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From the Backwaters to the Bay of Bengal

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

A couple weeks can pass here very easily.  So much has happened since my last post.  I will try to update simply, yet thoroughly.

From Varkala, we headed north to Amritapuri, the home of Amma’s ashram.  What an amazing woman and philanthropist Amma is.  She discovered that she had a spiritual connection with others at a very young age, and started seeing people to give them hugs, thus her nickname, “The Hugging Mama.”  She will literally sit for 20 hours a day for days at a time to see people, giving them hugs, consoling them.  Then, in addition to this, she gives of her time, energy, and money (all raised through donation) to help those in need.  She has rebuilt whole towns destroyed by tsunamis and earthquakes, and she gave to the Clinton/Bush fund after Hurricane Katrina.  She has built homes for orphans, has given school scholarships to thousands of children, built fully modern equipped hospitals, and has opened food kitchens around the world.  Unfortunately, she was not at the ashram when we visited, ironically, she is touring the US (see her if you can), but now that I know more about her, I hope to meet her one day.  Here we met Sammy from North London who traveled on with us for a couple of days.

From there, we continued north to Alleppey (3 buses) where we toured the backwaters by canoe (kind of a mix between a canoe and a gondola, pole pushed, but wide enough that you can lounge out).  This whole town is built on the natural canals which cover the area.  Peoples lives depend on the canals for fishing and Kerala rice (which had just been harvested before we arrived), for transport by canoe or barge, for bathing and washing clothes, and for tourism.  As part of our day with our guide, we went to his home for both a traditional Indian breakfast of a rice-coconut cake and a rice-nut-fruit type of dry cereal, so yummy, and a traditional Indian vegetarian thali lunch, which definitely included the best pickled mango I have had thus far.  His two daughters entertained us with some Indian song and dance.  And we tried a locally brewed coconut beer, good but had a very strong fermentation flavor. The canoe tour took us through the backwaters, lined with coconut palms, mango trees, banana trees, and floating water plants.  It was very beautiful.

One of the great things about this type of travel is that a plan can be changed in just one thought.  We were on our way from Alleppey to Munnar, when we realized that we were on route towards Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, and the homestay of Ms Sudah.  With a quick call from the bus, we found out she had a room available, and within 30 minutes we were at our stop.  This is remotely beautiful spot in the Western Ghats of India, still very tropical, but also thick with hardwood forest and rubber plantations.  We saw dozens of species of water and forest birds, as well as monkeys and giant squirrels, the largest in the world.  We did not see, but did hear wild elephants one morning.  As part of the homestay, we were fed 2 amazing home cooked meals a day, and did learn how to make pickled lime/mango/and garlic.  I look forward to the day I can experiment with making these at home.  We also tried “Toddy,” the locally brewed palm beer, although while I say brewed, it literally comes straight from the tree and is ready to drink.  Much more palatable than the heavily fermented coconut brew.  Click here for Dore’s blog on Thattekad.  Click here for pictures from Thattekad.

From Thattekad to Kallar, about a two hour trip (3 buses), we are now 20km south of Munnar, in the thick of the cardamom hills, rich with cardamom and coffee plantations, and surrounded by tea plantations.  Wow, who knew how tea grew, I sure didn’t.  Tea bushes grow on an incline, short thick green bushes, and they are sculpted in a labyrinthine way.  Incredibly beautiful and much cooler here as we are up to about 8000 ft.  We did a 5 mile walk one day, through the winding roads, to a waterfall.  We saw women harvesting the tea, trimming them just like we would trim bushes back at home.  The beauty here, and in Munnar, where we spent the next night, is breathtaking.  Dore said it right, as it is something out of a fairytale, where you are literally standing in the thick of the clouds.  The city of Munnar is a tourist destination, and it is busy and lively, and is the place to buy homemade chocolate, so we did.  Click here for pictures of Kallar and Munnar.  Click here for Dore’s blog on Kallar and Munnar.

