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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

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 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 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!

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!

 

 

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

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

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.

Join me this Saturday at 1:15pm for my new Restorative Class at the Savannah Yoga Center. My Restorative class focuses on releasing muscle tension, pranayama to soothe and calm, and allowing the body and mind the opportunity to slow down and let go.

This is a gentle practice that is great for those who are new to yoga, those healing and for seasoned yogis who want to balance their vigorous practices with gentle practices.

My regular Saturday Yoga Flow class from 11am-12:30pm continues as usual, for those who are looking for a more dynamic practice on Saturdays.

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: www.seniorcitizens-inc.org/  and at fleetfeet: www.fleetfeetsavannah.com/miles-meals. To learn more about volunteering visit: www.seniorcitizens-inc.org.

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 LCruickshank@seniorcitizens-inc.org. 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!

Starting  May 7th, I’ll be teaching a Saturday Restorative Yoga Class at the Savannah Yoga Center.  The days you feel like a little dynamic practice you can attend my Sat. 11am Flow as usual and for the days you need to tend to yourself and balance the hectic pace of life with some gentleness, you can join me for my 1:15pm Restorative class. 

Suitable for all levels- from those healing from injuries, to those who are in prime form and want to create a balance between dynamic and gentle. This class focuses on releasing tension from tight muscles, breathing and will end in a 20 minute guided Yoga Nidra (deep yogic sleep) practice.

I encourage all students to alternate their vigorous practices with gentle/restorative practices as well. Having one without the other is to leave out the crucial element of balance in your practice. You’re gonna thank yourself when you come! See you on the mat!

I’ll be subbing several Yin Yoga Classes at the Yoga Co-Op Savannah starting this Sunday, April 24th. Yin classes focus on releasing muscle and allowing joints, tendons and ligaments to lengthen- creating wider range of motion and flexibility. Poses will be held from 3-10 minutes. While the practice isn’t dynamic, it is challenging in the sense that stillness and breath must be cultivated and let’s face it… stillness can be challenging!

If you’ve never taken a Yin class before, now is your chance to get your Yin on with me. It’s a great complement to flow and dynamic yoga and a powerful way to unlock tight and immobile parts of the body and mind. See below for the dates and times and I’ll see you on the mat!

Sundays- 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15  at 5:30-6:45pm

Tuesdays- 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 at 7-8:30pm

The Yoga Co-Op is located at 2424 Drayton St. Savannah, GA. Classes are $13 drop in and $10 for members. 

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!

Savannah Zen Center - 505 Blair St.

 

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7-8pm, I’ll be subbing a Super Gentle Yoga class at the Savannah Zen Center. This class will focus on bringing the body and mind back into balance through restorative asana, pranayama and a 20 minute Yoga Nidra (deep yogic sleep) practice. Bring your mat and water.

 

Space is limited so if interested please reserve your spot  by using the form below (none of your info will be published). Class Cost is a $10 donation.

SORRY GANG… THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED


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!

 

Come out to support fellow Yoga Teacher and talented musician, Lauren Lapointe at the official launch party of her new band, Red Clay Halo with Georgia Kyle Shiver.  See below for details.

 

Just a reminder: tomorrow, March 26th, 2011, in addition to my usual Saturday 11am, All Levels Yoga Flow class at the Savannah Yoga Center, I’ll be subbing for the Saturday 9am, HOT Detox class too. Two opportunities to get yer yoga groove on together. See you on the mat!

 

Ok, kiddies! Buckle those car seats in… we’re going to Yoga-town! It’s kinda like Funky-town, with less disco and more Om’ing.

Starting March 21, 2011,  every Monday, I’ll be teaching a Kids Yoga class at the the Yoga Co-Op Savannah.  Through yoga, we’ll  learn balance and gain strength through asana (poses). We’ll learn to focus through pranayama (breathing) and we’ll end class just like the grown-ups do… with a nice rest pose!

