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Quarterly Kula Spacious Heart 1.31.15


Join us at Spacious Heart Yoga for our first Quarterly Kula of 2015.

Saturday ~ January 31st ~ 2015

6pm Vegetarian Potluck

6:30pm Viewing of the Documentary: The Dhamma Brothers

This event is free to the community and all are welcome. Bring a vegetarian dish to share if you can and join us to connect with the community and view a powerful documentary about Vipassana Meditation brought to a high security prison in Alabama. East meets West in the Deep South.

Spacious Heart Yoga is located at 302 S. Main St. Goshen, IN

Thanks and Giving Yoga Practice at Spacious Heart Yoga Goshen, IN

Thanks and Giving Yoga Practice at Spacious Heart Yoga Goshen, IN

Thanks and Giving Yoga Class at Spacious Heart Yoga, Goshen IN, 9-10am on Thursday, November 27th, 2014. 

Join Yoga Teacher Sheri Bontrager to give thanks and share the mindfulness of practice Thanksgiving morning. The class is free but we ask that you bring a donation of canned food or monetary donation that will go to a local charity. To submit your choice of charity organization, stop by the studio and enter the name of the charity.

With all the hoopla of the Holiday’s it’s a perfect way to keep centered and mindful. So put the turkey in the oven and get yourself down to Spacious Heart Yoga for class!

 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

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 Buddies– grassroots 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!

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.

What is more sacred than to bring nourishment to another human being–spiritually, emotionally and quite literally by bringing food to those who need it?

Senior hunger is a serious threat to nearly 6 million seniors in the United States each year.  Nationwide, the Meals on Wheels program works to alleviate senior hunger.  Each day, the MOW program serves over 1,800 hot meals to homebound seniors in Chatham County and 6 surrounding counties.  They depend on the commitment of their wonderful volunteers to deliver these meals and hope to be able to expand the numbers of clients they serve with the help of more volunteers in the future.

The commitment to volunteer is one hour a week during lunchtime and they try to match volunteers to routes that are near where they live or work.   Offices and church groups can adopt routes and share in the responsibility together.  The Meals on Wheels program not only nourishes seniors, it gives them daily interaction with volunteers and gives family members peace of mind that someone is checking up their loved ones each day.

This year, MOW is hosting their  first annual 5K on May 14th.  Information and registration can be found on their website:  and at fleetfeet: To learn more about volunteering visit:

They are also looking for volunteers to help out on race day.  Anyone interested can contact lovely, fellow Yoga teacher and Director of Volunteers for Senior Citizens, Inc., Lauren Cruickshank directly at And be sure to spread the word!

In honor of Earth Day this Saturday April 23rd, (everyday should be Earth Day don’t you think?) my Saturday 11am-12:30pm Flow class at the Savannah Yoga Center (usually $14) is only $10! An Earth Day treat for you.

So come down, get yer practice in and then walk down to Forsyth Park to join the Earth Day Festivities. See you on the mat!

Photo Courtesy of Hospice of Savannah

Beginning April 11, 2011, I will begin teaching a Monday night 5:30pm Intermediate Yoga Class at the Hospice of Savannah.  I’m thrilled to be offering yoga to those who offer so much of their love and energy to the care of others. George Cox, who developed this yoga relationship with Hospice will also be teaching Beginner’s classes at Hospice during the week. Currently the class is open to Hospice Staff and volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Hospice of Savannah click HERE for more info.

The Yogathon in Forsyth Park is this Saturday: April 9th, 2011 from 12-3pm. This is a benefit organized by Louie’s Kids to raise money to bring a ‘Fit Club’ to a school here in Savannah through COPE (Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education) The program will provide children with nutritional, physical and emotional tools to prevent and reverse the effects of obesity. I’m honored to be one of the yoga teachers leading the 108 Sun Salutations this Saturday.

You can be part of this great event in several ways: Click HERE  to donate. No donation is too modest… every bit helps! Or if you’d rather, you can Click HERE to join my team and participate (minimum $20 donation required- this can be your money or from sponsors that you recruit.)

