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Day 10 Seattle-8 Limbs Yoga-Anne Phyfe Palmer

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Anne Phyfe Palmer

Today’s the day the YoYos have been anticipating since they received the most welcome invitation from Anne Phyfe (double first name) Palmer, owner of  8 Limbs Yoga, to take her morning class accompanied by the “So Much Magnificence” music of Steve Gold & Anne-Emilie.  Totally excited, the YoYos were about to experience a Flow 2 class given by one of Seattle’s most celebrated teachers in her positively “not to miss” studio, accompanied by this talented musical team.  This was true YoYo bliss!   

8 Limbs Boutique

8 Limbs Boutique

 The unassuming store front located in Capitol Hill, did not disclose the too-cool studio that waited up the long, brick-lined stairway to the massive 2nd floor.  Once there, the YoYos knew there was no place in all the continents, in all the world that they would rather be.  Smilin’ Sarah welcomed us into the giant greeting space filled with cool yogi gear, comfy couches and possibly the cutest little kids ever. This totally unique studio has so many awesome, hidden areas that creative Anne opened a hip little kid’s space, allowing Moms & Dads a little yogi time to fill ‘er up.  Let’s just say that this one of a kind studio gives Seattleites, or roadtrippin’ yogis, plenty to fill up on.

8 Limbs Suyra Studio

Students in the Surya Studio

Overlooking the city below, the Surya (Sun) Studio is engulfed by beautiful, old-style floor to ceiling windows that allowed a radiant glow to stream into the room, our hearts and minds.  Casually, smilin’ yogis streamed in and scattered their mats as they seemed to inhale their surroundings.  Anne entered; calm, authentic and pure, starting with a deep breathing exercise inspired by Ron Stryker that immediately lightened the YoYos, creating clarity.  From there, Anne’s fluid movements revolved around lifting the heart…making it light.  No stress, no strain, no worries in this calming yet powerful class; just a sense of ease in this peaceful space. Offering a buffet of deepin’ variations to every asana, Anne’s easy style had a calming effect that could be felt in this room of yogis strongly encouraged to feel their individual practice.  

Anne, Anne-Emilie,Steve & The Yo Yos

Anne, Anne-Emilie, Steve & The Yo Yos

As Anne brought the class to near close, a most beautiful sound began filling the room…Steve Gold magnificently strummed his acoustic guitar as his rich resonate voice took over. His beautiful wife, Anne-Emilie created soothing, “soul full” harmonies. After several peace-providin’ melodies, the lyrical music expanded throughout the room as the yogis joined in to create a magical sound. These YoYos were transported!

Talkin’ to this ultra-talented Seattle based team, we were jazzed to find that Steve and Anne-Emilie after just returning from a 6 week tour with Shiva Rhea in Bali, were off to tour the West.  With 89 studios to go…the YoYos chances of havin’ a “take 2” are lookin’ pretty good.

Is the YoYo Seattle time really almost gone??…The YoYos,  kickin’ themselves for not schedulin’ days and days to spend at the other 8 Limbs studios- located in Wedgwood and West Seattle, know when they come back, they’ll be blissin’ at  8 Limbs Yoga!

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Day 28 Portland-Yoga Bhoga-Lila Donnolo

Yoga Bhoga

Yoga Bhoga

We knew we were in for a most excellent night as we headed over to Yoga Bhoga, the original studio of Denise Payne who, “for those blog followin’ yogis” know, has expanded this super impressive studio to a second location, the “ One Song” yoga studio. As we entered, we felt the signature surroundings of this guru yogi.  A sky-high curved wood ceiling, deep northwest colors, mood music playin’ and a community of yogis gently swayin’.