Next, we head east into the state of Tamilnadu, to the city of Madurai for one night.  This city was a bit of a culture shock after the beautiful country we had just spent a week in.  A dirty concrete jungle, yet midway on our trip to the east coat, and famous for the Meenakshi Temple, which is incredibly impressive.  It beautifully depicts Hindu culture and religion in colorful friezes and murals.  There are 7 temples on the property, several which only Hindus can enter.  One day in Madurai was plenty, and we anxiously made our way out of town to Pondicherry, the Indian-French enclave on the Bay of Bengal.  Link here for Dore’s blog on Madurai.

 

Pondi is a smaller city, we have rented bicycles and I don’t feel like I may be risking my life by riding here.  Oddly, several businesses are closed here now.  We were looking for an internet cafe yesterday, and when all the ones we’d read about were closed, we stumbled upon a really nice boutique hotel with a bar, and since nothing else had worked out for us yet that day, we ended up enjoying several fresh mint daiquiris, allowing for the heat of the day to cool down.  Pondi is just south of the international city of Auroville, so there seems to be a strong Western influence here, especially in the French/Italian/and Asian cuisine around town.  There is a “French Quarter” here, not like NOLA, but you can certainly feel the European influence with all the balconies and colorfully painted homes.

 

The current plan is to spend a few days here before we head slightly north and then west again.  I hope to be online with you all again soon.  With warm regards.

 

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It Takes a Village…

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Most have heard the saying, “It Takes a Village,” and here in Varkala Beach, it is to haul in the days catch.  I was awoken yesterday morning by a melee of boisterous voices coming from the beach.  When I stepped out on my balcony, to have a look at what was going on, I saw about 20 men bringing in a huge fishing net, surrounded by a large group of onlookers.  Apparently, the way they fish here is for a man in a canoe to bring this huge net about 200 meters offshore. Then, the other men back onshore haul the net in to a call and response rhythm.  Once the net is onshore, with fish, calamari, and whatever else in tow, it is separated by size into large plastic colanders.  There is a broker who negotiates the price for the catch with the main fisherman, and then the others leave with some of the catch for themselves.  It was such an interesting process to watch, as there were also several women and young boys around, some seeming to help and others just there to be a part of it all.  I love how this is the morning activity for so many here, and happens most days of the week.

You can surmise from this story that I am no longer at the ashram.  About 5 days in, Dore really wanted to leave, and I was in agreement, so we finished the two week program and made our way to a lovely, simple resort called the Oasis on Odayam Beach in Varkala.  This is my first time vacationing on the Arabian Sea, and it feels so good to be by the ocean again.  Nice waves, just big enough to play in, but not dangerous, and it is off season here now, so it is very quiet and very inexpensive.  Our beachfront room is costing us 400rs or $8/night.  The seafood is deliciously fresh, lots of fish and prawn curry, and calamari tandoori.  The salads and juices are really fresh, and so far, knock on wood, been kind to our stomachs.  Thank you GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract, excellent for everything).  We had planned to stay 3 or 4 days, yet the casual laid-back atmosphere, and other friends from the ashram being here, has extended our stay to almost a week.  After the 5:20 wake-up call at the ashram, it is lovely to wake-up naturally, do yoga everyday at one’s own will, read, walk the beach, relax.  Yet, we have decided to leave tomorrow, continuing to head north to the ashram of Amma “The Hugging Mama.”  A night or two there, and then to explore the backwaters of Alappuzha and Kottayam, before we head east through Munnar and Tamil Nadu to the east coast of India and, specifically, Pondicherry.

My last blog had left off just before our 30 hour train ride south. It was actually a very easy ride.  We splurged for the 2nd best accommodations, so we had a 4 person air conditioned compartment.  It was a really nice change, leaving the city of Mumbai to view the countryside.  Big mountains, rice paddies, tropical trees, lots of water, and cows.  The first couple we shared the compartment with were traveling from Mumbai to open their summer home in anticipation of their children and grandchildren coming to visit with them.  Apparently, several train stations in India are known for certain tasty delights.  When the train stopped at one station, this couple bought us upuma sandwiches, basically a potato patty on a bun with a spicy/salty seasoning, and this (wherever this was) was the place to get them.  Their stop was about 6 hours into the trip, when they were replaced by a mother and son who were heading south for her niece’s wedding.  They too were very friendly and generous, and they are from Renigiri, supposedly famous for it’s mangoes.  She gifted us a can of mango puree, which we actually finally got around to having today, sharing mango lassies with the other people staying at the guesthouse.  They departed about 6 hours before we arrived to our stop, and we had the space to ourselves at that point.  Playing cards, reading, watching the countryside pass.  Here, people come out to wave at the trains as they pass by, with big smiles on their faces.