I WILL be teaching my regularly scheduled Saturday, 11am Flow class at the Savannah Yoga Center the day of the event, then I’ll be heading down to Bandshell at Forsyth Park to join in on the Yogathon. For those of you who aren’t able to participate in the Yogathon, you can still get your practice in with me and then come down to the park to cheer us on!

We only have a few days left so don’t wait! If you can, please DONATE or register to PARTICIPATE right now. Whatever you do, spread the word and cheer us on from wherever you are!

Photo Courtesy of Human Society of Greater Savannah


It’s SOOOOOO EASY. No excuses! Just CLICK HERE and vote for the Humane Society of Greater Savannah to help us qualify in the first heat to win $100k.

They only ask for your email and you can opt out of any future emails. This money would do so much to help the many strays, abused and neglected animals here in Savannah. This contest is sponsored by the ASPCA.

You can VOTE once a day until April 15, 2011. Please vote each day and post this on your BLOG, FACEBOOK, TWITTER,  etc. and EMAIL everyone you know and chat it up at the water cooler and with strangers you meet! This is BIG! We can do it!

12-3pm, Saturday, April 9th in Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA is hosting a Yogathon to raise money for Louie’s Kids and COPE (Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education). The goal is to help raise money to fund a Louie’s Kids Fit Club in a Title I (low income) Savannah School next fall.  The Fit Club is a daily program that teaches children not only nutrition and physical fitness, but also addresses emotional blocks that keep children from living the best life that they can.

I am one of the teachers who will be leading the 108 Sun Salutations for the Yogathon. I’m thrilled to be part of this event and I’d love for you to be part of it too!


If you can participate in the 108 Sun Salutations (you don’t have to do them all, just do what you can),  click here to JOIN THE TEAM .  Our team name is FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK, I SUN SALUTE YOU! Team Dawn Smith.  Once you register with the team, email everyone you know for donations. They can donate right online. Every little bit counts.

If you can’t participate, you can always donate to the team anyway and spread the word. Click here to DONATE.

The day of the Yogathon, you can still join me at my regular class Saturday morning 11am-12:30 at Savannah Yoga Center and then  head down to the Forsyth Park to cheer the Yogathon participants on. I would love for you come down and share in the fun of the day, even if you don’t want to do the sun salutations, I hope you’ll consider being part of this event in anyway you can.

Whether it’s practicing with us out in the park, or donating money- know that you are doing good… for others and yourself. Even the seemingly smallest of offerings matters.

Ok you animal lovers, it’s a call to arms! Or at least a call to your computer clicking fingertips. Fellow Savannah yogini, Constance Gabrielli, of Om in Provence fame, has entered her tiny little Chloé in the Bissell Most Valuable Pet Photo Contest. The grand prize is $10,000 for the charity of their choice. Constance and Chloé have chosen the Humane Society of Greater Savannah as their recipient.

Vote for CHLOE! #7822

To vote, go to Bissell Most Valuable Pet Photo Contest . You do have to sign in, however, don’t let that stop you from helping us to earn $10k for the many animals that need our help here in Savannah. I signed in and Bissell doesn’t send spam if you don’t subscribe, which is easy enough. Once signed in, click Current Week Voting Period 1 and then ‘view all entries’ tab, where you can do a search. Chloé’s entry number is 7822. Then vote for Chloé!

Voting starts today, 1.12.11, and you can vote once a day for a week, so please vote EVERY day! The biggest winners of each week, move on to the final round to win the grand prize.

So get yer fingers a clickin’ and vote, vote, vote! And pass this on to anyone and everyone you know. There isn’t a day that goes by, here in Savannah, that we don’t see several stray or abused animals around town. It’s simply unacceptable. So if from the comfort of our chairs we can do something to help organizations like the Humane Society of Greater Savannah help these animals, it’s really the least we can do. It will change the lives of many wonderful little creatures and warm our hearts too!  So… stop reading this and VOTE already!

