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Utkatasana aka Chair Pose... not just for Humans

Utkatasana aka Chair Pose… not just for Humans

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Hey all! As a thank you to dedicated students and blog readers, every so often, I’ll be posting specials/discounts on passes to various classes of mine. This one is for 5:30PM, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 2010 BEGINNERS CLASS at the SAVANNAH YOGA CENTER.

This class is great for beginners and also for seasoned Yogis who want to hone their asana. We break down poses and focus on proper alignment and there is opportunity to ask questions to get clarity. This class gives beginners confidence in their practice and can help enhance the flow/vinyasa practices of the seasoned Yogi.

So click $9 Pass Beginners 1.20.10 to print the pass. Bring it with you to this class and instead of the regular $14 it’s only $9!  And Check the blog often for more interesting info, music, events and Special Class Passes!

Much love,

~dawn!

Cool Stuff to Complement Your Yoga… On and Off the Mat


If I were a yeast, I’d like to think that I’d be Nutritional Yeast:  nutty, cheesy and flakey- yet actually chock full of substance. Lofty aspirations to liken yourself to this powerhouse of a yeast, I know, but a girl can dream, right?

Let’s be clear here… Nutritional Yeast is NOT an active yeast like the stuff you use to make bread. And it is not brewers yeast either (some people use the terms interchangeably but they are not the same thing at all! ) Nutritional yeast can be sprinkled on popcorn, over or in eggs, soups and salads. A lot of vegans use it as a cheese type substitute. I sometimes make toast with a little cream butter and sprinkle the yeast overtop. Yum!   I even mix it with warm water and pour it over  my dog, Lola’s food. She loves it and it’s a natural flea repellant. Bonus!

Several years ago, while in Athens, GA for Athfest, I had breakfast at the famous Athens restaurant, The Grit.

The Grit. Photo from takethoufood.com

Well known for its tasty vegetarian fare, you can also expect to see famous musicians, local hip kids and anyone who enjoys yummy food dining there on any given day. Housed in a building owned by Michael Stipe (REM), The Grit has become a beloved establishment by locals and visitors alike.

The Grit was my first experience with Yeast Gravy. Addictive. Multi-functional. Comforting and hearty. To cut to the chase: it is simply dreamy. With biscuits, with sauteed veggies and pasta, with hearty, crusty bread to dip with… who am I kidding, sometimes I’ll just eat it by the spoonful. Yeah, I said it.

You can read the recipe by clicking on the Yeast Gravy link above. You can follow the recipe as is, or you can substitute real butter and milk if you aren’t vegan. Here in Savannah GA, you can find Nutritional Yeast in bulk at Brighter Day Natural Food store. If you are lucky enough to have a Whole Foods or something like it, you’ll be able to find it there too.

So one night in the near future, I urge you to throw caution to the wind, go crazy and get down and dirty with nutritional yeast. And just like that time in college, if you don’t like it, you can chalk it up to an experimental phase.

The first week back teaching yoga in the schools here in Savannah was great! A few changes this year: Dawn Tanis has joined the YYi, Inc. team and is teaching with me in two schools: Myers Middle School and Isle of Hope.  I am so grateful for the openness and support from the staff and faculty at our new school, Isle of Hope. And so happy and grateful to be in Myers Middle again. Coach Jeffries, Solomon and new addition, Coach Dunham are such great allies to have at Myers. 

The kids are excited and interested and I have to say, some of those kids are simply taking to yoga like a fish takes to water. The poses, the discussions, the tools to dealing with tough emotions and life ‘stuff’… most of them are so eager to learn how to use yoga to have fun and to help them through the tough stuff. They get it. I am thrilled to be bringing yoga to kids and if this week was any indication, they feel the same. Woo! 

If you would like to learn more about Youth Yoga Initiative, Inc. and donate time, money or expertise to this non-profit organization that brings yoga to Chatham County Schools in Savannah, GA, check out the YYi, Inc. site.  Many thanks!

 

If you haven’t been to a Rockin’ Kirtan yet in your life, I highly recommend it. Kirtan is  music based in call and response chanting and it’s simply dreamy.  Every culture seems to have its version of it tucked in some part of social interactions. Singing in rounds around the campfire, Native American chanting ceremonies, etc.

Come on, you’ve been to a concert when the lead singer says, “Alright, we need your help with this song. We say, ‘I wanna rock n roll all night’ and you say, ‘and party everyday.‘ (Yes, I have seen Kiss live. Booyah!) Even rockers know the power of call and response chanting. The movement and the vibration of sound within you and all around you, is powerful.

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Benjy and Heather Wirtheimer of Shantala

So whether you practice yoga or not, you really shouldn’t miss this opportunity to experience Kirtan. Not to mention, Shantala, a husband wife duo, Benjy and Heather Wirtheimer, are amazing musicians and simply lovely. The bonus to the whole evening of Kirtan is that Benjy kind of looks like Will Ferrell in person,  which makes me totally want to bring a cowbell

 

Kirtan with Shantala starts at 7pm, Sun. Sept. 27, 2009.

