Join me at Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, Indiana

for my  Hands ~ Heart ~ Feet Workshop

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6 METHODS to CULTIVATE A THOROUGH YOGA PRACTICE ON and OFF the MATSaturday – May 31, 2014 – 1-4pm

*Pranayama- breathing techniques to energize as well as soothe
*Mantras- using sound to clear and balance internal vibration
*Mudras- activating pressure points to both stimulate & calm energy centers
*Asana- physical postures to strengthen/challenge & postures to release/restore
*Meditation- stilling the body & observing the internal experience
*Yoga Nidra- guided practice of deep yogic sleep to reconnect to the deeper sense of self

This 3 hour Workshop will offer students the opportunity to integrate yogic practices to serve them ON and OFF the mat. There will be some vigorous asana and students attending should be well-versed in foundational yoga postures as well as be able to safely engage in a challenging practice for at least one hour.

In addition to asana, this workshop will include introductory level practices of Mantras, Mudras, Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga Nidra so that students may begin cultivating a more encompassing practice of mindfulness to take off the mat, into the world.

Investment: $30 (by May 24) / $35 (after May 24)

Click HERE to register online

 

If this Squirrel can bring it, so can you.

 

Utkatasana aka Chair Pose... not just for Humans

Utkatasana aka Chair Pose… not just for Humans

If you wanna catch an extra class with me, I’m subbing a few classes the next few weeks at Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, IN…

4/30/14…….Wednesday…..5:30-6:45…Yoga 1

5/3/14… Saturday… 9am-10am…All Levels $5 Class

5/17/14…Saturday…9am-10am…All Levels $5 Class

See you on the mat!

Starting May 2014, Wednesdays at 4:15 at Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, IN– I’ll be teaching a Restorative Yoga Class. Restorative is super duper gentle and perfect for those who are healing from injuries, those experiencing chronic stress and also those who seek to balance their more vigorous practices with a softer practice.

Restorative Yoga w/Dawn at Spacious Heart Yoga

Restorative Yoga w/Dawn at Spacious Heart Yoga

Restorative Yoga is all about unraveling the body & mind through gentle nurturing & lots of restorative adjustments. Using props to help the body to release tension and allow muscle to soften, this class is suited for anyone looking to de-stress and nurture themselves. The class will end in a guided Yoga Nidra (deep yogic sleep) practice to allow for the benefits of deep restoration.

A softer, quieter class like Restorative is important when developing and maintaining a regular yoga practice. Balancing your more vigorous or challenging practices with a restorative practice each week can not only help your practice on the mat be more balanced, but also remind you to practice the necessary balance of yin and yang off the mat too.

Starting May 2014…. Restorative Wednesdays w/Dawn  4:15-5:15pm at Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, IN

Monthly Meditations at Spacious Heart Yoga

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Join me at Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, IN for Monthly Meditations. These Monthly Meditation Workshops offer students the opportunity to learn and practice various meditation styles to cultivate a regular home practice or to support an already established practice. Each month we will explore various styles of meditation, including: Yoga Nidra, Mantra/Japa Mala, Guided, Walking, Vipassana/Mindfulness & more.

No experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothes. Please do not eat an overly large meal before sessions. Chairs will be available for those who are not able to sit on the floor.

Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

April 19th
June 28th
July 26th
August 30th

Investment $20 Early Bird (4 days prior to meeting)/$25 after Early Bird Rate

To register visit spaciousheartyoga.com under Events & Workshops

Please note:  If you or someone you know, would like to attend but are experiencing financial difficulties, please CONTACT ME  to discuss arrangements. No student with a sincere interest in learning meditation will be turned away.

