Aw, cute! The energetic and inspiring Christa Avampato, who has blogged here on Yogoer on occasion, was kind enough to include me in her new book, Hope in Progress: 27 Entrepreneurs Who Inspired Me During the Great Recession.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, it’s a great book. I loved the stories of other entrepreneurs (it’s definitely a new label for me), and Christa has pulled together some great advice from admirable New Yorkers like Michael Dorf of City Winery, Jerri Chou of All Day Buffet, and Scott Belsky of Behance. It’s amazing to think about all the paths you can take with your life.
Computer counterposes, by donation. We’re turning the GreenSpaces office into a yoga studio! Mondays in February, bring your mat to Tribeca. We’ll practice some dana yoga.
Classes are by donation; you can leave a hundred dollars, or just a smile! Buddhists call the act of giving dana, it’s a way to escape greed and cultivate kindness. It doesn’t have to be money; it can be time, a friendly ear, a happy word. Whatever’s appropriate to the situation, and yourself.
Ahoy people! Someone nice has gone and interviewed me. What are the hidden gems of the NYC yoga scene? What’s the best music for yoga practice? How awesome is the Yogoer iPhone app? I know these are the questions keeping you up at night. So go ahead and read the full interview on MindBodyGreen!
You can spend quite a while there, reading inspiring interviews and illuminating overviews. MindBodyGreen is a great new digest of healthy living content. I just learned The 7 P’s of Goal Setting! Plus, you can vote up any news article, or submit one yourself. Enjoy!
I am very very very happy to announce that we’ve added studio profiles to Yogoer. When you click the dots on our map, you now have the option to jump to the studio’s website OR their new profile, where you can see their location, contact info, and other details.
AND, if you have photos of any studios, we have a photo uploader that will create a slideshow for each space! Just click “add photos” on the profile. If you have any nice photos of a studio, please share them!
If anything is slow to load, please just click refresh — Google Maps gets stuck sometimes.
Ok, so I’m pretty much a technophobe, and I confess also that the idea of basically journaling in public has been a little strange for me (I feel like I’m bound to let it all hang out…..and who really cares!) I’ve kept notebooks my whole life though and while my writing used to seem to make more sense (when I was perhaps imagining my future grandchildren reading them?), over the years its devolved into a bunch of scratchmarks and random thoughts (as the idea of children much less grandchildren seems less and less an inevitable consequence of life?) – – – it’s hard to be coherent without at least an imagined audience, isn’t it?!
Shoot. I’ve been meaning to keep a journal specifically about my yoga life, especially since I embarked on the adventure of being a “yoga teacher” 9 years ago. And it’s never happened. The books I start always seem to get full of everything else – I can’t seem to keep yoga separate from the rest of it all, no complaints about that. But again, it sure would be nice to get some of the scratchmarks and ramblings a little more organized, especially around this topic so dear to me.
So, the timing is perfect for dear Erica to invite me into this space. ‘Cause I’ve got time. This past summer I moved back into my family home here in the sweet mountains of North Cackalacka to help take care of my 84-year-old grandma. The pace is slooooow here and I’ve got lots of time to devote to meditation and yoga practice. From sitting meditation to open and seal the days, to vinyasa to satisfy the endorphin cravings, to trimming Grandma’s toenails as sadhana….. its a precious time to let settle and reflect on the last crazy years of collecting grist for the proverbial mill, and also observe what’s currently going on in my practice. And so, I’m grateful for this space to put some of it into.
I am really happy to announce the addition of another blogger here at Yogoer. My good friend and fellow teacher Leaflin will be contributing posts from her new station in the woods of North Carolina. It will be just like our old days at Atmananda, warming up the studio with a little reggae and early-morning Vinyasa. Hope you like her voice as much as I do.
Yogoer is now in syndication! Alltop, a blog magazine, has picked up this blog. Check it out, and discover some other great blogs, at yoga.alltop.com — it’s a great place to kill some time instead of your relatives. Happy Thanksgiving!