I’ve been on the mainland for a little over a week now and yoga has been great so far.
I started in Long Beach, staying with my dear friend Julz and her partner Hannah. I taught two workshops at Olive Yoga Long Beach, which is owned by Elizabeth Bolla. Olive Yoga was a beautiful space, and Elizabeth is a quirky, fun and knowledgeable teacher. On Thursday the 13th I attended one of her regular classes and it was very sweet and thoughtful.
Friday, July 14th I taught my first mainland workshop, Riding the Waves of Shakti at Olive Yoga. We had just a handful of students, but I thoroughly enjoyed teaching it. I felt that everyone there got something out of it, and I received a lot of good feedback.
Me teaching during my Riding the Waves of Shakti workshop at Olive Yoga Long Beach on July 14, 2017.
I’ve never been one to worry too much about numbers when I’m teaching. I know eventually they will come, but when they don’t, I embrace the opportunities to connect so fully with whoever is there. There has been a part of me, prepping for this trip that’s been wanting a more solid teaching schedule, more booked workshops, more guaranteed income. Really though I know and I’m coming to realize even more, that this trip (and life in general really) is about the true, honest connections that we make along the way. It doesn’t matter how many students I teach if I don’t connect to them fully. Even if I only connect with a handful of people, if I make a difference in their life and they way they connect to others and the world around them, this trip will be a success. I know though, that I will connect with more than a handful of people. I can feel it building, naturally, organically.
In any case, the next day, Saturday, July 15th, I taught my workshop The Yoga of Falling, again at Olive Yoga Long Beach. I always enjoy teaching that one, and I find it really has an impact on students. Again, a handful, but that let us have lots of personal attention and really focus on everything. I had at least one students who hadn’t done inversions in a long time get her headstand against with wall and with a spot in the middle of the room and roll down out of it. Pretty awesome, if you ask me.
Assessing headstand practices at the wall before falling from them in the middle of the room during my Yoga of Falling workshop, July 15, 2017 at Olive Yoga Long Beach.
In addition to the workshops I taught in Long Beach, I was also able to have a private yoga session with my friend Julz, her Mom, Karen and her sister, Leanne and her partner, Hannah. Karen had a stroke about a month prior and has been recovering amazingly well. I was honored to share a yoga session with them and to meet and spend time with such a beautiful family and inspiring woman.
Private Yoga with (from L to R) Hannah, Julz, myself, Karen, and Leanne. What a beautiful way to spend a morning.
To top it off, Sunday before I left, I was able to stop by again and have a very sweet lomilomi session with Karen. For those of you who don’t know, lomilomi is Hawaiian healing arts. I have been studying lomilomi for the last year and a half with my Kumu Pomaika’i Freed at Pa Ola Hawaii. Please check out Pa Ola if you’d like more information, but briefly, similar to yoga, lomilomi recognizes the connection of body, mind, and spirit. On the surface it looks like body work and in a lot of ways it is, but there is so much more to it. On a deep level, it is a lifestyle, just like yoga, when understood and embraced fully. To be able to work on Karen was a gift. To say I was inspired was an understatement. She had a stroke about a month ago, and I have worked many people much younger and more “healthy” than her many times who were not as flexible or as balanced in the sides of their bodies. Truly, I was grateful to work on her. I am hoping to stop back through and see her again on my way back up the coast.
Lomilomi with Karen in her beautiful back yard in Long Beach. So inspired by her and by the work.
I plan to stop back through Long Beach on Monday the 24th to see a few friends for more lomilomi. If you are there and want to see me too, please let me know. For now though, I’m in San Diego. More updates to follow from here. I’ve got an outdoor workshop planned for Sunday the 23rd at 6:30pm at Balboa Park. Check my Facebook page for more details.
I’m excited to head out on a road trip across the United States in a couple weeks. I’ll be teaching yoga workshops in many different cities, but also too, I want to share the philosophical parts of my teaching (that’s where the juice is, I believe) with everyone as I go.
To ensure I have time to connect with you all online, I’ve started a GoFundMe Campaign. There’s more information there on what the trip is about and what you’ll be contributing to. If you can contribute, I would greatly appreciate it. If you can’t contribute, but are inspired and want to help me make more of my teaching available online, please share the campaign.
I’m teaching my last workshop at Aloha Yoga Kula this Friday from 6:30-8:30pm.
This workshop is a Yin class. Yin yoga is very slow with long-held stretches seeking to change connective tissues rather than muscles.
We’ll discuss the importance of emotions, especially the darker ones as we move through the practice.
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Many of you may already know, but I am happy to announce, I am going on a road trip this summer and fall to teach yoga workshops across the country. I’ll be leaving Hawaii the first week of July, and I am super-excited to share yoga with everyone on the mainland. If you are on the mainland and want me to teach a workshop or two where you live, please let me know. Aloha!
Apologies for not posting in a long time. A lot of things have been happening and there are big things to come very soon, so please stay tuned for that.
As many of you may know, I am transitioning out of a career in science to teaching yoga full time. This past week, I finally got my end date for science and it is May 13th.
Soon I will announce what the future looks like for my yoga teaching, but for now…
If you are on Oahu, come see me in class. I have classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Kailua. Details are on the schedule page here.
Also, I am available for private sessions, both in person and online. Please contact me for details.
More soon. For now, aloha and namaste!
Aloha Yogis and Yoginis!
It’s been awhile since I updated the schedule, so I think it is about that time.
Aloha Yoga Kula
38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua
Aloha Yoga Kula
38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua
More exciting things to come soon. Stay tuned!
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Hope to see you soon online or in class!
Aloha and Namaste!