Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Ommotions
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For three years I taught yoga to these charming seniors. We practiced twice a week in a Gentle Senior Yoga class and a Chair Yoga class. It was very rewarding to see them become stronger and more confident in the practice. This photo was taken after our last class together. Life changes and it was time for me to make a change in my teaching schedule.  I will miss these charming souls and wish them well as they continue to grow in their practice. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
By Lauren
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Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts is where I received my Yoga Teacher training in 2011-2012. I returned to Kripalu in late February of this year to continue my studies in yoga. This time I was immersed in the teachings of Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga is a meditative and quieter form of yoga. A wonderful compliment to the Vinyasa practice, however a little more challenging than restorative yoga. I was fortunate enough to have two superb teachers Brahmani Liebman and Joshoda Edmunds.

They traveled to Kripalu from California and Mexico to launch the first Yin training at Kriplau. How lucky I was to be one of 10 yogis in this inaugural class.


Monday, January 30, 2017
By Ommotions
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I have had several students ask me about newsletters and magazines I read to help support my practice and my teaching.

Here is a list of things I read and listen to for inspiration for classes and to keep my own practice fresh.



Zen Habits by Leo Babauta

The Chopra Center Newsletter 

Elephant Journal 


I listen to a few podcasts too.

The Robcast is my favorite

Ted Radio Hour of course 

Tara Brach

Anything with Pema Chodron



And in Hard Copy 

Yoga Journal

Pema Chodron books



Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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Yoga for Children -

When I finished teaching my regularly  scheduled Vinyasa class at the Newport County YMCA, the director of after school programs approached me. She asked if I could return at 2:00 to teach a group of thirty - yes thirty 8 year olds! As fate would have it , I was indeed available. Was I ready for the challenge of teaching yoga to small children?  And that many 8 year olds?  I was assured there would be assistance and they would divide them in groups of three. Ten 8 year olds still seemed a bit overwhelming.

I thought what was simple. What could they understand. Table, Cat, Cow, Eagle, Dog, Warriors and hoped for the best. Promptly at 2:30  thirty  8 year olds came running into the gym.   I had put ten mats out in a circle. And in no time the first group arrived on the mats. They liked the sun breaths and they seemed to settle down.

Cat and Cow pose was where we began.  They naturally added mooing sounds to cow and a meow sound to cat.  They followed my every lead. When I inadvertently rubbed my nose, they rubbed their noses too. It was cute. We concluded with child pose. When our time was up they leapt off their mats and ran to the next station. And a new group of eager young yogis arrived.


You never know what the day will bring! All that energy was fun to experience!




Tuesday, October 18, 2016
By Ommotions
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In October of 2016 I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the wedding of the daughter of an old friend of mine. While the wedding was the purpose of the trip, it gave me the opportunity to travel to a part of the country that I have not seen.

I climbed Camelback Mountain with my partner early Saturday morning. Despite the signs suggesting that I have 32 oz. of water I figured I would be fine with my 12 oz. bottle. The incline and the dry air took its toll. We made it to the top of the mountain and after a brief rest on the rocky summit we descended down the mountain. About three quarters of the way down I had met my edge. I leaned into a shaded area of rocks and waited for my heart rate to subside. My partner waiting just a few yards below watching me and for rattle snakes. Regaining my composure I began to find a foot hold to scale down the mountain. All the while thinking the guide book stated that Lady Bird Johnson did this in heels!

My yoga practice helped me in two ways that morning. I knew that this climb was not a race. Everyone meets this trail differently. I hit my stopping point and rested. Not in child pose or savasana but I knew I needed to rest. 

I had no where to go and nothing to do but to take care of myself.

Well.... there was a wedding at 5PM.

The wedding was a happy celebration of two young souls at a mountain resort in Scottsdale. The celebrating continued with dining and dancing. I was certain my legs would be mush by morning.

Once again the practice held me up. All those warriors and chair poses have strengthened my legs. They carried me through the climb and an evening of dancing.

And we were off the next morning for the next part of our Arizona Adventure.