Posts Tagged ‘Vinyasa FLow’

Day 42 SF-Red Dragon-Tim Floreen

Tim Floreen

Tim Floreen

When in Portland, that crazy, wild ride of yoga bliss, there was a strong undercurrent of love for some “Tim guy” that taught in the “Bay”.  Seems this famous “Tim” has devoted fans scattered throughout the Pacific Northwest that branded him an absolute “not to miss” teacher when the YoYo’s headed south.  The “always listenin’ to yogis in the know”, YoYo’s,  were pretty excited when they discovered Tim Floreen gave some of his illustrious Power Yoga classes at Red Dragon, a HOT… Mill Valley studio already on the YoYo’s hit list.

Red Dragon Yoga - Mill Valley

Red Dragon Yoga - Mill Valley

Formerly, all Bikram all the time, Red Dragon, led by the can’t miss team of owners Stephaine Schreiber, revered Bikram Yoga teacher, and Craig Fruchter, yogi and transplanted NY clothes designer, made a decision to bring in a little hot power yoga and mix things up.  What started as a idea from the community suggestion box grew into adding back to back power classes to their already full Bikram schedule, grabbing this popular studio recognition for Best Yoga  and  Editors Choice for Tim Floreen as Best Power Instructor by Marin Magazine.

Heart Openin' Tim

Heart Openin' Tim

The sweat lovin’ YoYo’s loved every minute of affectionately known, “YogaTim’s”,  steamy, powerful, mat- touchin,’ one hour,  lunch- time workout and the super sizzlin’, listed on his website soundtrack that pounded through this energetic space. The YoYo’s were pretty sure they understood why this power hour had to  duplicate itself to accommodate the community that didn’t require a trip to the Northwest, to hear about the energy explosion happenin’ at this yoga hot spot.

Wound up from our power yoga adventure, the YoYo’s bounced into the famous Red Dragon retail haven to check out the coolest of cool yoga wear; lunch, dinner, hangin’ out or whatever wear put together by the keen eye of fashion guru, Craig. So jealous were we of all the Marin-ites happily buying away while the YoYo’s still committed to being walkin’ billboards, were logo’d from our head to our yogi toes.

Talented teachers, killer boutique, Hot -Hot-Hot Yoga… RED Dragon is a truly a “breath of fire” in Marin County!


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Day 49 SF-International Orange- Andrea Maltzer

International Orange Spa Yoga Lounge

IO Spa Yoga Lounge

What’s a YoYo Yogiman to do when the throbbin’ from a past crash of a super-sweaty, “too much momentum” handstand, keeps rearin’ its ugly head?… Runnin’ over to International Orange, a super hip, super-spa and yoga studio for a little “fix the yogi,” comes to mind.

Dino's on Filmore

Dino's on Filmore

Entering entertaining Fillmore street, home to “IO”; distracted YoYo Yogini started to get a little sidetracked… maybe we should just wander into Dino’s for a carafe of “real cheap, real good” Chianti; hit one of the dozen consignment shops, check out the new stuff at the “old school’ hardware store, hang out at one of the swarmin’ outdoor cafes or maybe venture into one of the zillion unique boutiques.   But, broken YoYoYogiman led with uncharacteristic focus straight to IO’s illustrious place of healing, that was to put him back together before our later that day’s class in IO’s yoga space.

IO Yoga Room

IO Yoga Room

Entering the hidden doorway on this “all out action” Street, we were transported to the cool, white  stylish 2nd floor healing sanctuary. The crisp, soothing ambiance foreshadowed the amazing body work from Karl Reed that released YoYoYogiman’s handstand fallin’ tension and got him primed for our vinyasa flow class located in the light filled yoga studio.

Andrea Maltzer

Andrea Maltzer

Findin’ our 2×6 in this packed room of yogis who looked like they enjoyed a beauty day at IO, we were greeted by the upbeat energy of outgoing Andrea Maltzer who unleashed an artistic even paced flow set to a killer soundtrack.   This unique, fluid sequence started small and grew…and grew… and grew into an irrestible dance that this clever teacher kept revisiting and intermixing with challenging asanas.  Ashtanga trained Andrea, used her strong background of alignment as she masterfully interwove that form into a fun, flowin’, playful class that she beautifully guided while giving perfect modifications for newer yogis and takin’ the more experienced to their edge.