Lila Donnolo

Lila Donnolo

The “lucky Yoyo’s” teacher tonight was Lila Donnolo who invited the all levels, filled to capacity class to ask for what they needed from their yoga practice.  The YoYos were pretty sure the yogis in this studio had been sitting’ a bit too long behind their MAC’s, as the YoYos identified with the beggin’ for shoulder and hip poses, which Lila promised to concentrate on.   Lila’s soothing voice alone could have taken all tension away, but her beautiful tone and perfect diction were just the beginning, as she brought unusual imagination to her artistic flow.  The gentle guidance, soft music, dim lighting, and even pace added to the soothing atmosphere the Yoga Bhoga yogis needed to release before going deeper as Lila encouraged everyone to create their own unique practice.  Savasana was never sweeter as Lila, with her rich vocal instrument actually sang the YoYos to sleep…aaaaahhhhhh……

James Pintado & Lila Donnolo

James Pintado & Lila Donnolo

On the way out of class, the YoYos got a peek at the “hot off the press” photo gallery of Lila and her amazin’ partner doin’ the most inspired, unimaginable AcroYoga poses ever witnessed!  Was that really James Pintado, the James part of James and Sarah, the YoYos cherished teachers, the instigators of their “lovin’” yoga life, in those amazin’ photos?  We knew our “even the YoYo’s don’t have words for” Yoga teacher was not of this planet.  What we didn’t know was that Lila was his “out of this world” partner… How Serendipitous!

We also didn’t know that Lila was the premiere AcroYoga teacher in Portland.  How sad the YoYos were to have to leave before Sunday’s AcroYoga class to learn those anti-gravity, hangin’ every which way, flyin’ through space moves.  Next time in Portland… fallin’ on our butt, or fallin’ for AcroYoga, we will definitely give this a go!

Photo’s of Lila and James by BMAC Studio.

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Day 56 SF-Yoga Tree-Stacey Rosenberg

Stacey Rosenberg

Stacey Rosenberg

We can’t help but hear the 70’s lyrics …”Joy to the world, all the boys and girls… Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea… Joy to you and me,” every time we are lucky enough to enter a class of a Master Anusara teacher who has been trained by its founder, John Friend.  It happened first on fateful day 8, when we were blown away by cheerful Denise Benitez and her happy bunch of yogis at her studio, Seattle Yoga Arts. This elated experience repeated at Yoga of Sausalito when Laura Christensen was our bright, shinin’ and gifted guide.  Our third time-definitely a charm when robust recommendations led us to the super-pleasurable, super- engaging, total body challenge of Stacey Rosenberg at Yoga Tree-Hayes in San Francisco.

Ganesha

Ganesha

Sitting comfortably mat to mat with our yogi neighbors, all attention turned toward Stacey, PhD of story tellin’, who began a series of accounts about Ganesha.  After all, it was his birthday and there were just so many life lessons to be learned from this “remover of obstacles”, Elephant God.  Throughout the next 1 ½ hours of her “from the heart , challenging sequence, Stacey masterfully interwove tales about wisdom, joy , strength and gentleness,  while playfully educating us eager yogis on savoring life’s sweetness – just like Ganesha savored his bowl of modak (sweets) which he held in one of his 4 hands.

Joyous Encouragement

Joyous Encouragement

Sweet too, was this clever teacher who kept our minds intrigued while working our YoYo bodies to the brink of a possible slide off our always “keepin’ us skidless”, yogi toes.  Wanting to know more about this amusing Deity and his eco-friendly mouse transportation, our compelling teacher masterfully turned this test of strength class, into a fest of pleasure and joy.  Could it be that after that muscle explosion, this talented instructor even had one sweet bedtime story left for our most beautiful savasana?

After learning, laughin’, breathin’, workin’ and just enjoyin’ our time with Stacey, we could think of nothin’ better than to head back through the twisty ,turney, “scarier than hell in the dark” Mt. Tam that returns us to the sea and have some sweet dreams about Ganesha….Happy Birthday!


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Day 82 LA-Exhale-Lynda Carré

Artwork by Lynda Carre

Artwork by Lynda Carre

So what are the “can’t stop now” YoYos to do when suddenly realizin’ that 82 days of mind expandin’, body stretchin’, peace providin’ practices leaves them close to the end of their epic 100 studios in 100 days journey; with still a plethora of “kick-ass” studios loaded on their calendar? How ‘bout takin’ the deepest breath of our “most excellent” road trip and upgrade the tag line to “365 Days of Discovery”. With killer San Diego studios on our immediate view screen, and “not to miss” invites floodin’ in, the YoYos think it’s high time to dig a little deeper and mix it up a bit more.