(A few hours after my workshop!)     

Tickests are $20 early registration and $25 day of.   You can register online at  Savannah Yoga Center or call 912.232.2994

The Boulder Mat Company has a great program that allows you to donate your gently used yoga mat for them to clean and refurbish then distribute to yoga charities and programs all across the country. This is a double wammy of a good deed: not only does your mat go to good use and allow someone to benefit from yoga, but the environment benefits by reusing the mats instead of just tossing them! They also give you a $5 coupon for you to use on any Boulder Mat Company online purchase. Sweet!

Click on their website:  The Boulder Mat Company  for more info

 

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YOUTH YOGA INITIATIVE, INC.

Youth Yoga Initiative, Inc. (YYi, Inc.) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded by Kelley Boyd (of the Savannah Yoga Center) and Jeanne Seaver of AeroEquity, Inc. to bring yoga to children in the Chatham County School District.  We teach free of charge to the students and the school district does not pay us. We rely entirely on donations and grants.

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2008 Youth Yoga Initiative Class

This our second year of teaching in schools in Savannah, GA. We teach in two schools currently, but would like to bring yoga to as many schools as possible. Funding is necessary to make that happen. If you are interested in donating money, time, or other expertise we would greatly appreciate any and all help you can offer. You can donate online at http://www.yyiinc.com/support/ or call 912.663.8728. 

All donations are greatly appreciated!

Much love, 

~dawn!

This week was demo-time for Youth Yoga Initiative. We demo a bit of asanas and talk about the benefits of yoga to the kids and introduce them to the program. This will be my second year teaching for Youth Yoga Initiative. It’s very cool to see kids get excited about moving their bodies and trying things they haven’t tried before. You look into the faces of children and see all this hope and enthusiasm bubbling under the surface and you also witness the hurt and confusion that we can all relate to in some way.

Many of these kids come from extremely tumultuous home lives and have few outlets for positive interactions.  In signing up for this program, they may learn some yoga poses and that’s great, but if  they walk away from this experience with even an iota of knowing that they are valued, they are important and that they can live a life that is peaceful and joyous even though everyone around them may say otherwise, then yoga has done it’s work.

I’m really excited for my workshop coming up Sunday Sept 27th, 2009 from 2-4pm! I will be introducing some cool Meditations, Creative Exercises  along with an Asana practice, wrapping up the workshop with my fav… YOGA NIDRA- a deep, deep, conscious sleep.  It’s fantastic!

I hope that you can join me for this workshop and as a little incentive for you… for every student you bring to the workshop, you get $5 off your registration. Bring 5 students to the workshop and you attend the workshop free, as my gift to you!  Contact me directly for details about this incentive at yoga.dawn@yahoo.com. 


Early Registration is $25. Day of the workshop is $30.

To Register online go to  www.savannahyoga.com or call 912.232.2994

 
Autumn Yoga Workshop w/Dawn Smith 2009

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The project I am sponsoring is the Fill The Cup Campaign through the World Food Programme (wfp.org).  This program targets feeding hungry school children all around the world, particularly in the poorest countries. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. Come often to check out the my Yogi Raves, News Flashes, my Current Teaching Schedule, and the other fun posts. BUT FIRST…. Please take a second of your time to click on the ad and make a difference in someone’s life today. 

Much love, 

~Dawn Smith

 

YOGI RAVES

Just a few things that can complement your asana practice and rock your world… sometimes it’s a gentle rock, sometimes it’s ROCK rock. 

 

ONLINE INTERESTS

www.inbflat.net

A contribution of beauty for us all to be part of, this is what creation is all about.  (Thank you T-Bone for passing this on.)

 

MUSICAL INTERESTS

 * Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap…  Those dreamy Australians! I play this in many of my yoga classes and just bopping around the house. I often break out into interpretive dance when I play this song at home. (No, I will not video that.)

* My Girls by Animal Collective… Close your eyes and just let your body move. How much lovelier can it get when you hear the lines, “There isn’t much that I feel I need. A solid soul and the blood I bleed…” 

 * Vagabond by Wolfmother… Ok, so there’s a line about sorcerers and crystal  balls… but the song ROCKS.  (Also Australian dudes.)

FOOD INTERESTS

I am a big fan of the Starland Cafe here in Savannah, GA.  (11 E 41st St.) The hours are short, Mon-Fri 11am-3pm but it’s so worth it to head over there. A renovated house makes a welcoming lunch spot. With front and back porches where you can enjoy your lunch, as well as the small dining area inside, you are always greeted by friendly and helpful staff (usually the owners themselves). This cafe reminds me that there are people who still care about quality food and kindness. They use fresh ingredients and often use herbs from the back yard. I love the Greek Asparagus Panini and the Kitchen Sink Salad. Drop by and tell those guys to get down to my yoga class!

Dawn Smith

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

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