Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tribute To Guruji

On May 18th 2009 I received an email from my yoga teacher in Richmond about a ceremony in honor of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. I wondered, what was the special occasion, an anniversary or birthday maybe? Sadly, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois who is also referred to as Guruji to many Ashtangi practicioners passed away. He was 93 ( he would have been 94 this July) years old and lived a long life teaching hundreds of thousands of people globally about the beauty of yoga.

The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system that Guruji has passed down over the course of 70 years has transformed not only my physical practice and health but my overall being. Entering womanhood I have grown to appreciate myself and to be thankful for the path that I have been following and who I have met along the way. My story has transformed from a girl living in a small town with big dreams to a girl not only living my big dreams but thriving and growing. Ashtanga has helped me to continue my pursuits of athleticism but to also take time to train my inner self and my mind. Having a balanced mind and body has affected my relationships, choices, and subsequently my outcomes.
Guruji has left a legacy that will fill the history books and his method will continue to prosper through everyone who practices. I can feel his wisdom around me, and his teachings will live forever for those who open their heart to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Kid Inside

The other day I found myself on my hands and feet sprinting up the side of a mountain. Not for a workout, but moreso because I let myself go and it just felt good. The sprint was, of course, short lived but as I collapsed and panted on the ground I felt a beat inside me that I hadnt felt shaken up in such a long time.

"That's just a kid. That's what I miss. Oh take me back, take me back to that beat again" - Dave Matthews Band

One of my favorite songs of all time, Dave puts it so simply, yet so truthfully. Take me back to that beat again. Being a kid isnt just tons of energy and no responsibility...its a totally different beat. Getting lost in the vitality of your body and mind is so natural; you dont even think about it because it feels so good to engage. But many of us are stripped of this gift as we age and forget to take care of our whole self. Just remember though... its never too late to get it back.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Before and After of Our Studio

On April 3rd 2009 Danny and I opened our studio in the Cedar Street Bridge located in the heart of Sandpoint, Idaho.  We spent at least 3 weeks preparing and creating our space and along the way took some pictures so that you can see the changes we have made.  The space itself is awesome.  It is suspended over Sand Creek which flows into Lake Pend Oreille and  you can see Schweitzer Mountain (the ski slopes) from our studio window.  It took a lot of time and hard work but I think it really paid off.  Everyone that has walked into our studio comments on the positive energy and feels welcomed...exactly what we wanted.