drop in welcome

Image from Pinterest

Om for the Holidays

During the holiday season we make great efforts to reach out and connect with others. Whether your holiday season is bustling with people or quieter, be sure to take time to make the most important connection – the one with yourself! It may be over a cup of tea and a cookie, a walk in nature, or if you have a yoga practice, om for the holidays!

Like many, I am in the midst of addressing cards, purchasing gifts, sending and receiving invitations and cooking and baking for the holiday.

Take a moment to see beauty in your surroundings and find peace within your heart and mind. Look for it. It  will always be there in the stars, the frost, a snowflake, in the bonds of family and friendship and in the food we make and share.

Heated Vinyasa Flow
Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury
Wed 8:00AM Studio 3
Sun 9:30AM Group Fitness Studio
Drop in welcome

Image from Pinterest

 

A note from mat

“If you fall, I’ll be there.”

                                    – mat

 

Falling in yoga, into ourselves
head over heals.

See and feel a change,
a new season of you.

 

 

Quote from Pinterest

 

 

Postcards

These postcards are from my Drawing A Day books.

Each Drawing A Day book is numbered and each drawing date stamped. Because a drawing cannot be removed from a book, printing postcards is a fun way to share the drawings of  Newburyport, MA, Portsmouth, NH and along the coast. As the days and the drawings continue, new images will be printed.

Postcards sent via snail mail are fun to receive. For the recipient, they are a welcomed sight in the mailbox.

These postcards are available for purchase $2 each or 3 for $5. If interested, contact me for further details. Venmo accepted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slow

Often, I like to take my yoga practice slow. Really slow.

A no rush,
no hurry,
relaxed,
leisurely pace that can vary.

Time to take each movement, each pose, to its fullest potential.
Where the movement in a transition is as important as a pose.

Time to connect with the breath, energy and muscles and adjust accordingly.
Stay a little longer, add something in, take something out throughout the practice.

The practice turns into a dialog and play of communication that is led by the body instead of directed by the mind.

Slow down.
Savor the movement, the journey, the process, the here and now.