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Sacred Waters ~ 16990 Douglas Rd, Mishawaka, IN 46545
574-277-0034

 

I’m subbing in Mishawaka so, join me on Thursdays at Sacred Waters in Mishawaka, IN for Gentle Yoga. Class is suitable for all levels and is donation based. Suggested donation is $10. Mats and props are available for your use if you don’t have them. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in and get settled. Look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Thursdays 9:30-10:45am 
February 27 and March 6, 13, 20, 27
at Sacred Waters 16990 Douglas Rd. Mishawaka, In 46545
For Questions call Sacred Waters at 574-277-0034

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February 2014 Schedule 

at Spacious Heart Yoga Goshen

                                           302 South Main St. Goshen, IN

Sundays

2-3:15pm  Yin Class 

Yin is a form of yoga practice that focuses on allowing muscle to release so that connective tissue (the joints) are allowed to lengthen and strengthen. It is a quiet and meditative practice and will help cultivate stillness and challenge students as we hold poses for much longer than other practices.

Mondays

2:30p-3:45pm  Beginner’s Class 

This class is geared towards new students and those in the early stages of their practice. Focusing on alignment, breaking down poses as well as learning breathing and meditation techniques; this class will give students a strong foundation as they grow in their practice.

4-5:15pm  Vinyasa Class 

This is a vinyasa class (one pose flowing into the next) best suited to students who have some understanding of basic poses & alignment, however, all are welcome to attend this vigorous practice. The class will get your heart rate up & you might sweat a bit, so bring your own mat (if you have one) as well as water & a towel.

Thursdays

5:30-6:45pm  Beginner’s Class 

This class is geared towards new students and those in the early stages of their practice. Focusing on alignment, breaking down poses as well as learning breathing and meditation techniques; this class will give students a strong foundation as they grow in their practice.

7-8:30  Level 2-3 Class 

This is an advanced practice class best suited to students who have a strong understanding of asana and who are interested in cultivating a deeper practice- physically, mentally and emotionally. There will be some vinyasa, as well as breaking down transitions and challenging poses. Chanting, meditation, mudras may/will be covered during this class. This class isn’t only about asanas. It is for students ready to take their practices deeper in all ways.

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January 2014 Schedule 

at Spacious Heart Yoga Goshen

                                           302 South Main St. Goshen, IN

Sundays

2-3:15pm  Yin Class 

Yin is a form of yoga practice that focuses on allowing muscle to release so that connective tissue (the joints) are allowed to lengthen and strengthen. It is a quiet and meditative practice and will help cultivate stillness and challenge students as we hold poses for much longer than other practices.

Mondays

2:30p-3:45pm  Beginner’s Class 

This class is geared towards new students and those in the early stages of their practice. Focusing on alignment, breaking down poses as well as learning breathing and meditation techniques; this class will give students a strong foundation as they grow in their practice.

4-5:15pm  Vinyasa Class 

This is a vinyasa class (one pose flowing into the next) best suited to students who have some understanding of basic poses & alignment, however, all are welcome to attend this vigorous practice. The class will get your heart rate up & you might sweat a bit, so bring your own mat (if you have one) as well as water & a towel.

Thursdays

5:30-6:45pm  Beginner’s Class 

This class is geared towards new students and those in the early stages of their practice. Focusing on alignment, breaking down poses as well as learning breathing and meditation techniques; this class will give students a strong foundation as they grow in their practice.

7-8:30  Level 2-3 Class 

This is an advanced practice class best suited to students who have a strong understanding of asana and who are interested in cultivating a deeper practice- physically, mentally and emotionally. There will be some vinyasa, as well as breaking down transitions and challenging poses. Chanting, meditation, mudras may/will be covered during this class. This class isn’t only about asanas. It is for students ready to take their practices deeper in all ways.

imgresAs much as I’ve been traveling and exploring , and as much as a break from teaching is necessary from time to time, eventually I remember that I can’t NOT teach. Whether on the mat or off, it’s part of me.

I’m back in the saddle again, as it were. I am teaching at The Studio in Elkhart, IN and Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, IN.   Check out my November Schedule below and hope to see you on the mat soon!

November 2014

The Studio ~ 124 S. Main St. Elkhart, IN

Saturdays

11am-12:30 Vinyasa Class 

This is a vinyasa class (one pose flowing into the next) best suited to students who have some understanding of basic poses & alignment, however, all are welcome to attend this vigorous practice. The class will get your heart rate up & you might sweat a bit, so bring your own mat (if you have one) as well as water & a towel.