While still uncoverin’ the most excellent guides, we’ll be addin’ workshops, insights and “off the chart” places to throw down your mat. Kirtan, karma, breath, partner, meditation, sound, chakras, inversions; yoga for stress, disease, discovery and unsung yogis who are bringin’ yoga off their mat and out to their communities…we’ll hit it all as the next chapter unfolds, but for now, we finish combin’ the West, makin’ sure we’ve uncovered the gold.

Lynda Carre´

Lynda Carre´

Tonight, we venture into the cherished Yin/Restorative class of Lynda Carre’; renown CD, book cover and yoga wear artist for many of Yoga’s shinin’ stars and tonight’s celebrated teacher at Santa Monica’s urban sanctuary, Exhale. The thoroughly worked through YoYos couldn’t think of a better way to spend the “Eve of Global Mala”, where they’ll be lovin’ every sun salutation for peace, than with creative Lynda in this long, slow, deep, upside down and sideways; connective tissue stretch.

Openin’ with free-flowin’, body swayin’, sacred movement set to soft, sensual sounds, this playful 20-year practitioner encouraged each peace-seekin’ yogi to find their own unique rhythm before holdin’ the guided, forever held, magical asana that releases from deep within. Workin’ through the lower spine, hips, legs, and feet; Lynda opened our bodies as she worked our minds, endin’ with lasting effects from the most restful savasana. YO Lynda! thanks for that mediation in slow motion and we’ll be thinkin’ of the gift of you, as we salute that glorious sun …108 times.


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Day 98 San Diego-CPY-Amy Opielowski

Bodies by Yoga Sculpt

Beach Bodies by Yoga Sculpt

Where were all the ½ naked, beautiful people scootin’ off to… the curious YoYos wondered as they took off on a flat out chase after the perfectly chiseled? After all, we were mere days from headin’ home and the un-yogi like westerner in us knew that friends and family would be checkin’ us out to see what 100 days of yoga looked liked. Seems the San Diego secret that keeps the barely clad lookin’ hot, was simply hittin’ the super-popular Yoga Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga in Point Loma. Apparently, this class is so powerful that even a couple of YoYos could hit this weight in hand, yoga hybrid and find those illusive abs of steel.

Amy Opielowski

Amy Opielowski

Enterin’ the “non-heated” inferno of this incessantly jam-paced space a full twenty minutes before the super-fit, co- manager and lead for CorePower Yoga’s boot camp program, Amy Opielowski began; the YoYos squeaked out a bitty space for manduka, yogi toes and the wussy weights that they hoped they could handle. Lookin’ into the eyes of intensity that loomed throughout this no nonsense room, the clairvoyant YoYos knew this next hour of “A” personality power was gonna kick their melancholy butts back up the coast from whence they came.

Gently and methodically, seemingly sweet Amy lead beautifully sequenced warm-ups and a weightless flow designed to dupe us, if only for a mistaken moment , into thinkin’ we could get through these graceful movements with no problem. Then, like a flash, this trickster teacher turned up the volume, picked up the weighs and it was all.. .Go…YoYos… Go!

Yoga Sculpy

Yoga Sculpt

Sweat pourin’, muscles burnin’ and music poundin’… this “not for the light of challenge” class took the sweet asanas that we have so lovingly mastered and turned even ol’ faithful down dog into an epic adventure. Holdin’ belly to backbone through every bend, stretch and balance, the obedient YoYos did as told and controlled our bodies, our breath and mind until the final…most appreciated… lake o’ sweet sweat…. SAVASANA!

After hittin’ Core3, Core2, Fusion and now this “flab to fabulous” class, the YoYos understand why CorePower Yoga is ALIVE in SoCal. These awesome studios treat their loyal students to killer classes, top-notch teachers, tight-knit communities, coveted showers and “off the charts” fun!

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