Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Summertime Class Changes

Just a quick note (which I've been forgetting to relay) to let you know that we are taking two classes off of the schedule at Wake Up Yoga West: the 4 pm class on both Tuesday and Thursday will no longer be offered; 4 pm on Friday remains! This is not likely to be upsetting for many, as the reason for their disappearance is sparse attendance. If a demand builds for a class at this time (please let us know if you have such a request!) we will gladly make one available. Yoga is what we do, what we love, and we are so excited to share. We are so grateful to you for giving us this opportunity.

There have been some requests for a post-partum/Mommy & Me class at West, and we are ON IT! A couple of teachers are mulling the possibility around, and I have full faith and confidence that this is something we will be able to offer in that space very soon. As for a kids yoga class at either studio ... this remains a possibility as well. It's something we'd LOVE to offer, and, again, simply need the perfect teacher as well as a core group of committed students. If this is what you've been hoping to see, please email us this request, as well ... send to

Restorative Yoga on Sunday nights at Wake Up Yoga West is also being cancelled for the summer. Beatriz is spending much of her summer on the West Coast, absorbing rejuvenating ions from the surf and plants, and learning about the ancient healing art of Ayurveda. While she is gone, and throughout the expansiveness of the summer, we decided to remove the class for now, with the intention of reconvening this fall. We sincerely hope this news is just fine with you, but welcome your feedback if it's not (email to:

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Memorial Day Weekend

As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, ceremoniously kicking off the summer, we thought you might like to know about some things happening at Wake Up Yoga this summer and into the fall. Circle these dates on your calendar, enroll early in the events that speak the loudest to your own heart, and plan to stay connected to your breath, your Self, and your source throughout the expansive days of summer. According to the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the obstacles that arise and prevent us from practicing yoga (both on and off the mat) include: disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, false perception, failure to reach firm ground and slipping from the ground gained (Y.S.1.30). In the summertime, I could certainly fall prey to carelessness, laziness and sensuality ... and, at the end of summer, feel deeply distressed by an awareness of how much I've slipped from ground previously gained. It's imperative to continue to watch how your mind operates and, with discipline and faith, work steadfastly toward your goal. And if your goal is lazy afternoons sipping on margaritas at an outdoor cafe ... well, we'll be here with open arms ready and willing to embrace you whenever you wander back in. You are always welcOMe here!

In Love and Light,


Thursday, May 03, 2007

What a Glorious Day!

I'm reminded of a college semester spent in Manchester, England. During that short time, for me and my classmates, every weekend demanded a day trip, or an overnight stay; every art museum and monument had to be visited, and I remember many conversations centered around where to view the sunset any night of the week. This time felt so precious to all of us, that our choices on how to spend time were made very carefully, as we knew this experience would not and could not last. How easy it seems to be to slip into a daily routine that takes so much of our world for granted! On a day such as today, as I plug away on this computer and plan events, contacting who needs to be contacted, and responding to emails, phone calls and requests of all kind, I'm reminded that days like this do not happen every day, and tomorrow is not a guarantee. I'm planning to get out there soon (if this attempt doesn't get swallowed up into cyber space!) to take a walk, breathing deeply, savoring this miraculous existence. Here's hoping you can claim some time for yourself, too, and enjoy your beautiful life!

Just a reminder that we are celebrating Wake Up Yoga's 5th Year in Existence (Jai!) this Friday, May 4, from 6-9:30 pm. This means the 5:45 pm class will not be happening (which I'm sad not to be teaching), but please do plan to join us here. We'll have a Vegetarian Potluck Extravaganza (bring anything you'd like to share), have Thomas Flanagan on the Sitar and his friend Jeremy on the Table. We may even break into some spontaneous dancing, or weave our individual voices into a tapestry of sacred sound giving breath to delightful mantras. In any event, if you practice here regularly, used to come around before your daily life routed you to a different routine, trained to be a teacher here, or simply enjoy receiving these emails and feeling connected to a loving and nurturing community: your presence is sincerely requested. Perhaps you'll meet up with old friends, or actually get the chance to talk to that person whose mat is often near yours in the silence of yoga practice. Wake Up Yoga parties are always fun, and I do hope you will come.

In Love and Light,