1-2:15pm Restorative Class

This class is all about restoring the body & mind through gentle nurturing & lots of restorative adjustments. Using props to help the body to release tension and allow muscle to soften, this class is suited for anyone looking to de-stress and nurture themselves. The class will end in a guided Yoga Nidra (deep yogic sleep) practice to allow for the benefits of deep restoration.

Sundays

2-3:15pm Beginners

This class is geared towards new students and those in the early stages of their practice. Focusing on alignment, breaking down poses as well as learning breathing and meditation techniques; this class will give students a strong foundation as they grow in their practice.

3:30-5pm Yin

Yin is a form of yoga practice that focuses on allowing muscle to release so that connective tissue (the joints) are allowed to lengthen and strengthen. It is a quiet and meditative practice and will help cultivate stillness and challenge students as we hold poses for much longer than other practices.

Mondays

5:30-6:45pm  Vinyasa Class 

This is a vinyasa class (one pose flowing into the next) best suited to students who have some understanding of basic poses & alignment, however, all are welcome to attend this vigorous practice. The class will get your heart rate up & you might sweat a bit, so bring your own mat (if you have one) as well as water & a towel.

Wednesdays

5:30-6:45pm Beginners

This class is geared towards new students and those in the early stages of their practice. Focusing on alignment, breaking down poses as well as learning breathing and meditation techniques; this class will give students a strong foundation as they grow in their practice.

Spacious Heart Yoga ~ 320 South Main St. Goshen, IN

Mondays

1-2:15pm  Vinyasa Class 

This is a vinyasa class (one pose flowing into the next) best suited to students who have some understanding of basic poses & alignment, however, all are welcome to attend this vigorous practice. The class will get your heart rate up & you might sweat a bit, so bring your own mat (if you have one) as well as water & a towel.

2:30p-3:45pm  Beginner’s Class 

This class is geared towards new students and those in the early stages of their practice. Focusing on alignment, breaking down poses as well as learning breathing and meditation techniques; this class will give students a strong foundation as they grow in their practice.

It has proven more challenging than I realized to process leaving the Savannah Yoga Center. After giving my 2 weeks notice last week, I knew that it would take some time to process all the emotions that arise upon leaving something I have been a part of for so many years. So students, please know that I haven’t forgotten you, but that a bit of time to digest all that is unfolding was needed before I could find the words to all that I was feeling.

And of course, what is revealed in the end is quite simple: THANK YOU.

To all my students- I deeply thank you. Some of you have been practicing with me for several years now, some are new- and to all of you- it has been my honor and privilege to come in each week and bear witness to your practice, to your awakening and to share space with you. It was my honor to share my experience, to offer you the opportunity to practice mindfulness and to be able to hone my craft as a teacher.

It is no exaggeration, to say that my time in Savannah has been one of great growth, healing and awakening and as fellow yogis and students, you have been part of my path. I am grateful and privileged to have been even one small part of yours.  And although, I will not be supporting you at the front of the classroom at the Savannah Yoga Center, please know that I support you nonetheless.

I encourage you to continue the practice of mindfulness in all its forms and wherever it leads you in life. I encourage you to use the tools you learn- not only when it’s easy, not only on your mat, but to do the deeper work that leads to awakening- even when it’s unglamorous and seemingly unsung. Even when you stumble, even when you fall back asleep, each moment is the opportunity to awaken again. I encourage you to keep on moving into the light, into your deepest knowing… and to have some fun along the way. Remember, it isn’t all toil and trouble to awaken.

There are big changes on the horizon for me. I am finishing up some final details and when they are all sussed out, I will announce the news. Until then, my current schedule still stands for the month of October at the Yoga Co-Op: Sundays 5:30pm Yin and Mondays 5:30 Yoga Nidra.

