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Connecting with Another on the Mat

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Yesterday was a great day.  I was given the opportunity to teach something new, a Partner Yoga class, and it was fun and creative and a pure pleasure to share.  I had never taken a partner yoga class before, and I had only explored a few poses in various classes and yoga teacher training.  One of my students, who is training to become a teacher herself, had approached me about practicing some partner poses with her.   From there, the idea was born.

In conversation, I had mentioned to Nancy Curran, owner of Yoga on the Beach, what we were practicing.  She needed a teacher for the themed first Sunday of the month yoga brunch class, and I was given the opportunity to, with Bonnie, create a partner yoga class to share with others.

We explored compassion together in twists, such as Half Lord of the Fishes.  In a blustery wind, we learned to trust one another, in the balancing poses Eagle and Tree.  We found strength in one another in Warrior poses, and we came to surrender in Child’s pose.  All in connection to another.  It was a really beautiful, heart-opening experience.  

 

I am grateful to all who joined us, and to Yoga on the Beach for the opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Key West Yoga Pass

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

It is very exciting to introduce the Key West Yoga Pass as we enter a new year.  This is a unique opportunity to practice yoga and attend fitness and dance classes at 9 different locations in Key West and the Lower Florida Keys, all on one class card.  What a great way to experience the variety of yoga and teachers we have here in our island community.

$75 gets you 5 classes to use at any of these locations:

Ashley Kamen Yoga

Coffee Mill Dance Studio

Key West Yoga Sanctuary

ommPeace Yoga & Massage Therapy

Paddleboard Yoga Key West

Phoenix Rising Yoga Key West

Stay Fit Studio

Yoga Key West

Yoga on the Beach

Looking forward to seeing you on the mat in this new year.  May it be a happy, healthy, and joy filled year for you.

 

 

 

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Travels South

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Road tripping from Key West to New Jersey, and back, is often an eye-opening experience.  I always seem to be at some crossroad in my life, a place of growth, change, manifestation.  Spending so much time in the car allows me the opportunity for contemplation, insight, self-realization.  Sometimes I laugh at myself, and sometimes I cry, but I always end up feeling better, energized, excited for my destination.

 

One wonderful destination this trip back to the Keys was Savannah, GA.  What a beautiful town.  I love the European influence in the architecture and the city design.  The city boasts 24 squares, beautifully lawned and oak shaded parks, within its limits.  One of the many wonderful things about yoga is that you can practice anywhere, so the one morning we were there, my friend, Dore Ann, and I laid out our mats in one of those squares. We followed that up with one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had, at Clary’s.

Just a side note, if you are ever driving past the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, NC, it is worth the stop.

Back in the Keys, we took advantage again, laying out our mats on the old Bahia Honda Bridge, practicing bridge, wheel, headstand, and more, at sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t heard me say recently, “I Love the Florida Keys,” well, I do, and it sure feels good to be home.

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Time to Meditate

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I was sent this blurb today in an email from the Key West Tara Mandala, our local Tibetan Buddhist community.  I ended up reading the whole article because I often find myself in the position the author describes, feeling like I just don’t have enough time for my daily meditation.  The blurb reads,

What’s the biggest obstacle to meditation practice?
There are always obstacles to daily practice. Some are quite obvious: traveling, staying up really late, changing your schedule a lot. For the most part, I’ve found the difficult obstacles to be the ones that come from within, those mental tricks we all use—you know, it’s early, it’s cold, I can’t sit. The biggest obstacle is just the mind. You think you’ve got to get up right away and make some phone calls, or have breakfast, or go do this other thing. Your mind always tries to play these tricks. Things suddenly seem really urgent. For me the solution has been to create a schedule, to find myself some disciplined time, to just get up every day at seven no matter what. I’ve made a habit to get up, brush my teeth, sit—in that order—before I do anything else. And then, of course, after you sit you finish and you say to yourself, “What was so urgent that I felt I couldn’t sit?”
–Dan Rosenberg, from “Making Time to Meditate,” Tricycle, Spring 2001
Dan’s contribution to the article is on page 2, but the entire article is worth a read.  Hope you enjoy, and that it may inspire you as it has inspired me.

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Where to find me

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

This week I am excited to update you on my schedule and availability.  It is jam-packed, and I am loving the variety I find in my week.  Keep in mind that all massage and private yoga sessions are by appointment only.

Monday and Thursday mornings, begin your day doing yoga, overlooking the beautiful tropical waters of the Florida Keys,  from 8:30-10:00, on Little Torch Key, at Parmer’s Resort.  These classes are outside, and are a true reminder to why we are here in the Southernmost US, especially during the winter months.

On Monday and Thursday, I continue my day, offering massage in the studio I now share at Good Food Conspiracy, the fun and funky health food store and cafe on Big Pine Key.  I am also available for in-home sessions throughout the Lower Florida Keys.

Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can book massage appointments and private yoga sessions with me in the studio I share at the Heron Building, in Key West.  This historic Key West building was built over the water.  You literally “walk the plank” to the entrance.  It was also the filming location for the TV show “Flipper” in the early 1960’s.  I share this space with two other incredible women and teachers, Nancy Curran and Daniela Menardi. On these days, I am also available for in-home sessions in Key West.

On Saturday afternoons, you can find me at Isle Style Salon & Boutique, offering massage and working with my friend Oakleigh, in a beautiful Victorian building on Simonton Street.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights I am waiting tables at Azur Restaurant, an awesome Mediterranean inspired restaurant on the corner of Fleming & Grinnell, in Key West.   All the money I make from this job will be paying my way for the trip I am currently planning around the world, with an emphasis on Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.  If you are planning to eat out in Key West, consider coming to see me there, for a memorable dining experience.

Well, that’s my fun-filled, jam-packed week in a nutshell.  Contact me with any questions or to set up an appointment.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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Yoga at Southernmost on the Beach

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Join me Saturday morning for yoga class from 9:00-10:00am at Southernmost on the Beach Resort in Key West.  It is a beautiful way to start the day.  See you there.

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So Grateful

Friday, November 26th, 2010

What a wonderful day yesterday.  Started with Yin Yoga, then crepes for breakfast, an awesome sail with friends, and dinner with more friends. Everyday I realize more and more how blessed I am.  Thanks to all of you who touch my life.

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Back in the swing

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

I’m excited to announce two things, yoga classes resume tomorrow and I have studio space in Key West.  So, if you are in the Lower Florida Keys, you can join me for yoga classes from 8:30am-10:00am, Monday and Thursday mornings.  Classes are at Parmer’s Resort on Little Torch Key.  Easy to get to and a beautiful locale overlooking the waters of Big Pine Channel.

If you are in need of a massage, and most of us are, I am accepting appointments for in-home massage or at my new studio space, located in the Heron Building on N. Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West.  Feel free to contact me with questions or to set up an appointment.

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Yoga on the Beach

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I’m substituting Wednesday morning, for Don from Yoga on the Beach.  Come join me for yoga class, overlooking the beautiful waters of Key West, from Ft. Zachary Taylor.  Class is from 8:15-9:45am.  Walk-in $18.  Call 305-296-7352 for more information.

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