Savannah Yoga Center located at 1319 Bull St. 3 blocks from Forsyth Park

It’s YOGAFEST time again at the Savannah Yoga Center. Saturday & Sunday, January 15-16, 2011, come join us for FREE YOGA! There are classes for every style of yoga that you’d like to try: Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Ashtanga, Flow, Hot Classes and more. And all classes are FREE during YogaFest.

Wear clothes that you can move comfortably in and bring a mat if you have one (if not, we have some to borrow but first come first serve.) Plan to get to class 10-15 minutes early to sign in, especially if you are new to the center as you will need to fill out a new student form.

The full schedule of YogaFest class schedule is posted online at the Savannah Yoga Center site. I will be teaching the Saturday, Jan 15th, 11am Flow Class. It’s a fairly vigorous class. You might break a sweat. If you are already a regular to my Saturday class bring your family and friends… it’s all FREE!

NOTE: My Sunday evening 7:30pm Level 2 Class will follow YogaFest as usual.

Me in a little Twist & Shout

Sending out a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone involved in 2010’s Global Mala event. Being the beneficiary of Savannah’s 2010 Global Mala was a heart-opening experience for me. It provided me the opportunity to practice what I teach: to receive love with the same grace and humbleness that we feel when we offer it.

Fellow Yoga Teacher, Dawn Tanis & I prepping for Vasisthasana

So many people in the Yoga community here in Savannah came together to make the event a lovely and memorable one. Kate Taylor, Lynne McSweeney and Brent Martin of the Yoga Co-Op of Savannah and now, also of the Savannah Power Yoga studio, led the organizing efforts and I am truly grateful for all their love and kindness. Thank you to the all the sponsors, volunteers, to those who donated goods and services for the auction, to Jeffrey Cohen and Mark Knowles of Jivamukti Yoga Charleston and to all those who practiced with us! Your kindness and love is not only appreciated, but is also an inspiration to all of us that a little love goes a long, long way in the hearts of many.

Hot off the presses! The 2011 Savannah Yoga Center Calendars are ready and waiting for you! Long before my bike accident, Kelley Boyd (owner and director of the Savannah Yoga Center) had the great idea of us doing a Calendar for a good cause.

After my accident and learning of the hefty medical bills I accrued, Kelley announced that I would be the beneficiary of this year’s calendar proceeds. Not only am I grateful for this love and kindness, I’m thrilled to see all the SYC Yoga Teachers highlighted in such a beautiful calendar and to be a part of bringing the yoga community together.

Yoga Teacher Olivia McIntosh

The project was a labor of love and with so much kindness and support from so many people, the calendar turned out spectacular. I send a heartfelt thank you to Kelley and the entire Savannah Yoga Center family, the many sponsors, the garden owners where the photos were shot, all those who helped at the Calendar release party and talented Photographer Geoff Johnson and tremendous Graphic Designer, Leslie Geer.

So much talent and so many big hearts. It reminds me how powerful we are. Whether in a grand way or seemingly small way, we have the power to extend love and kindness. That is what our Yoga Community has done for me. Much love and gratitude to you all.

Click HERE to order online. Local Yogis may also purchase the calendar in person at the Savannah Yoga Center.

Sat. Nov. 20, 2010 join Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love at the American Legion 135 for some rockin’ tunes and wild dancing to help raise money for the  Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Check out the flyer below and get your tickets at Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Join your fellow Yogis and Yoginis for a great time at this year’s Global Mala. You can sign up online at


Global Mala is a worldwide yoga event that brings yogis together to not only practice asana, but also to create potency to the intentions of peace, love and kindness to all. This year, Jeffrey Cohen of Jivamukti Yoga in Charleston will be leading the practice here in Savannah in Johnson Square. It will be a rockin’ flow style of practice with lots of energy. Not only is Global Mala a fun event and a great way to connect with fellow yogis, the money raised from the registration costs go to a worthy cause each year. This year, I am the humble recipient of what we raise for the event.