Upon arrival in Trivandrum, we negotiated a taxi to the Ashram, and after about an hour of driving through dusty winding roads, we arrived to the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Center in Neyyar Dam.  While checking in, we were informed of the many rules to be followed, and the busy mandatory schedule.  Since I’d read the website countless times, this was what I’d expected.  I was very excited, so looking forward to a dedicated yoga practice for a month, and the location was beautiful.  Our simple room was two beds, some shelves, and a desk.  They provided us with sheets, a pillow, and a mosquito net, which was definitely needed.  Our view was of papaya and mango trees, and tropical forest.  In the distance you could see a temple on top of the highest peak around.  We ended up hiking up their our last morning for an incredible view of the dam, lake, and mountains, and our morning meditation.  We had neighbors from Spain on both sides of us, one of the couples became our friends and are now at the beach with us.  There were lots of really nice people on the program, from all over the world, and many travelers to hear stories from and share tips with.  Yet, in the end, like many things in life, the ashram had it’s pros and cons.  The pros, in addition to the beautiful, peaceful location, and other participants, were the food (yummy vegetarian fare twice a day, as much as you wanted to eat.  Lots of coconut and fresh veggies) and some of the yoga teachers (there were a couple in particular, who really helped me to improve my yoga practice, 4 hours/day, especially headstand, shoulderstand, plow, and crow, all poses I’d been struggling with/working on for years).  The cons were some of the other yoga teachers who just were not good, and the director who completely lacked in spiritual leadership (it turned out it was a strictly Hindu program, but without explanation, they just expected people to blindly follow), as well as in educational ability (we had 1 1/2 hours of lecture each day, which just turned out to be incredibly boring.  The one thing I came away from the lectures with was that Siva created 840,000 yoga poses, of which 84,000 are meant to be practiced by people, the rest by plants and animals).  There were 2 days that the 8 limbs of yoga were touched upon, but not once the Yoga Sutras.  Honestly, in the end, I stopped going, as there was nothing expanding on what I’d already studied in Yoga teacher training and on my own.  Also, they had a way of treating everyone like untrustworthy children, which didn’t resonate with either of us, so we have moved on and are looking forward to experiencing other yoga in Mysore, Rishikesh, and other locations.

We had one day trip, for which we hired a taxi with 5 other women who were on the program.  We started at an elephant sanctuary and bathed a huge female elephant in the river.  It was so amazing.  What a beautiful docile creature.  She ate bananas from our hands.  To bath the elephants, they chop pieces off a coconut shell so you use the rough husk on their skin.  She seemed to love it, and it was very cool to connect with such an enormous creature in that way.  Then, we went to Ponmudi and climbed to the highest point in the state of Kerala.  From there, we were right near the border of the state Tamil Nadu.  The scenery was amazing tropical forest, so many layers of green, it was just gorgeous, and peaceful.  As we were on the peak, clouds rolled in to envelope us.  Next, we went to a beautiful waterfall and went swimming in our clothes in the pool below.  As women, it is disrespectful to show your bodies, if you do it may be mistaken by men as a come-on of some sort, so that is why swimming in our clothes.  The pool was so cool and refreshing, in a tropical forest.  Really great.  And then it started to pour.  Hello monsoon season.  We returned totally soaked to the taxi, and decided to just wring out our clothes, which were really already wet anyway, and then went to eat.  Delicous masala dosa, rice pancakes stuffed with potatoes and veggies, served with a couple different sauces.  And that was it for our free day from the ashram.

