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Day 63 Santa Barbara-Yoga Soup-Steve Dwelley

Knowin’ our time in Santa Barbara was close to the end, we decided to play “tourist for the day”.  Walkin’ with The Ru; the wise, kind, old, nobody wants on their restaurant patio, grandfather cocker spaniel, we went in search of just one place that would allow this luminary canine in for a little weekend breakfast.  Turned away, the disheartened YoYo’s reflected on Portland,  where it was rockstar, Ru, that opened doors to the best happy hours in town for his schlepping’ YoYo’s.

Sambos

Sambos

Finally, we found Sambo’s- circa 1957, the YoYo’s were pretty sure nothing had changed except maybe the prices and the politically incorrect story about some kid who chased a tiger around a tree so many times, the tiger turned to butter…or something like that.  The Ru, along with his YoYo entourage were warmly received into the nostalgic patio… where we all happily ate pancakes.

Santa Barbara Carousel

Santa Barbara Carousel

Off to the Art Faire, where every Sunday artist and craftspeople line the magnificent oceanfront selling everything from inspired paintings to quilted pacifier holders; through the ocean park we travel to find the 1917 carousel, watch happy duck families swimmin’ in the pond and sharpen our “off to see the wizard” footwork down the red brick road that leads us to that “super-cool” studio….Yoga Soup.

Steve Dwelley

Steve Dwelley

Today, we take our first Ashtanga primary series class from renowned Santa Barbara teacher, Steve Dwelley, who studied this athletic sequence extensively with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in India.  This laid-back teacher who quietly kicked our ass, reminded us that as your practice expands… seemingly backwards you go…  learnin’ all over again…  like a 2- year- old whose continually growin’.  Well said, as many times in this challenging class, the YoYo’s became well acquainted with their inner child….especially during that repeated “odeargod” jump back into vinyasa, and jump through into seated sequence. The YoYo’s love Steve’s smooth, helpful energy and his deep connection to this “takin’ it to the edge” group,  who understood the meaning of embracing the challenge of this physically demanding class.

Yoga Soup Library

Yoga Soup Library

After this dynamic practice, the YoYo’s headed straight to the outrageous Yoga Soup library to see what we could see and learn what we could learn…beginin’ by embracin’ our practice and our study with the mind of a child.

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