When local Global Mala organizer,  Kate Taylor, of The Yoga Co-Op here in Savannah, heard about my nasty bicycle accident and the hefty medical bills that I accrued from the hospital and doctors, she contacted me and proposed that I be the beneficiary of this year’s Global Mala. I was immediately touched and honored and as time passed, I felt something even more surfacing within me.

The accident was over a few months ago, but the effects of that day linger. Besides the looming medical bills, my body is still adjusting and healing to this day. My heart and mind as well. My physical injuries, thankfully not life threatening, were such that I was essentially housebound for weeks. The skin of the right side of my body was torn off, my hip, knee and face were significantly banged up. I had a nasty concussion, lots of contusions and my left ankle was broken, along with the tendons and ligaments torn.

All I could do for weeks was rest and meditate. I listened to healing affirmations, healing frequencies and chanted healing mantras. I literally did this day in and day out. I had no resistance, no attachment to an outcome. I was simply allowing. The doctor said I would be in the cast for 8 weeks and because of the torn ligaments and tendons, I wouldn’t be walking for 12 weeks, however, within two and a half weeks my ankle had healed enough to no longer need my cast and I was walking around. Within a month, I found myself hiking in the Grand Canyon- appreciating not only the spectacular views around me, but also the wonder of my own healing body. The doctor didn’t quite believe it, even as he watched me walk across his office. He still doesn’t. Fortunately, his belief is not required.

Still, I had a ways to go with healing, much of it emotional and spiritual. Part of this healing came in the form of so much love from friends, family and strangers. Beyond the obvious gift of helping me raise money to pay the many bills accrued from being out of work for over a month and medical fees, the generosity of heart that so many have extended to me, has given me the opportunity to practice receiving love with grace- a practice that I have not yet mastered but that I am learning more and more about each day thanks to all of you.

I had been much more comfortable being the giver- whether it was a kind word, a shoulder to lean on or the money in my pocket, it was easy for me to give. As it turns out, however, I wasn’t able to receive graciously very well- to receive without guilt or shame or the immediate need to repay to “make things fair”. It became clear that if I couldn’t receive love and kindness with the same openness that I was able to give it, then I wasn’t living as openly and fluidly as I wanted to. I was resisting the natural flow of things.

We only need to notice our breathing for the most obvious of examples: every inhale is followed by exhale and every exhale followed by inhale. We allow the breath in. We allow the breath out.  We cannot do one or the other. We must allow both to move through us. Being the beneficiary of so much kindness and love lately, I have been given the opportunity to practice the beauty of receiving gracefully. I had become quite adept at giving freely, but what is an exhale without the inhale? The natural flow of love is to both give and receive.

What I know to be true is that Love, whether in the form of a hug, a kind word, or food, shelter or help during tough times- we all deserve it. Unconditionally. Not when we reach a certain state of being, not when we get the right job, not when we lose the weight, not when we make amends, not when we not when we become “better”. Not at some future destination. We all deserve Love right now. Right now. Each of us. All of us. Me. You. And it starts by practicing knowing this from within. It starts by Loving ourselves.

I am not only the beneficiary of the money raised from Global Mala, the SYC Calendar, and the donations of many others. Through your offering of love and kindness, I have been given the opportunity to receive graciously, to be inquisitive to where I am living opening and expansively and to notice where I have walls that I have built up against love and this time, I have taken some of those bricks down. The sage Rumi said it so well:

Your task is not to seek for love,

but merely to seek and find

all the barriers within yourself

that you have built against it.

Your love and kindness is not lost on me and as I extend it back to you, know that it comes freely and from a place of deep knowing that we are all worthy, just as we are.




Poised Yoga teacher, Dawn Tanis

Savannah Yoga Center has it’s very own calendar. Featuring SYC’s own lovely teachers, the calendar was photographed by Geoff Johnson and graphic design by fellow yogini, Leslie Geer, the calendar was created to help raise money for a good cause.