MONDAYS 4-4:45pm 

at The Yoga Co-Op Savannah

Kids ages 3-7

Parents can purchase a 4 class package for their little yogi for $45 or drop in at $13 per class. The Yoga Co-Op Savannah is located at 2424 Drayton St. Savannah, GA.  For contact info click HERE.

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.

Apply by Glasser

I drifted in and out of sleep in the back seat of my friend’s car on a road trip with this song playing on the stereo. It seemed more like a dream than a song.

Glasser

Later, when I started to wake, but still in that dreamy, trippy, half-asleep state, I tried to ask what the song was with this description, “Uh… it was a girl. It was long… and a lot.

That pretty much sums it up. This might be the best song to drift in and out of sleep to, as the midday sun shimmers through the tops of trees flying by, while you are softly curled up in the back seat of a car. (Listening pleasure not limited to this long-winded scenario.)

Also check out Glasser’s song Home. I almost can’t call it music. It feels too big to fit into that small of a word.

I’ll be subbing the 9am Hot Detox Class Saturday, March 5, 2011. Bring water and a towel. Yer gonna sweat. My regular 11am All Levels Flow will follow as usual. See you there!

 

I don’t like to brag, but there’s no denying this fact:  I am an amazing eater. Yeah, I said it. I eat like you read about, like you dream about. I eat food like it’s going out of style. I’ve eaten in fancy schmancy places and in dingy dives all across the world and because of this, I have developed a palate that requires quality and finesse to impress it.

Sometimes my palate likes fancy, complex flavors and all that jazz, sometimes my palate wants something simple and wholesome. Sometimes only the tongue-coating sweetness of a Krispy Kreme donut will tame my mouth. It’s not picky or fickle but it needs a little variety and most importantly, consistent quality, if my palate is going to return for more.

There are lots of attempts out there. However, a good idea is only just that- an idea. But I can’t eat an idea. Believe me, I’ve tried.  At some point the idea must be executed into fruition. It’s not about gargantuan portions to make up for lack of quality. It’s not about using terms like organic, or free-range just to charge more money or create the idea of mindfulness. It’s not about gimmicks. When it comes to the mouth- it’s got to taste good. When it comes to the body, it’s got to nourish me with some sort of wholesomeness. When it comes to giving an establishment my money, it’s gotta be one that treats me with kindness.

And although we have a lot of restaurants here in Savannah, my mouth, body, mind and wallet have been sad after many a meal out on the town. Thanks to Green Truck Neighborhood Pub, here in Savannah, GA, however, my mouth and the rest of me have something to be happy about again.

Green Truck’s uncluttered menu represents a kitchen that offers a select few things that are all done really well. It’s pub food like pub food should be. Heck, it’s food like food should be… REAL.  Ketchup is house-made, dressings house-made, veggie patties are house-made, the pickles are house-made! You get the picture.

Flavor and tastiness are not lost under the coattails of the trendy “house-made” banner either. We all know that something can be homemade and suck just as often as it can be delicious. Your aunt Mabel may be a lovely woman but let’s face it, that doesn’t mean her pot roast is palatable.

For those who enjoy a brew with their meal, there is a beer for every taste at Green Truck. Lagers, stouts, ales and more. And of course they have the old PBR standby for those times when you want to feel young and ironic.

All around, Green Truck is doing it up right. Good service. Quality food, mindfully made with interesting flavors and it’s all tasty to boot! Ingredients are purchased from quality suppliers and as local, organic and free-range as possible. Food for vegetarians, meat-eaters, the finicky and the food-explorer alike. And the people there are nice. Being cooked for and served is an intimate and special thing. If you aren’t getting quality in the meal and in the service, why go out? Green Truck reminds you, quality, flavor and nice-ness still exist. Keep it up Green Truck. You make my mouth happy! And please don’t fall prey to the beast of complacency. I want to eat your food, not my words.

Dawn Smith

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