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YOGA NEWS YOGA NEWS YOGA NEWS September 2013
We are all sad!
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Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,
It’s official. Summer is over. Every year fall comes around, and I’m sure my coping mechanisms have improved. And every year, starting around the first of August, I get this creeping malaise that casts a shadow over the already shortening days. Maybe I never grew up, but for many of us summer is just the best time of year! And we mourn its passing. I’ve even heard that more people dealing with chronic illnesses give up the ghost in August because on some deep level they just can’t face another long, cold winter.
Out here in East Hampton, I marvel at the ways we find to distract ourselves from the seasonal change. People inside on bright sunny days, glued to the U.S. Open. Crowds thronging the Hampton Classic horse show. Cranky family squabbles on the beach with the kids ending up in tears. Everyone obsessed with the traffic—as if it were some alien invader with a life of its own (which, come to think of it, it kind of is!). Past summers, we could moan over the recession. This year we can wring our hands over the very real devastation in Syria. Then there’s the weather, which has been a soggy swamp of humidity for days now.
Today, “Tumbleweed Tuesday” as it’s called out here when all the summer people suddenly evaporate, the skies opened up an ungodly thunder and lightning show that’s been going strong for two hours straight. Almost like Nature pushing us out the door and into the new season. I can only imagine what New York City is like today, with everyone back to “business.”
Summer is all about play, which always implies that fall is about work—something hardwired into every schoolchild. This is when I thank God I get to play for a living! Sharing yoga with you all is my deepest and most gratifying form of play, and I hope my teaching inspires you all to live more playful lives! (Here we have some cultural conditioning to burn through, of course. Americans kinda suck at relaxing; we’re all hooked on the purpose drug.) Moved to teach? Keep reading—my 2013 yoga teacher training starts soon!
Happily, yoga knows no season. You don’t special weather conditions, a specific locale, complicated equipment, or fancy clothes. You don’t need a mat, and you certainly don’t need other people. Don’t even need a lot of time. Can’t get to class? Try 10 sun salutations in your living room. Or a handstand at the wall. I do it all the time when I need a pick-me-up. It’s a moveable feast, a 24/7 source of rejuvenation and rebalancing.
FALL YOGA LINEUP
With that in mind, I’m delighted to be offering classes at my three home studios in the Hamptons this fall, as follows:
One Ocean Yoga (“The Tent”)
If you weren’t out here this summer to visit my Injury Clinic, it was one of the highlights of the summer. People showed up with all kinds of issues—yoga injuries, of course, but also post-surgeries, accidents, runner’s repetitive stress, and life’s general wear and tear. I’ve developed the skills over many years of working with bodies of all types to really help, whether you’re a regular yoga practitioner or never set foot on a mat. I’ve done this kind of work in private lessons for years, but it was really fun to open the door to the general public! I’ll continue the program in East Hampton this fall (see class schedule above), but looking into options for same in NYC.
Of course I’m also offering private instruction in New York City and the Hamptons for those with special issues or injuries, scheduling or self-discipline complications, or just in need of a fresh start or a refresher.
TAKE CLASS WITH ME ONLINE!
I’m delighted to announce that some of my summer classes will soon be up on my website, www.blueskyyoga.com, so you can practice whenever, wherever! Thanks to my good friends at StudioLiveTV. Check it out—now you really have no excuses J
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Ready for a change? Ready to share the yoga you love with others? Or maybe you just want to learn about how and why we do yoga? (This course is not just for teachers but for anyone who wants to deepen his/her practice.) Dive in! Now’s the time!
Allow me and star Hamptons teacher Jessica Bellofatto to bring out the teacher within you! This training is packed with the wisdom and skills you need to stand out from the crowd. This hands-on course will give you all of the tools to grow into a truly gifted teacher.
Not planning to teach? Our Deepening Your Practice option allows you to participate fully in this course without the commitment to becoming a certified yoga teacher.
See you on the mats!
Archive: January 2010