Please stay tuned and check the blog for details to come… and know this:  I am truly grateful for all the years I’ve had the honor of teaching you. Bearing witness to someone’s awakening is a great gift and you have given me this treasure week after week, year after year. Thank you.

Much love,

~dawn!

 

Ok, gang… If you’ve been holding on off getting a massage, you won’t want to miss this brief window of opportunity September 21st- 27th with Heather Helard.  Savannah lost one of the best Massage therapists and ‘bright lights’ when Heather moved out to the West Coast. For a few days in September, we get her back again!
I first met Heather several years ago at a social event. Our paths didn’t intersect again until years later when Heather came to one of my classes at the Yoga Co-Op. Upon talking with her, it was so clear how mindful, intuitive and awake she was and when I found out she was a massage therapist, I wasn’t surprised!

Massage Therapist, Heather Helard and Awesome Dog, Willie

I can say with all objectivity, her abilities to help her clients begin to heal themselves through her work is profound. Heather’s natural intuitiveness combined with a strong educational foundation allows her to offer Massage, Reiki and Bodywork services that are compassionate, healing and powerfully effective.

So don’t miss this opportunity to meet with Heather. It’s first come, first serve- so book now to assure your time with Heather. Appointment hours will be from 10AM-7PM daily  between September 21st- 27th.  She will be offering 65 and 95 minute massages only. Prices are $85 for 65 minutes and $120 for 95 minutes. Cash only, please.

You can contact Heather via email: healing@heatherhelard.com or by phone:  912.596.0961

 I’m the Coordinator for this year’s event and guess what kids?

It’s time to get yer GLOBAL MALA ON!

 

Photo Courtesy of http://www.taramandala.org

Global Mala is an international event held every year. Yogis from all around the world come together to practice, support each other as a community and raise awareness and awake-ness.

Founded by Shiva Rea in 2007 and now in partnership with Yoga Month and Yoga for Peace, the Global Mala Yoga for Peace is a seed of a world-wide experiment into the power of meditation in action. This event is offered in conjunction with worldwide celebrations of the Global Mala project in over 50 countries, uniting the global yoga community from every continent, school of practice, and approach to form a “mala around the earth”.

For Global Mala Savannah, we also raise money for a local cause. Each year we pick a cause to partner with and all the proceeds of the event go to supporting the needs of that cause. My hope as Global Mala Savannah Coordinator this year is to extend this event to not only the yoga community but to the burgeoning mindful community of Savannah. Those who are living, working and practicing mindfulness in all its forms.

The theme of this year’s Global Mala event is Nourish Savannah and our Recipient is the local chapter of Backpack Buddiesgrassroots effort to feed school aged children who might otherwise go hungry. During the school day, most children in need are provided meals through government programs, but when Friday rolls around, many children are faced with a weekend of wondering if they will have enough to eat. BackPack Buddies organizes and mobilizes churches, temples, companies and organizations to prepare backpacks of food for students to take home for the weekend, ensuring they will be nourished even when they are not in school.

Norman and Julie Hirsch

Spearheaded by Norman and Julie Hirsch of Congregation Mickve Israel,  Backpack Buddies Savannah has enlisted congregations who are help to feed children in need. Each congregation is partnered with a school and puts together weekend food packs that they deliver to the school. Teachers and staff at the schools assemble the bags of food into the backpacks that have been provided by BackPack Buddies and distribute to the children in the program to take home for the weekend.

The event is open to experienced yogis, novices and those who don’t know a down dog from a dirty dog! There will be a vigorous practice followed by a gentle practice (you can do one or both!) as well as a kids practice. There will be a silent auction and raffle of amazing donations from the yoga and mindful community and the Savannah Food Co-Op will be there selling great local and organic goods.

This year the registration is a $25 suggested donation for adults and $5 for kids. And when I say, suggested… I mean suggested! If you have more to give, please do. If not, donate what you can and join us for the event. Your donation is valued and so is your presence.

