A good friend of ours popped into town, Bryon Friedman. He and Drew skied on the US Ski Team for many years together. Drew was a slalom guy and Bryon downhill. They were those guys you see on tv and they competed for Americas gold. Bryon has created a dynamic and soulful life compiled with yoga, music, the great outdoors and Soul Poles. If you are a yogi and you like to ski then you have to have a pair of Soul Poles. In short, Soul Poles are bamboo ski poles. They are finished off with an artistic touch by Nelson Parrish another good friend and incredible artist right here in SB. Anyway, me and the girls followed the boys out to a surf afternoon on a rainy day. I threw them into some postures and had fun. with the camera. When you've got soul, it shines through.
How do we continue to keep the bliss we cultivate from yoga, surfing, nature, loving etc into every day activities and living? How do we live in bliss?
Please join, me, Chris Makens & Hillary Courtemanche for a 3 hour workshop dedicated to inversions, hip openers and backbends. We are teaming up with lots of hands on assistance and adjustments. The workshop will be held at Yoga Soup and the time approximately 1-4. Flyer and more info to come.
Please join me tomorrow, Thurs 8/23 for the 7am Morning Flow along with Yoga Santa Barbara Style. Bring your energy, your beautiful bodies and your support to help represent our most delicious ritual, Morning Flow @ Yoga Soup. The class will be filmed and is a great opportunity to share this incredible space and group. Bring a friend and get a free class!
See you there.
Saturday my two kids and I attended a birthday party on the Toot Toot Taxi in the Santa Barbara Harbor. It was beautiful, hot, the perfect day to be out and about. We meet the party and make our way down the dock and onto the little boat. The ride was super exciting, especially if you are 3 years old. The kids screech and take turns driving Toot Toot. After checking out the pier, the local barge with more than a ton of pelican shit on it, and the buoy with seals we head back to the dock. Carefully we shuffle about 10 3-7 year olds off the boat. Jokingly we laugh nervously about keeping them walking straight and out of the water.
I was walking down the shore of a beach. The waves were torrential but the tide was low. Broken sand dollars sprinkled the flat wet sand. I walk towards an embarking cliff. The air is wet from fog and spray. As I near a golden object lights up from afar. I look and its an unbroken sand dollar, full and complete. Feeling lucky I pick it up and put it in my pocket. Not much further and I see a large crevasse wedged into the cliff. I get closer and it gets larger. A deep, dark cave. I walk in and it's pitch black. I close my eyes and listen to the roar of the ocean echo through this cavern. As my eyes open, a rainbow of light is glistening and sparkling all around me. The cave is lit up with light. My body is blanketed in bliss. It feels angelic. Absolutely incredible. Of a higher frequency and dimension. I am infused with this light and love essence. Standing there in awe, I wake up.
That ridiculous song by Hall and Oats is playing in my head. Why? Because my little angles and guides have a sense of humor. I think that's just it. Lighten up, laugh and get over it. Such wisdom!
Samadhi - Momentary Bliss is becoming more prevalent and less momentary. I find that Maui brings this state of being out in me. Open hearted living. Diving slow through the jungle canopied roads, drinking in the paradise all around me. People in town, Paia Town that is, smile as you walk by. An immediate connection that we are all one pulses through each of us and the gesture fills my heart. Nature is extreme. Rain showers, waterfalls, wind, waves, volcanoes, whales and rainbows. Life thrives and pulses. How can one not be consumed by this majesty? I feel as if I'm in the heart of the islands and the planet. Mmmmmmmmm, love this vibe. I'll be back to SB soon (7/1) and ready to spread the love. Aloha! Marie
Its been a while since my last post. I sort of dropped out of my writing and blogging, got bogged down with the holidays and sick kids and just decided to take one step at a time through life for a while. Yoga as always remained a constant, keeping me grounded and giving me back to me. I did manage to escape to Ojai and take what I thought was an "Energy Workshop" but turned out to be a "Channeling Workshop". Same thing I guess just different use of words and perception. It was incredible! My classes now are infused with a deeper sense of awareness and spiritual connections. Guidance and information flows through each class and everyone receives something that is just for them... a message, a thought, an experience. Teaching is such an amazing gift. Thank you all for showing up, waking up and continuing to step on to your mats. "Practice, Practice, Practice and all is coming" Pattabi Jois.
Almost forgot! I'm now teaching back to back classes at Yoga Soup on Tues & Thurs.
7:00am Morning Flow All Level
8:30am Playing Your Edge Level 2
Please join me!!
Love and Peace,