Posts Tagged ‘John Friend’

Day 34 Lake Tahoe-Wanderlust-John Friend

After leavin’ our most exciting Power “Om” class this morning, the YoYo’s heard… “All we are saaaayin’, is Give Peace a Chance”, wafting in the air from hundreds of yogis who, on this closing day of Wanderlust; the all yoga, all music…all the time festival, had just finished one of their back to back classes with the universal message of peace, love and happiness. Peace signs, tie dye, leather stuff and a virtual all day group hug permeated this “why can’t we just live like this?” festival.

Wanderlustin' Yogis

Wanderlustin' Yogis

AcroYogis Extrodinaire

AcroYogis Extrodinaire

Following the melodic lyrics of the smilin’ faced yogis over to a rocky “field of gold”, the Yogis threw down their “glad we have the guaranteed for life” Manduka, far away from the massive stage separated by shiny happy yogis holdin’ hands.  Here, we waited patiently for our most anticipated class with John Friend.

Not so fast Yo Yo’s… here comes the party!  MC Yogi jumped on stage and fired up this “ready to rip it crowd” with the “Hanuman, the Monkey God” rap, accompanied by flyin’ acro-yogis in gold lame’, hula hoopers-hoopin’ on their heads and outrageously fun yogi wear on outrageously fun yogis.  Just burnin’ it up on this hot day…  John Friend joined this groovin’ group on stage.

John Friend

John Friend

Summin’ it all up in one sentence, John joyously began by explaining that alignment and continual practice will make your body strong…but it is through love and devotion that yoga becomes spiritual…(loosely translated by a YoYo).  When the YoYo’s, who communicate in paragraphs the size of The Bible, hear something so simply beautiful…well, we connected and melted into that rock bed and had the best “under the sun” practice of our life.  Bliss, devotion, authenticity and pure love come to mind when we think of what John Friend brought to this heart-opening practice magnificently accompanied by Jai Uttal.

Wrappin’ up the practice, Jai Uttal, busted out his spiritual music into a dancin,’ singin’ yogi fest unlike anything ever witness by these two YoYo’s.  We’re pretty sure that if you live in North America, you most likely heard the song, and felt joy that was comin’ from the mountains today!

Wanderlust 2010- count us in!


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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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