Lovely and wacky yoga teacher, Jessica Hedrick

Long before my bicycle accident, Kelley Boyd (owner and director of SYC) proposed the idea of us doing a calendar. After my accident, Kelley announced that I would be the recipient of the what we raised from the calendar. I’m truly grateful for this generosity AND super excited to see just how beautiful the calendar has turned out to be!

For more info and to pre-order your own calendar, click HERE.

The Benefit that my lovely friends are organizing to help put a dent in these crazy medical bills will take place in August. It is just a bit overwhelming to try and put this all together before I head out west in a few short weeks. August is really only a little over a month away and will be here in no time.

While I am out west, I will have limited access to email but if you want to be part of the Benefit in August, you can email me and I’ll put you in contact with the Savannah crew organizing the event.

In the meantime, if you’d like to help, you can always donate online through ChipIn and you can spread the word & send out good vibes for everyone.

Much love

Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog. There’s so much to update that I’m gonna break it down to the very bare bones of it all and perhaps elaborate later. This is it how it goes:

1. Summer Fun

Mid May, I was given the opportunity to work for the organization World Horizons International for a one month stint in July. World Horizons Intl. organizes service oriented trips for teens to volunteer all over the world. Giving young people the opportunity to travel, learn about new places and to give of themselves to help others.

I was hired as the Leader for the trip to Best Friend’s Animal Society in Angel Canyon, in Utah.

Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends is one of the biggest and most respected no-kill animal sanctuary’s in the country, the participants and I will be volunteering our time, energy and love to the animals there as well as providing support to the caring staff.

2. The Bicycle Incident

I had a lot planned for June. Getting ready for this gig out west, teaching 2 workshops in addition to my regular schedule and then something funny happened on the way home from teaching… I had a nasty little bicycle incident. I was found unconscious on the street and rushed to the hospital. I still don’t know how or what exactly happened to this day.

After an afternoon in the ER, trying to remember my name , where I was and what happened, I was released. The verdict:   I was to’ up from tha flo’ up! My face looked like Rocky Balboa’s (yes, I shouted, “Yo, Adrian!” several times just see if it felt cooler to say it with a smashed up face and black eye.  Answer: Yes. It does feel cooler.) I had contusions, a concussion, scrapes, cuts, my body hurt all over and my left ankle was BROKEN.


Thankfully, I have kind friends who help me out and I am healing very fast. I do healing meditations morning, noon and night. I still practice yoga however, it’s less of an asana type of practice with this giant cast on my leg! And I stay inquisitive and open to the whole process of healing… body, mind and spirit. I’m still a bit rough around the edges, but each day I can feel a difference. Fortunately, I’ll still be able to take the summer gig out West. It will modified to fit what I can do as I build my physical stamina daily, but it will still be exciting out in the wild west nonetheless!

So the Bike Incident leads me to #3 in the blog update… I know it’s a lot but stick with me here, I’m gonna need your help.

3. Friends With Benefits

I’m so grateful to have lovely, caring people in my life. Several of my friends have begun organizing a Fundraiser/Benefit to help with the medical bills that are piling up because of the Bike Incident.

As a self employed Yoga Teacher and Freelance Writer, I don’t currently have insurance. As usual, I thought, “Oh, I’ll handle this myself”, and then I started getting the bills. To date, the medical bills are up to $9,546 and counting. I will be able to negotiate a good portion of it down, but it’s still gonna be more than I can handle.

That’s when several of the lovely friends that I have stepped in and started organizing the Friends With Benefits, fundraiser for me. It’s all still being sorted out and organized but the goal is to have the event  before the end of this month. It’s not much time, but that’s the hope. in August when I return from out west.  As details are hashed out, I will keep you posted.

Some of you have asked how you might help. Here’s a list of what we still need to put the Benefit together:

*Location. Big enough to house music, people, raffle stuff, etc.

*Raffle Items. Goods or services donated to be raffled off.

*Food & Drink for the event itself.

