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Day 35 Santa Cruz-Body and Soul-Jim Gallas

“On the Road Again”…
On the Road Again

On the Road Again

Leavin’ Lake Tahoe this morning, still filled with the “peace, love and happiness” hangover from “Wanderlust”, the smilin’ YoYo’s were overjoyed at all the cars that were honkin’ and wavin’ as they seemingly recognized the YoYo’s in the YoYo mobile.  It wasn’t until one annoyed passerbyer screamed un-yoigilike obscenities and added the middle finger that the oblivious, overly peaced-out YoYo’s realized we were doin’ under 50, on this hyper-speed highway headin’ toward our next destination….Santa Cruz, California.

Downtown Santa Cruz

Downtown Santa Cruz

Just a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean, the perfect temperature reads 72 and breezy.  Old hippies, new hippies and a beautiful kaleidoscope of a most diverse group were hangin’ at the colorful outdoor downtown cafes, wired coffee houses and mega-metaphysical book stores.  The stunning tree lined, city center walking streets that lead to the sea are home to flip-flops and lap-tops.  Casual and free, the YoYo’s love the loads of super-cheap healthy restaurants, tattoo parlors, unique boutiques and famous California surf shops  that give this free spirited beach town its unique charm.

Body and Soul

Body and Soul Yoga

Finding our fortune on a hidden back street, we entered the rumored, oldest building in Santa Cruz, holding its century and ½ history under its “seen everything” roof.  After the legendary “Wanderlust” crowds of the past weekend, the YoYo’s were eager to enjoy a personal practice in the intimate space of Body and Soul Yoga- A Salon for the Healing Arts.   As we entered the western façade of this super-cool “movie set” antique building, we breathed in the creative imagination of owner Susan Merritt, who transformed this space into a soothing, light-filled, super-comfortable studio.

Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas

Immediately feeling the much anticipated individual love and attention from our guiding light, Jim Gallas, in his simply titled class…Yoga 1-3, this “all heart”, super-friendly, wealth of information, generous teacher gave unsurpassed skilled adjustments. Cleverly, with the joyful energy of Dustin Hoffman in “Meet the Falkers”, Jim partnered the yogis as he carefully taught his superb secrets of fine-tuning a fellow yogi to help them feel asana more deeply.  Light-hearted and casual, Jim continued to share years of his vast and varied experience with this familiar group of committed yogis…and tonight, with the YoYo’s, who were lucky enough to be part of this Santa Cruz yoga family.

It’s so good to be on the road again….

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To Every Season

Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Valley by Susan Hoehn

Travelin’ through the magnificent colors of the autumn vines, massive oaks, and the indescribable flora and fauna that identifies Sonoma, California; the YoYos found the hidden jewel that wine country yogis lovingly know as, Yoga Community.

Community Yoga Gathering Place

Yoga Community Gathering Place

Welcomed into the blaze of shades that mimic its exterior surroundings, we took a peaceful minute to melt into the circled-up comfy chairs made for chattin’, drink the yummy tea brewed for blissin’, and peruse the outrageous yogi fashion that was creatively displayed throughout this artsy sanctuary. What an eye-poppin’ studio to throw down our mornin’ mat and ready ourselves for the gift of Lisa Murray; a certified teacher in the Walt Baptiste method of Raja Yoga; Sherri Baptiste’s Power of Yoga Teacher Training program. After intensive study with Dr. Mehrad Nazari, Michele Hébert and Sherri Baptiste, master teachers the grateful YoYos had the opportunity to learn from on this journey, the YoYos couldn’t think of a better way to conclude Chapter One, of this “most excellent” adventure.

Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray

Here, the unsuspectin’ YoYos followed this talented teacher through 90 minutes of challenging asana, bookend by deep rest.  Every taxing pose was chased by time to discover how body and mind felt after vigorous effort was followed by spacious relaxation.  And so it was, in Lisa’s serendipitous class… sun and moon…. time for action and time for rest.    Or, as it has been said… “To every season…

These roadtrippin’ YoYos on the Go Go, are admittedly pretty much experts on the full-out action part but with so much to do… like transition our slightly lifted YoYo butts to the Pacific Northwest to write our “most excellent” yoga adventure book,  start a cool new blog series like the one comin’ from our crazy Seattle explorer/reporter “My first 30 days of Yoga”, and work on our own “Power “Om” class, we aren’t exactly sure how to nail that all important, rest thing.

So, with an insightful send off from our gifted guide, the “tryin’ to be still” YoYos respectfully take the advice of the ancient wisdom of the Gita, the Sutras, the Bible, and the Sun and Moon…

Now, it is time to take Rest, if only for a short time, after our “most excellent” adventure.


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