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  • Stephanie 7:56 am on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , yoga   

    Adventure #2 – Restorative Yoga Retreat 

    January 8-10

    I’ve always been a fan of yoga, so I thought what better why to spend a cold weekend in January than to go on a yoga retreat?  I did some googling and was happy to find a yoga center only 2 hours from Boston – Kripalu Yoga and Meditation Center in Lenox, MA.  The program I selected was “Relaxing into the Heart of Winter” with Jillian Pransky (pictured above). The program focused on restorative yoga, which is a type of yoga I had never tried before.  The poses are supported by blankets, cushions, and foam blocks.  They are held for longer periods of time than traditional yoga poses (15-20 minutes).  The point of this process and meditation is to teach your body how to synchronize with the natural slowing down that happens in nature during the winter season.

    Kripalu is an old monastery, so the conditions are simple, but comfortable.  The retreat was incredibly relaxing and allowed me to spend a lot of time being introspective.  I treated myself to a spa package with a neck and shoulder massage, energy balancing, Vitamin C Facial, and an aromatherapy massage.  I left the weekend feeling pampered, calm, and balanced.

    At the end of the retreat, we all drew “angel cards” out of a bag.  Each card had a word on it.  We were instructed to silently ask if there was anything the universe wanted us to know.  I asked and the card that I drew was POWER.  Hmm, I wonder what that means….

     
  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 11:13 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , fundraising, Indo Jax, Ocean Cure, surfing, yoga   

    4/52: Holding a beach-inspired yoga fundraiser for Ocean Cure 

    This is an adventure with a history and a purpose and a future … my most exciting one to date.

    It all started with a long-awaited adventure in August 2009. After years of saying I wanted to learn how to surf, I decided that I was really going to learn how to surf. (You know how sometimes you get so obsessed with a dream that you forget that all it takes is, um, just doing it?) I chose Indo Jax Surf School, based in Wilmington, NC, because of its commitment to providing charity surf camps through its non-profit, Ocean Cure. I was happy that my tuition for the camp would support future charity camps.

    After an amazing week of surfing with some fantastic instructors, I returned to Ohio knowing that I wanted to contribute more than just my week’s tuition. I felt inspired and excited and called to act. After brainstorming with the director about how a land-locked Ohioan could help, I decided that I would attempt to raise enough money to fund at least one charity camp in 2010 by holding beach-inspired yoga classes in Ohio and Kentucky. I’d never attempted anything like this before.

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    • jeindeer 2:43 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink

      Wow, that is great! You’re right to feel proud. How are you thinking of promoting your next event?

    • eatveggiesdrinkwine 10:17 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink

      Thanks! I think the yoga studio will draw more people because there’s already a good base of students, and it was promoted through a newsletter this week. I’ve been creating and mailing posters to studios and businesses that may cater to yogis, plus contacting newspapers and radio stations. And, I’ve been letting people hang flyers (this is an accomplishment — i usually have a hard time accepting help) and shamelessly inviting everyone I know. It’s a lesson in assertiveness for me … one I definitely need. But, it feels easier to ask for money when it’s not for me, and also when I feel like I’m giving people something in return.

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