Posts Tagged ‘Exhale Center for Sacred Movement’

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 84 LA-Exhale-Erich Schiffmann

1. Today, I will make no decisions on my own…

2. I will make no decisions on my own because it is not intelligent to do so…

3. Instead, I will make all decisions in silent council with the infinite… or, whatever the heck you want to call it, that encompasses that which we are all connected to.

http://www.movingintostillness.com/erich.html

Erich Schiffmann

Today, these 3 sentences (loosely translated) opened Erich Shiffmann’s most extraordinary class at Exhale, Venice’s renowned Center for Sacred Movement. Relieved from havin’ to make the “Day 101” decision on their own, YoYos sat silently, while Erich, the relaxed author of “Moving into Stillness”, began his unique simple seated stretches that opened our hips and head while he masterfully counseled this wide eyed, open eared group to align the mind and go “on line”… tappin’ into the world wide web of the universe.

Moving into Stillness

Moving into Stillness

The YoYo’s, after 84 days and countin’, have come to realize that it’s no accident we found ourselves in this intuitive class of understandin’ the magnitude of a spiritual connection; explained by this insightful, reflective teacher who, recognizes the weightiness of daily decisions. Givin’ this liberated group, time and space to listen to their inner teacher, body and rhythm through free-flowin’ movement, Erich guided these transformed YoYos into one hellava long, deep savasana.

After this most mind-expandin’ class, Divine intervention reared its beautiful head as we traveled across town to meet the ingenious creator of our “never leave home without them” Yogitoes… that continue to save our YoYo asses from skiddin’ to Mexico. Walkin’ into Susan Nichols, super- cool, home-like office we couldn’t have been happier that her cohorts Alex Ward, insider and guide of the YoYos incredible Santa Monica itinerary, and Zan Roberts were “in the house”. How serendipitous to hear Susan’s remarkable story of how she tapped into “www.universe” to discover the amazin’ path to takin’ this expandin’ world of yogis into so many “skidless” possibilities.

The dense YoYos will not have to be hit over the head 3 times to understand the super-clear message that we received today…We will not make any decisions on our own, because… it is simply not intelligent to do so.


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Day 85 LA-Exhale-Hala Khouri

It appears the uniform of choice in L.A.’s yoga rich beach cities is the go-anywhere, little black flip flops accessorized with mat on back. You see it everywhere… walkin, bikin’ and scurryin’ to classes that seemingly take place every hour, on every corner.

Hala Khouri

Hala Khouri

But how the “headin’ south after the last day in L.A”, YoYos ask; do these bazillion accomplished yogis get started in this strange new world? Wouldn’t it be just a tad intimidatin’ for the “never done yoga before” minority to just jump in with theses super-bendy, Sanskrit talkin’, Kirtan chantin’, anti-gravity yogis that call this yoga Mecca home? Now, our blog-readers know that these mountain-livin’ YoYos began their “most excellent” quest parked in front of the flat screen where they remained for 3 years with the illustrious Bryan Kest. But, with that same Bryan and a regular Holy Host of some of the finest instructors in the world, teachin’ live, at a studio near these lucky, beachy ones; the chance to train early on…up close and personal, is, in our humble opinion, a gift beyond words.

Yogini and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Yogini and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Guided to Hala Khouri’s Yoga 1-2 class by the mat-carryin’ masses to investigate the question of launch and dive into yogidom, we were to experience how this “backbone” teacher of the illustrious Exhale, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, degreed psychologist and co-founder of “Off the Mat into the World,” introduces, refines and deepens the strange movements, unusual breath and enriching philosophy of yoga to L.A.’s curious.

Sweet Hala began her inclusive, welcoming class with the YoYo’s fave, “lyin’onyourbackasana”, as she invited this inquisitive group to feel their connection to breath and body. Demonstrating a series of spine loosenin’ poses followed by a challengin’ core sequence, Hala gently explained the importance of warmin’ up various body parts before salutin’, bendin’ and twistin’ through this masterful, full-body, 90 minute practice. Continually encouraging every yogi to internalize the “advanced practice concept” of listenin’ to your body, she persistently invited backin’ off throughout the comprehensive sequences of lunges, twists, balance and backbends. Rich with valuable insights and yogic philosophy, this talented guide broke it down to the simple practice that it is…takin’ away all mystery and deepenin’ this “most amazin’” practice to those who dare to plunge into the “arms wide open” world of yoga.


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