I want to say thanks to everyone for your comments and replies to my blog.  I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to answer each one of you individually, but I am grateful to hear from you.  Hopefully, at some point soon, the internet capabilities will be more consistent.  Until then, signing off…

 

 

 

 

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Three Weeks, Six Cities

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Three weeks in Europe feels like a whirlwind tour.  London 2 nights, Paris 4 nights, Antwerp 2 nights, Amsterdam 3 nights, Linhamm 4 nights, and back to London for 5 nights.  Today, is day 4 back in London.  I leave for India tomorrow, and in addition to being incredibly excited for the learning and growth experience I have ahead of me, I am so excited to be in hot, humid weather again.  Yet, that aside, I am getting ahead of myself.

My friend, Kari from Key West, met me in London 19 days ago, and the tour began.  The first 2 days were spent in London with my cousin and his husband, Adam and Hector.  They have been incredibly generous and hospitable hosts,Razor Clam Soup opening their home in Wimbledon to us, and feeding us incredibly well.  These first 2 days were spent exploring their town, and the night before heading to Paris, we went to the well known British gastropub, Fox and Grapes.  It was a delicious meal, and Adam claimed that if I did a food blog on my trip, he would be sure to read it.  Well, this is not going to be a food blog only, but I hope he reads it anyway.  For my main course, I had traditional beer-battered fish and chips with mushy peas.  It was delicious, but my favorite was Adam´s appetizer, a razor clam soup.  For pictures of London (beginning and end of trip), click here.

Then, Paris for my 40th birthday.  This was my third visit to this amazing city, but it felt different as I was seeing it through the eyes of an adult.  I could just walk for days and days in Paris, admiring the architecture, the parks, the sheer beauty of it all.  And believe me, we did walk and walk for days.  We stayed in a budget hotel just up the street from the Maubert Mutualité street market, which happened to be open on my birthday, so we bought a huge spread and headed to Luxembourg Gardens to enjoy.  Fresh goats cheese, goose liver pate, apples, peas in the pod, and dried apricots, a mix of olives and bread, and a Birthday Celebrationdelicious bottle of Bordeaux.  It was a wonderful way to spend my birthday, sharing great food with a close friend in a beautiful city.  One could spend months in Paris and still not cover it all or see all of the attractions.  We did do a river cruise, under the light of a full moon, and of course,¨The City of Lights.¨ I loved this.  Each bridge in Paris was designed differently than the next.  No two are the same.  For some reason, I found this fascinating.  Many of them are artistically beautiful, as well as architecturally.  Other sights included the Pantheon, Champs Elysses and the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame (which we climbed to the top of for the most breathtaking views of Paris), the Eiffel Tower (which we did not ascend), Musée d´Orsay (one of my favorite collections of any museum I´ve visited), and a classical concert at St. Chapelle (the most gorgeous stained glass ever).  And, for all who know me well, you´ll know that there was lots of eating and drinking, too.  Favorite meals, street falafel in the midevil Jewish/Gay quarter and vegetarian lunch at Le Grenier De Notre Dame.  Favorite drinking establishment, next to our hotel, La Lucha Libre, dedicated to the masked wrestlers.  It was just lots of fun.  For pictures of Paris, click here.

Next, off to Antwerp.  This small Belgian city is delightful for a short visit.  Famous for it´s diamond district, and it´s cathedral which adorns several of Peter Paul Rubens works, it also has several pedestrian streets lined with cafes and shops.  I have to say that my favorite meal of the whole Europe trip (aside In the Parkfrom the delicious home cooking of Cousin Adam) was at Fiskebar in Antwerp.  Mussels in a white wine-shallot broth, king crab terrine with tomato-basil-green apple, and whole turbot (the best whole fish I think I’ve ever had) with fingerling potatoes and salad.  For those who know Kari, you know she likes her thrift stores.  We found an amazing thrift store in Antwerp which specialized in lamps, furniture, and accessories.  Thankfully, we were not close to home because we both may have gone broke shopping in this place.  For pictures of Antwerp, click here.