Feelin’ strong from head to toe, without a trace of memory from handstand divin’ after a most magical day at International Orange, the YoYo’s headed to Dino’s for a little celebration. What a day!


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Day 66 LA-Yogaworks-Vinnie Marino

“All I want to do is have a little fun before I die”, said the yogi next to us…out of nowhere…

This Ain't No Country Club... It's LA

This Ain't No Country Club... It's LA

… and the YoYos were pretty sure that every other yogi in L.A. had the same idea as they clamored en masse to locate a meagar 2’x6’ to experience the famous ,“turn up the volume” class, from  rock star teacher, Vinnie Marino.

Vinnie Marino

Vinnie Marino

Welcomed by super-smilin’ faces into the unpretentious lobby of legendary Santa Monica studio, Yoga Works Main, the YoYos were admittedly impressed by the jaw-droppin’ line-up of teachers who are irrefutably some of the most recognized in the country. Tonight’s class with Vinnie, the renowned “wicked, butt-kicker to the stars, rocker”, had the YoYos all wound up…after all, we were in L.A… and we too, just wanted to have a little fun….

Butt to Butt, Another Packed Vinnie Class

Mat to Mat - Packed Vinnie Class

We felt our temperature rise and sweat pour as Vinnie opened with energetic Sun Salutations, a mere pre-cursor to the next 1 ½ hours of power that was a most eye-openin’ introduction to 2-3 Flow- L.A. style.   Vinnie’s killer eclectic soundtrack and quirky wit intermittently amped up its volume, and our YoYo’s energy, at the precise moment we internally cried out for that extra jolt that allowed us to hang with this multifaceted, dynamic flow. Shoulder touchin’ shoulder and front touchin’ rear with fellow strappin’ yogis; we loved the pulsating energy and the depth of each asana that this exciting teacher created throughout every inch of our, “pushin’ it to our expandin’ edge”, YoYo bodies.

Swimin’ out the door, the YoYo’s were unyogi-like proud of ourselves, observing we actually didn’t die at all. In fact, we vibrantly interrupted each other with a total “minute by minute” recount of every worked out body part  that had been stretched and strengthened  to its max and seemingly beyond.  Excited YoYos were we to know we’d be comin’ back… time and time again, to Vinnie’s absolutely “not to miss”, super class… just to have a little fun!

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Day 72 LA-Exhale-Dave Romanelli

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Southern California….Ever since we arrived to be greeted by the persistent 72 and breezy, the YoYo’s have just been goin’ with the “Flow.”  We’ve been flowin’ deep, flowin’ slow and most definitely with power through some steamier flows of the most challengin’ variety.  Here, in Santa Monica, seemingly the hub of yoga in the western world, the “household names” of yoga superstars convene to bring their special style and dynamic methods to this trendsetting, eternally hip, quintessential beach community. Today we return to EXHALE, where the YoYos are excitedly scheduled to return, time and time again, to take coveted classes from this select group.

Livin' in the Moment

Livin' in the Moment

As we pull ourselves off Main Street where the distracted YoYo’s got caught up in miles of enticin’  global boutiques, organic/raw/vegan groceries, jam-packed outdoor cafes and enough coffee houses to keep us flowin’ till doomsday,  we finally enter the vast, inviting EXHALE lobby.  Checkin’ out the super-hot yogi-gear, CD’s, and “must have”  books from many of Exhale’s yogi-star teachers,  the YoYo’s curiosity was piqued by the stand-out purple and yellow cover of, “Living the Moment”, a comical book on inspiration, faith and love written by our teacher for today, Dave Romanelli, aka “Yeah Dave”. Seems Dave’s slightly irreverent book takes a look at the light side in an attempt to bring the “chill out” factor to life through wine, chocolate and music.  Hmmmm… think the YoYo’s are gonna like this guy!

Dave Romanelli

Dave Romanelli

Storyteller Dave, opened his Music Flow class with an inspirin’ tale that he masterfully wove throughout the next 1 ½ hours of this easy to follow, cool sound tracked, full-body flow. Dave’s rousin’ legend chronicled the life and times of a Mexican Tribe who used their superhuman running abilities as their metaphor for life.  Seems this real-life tribe ecstatically ran for the unbridled joy that it gave their bodies and mind; not as an internal competition or “out of reach” goal.  Do you suppose this cool-book authorin’, awesome yoga class givin’, attention-grabbin’ tale tellin,’ trickster of a teacher was tryin’ to relate a vital element to our practice in this deliberate challenge of a flow?

