Archive for July, 2008

Hi Om La La Yogis and Yoginis!

Got this notification via e-mail and I wish, wish, wish I could go.  Alas, I cannot and so I pass it forward…

Lauren Hanna of Sonic Yoga and Cher Meli of Balance Yoga + Healing Arts will be teaching dynamic surf-strengthening 90-minute plus yoga classes at the August retreat. When you arrive on Friday night, we start with a two-hour outdoor vinyasa class, followed by a delicious lobster clam bake overlooking Lake Montauk.

Air Speed Surf Shop will be instructing the two-hour surfing lessons at Ditch Plains or if you should chose paddle boarding, Sunset Surf Shop will be instructing the summer’s hottest new sport on Fort Pond Bay.

Price includes: 2 nights hotel @ Crow’s Nest Resort (double occupancy), 4 Yoga classes, 2 two-hour Surfing or Paddle Boarding lessons, 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lobster Clambake and 1 Bonfire with live Drumming on Saturday night. A true Montauk experience.

You can chose the no hotel option for $375: includes 4 yoga classes, 2 two-hour surfing or paddleboarding lessons, and 1 bonfire with live drumming.

Contact Information
Read more about the weekend schedule on the registration page of our website:

Needless to say, it looks amazing.  Hope some of you get to enjoy it!


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Sanctuary Studios is offering two yoga camps in August an effort to raise the self-esteem of today’s girls- enabling empowerment and confidence.  Yeah that’s right girls kick ass.

The five-day camp for girls ages 9 to 12 runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 11 through Aug. 15. The five-day camp for teen girls ages 13 to 18 runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 18 to 22.

The camp includes yoga classes every morning, followed by sessions in community building and facing fears with Acro Yoga, a trip to an organic farm and a healthy nutrition seminar with a naturopathic doctor. There will also be sessions on belly dancing as well as stress and anxiety reduction techniques.

The five-day camps are $375 each and space is limited. To reserve a spot, call Fleming at 774-454-7290. Scholarships for those with financial challenges are available. For more information, visit www.findsanctuary.com.

The camp is led by Michelle Fleming the Director of Sanctuary Studios.

Encourage your daughter to put down that damn Cosmo Girl for a week and join in!

Find Sanctuary in Plymouth at:

47 Court Street

Downtown Plymouth, MA 02360


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As a part of my training we are expected to learn the Sanskrit names of several yoga poses (asanas).  Many people in the class were looking for a good resource and this one was recommended.

The Language of Yoga: Complete A to Y Guide to Asana Names, Sanskrit Terms and Chants by Nicolai Bachman

Link to Amazon (search inside the book)

Perhaps helpful if you practice at a studio that calls poses in Sanskrit.  No one wants to be the chump in back doing Half Moon when the instructor calls Ardha Navasan (boat pose). I mean talk about total embarrassment.


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Yoga has an incredible power to transform and heal the body- however, one of the first realizations I had in training is that everyone comes to the mat with a body that is suffering from some kind of ailment.  Part of our goal as (soon to be) instructors is to help practitioners ease suffering (on a physical and metaphysical level).  While this may be a goal, it is certainly our responsibility first and foremost to ensure we’re not allowing practitioners to exacerbate their existing ailments! What many yogis fail to realize is that many problems can arise from bad habits in yoga.  Over time, bad or lazy habits (including zoning out during instruction- let’s be honest, we’re all guilty here) can over time turn into a repetitive stress injury.  And so, lesson numero uno,  all practitioners should examine their practice with the intention to practice as safely as possible.  I myself know that it is often in the pose that we are given instruction or are paying the most attention to our alignment.  However it’s usually when we are transitioning from pose to pose that injuries occur.

And on a side note, many of our transitions are what build strength.  So if we are carelessly rushing through chaturanga or in hopping to the front of the mat we’re cheating ourselves of chiseled abs and flab-less arms!


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It’s a bit heavy for a Monday morning– but I’ve managed to complete my first 27 hours of yoga training and I’m into it…

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.”

Bhagavad Gita

…sit on that! 🙂

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