Archive for July, 2010

Jul 28

August Yoga Gems * Dog Days Edition

Posted by Melanie in Yoga Gems

August brings the dog days of summer to the DC area. The heat and humidity along with the Congressional recess slows the city to a crawl. It seems like the only folks left in town are the tourists. So…while the August yoga gems may be few in quantity, they most certainly do not lack in quality. Enjoy the sultry pace of August, take some down time to rest and restore then hit your mat for a few of the following events and workshops.

Sun. 8.01.2010 3-5PM Cost: $35, Pure Prana, Alexandria, VA * Cool Down from the PittaYour Core, Yoga & Auyrveda

Sat. 8.07.2010 5-6:15 PM Cost: Free,  Circle Yoga, DC * Saturday Sangha

8.08-14.2010 Time: TBD Cost: $210, Yoga House DC, Yoga Week Intensive-a week of twice daily yoga, pranayama and meditation

Fri. 8.13.2010 7-8:30 PM Cost: Tranquil Space, DC * Hip Hop Yoga with DJ Ten

Fri 8.13.2010 8-10 PM Cost: $25 Quiet Mind Yoga, DC * Yoga & Writing

Sat. 8.14.2010 12:30-3:30 PM Cost: $45,Willow Street Yoga, Takoma Park * Healing Yoga and Ayurveda for Your Body Type

Sat. 8.14.2010 3-7PM Cost: $ 50/25,  Boundless Yoga, DC * Seeing Bodies

Sat. 8.14.2010 1-3 PM Cost: $35 Lil Omm, DC * Introduction to Kundalini

Sun. 8.22.2010 9:30AM-4:00PM Cost: $20, Past Tense Studio, DC $ Gimme A Break: Mini Yoga Retreat to Cunningham Falls State Park

Photo via Flickr by The Pack with a CC license.

Jul 10

Yoga Getaway: Yoga By the Bay

Posted by Melanie in Yoga Getaway

I am excited to be heading home to San Francisco for eight days later today. Its a work trip, I’ll be attending a technology conference but I will have some down time for visiting friends, checking out yoga classes and such.  I plan to try a number of classes, studios and spots that I’ve never experienced before and will report here on how it goes.

So…here’s my list of intentions for the upcoming trip. If you know of any not to miss classes, tea shops or new restaurants, please, please leave a comment. I want to try:

Photo by Jeff Howard on Flickr via a cc license


I’m enjoying a long weekend at my family’s lake house in northwest Connecticut. Its a heavenly rural retreat on a pond where I take walks on country roads past the apple and berry farms, kayak on the lake–in Connecticut they call it a pond– and I get to visit my favorite yoga studio and spa, Charym in Litchfield, CT.

If you ever find yourself in this part of the world I highly recommend a visit to Charym. The photo here is the barn structure that serves as the yoga studio. Inside the studio is stunning in its simple beauty. When I’m visiting, I am always sure to take one of Maureen’s yoga classes. She teaches a class that melds a number of yoga styles including vinyasa flow, kripalu and kundalini into a class called Bhakti flow. I mentioned in an earlier post that these classes are my absolute favorite and try as I might to replicate the Charym experience in DC, I’m really not able to do it. A fact that keeps me visiting Charym as often as I can get away.

This is the entrance to the yoga studio, it is a replica of a Bhutanese prayer temple. Georgeous.  At Charym no detail is too small. In the yoga studio, incense and essential oils waft in the air. Amazing playlists soothe and inspire and Maureen encourages her students to unwind the body by moving in non-linear ways and to bring a child-like sense of joy to movement. In addition to traditional asana we shake, jump and twirl. Savasana ends with the sounds of Maureen playing a large crystal singing bowl. You can’t help but leave class blissed out, a slightly different person than the one who walked in ninety minutes earlier.

Did I mention that I love. love. love this place? Oh yeah, there is a spa too. The spa is every bit as amazing as the yoga.  I can personally vouch for the facials and massages. You will feel truly cared for by all of the staff at Charym. Get up here.


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