“Yeah Dave”! The YoYo’s love the practice, the message… and of course … wine… chocolate … and music!

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Day 89 San Diego-Yoga One-Amy Caldwell

 

RU Catches a Wave in Del Mar

Hangin' 10 at the Dog Beach

Today as the wise, kind, ol’, crestfallen, Grandfather cocker spaniel, The Ru, was kicked off the bazillion mile stretch of glorious Pacific Beach, asked to leave the sandy patio of a sidewalk dive, and dejectedly read the “No Dogs Allowed” signs at the celebrated San Diego Zoo and killer museums; the adaptable one just wagged, knowin’ that life’s great disappointments are often disguised gifts that offer grand fodder for his well-read insights, “Down Dogisms”; and, the accomodatin’ YoYos would spend the best part of their lives lookin’ for a haven that would welcome this illustrious, 5th dimension channeler with open arms.

Findin’ that sanctuary 20 miles north in the drop- dead gorgeous beach town of upscale Del Mar, The Ru yowled as we approached the teeny-weeny stretch of sand where seemingly every canine in California comes to surf, belly board and practice their “down dogs” on 72 an’ breezy afternoons… Finally, the shade wearin’ Ru found inclusive peace in this sometimes exclusive world.

Yoga Journal 30th Anniversary Issue

Yoga Journal 30th Anniversary Issue

After a full Dog Day of Summer, the anxious YoYos were excited for tonight’s Flow set amongst the high rises of Downtown San Diego at the illustrious Yoga One; winner of seemingly every award given to this county’s Yoga Studios for several years running. Followin’ the framed City Beat “BEST OF” magazines and stunning Yoga Journal covers featuring tonight’s teacher and owner Amy Caldwell up the steep stairs, the YoYos were pretty sure, this famed instructor’s class would be one to remember.

Strong and Calm Fits Amy to a T

Strong and Calm - That's Amy

Enterin’ the expansive, antique space, the YoYos joyously discovered historic wooden floors to hang out on with fellow SD yogis who make this popular tip-to-toe full body flow their addictive yoga of choice. Connectin’ to breath in a seated exercise, Amy began by beautifully integrating our “89 day” bodies into this 75 minute challenge of fluidity intermixed with creative arm balances, and innovative use of blocks that increased the unique dynamic leg stretches in this all levels class. Seems these lucky yogis not only use this beautiful yoga home for killer asana, but occasionally come back on weekends for acoustic concerts where they relax with a soft seat and bottle of wine…this weekend, Sean Hayes….See ya there!


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YoYoYogi… Up Close and Personal in P-Town!

My o my.. how time FLYS when you’re blissin’ in the super-stylin’ “100 year old”  bricks and mortar studio of YoYoYogi!

It was only 4 fleetin’ weeks ago that yogis and the super-curious began their bare-footin‘  journey through our unknown doors.  Seems the seriously fun mission of YoYoYogi…. to bring thick and thin, young and old, big dudes and tiny grandmas together, under one beautiful, historic roof to experience many of the BEST teachers in Portland “unleashed and uncensored”…  has really caught on.

Since our first momentous day, the “never done yoga, can’t touch my toes” variety, has now… done yoga, and is workin’ down the leg and toward that foot… quite nicely thank you .  The brief-case slingin’ sort have found themselves “chillin’” and oftentimes moanin’ in an unexpected sweet release. Super-duper yogis have found themselves upside-down, inside-out and backwards.  And, those of the venturesome ilk have found that dance, martial arts and yoga is one hell of a super-fun soup as they experience the grace of a warrior in  “Samurai” Yoga”.

New friends have been made in the “Fun of Flying” team sport of AcroYoga and bodies have been stretched an inch in Yogaaaahhh bliss.   And, smiles, voices, strength and breath have been re-discovered in classes with goofy names that the YoYoYogi family of “off the charts” teachers have unleashed on this unsuspecting community. What a month it has been!

We hope you’ll keep on keepin’ on and if you haven’t checked out our $28 First Month of Unlimited Yoga… What are you Waitin’ For???

Tell your friends, tell your strangers… this mind-bendin’, body-stretchin, peace providin’ Yoga is… nothin’ but cool!

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