If you can help with any of these things or you’ve thought of other ways to help, please let us know. You can email me directly at and I’ll get you in touch with the organizers.

4. In the Meantime want to Help?

For all my loving friends who live outside of Savannah, or for those of you want to help now, you can still contribute. You can donate safely online through PayPal at the ChipIn site. You can also help spread the word by adding the ChipIn widget to your blog or other sites. Simply follow the directions on ChipIn.

If you don’t feel comfortable donating online, contact me via email for snail mail instructions. Thank you in advance for your help. I am truly grateful.


Thank you to all of you who have given me unconditional love and kindness. With no strings attached and with no need for glory, you have sent me good vibes and lots of love, you have walked my dog for me, you have brought me fruit, you have helped me pack boxes, you have texted me ridiculous jokes, you have lifted my spirits, you have made me pancakes and scooped my dog’s poop for me late at night. Two small words, but I hope that you feel the depths from which I feel them:  Thank you.

Photo courtesy of Maggie's Morning School.

Ok, Runners, get your sneakers on! Maggie’s Morning School is hosting their 4th annual 5K on April 23rd at 6:30pm at Lake Mayer.

The funds raised will be used for staff benefits so that these teachers have the resources to be healthy and vibrant.

So come out to get yer run on and help support the wonderful teachers and staff who help to guide and teach our little ones. Without mindful and creative teachers, where would we be? You can register at

And thank you Colleen Settle for all your mindfulness and efforts at Maggie’s Morning School and beyond!

It’s fun! It’s entertaining! It’s interesting! It’s right here in Savannah… and this one has a good cause too!


PechaKucha is very cool format for people to share ideas and passions in a streamlined and focused way. With 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, presenters share their ideas/experiences in a concise and compelling way. It’s entertaining, interesting and it’s right here in our own backyard!

PechaKucha Savannah April 2009 at Structured Green Warehouse Photo by Travis Linville

Created by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo, 2003,  there are now PechaKucha chapters all over the world. We are lucky enough to have the dreamy Aaron Cohen as coordinator extraordinaire for our very own PechaKucha here in Savannah.

So come on down and share this free exchange of cool ideas. This PechaKucha will be held  right around the corner from the Savannah Yoga Center at the BLACK BOX THEATER at the SPACE Gallery, SATURDAY FEB 20th, 8-10:30pm.

This event is also important, because it is part of the Haiti Relief Benefit. Please consider donating to help rebuild life for people whose lives have been rocked to the core. Every little bit helps. Our spare change can literally change someone’s life. Click Haiti Relief Benefit link above to donate and learn how your donation will be used.

2 hour Dynamic Flow Yoga Class

at Savannah Yoga Center w/ Kelley Boyd

November 27, 2009

Suggested Donation of $20 

10am – 12pm

The proceeds from this 2 hour Dynamic Flow class at the Savannah Yoga Center will be split between the two organizations: Youth Yoga Initiative and Georgia Organics. Register online, over the phone or at the Savannah Yoga Center




Small Works Exhibition

Nov 20th-Dec 24th

Gutstein Gallery (formerly Red Gallery)

201 E. Broughton St. (next to Jen Library)
 Gallery Hours:   Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Sunday, 1-4 p.m. 


Savannah Yoga Center‘s very own Catherine Moore will be one of the artists showing at the Gutstein Gallery’s Small Works Exhibit. Catherine’s drawings in the show were inspired from her time working for the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.  

Reportage Drawing #1

Reportage Drawing by Catherine Moore

The project provides activities, healthy food, educational resources and family services at The Main Youth Center and the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Please check out their website (click on link above) and consider a donation of your money or time to this important program.  And check out Catherine’s work that the exhibition to support local artists and a fellow yogini!









Got old electronic equipment that you don’t know what to do with? How about boxes of old paperwork or financials that you don’t want to dump in the trash, but want to get rid of? Well, Chatham County and WSAV are sponsoring the Document Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event to be held Nov. 7, 2009 from 10am-2pm at 1320 Eisenhower (the Resource and Conservation Center.)

