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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

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.

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!

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

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’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!


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.

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. 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

Fellow teacher, Dawn Tanis will be teaching a Women’s Valentine’s Class

Contact Dawn Tanis for more info at dawntanis@gmail.com

Dawn Smith

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

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