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Day 46 SF-Yoga Tree-Janet Stone

Castro Theatre

Castro Theatre

Castro 2 large

The Castro

In the midst of this pulsating city, San Francisco, lives an area known as, “The Castro”; an avant-garde neighborhood that invites even unadventurous Bank of America to welcome emerging rock bands to crank up the volume on its lively steps.  Crowded with non-stop, attention-grabbin’ energy, the street flags wave with rainbows as the electricity seems to jump off the sidewalks.  Here, in this community lives one of this city’s most vibrant studios, Yoga Tree – Castro.

Janet Stone

Janet Stone

Excited YoYo’s are we, as we finally are to uncover the long awaited “Mellow Flow” of celebrated teacher, Janet Stone.  Walkin’ up a flight of stairs in an unassuming building, we gathered in the jam-packed lobby, shoulder to shoulder with other wound- up yogis as the prior class exited lookin’ like they had just taken a group shower.  Glad we had just enough coverin’ our YoYo bodies to be considered legal, we entered the massive room with sweat streaked floors and awaited this most celebrated teacher.

Openin' the Heart

Openin' the Heart

Janet began by encouraging the gigantic group of devotees to spiral mats in a unique contiguous circle around dozens of candles that were centered in the dimly lit room.  Creating this distinctive Yoga Tree, “Burning Man” we set our intention to leave “extra baggage” in this flashin’ ring of fire.  The sphere of yogi energy was both transporting and inspiring as Janet worked her legendary magic through a powerfully soothing sequence set to a rockin’ backdrop of outrageous world music, compliments of DJ Urn.   Openin’ our hearts and hips…up, down and every which way, Janet’s beautifully guided instructions gave way to some creative free- stylin’ movement ensuring this wild crowd was tappin’ into their internal power.  Janet encouraged the room to move like no one was watchin’…and they weren’t…as everyone contributed freely to the mass of energy that was created in this exuberant space.

Hanumanasana

Hanumanasana

Closing with a most wonderful thunderous chant, the YoYo’s wondered if “Janet Stone and Friends- Unplugged” might be available to download anytime soon.  Leavin’ our drippin’ sweat where others had gone before, we were joyfully stopped by a fellow yogi with a smile that went from SF to NY… as he exuberantly roared….  “That was so much fun!”

Well Said!


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