After a couple relaxing days in Antwerp, we got back into the nonstop touring groove in Amsterdam.  My fourth time to this city, and like Paris, seeing it through different eyes, but still loving it.  To relate it to my life, Paris is like NYC.  Bustling, lots going on all the time, loaded with tourists as well as residents; not a place I´d want to live, but I love to visit.  Amsterdam is like NOLA.  Laid back, much to do but at a different pace, not nearly as crowded; and a place I could see spending some time in.  Add in the biking culture, and it´s got most of the things I really like; active outdoor culture, it´s on the water, and has great ethnic food.  It´s easy to get lost in the streets of The Other SideAmsterdam.  The parks are gorgeous, the canals give it a feeling that is unlike any other Northern European city, and the people are so incredibly nice, friendly, and helpful.  We stayed just across the street from Sarphatipark in a dumpy hostel, but it made no difference since we were out wandering the streets most of the time.  The hostel was in the neighborhood of the Albert Cuyp street market, which was open everyday except Sunday.  Our days began there with a fresh squeezed juice, and maybe some food, before wandering through the city streets.  Aside from time spent in Vondelpark, cafés and coffee shops, we explored the Van Gogh museum,  Dam Square and the Red Light District, as well as several of the cities other squares and markets.  Favorite meals, Golden Temple for Indian inspired vegetarian fare and Sonny´s falafel near the hostel.  Favorite watering hole, Rick´s Cafe.  For pictures of Amsterdam, click here.

Then, to Linhamm Ön.  For those of you who are wondering where the heck Linhamm is, it is a subarb of the Swedish metropolis of Malmö (there is a little sarcasm here), and the home of my very dear friend Michelle, her husband Morten, their beautiful daughter Luna, and their precious pup Elly.  It is also situated just across the Oresund Straight from Copenhagen.  My first trip to Scandinavia was a wonderful visit with my friend I hadn´t seen in over three years.  Yet, if anyone tries to tell you that it´s not cold there or that it´s not expensive, they are lying to you.  The northeast wind is frigid, and we did experience snow flurries one day.  All that aside though, it was interesting to explore a bit of this reserved culture.  Linhamm and Malmö are very quaint, Copenhagen Canalfishing communities.  The highlight of Malmö is the Turning Torso Tower.  It is an architectural feat, resembling a human torso, and is the tallest building in all of Sweden.  Copenhagen is a cool city with lots of outdoor culture, including one of the largest biking communities in the world.  80% of it´s 1.2 million residents commute mainly by bike or foot.  And Denmark and Sweden are leading Europe, if not the world, in their efforts to be ¨green.¨  The parks here are gorgeous, my favorite being the Assistens which doubles as a cemetary, or is it a cemetary which doubles as a park?  Regardless, it is beautiful and several famous Danes are buried here, including Hans Christian Andersen and Soren Kierkegaard.  Kari and I took a canal cruise from Nyhaven, which offered a really great history of this port city, and allowed us to see much of it we wouldn´t have been able to cover on foot.  Statens Museum of Kunst is a wonderful free art museum, featuring centuries of European art from the 1100´s til present.  Least favorite meal, sampler of herring three ways.  To make up for it, a delicious burger with fries (split between us) and four beers for $80.  Gotta love it.  For pictures of Linhemm and Copenhagen, click here.

Back to London to wind down the European tour and prepare for India.  Kari and I spend her last 3 days here exploring the city.  London is very beautiful, with history that spans 1000 years, and we walked for miles here, too.  They are doing lots of work here in preparation for this years summer Olympics.  The City of Westminster is archaically beautiful, home to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminister Abbey, and the London Eye.  The river cruise down the Thames offered a wonderful history of it´s bridges, including the London Bridge and the Tower Bridge, of the Tower of London and it´s gruesome history, and of the commercial significance of the river.  Amazing how the east part of the river, lined with what used to be shipping warehouses, is now home to renovated multi-million dollar flats.  Oh, the price of waterfront property.  The architecture is a true amalgamation of centuries old and modern influence.  It can be quite breathtaking at times.  We also explored the fun neighborhoods of Soho and Greenwich, and the Portobello Street Market.  And again, we have been shown the most gracious hospitality from Adam and Hector, and fed incredibly well.