Please join us for this event to nourish the community and nourish yourself in the process. You can register or donate to the event at the Yoga Co-Op, Savannah Yoga Center, the Yoga Room, Savannah Power Yoga and Bikram. Visit the Global Mala Savannah Blogto keep updated on the event, see what great donations are coming in and support our growing mindful community. And please spread the word- at the water cooler, on your Websites, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals, etc.

Until I see you on the mat… Live. Breathe. Be.

Pass Me On To Your Friends!

Savannah’s loss is Asheville’s gain. Former SAV resident and lovely friend of mine, Jessica Hedrick, is now based in Asheville, NC and has opened White Sage, a space of the healing arts of Massage Therapy, Reiki and Yoga.

Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher & Reiki Master, Jessica Hedrick

I first met Jessica at the Savannah Yoga Center as I trained her as a volunteer there and as a regular student in my classes. It was evident through her practice she had experience with movement and still she was open and inquisitive to the tools of yoga in both the similarities to dance and the differences.

Jessica’s mindfulness, dedication and compassion came through not only on the mat or through her work as a reiki master, but in her everyday actions, words and energy. Now as a certified Yoga teacher, Massage Therapist and Reiki master, Jessica offers a wide array of tools for students and clients to step into their own healing.

I can’t say enough great things about Jessica. She is a talented and wonderful person. So if you’re in Asheville, get yourself over to White Sage to spend some time with Jessica and step deeper into your own awakening.

Beginning Monday, September 12th, 10am, Kate Jacobson will be teaching a Restorative Yoga Class at the Yoga Co-Op. Woo hoo!  I feel strongly about adding more Gentle, Restorative and simply slower more mindful classes to the yoga options in Savannah. Don’t get me wrong, I love a vigorous class and flow can absolutely be a mindful practice. Those of you who take some of my flow classes can attest that they are quite challenging both physically and mentally. However, without balancing mindfulness and breath with asana, then it’s really just Jazzercise, now isn’t it? So slowing things down can be essential for most people in this hectic day and age. Most of us can relate to stressed out minds and bodies. Some of us are healing from injury or just need some extra TLC and that’s when a Restorative Class can really make a difference.

Kate describes her class like so:  “This Restorative Class will emphasis reducing the effects of stress. It is especially beneficial for times before, during and after major life events such as the death of a loved one, change of job or residence, marriage, divorce, etc. This restorative practice is helpful to counter the effects of a busy, fast-paced lifestyle.”

So I know that there aren’t a ton of Gentle or Restorative Classes compared to the intense flow yoga that’s out there but now you have one more opportunity to practice taking care of yourself. Join Kate Mondays 10am at the Yoga Co-Op starting September 12th. Make time for it. You are worth it.

Ok, all you Yoga Nidra fans, it’s time to get your deep yogic sleep ON! While the lovely Stephanie Moon is out on maternity leave, I’ll be teaching a Yoga Nidra class at the Yoga Co-Op. Class meets Mondays 5:30-6:45pm. We will be upstairs in the loft, so space is limited. Please register online to secure your spot and arrive early because class starts promptly at 5:30pm.

For those who new to Yoga Nidra, it’s deep yogic sleep. Through a guided practice, students access a deeper state of awareness while in a conscious state of sleep. Brain waves slow down, beyond relaxation, beyond conscious meditative states, the practice of yoga nidra allows the body and mind to sleep while a deeper state of consciousness is revealed.

Photo Copyright 2011 Courtesy of Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School

So what are the benefits? The body and mind are restored simply from the rest they are given and access to the deeper states of awareness can allow energetic and emotional blocks to be softened. On a metaphysical note, with regular practice yoga nidra can be another powerful resource in our spiritual awakening.

I have been practicing Yoga Nidra regularly since 2008. While I felt I was experiencing something truly remarkable, the first 30 times I did Yoga Nidra, I fell asleep each time.  With practice and my basic physical and psychological rest being restored, I began remaining aware for a little longer and eventually, I began experiencing very powerful states of awareness and presence.

