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Costa Rica Part II

Costa Rica Part II

October 15th, 2014

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I would like to dedicate this, the second part of my Costa Rica experience, to my dearest kula. These amazing people, especially my soul family (you know who you are), made this training truly unforgettable. I am so lucky to have shared it with these kind, creative, inspiring individuals. Even more so that though we all had our different lives and personalities, we were able to form a close-knit group with openness, support, and laughter as our watchwords.

Looking back at Blue Spirit from the beach:

Giant cricket! We thought it was a bird when it first flew into the studio. I rescued it, naturally. The sucker was bigger than my hand…

Horse trekking on the final day:

Graduation celebration!

Thank you dearest kula. Thank you Silvia. Thank you Laura. Love and love and love.… Continue reading

Meet Haku

Meet Haku

October 3rd, 2014 1 Comment

World, meet the newest addition to our little family: Haku! He is a 10 week old Australian Labradoodle, and will be about 50-60 pounds when full grown. We just brought him home two days ago and can’t believe our luck.

He is such a little lovebug and has completely captured our hearts already…just look at that face! And he has the sweet natured personality to go along with it.

After a very difficult month of familial and personal loss, he is a fluffy beacon of love and life. I somehow didn’t capture it in these photos but he has a white blaze right over his heart to mark where it shines through.

Welcome home little buddy!

P.S. I apologize in advance if I start posting too many puppy photos.Continue reading

Costa Rica Part I

Costa Rica Part I

September 17th, 2014

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Hello all my lovelies! I’m excited to finally share with you the first installment of photos from last month’s Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training. This experience was truly a wonder, from which I am lucky to take lifelong friends, newfound courage, practical teaching tools, and a heart full of beautiful memories. The retreat center, Blue Spirit, was a miracle of natural luxury with a silky saltwater pool, the sweetest, most attentive staff, and what has got to be the most glorious yoga studio in the world. Our home for nearly every session, the aptly named Sky Mind Hall had us floating above an emerald canopy of lush Costa Rican jungle, looking out toward the ribbons of breakers marching into the bay. You can see a bit what I mean in the photo below (taken by our endlessly helpful assistant teacher, Laura … Continue reading

Home Again

Home Again

September 8th, 2014 1 Comment

Home again after another incredible journey. Photos and memories to come very soon, but for now, I wanted to share this wisdom from Mr. Jack Kerouac:

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

Consider this mountain climbed.… Continue reading

Honeymoon: Fiji Part II

Honeymoon: Fiji Part II

August 8th, 2014

Well my darlings, this is it: the last honeymoon post. Many thanks (and congratulations) to those who stuck with the whole series! I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. I will leave you with this last glimpse of Fiji, including my birthday and a few recordings (apologies for the camera mic, it seems to only pick up the off notes) of the Likulikui staff choir, which serenaded us on my birthday.

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My friend Mere muddles a mean drink.


I also received a special, giant and very green, cake one my birthday.

We left so deeply relaxed, the feeling of tranquility stayed with us for weeks. And possibly the snorkel marks.

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With that, it’s on to the next adventure! I am leaving at the crack of dawn tomorrow for Nosara, … Continue reading