Kari left this morning, and I leave for India tomorrow night.  As I stated earlier, I am looking forward to being in hot, humid weather again.  And, I am incredibly excited to be doing yoga again.  Aside from practicing myself, I have not done much since leaving Key West.  It is hard to find here, and cost prohibitive.  So, I am mentally preparing myself for Mumbai, which I expect to be the polar opposite of the European culture.  Yet, we will all have to wait until I arrive to find out just how different it really is.  In addition, we will have to wait for pictures because I have yet to figure out how to export to my memory stick without downloading to the computer I am working on.  Sorry about that folks, but it´ll be worth the wait.  Om namo…

 

 

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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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The Countdown is On

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

For those of you who have been following me, you know that I have an incredible journey ahead of me.  8 weeks from today I embark on the journey of a lifetime, and needless to say, I am incredibly excited.  Even so, I am staying present in the moment, completely enjoying what will be my last season in Key West, for at least a year.  We have had the most beautiful January I can remember in years.  There has been a wonderful balance of work and play.  My sister came for a visit.  Paddleboard Yoga and Yoga on the Beach have been beautiful and inspiring, and classes at Parmer’s have been fun, as always.  We are having an amazing season at Azur, I’m so glad the owners/chefs are finally getting the recognition they deserve.  Things are great at Isle Style, where I’m doing massage 3 days a week, in addition to my private practice.  I guess you could say that I am in the flow, or for you Abraham-Hicks fans, I am in the Vortex, baby.  Life is grand.

56 days from today I fly to New Jersey to spend a few days with my family before heading overseas.  Plans are made for 3 weeks in Europe.  London-Paris-Antwerp-Amsterdam-Copenhagen/Malmo-back to London.  I will meet up with my travel companion there, and then we are off to Mumbai where we have two days to figure out how to get to the ashram, which is about as far south as we can go.  It will be interesting, to say the least, as well as exciting, adventurous, and full of fun.

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Karma Kitchen

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Check out this great video on KarmaTube.com.  It’s about a pay-it-forward restaurant, Karma Kitchen, with locations in Chicago, IL, Wash, DC, and Berkeley, CA.  I love the idea of a gift economy.  So inspiring to see that it has been working for 4 years, and counting…and can’t wait to see more things like it come about.

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Thank you, Cedar Point

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

I recently spent a night camping in Cedar Point, East Hampton, NY.  What a beautiful spot of the earth.  Camping in the woods, and a few minute walk to the beach.  Watched a gorgeous sunset and moon rise from opposite ends of Gardiner’s Bay.  Had a campfire and roasted marshmallows while listening to some great tunes.  My friend, Mary Beth, and I woke to do yoga on the beach the one morning we were there.  In her defense, she did make it into a perfectly straight headstand.  Way to go, MB.  I prematurely shot the photo and was not tech savvy enough to get the cell phone camera to the right place to take another shot.  I am working on both, learning to use a cell phone camera and my headstand.  If you are ever looking to camp on the east end of Long Island, this is the spot.

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Yoga Family Style

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

A couple weeks ago, my Mom’s family got together for the 1st ever annual reunion.  We meet in the Pocono Mountains and had a wonderful time.  We did two mornings of Yoga.  The first day, just myself leading my Mom, Aunt, and cousin in a gentle morning class.  The following morning, I lead 11 of my family members, ranging in age from 10-66, some advanced students, and some who this was their first class ever.  All enjoyed, and some new yogis may emerge from the group.  I LOVE sharing yoga, and am grateful for all who joined me.  

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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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Wisdom of sharing gratitude

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

This was sent to me by a friend, and comes from the website DailyGood.org.  I truly believe in the power of sharing gratitude and being grateful, and now it is linked to our health.

“The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have. –Leonard Nimoy

Fact of the Day:
A recent Harvard Business School study found that giving a sum of money to someone else lifted well-being than spending it on oneself. Preventative medicine professor Stephen Post writes that giving to others has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illness. Neuroeconomics researcher Paul Zak found that people who share and experience gratitude release oxytocin, a hormone known to relieve stress and improve immune function. The research is piling up- sharing is good for happiness and health. Why? It builds trust, releases health-boosting hormones, increases positive social interaction with others, and promotes cooperation, and much more.” [ more ]

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