Like most things, you just gotta come and practice for yourself- direct experience. Bring your mat if you have one, comfy clothes (we’ll be doing some gentle stretches to prepare the body for yoga nidra- nothing wild) and if you have your own eye pillow that you love, bring that too. Don’t worry, we have mats, props and eye pillows if you don’t have your own.

See you on the mat.

Last minute subbing! Come join me tonight (Thursday Aug. 4th) at the Savannah Yoga Center for a Super Gentle class that I am subbing. Class starts at 6pm. Get there a little early to check in without rushing around. Now, you can also reserve your place and/or pay for class online.

Come on down and do something nice for yourself for dealing with all this heat!

See you on the mat!

I’ll be subbing the following classes in the next few weeks.

Savannah Yoga Center

Wed… 7/20/11……4-5pm Community Flow All Levels Yoga…. $10

Yoga Co-Op Savannah

Sunday…7/24/11…..5-5:15 Prenatal Yoga…..$10 members/$13 non-memb

Sunday…7/31/11…..5-5:15 Prenatal Yoga…..$10 members/$13 non-memb

Photo by Geoff Johnson Courtesy of Savannah Yoga Center

Hey gang, check out the awesome deal for New Students that the Savannah Yoga Center has going on Living Social. $49 for an Unlimited Monthly Pass for New Students.

You can come to as many classes as you want for a month.  The deal expires tomorrow- July 20th at 5pm, so grab it while it’s good! And tell your friends. See you on the mat!

I’ll be subbing 7-8:15pm PEACE IN/PEACE OUT class at the Yoga Co-Op, this FRIDAY- July 15, 2011. Join me for a class that is 45 minutes of vinyasa and 30 minutes of slower, deeper, yin-like muscle releasing. It’s the best of both worlds. So, bang a gong and get your Yin and Yang ON! See you on the mat!

Members rate: $10, Non-members: $13. Walk ins welcome!

 

 

Thanks to all who made Saturday’s leg of Yoga-Fest a fantastic day! It was great to see you all for my Flow and Restorative classes today. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Savannah Yoga Center today, you still have tomorrow to take part in our FREE classes. I won’t be teaching tomorrow, but you can head on down and take class with an aray of SYC’s teachers.

For all you dedicated yogis and to those who are just embarking on your yoga path, I’ve got a little treat for you. Usually my classes at Savannah Yoga Center are $14 ($12 for students/firefighters/military & public teachers) however, my classes next week will only be $10.

7/13……….Wed. 5:30pm Beginners

7/13………..Wed. 7:30pm HOT Dynamic Flow

7/16………..Sat. 11am Flow

7/16………..Sat. 1pm Restorative 

Nothing to print. No secret handshakes. Just come in to one of the classes above and get yer yoga on for just $10. Namaste, and see you on the mat

Yogi Fun at Yoga Fest 2010

It’s Yoga-Fest time again y’all! This Saturday and Sunday, July 9th and 10th,  morning and afternoon classes are FREE at the Savannah Yoga Center. The classes for Yoga-Fest are 40 minutes long and there are classes for every style of yoga and a Bhangra Fit Class to boot!.

It’s our way of giving back to the community and giving those who are flirting with the idea of yoga a chance to get a taste of what it’s all about at the Savannah Yoga Center.

Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to secure your spot. Bring your own mat if you have one, if not we have some for you to use (first come first serve, though) and if you plan to take a Flow/Hot or Dynamic Class, bring water and a towel.

I’ll be teaching Saturday 11:20 Flow Class (fairly vigorous) and 12:10 Restorative (super duper gentle) so come on down and have some yoga fun. You can take as many classes as you’d like. Bring your friends and family too. Class Cards and select items in the Boutique will be on sale. Click HERE for a printable Yoga-Fest 2011 schedule.

NOTE: Regularly scheduled classes that fall after 4pm will be held as usual.

 

OTHER LIVES

Other Lives isn’t a band that plays music. They are architects of soundscape. That’s the only way to describe their latest album, Tamer Animals.  I play the song, For 12, in my Flow classes fairly often lately and those of you regulars will recognize it’s haunting, dream-like quality.