This is a great way to recycle electronics safely and to get rid of all those old papers that clutter your home without worrying about private information landing in someone else’s hands. So clean out the old closets and lighten your load! See the flyer below for full details. And THANK YOU  again to Jackie Teel for passing this information on! We are lucky to have folks like her working in our interests here in Savannah!


Flyer 2009 (2)


Saturday, October 17, 2009,  Savannah, GA residents can come together to help clean up Hayner’s Creek as part of  the Rivers Alive Project.  Rivers Alive Project is Georgia’s annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources. 


Photo Courtesy of River's Alive Georgia

Photo Courtesy of River's Alive Georgia

This is a great way to give back to the community. Clean water is a precious resource that we all need. Cool drinks of clean water when we are parched, hot clean water for showers and clean water for our pets and plants are all needed to keep us healthy (and not so stinky to boot!)

Clean up starts at 8am, Sat. October 17, 2009.  Kayaks, clean-up materials and lunch will be provided for all participants thanks to the City of Savannah Water Resources Department.

For full details click HERE

Thank you to Jackie Teel, a Savannah Yoga Center regular, for spreading the word about this great project! 



My sponsorship with Showtime for The Fill the Cup Campaign through the World Food Progamme has expired. (They only do the sponsorship for a period of time.) My new sponsor is Silk. Each time you click the ad to the left, they will donate money to help feed children who are in need.

A dreamy little Laotian boy helped through the World Food Programme

A dreamy little Laotian boy helped through the World Food Programme


So click on the Socialvibe ad located to the left on my blog and follow the ad’s directions. You don’t have to sign up for anything or give out your info. Just answer a question and know that you have helped feed a hungry child. So far, you and other readers of my blog have accrued 16 weeks worth of nutrients/food for children in need through both my old sponsor Showtime and my new sponsor Silk.  Thank you!


So if you visited my blog already and clicked on the SocialVibe ad Sponsored by Showtime that raises money for World Food Programme’s, Fill the Cup campaign but did NOT actually watch the Nurse Jackie or Weeds preview, then Showtime hasn’t actually donated any money from your click.

That was my bad. I gave bad directions. Please take a second and click the ad to the left, watch the preview (or just play it and go off and do something else for a few minutes if you want) and that will allow for Showtime to actually donate the moolah. Afterwards you can click NEXT in the upper right corner and leave me a little message, if you’d like!

Much love, 


P.S. You can click the ad every time you visit!


Help Trevor Williams climb this Mt. for a great cause!

Help Trevor Williams climb this Mountain. for a great cause!

So… when was the last time you said to someone, “I care about you so much that I’d climb a mountain for you!” And then you actually DID climb a mountain for them?  Well, a good friend of mine, Trevor Williams is willing to do just that!  Next year, Trevor will be climbing Mt. Rainier as part of the  Summit for Someone Campaign.  A program in which climbers from all over the country make a monetary pledge to  Big City Mountaineers (BCM), and literally climb a mountain for this cause.

Big City Mountaineers (BCM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a recreational mentoring program for at-risk teens. Their mission is to enhance the lives of under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences. Summit For Someone is the primary fundraiser for BCM’s programs. BMC programs give teens a different perspective by taking them into wilderness areas in California, Colorado, Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest, with a one-to-one ratio of adult volunteers as positive role models. The core BCM program, RELATE (Recreational Experiences Linking Adults & Teens Environmentally) takes inner city kids on week long backpacking trips. Money raised by Summit for Someone participants directly increases the number of teens we can take out each summer on RELATE backpacking trips.

But to make this happen, we need to help Trevor out! Check out his site at where you can learn more and donate securely online right there! EVERY bit helps. By donating, you will not only be bringing great opportunities to young people all over the country, you will also be part of a community that supports a really good guy, doing a really good thing.

Much love, 


Dawn Smith

Fun musings. Cool info.
Yoga on and off the mat.

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