Sometimes music can be a distraction to practice- however the sounds and movement created in For 12 lend themselves to becoming an avenue for deeper presence and free flow in my asana.

Now, that’s a whole lotta woo-woo that essentially means, this song is dreamy and you should listen to it- on the mat or off. Check out the songs  For 12, Tamer Animals (live), and Dustbowl III

There are  only a few more slots open for my  3 hour comprehensive yoga workshop, HANDS~HEART~FEET tomorrow, Sunday, June 12th,  1-4pm at the Savannah Yoga Center. We’ll focus on 6 different yogic methods that can help us create the space to be present and to cultivate the inquisitiveness to our internal experience that is required for walking deeper on our path.

This workshop is for anyone interested in not only honing their physical practice, but also in practicing techniques that give us the foundation to live our yoga off the mat as well.

If you’ve already registered, please bring water, your yoga mat if you have one and any props that you use regularly. We will have mats and props for those who don’t have their own.

Register in person at 1319 Bull St. Savannah, GA,  online at savannahyoga.com or by phone: 912.232.2994

Ok. It’s summer here in Savannah. It’s humid. It’s hot. And it can get a little ugly. Even those who generally like the heat can find themselves wilting into a puddle of sticky, sweaty goo hoping for a cool breeze every now and then. Savannah can turn into a scene from Night of the Living Dead, zombies walking around town in a daze with crazy hair, fried skin and parched mouths. If you’re lucky, you might get a grunt or nod from someone- if they can conjure up the energy to do that. So, here are a few products that can help you maintain some semblance of humanness over the sweltering summer months.

Solar Recover’s Save Your Skin is an elixir from the gods. My friend Trish first introduced the product to me many years ago. On a long weekend in the hot desert heat of Nevada, a friend in our group was so fair skinned he actually burned in the shade. By the first night he turned lobster red and all we could see was two beady eyes blankly staring out at us in desperation.

Trish pulled out the ol’ Solar Recover Save Your Skin and we each took turns spritzing the poor guy all night. Upon waking the next morning, we heard screams from his room, “I’m TAN! Oh my god, I’m tan for the first time in my life!”

I don’t know how it works but t’s all-natural and it smells fresh and revitalizing. And it can take a sunburn and turn it into a tan or at the very least, lessen the burn. Even if you don’t burn, it makes your skin feel and look great. You can’t just spray it once though. You’ve got to spritz throughout the day/night, and if you are really burned, you’ve got to keep that spritzer next to you like a Hampton’s socialite.

The result is lovely skin and it refreshes your senses too. The bonus is that it’s natural, the company is mindful and the owners/creators are awesome. I had an hour-long conversation the owner, about skin, life, writing, etc. and he’s great. It’s a product you can buy knowing the people behind it are kind and mindful. Check out their website HERE. You can buy all kinds of stuff online. In Savannah you can get some of their products at Brighter Day Natural Foods. If it’s not in stock-, which unfortunately is often the case, you can ask them to order more. If you order online, just buy a case. Everyone is going to try to steal it from you anyway and you’ll use it like a fiend throughout the summer.

Clearly, Phil Spector did not use moroccan oil.

Moroccan Oil for your hair is fantastic way to keep from turning into your evil twin over the summer months. And anything Moroccan already sounds exotic and mysterious, right? The smell is outrageously delicious and the oil helps keep your hair from getting so out of line that you get arrested for Public Indecency.

There are several brands out there, it’s all a derivative of Argan oil. The brand, Moroccan Oil is sleek and sexy and the scent is dreamy but it’s pricy. The less sexy looking packaging of Agadir has just a slightly different scent and the bottle looks like someone’s Middle Eastern grandpa might have this in his cupboard, however it still smells great and is much less expensive.

I’m sure there are even more options out there. Whatever you choose, you want to make sure it has real Argan Oil in it. After a while of using it, you’ll slowly turn from Ol’ Crazy Hair Mcgee to Just Ol’ Crazy Mcgee whose hair is kind of nice and smells good. And this isn’t just for the girls. The scent isn’t flowery or “girly”. Guys, you’ll smell dreamy too.

All around Savannah, I can hear lips smacking and tongues wagging because of thirst. And sorry, even though it is liquid, beer ain’t gonna hydrate you. After living in Savannah for 5 years, I have learned that beer is the official “water” of Savannah, however, sometimes you gotta actually hydrate and when you are too dehydrated even water won’t do the trick very well. There is a balance of electrolytes that the body needs to efficiently process liquid to actually make it effective in it’s hydration. It’s that combo that helps the body hydrate most efficiently.

One of nature’s perfect concoctions for hydration is Coconut Water. Not to be confused with it’s creamy cousin, coconut milk, coconut water is clear-ish and comes with chunks of coconut pulp or without. It’s slightly sweet without being overpowering and it’s a perfect way to hydrate without all the other junk those “power” drinks have in them. And even though I like science experiments as much as the next person, this drink isn’t made by men in lab coats mixing test tubes of flavor derivatives, by-products or adding colors to make it pretty. It’s from a coconut. Period. If you want to make it pink, you’ll have to add your own food coloring.

If you are not a coconut kind of guy or gal, try it anyway. It’s not like what you know from sweet coconut cream pies or candies. People who don’t even like the taste of coconut often still love coconut water.  I get mine at any of the Asian markets here in Savannah for 79 cents- $1.50 a can. Some of the brands they sell have some added sugarcane but not as much as the Mexican brands- which are super sweet and not thirst quenching at all.  You can buy coconut water at health food stores or gourmet markets. They sell brands that are organic for $3-4 a can. Either way, try keeping some cans of it on hand for the hot days of summer. You can make some space for it in the ‘fridge next to your Savannah “water”.

Most of all, enjoy the summer and continue to make time for your asana practice… I doubt Phil Spector did yoga and look what happened to him.

I’ll be permanently teaching the Sunday night 5:30pm Yin Class at the Yoga Co-Op Savannah. In this Yin class we will not only focus on holding poses to increase connective tissue mobility, but we will also incorporate gentle muscle releasing poses, calming pranayama and restorative poses. Come join me to practice slowing down and letting go. (Members $10/Non members $13)

Photo Courtesy of 9avenueofpines.com

Beginning May 17th, I’ll be teaching a Tuesday 1pm Yoga class at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on beautiful Isle of Hope. This class is for all levels, primarily focusing on honing poses for strength and flexibility as well as the restorative aspects of Yoga  (i.e. this is not a Dynamic Flow kind of class.) The class is open to the entire community of Savannah, regardless of religious affiliation or yoga experience.

Tuesday, May 17th begins our 6 weeks of sessions for $60. To sign up and to secure your space, email:  Rev. Deacon Geri Lee Nelson at Gerileenelson@aol.com or call her at (912) 355-3110

St. Thomas Episcopal Church is located at 2 St. Thomas Ave. on Isle of Hope

I’m subbing at the Yoga Co-Op Savannah for Power Hour, Friday 5:30, May 13, 2011. Bring water and a towel. It is Power hour after all. One potent hour of asana to get your weekend started right. Classes are $13 for non-members and $10 for members. The Yoga Co-Op Savannah is located at 2424 Drayton StSee y’all there!


Join me, Sunday, June 12th,  for my 3 hour comprehensive yoga workshop, HANDS~HEART~FEET at the Savannah Yoga Center. We’ll focus on 6 different yogic methods that can help us create the space to be present and to cultivate the inquisitiveness to our internal experience that is required for walking deeper on our path.

This workshop is for anyone interested in not only honing their physical practice, but also in practicing techniques that give us the foundation to live our yoga off the mat as well.

Register in person at 1319 Bull St. Savannah, GA,  online at savannahyoga.com or by phone: 912.232.2994

Check out this yoga article, featuring yours truly, by fellow yogini and writer Adrienn Mendonca in Shaping Savannah. To enlarge, click the article until your eyes are content.

Dawn Smith

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