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Day 55 SF-Yoga Tree-Dina Amsterdam

Dina Amsterdam

Dina Amsterdam

The “off the charts” action at Yoga Tree-Castro piqued the YoYo’s curiosity as to what we’d find at the Valencia location of this San Francisco yoga powerhouse.   Excitedly, we ventured to seize our very first “YinYang”  class of our roadtrippin’ journey with intuitive teacher, Dina Amsterdam, who was recognized as the “Best Teacher in San Francisco” by San Francisco Magazine in 2007.

Yoga Tree Valencia

Yoga Tree Valencia

Mat to mat, the yogis looked so peaceful all lyin’ on their backs in this dimly lit, narrow space with eyes closed, bolsters under knees, blankets under head, with the penetrating sound of a gong-bell-bowl  radiatin’ through the vast room.  After 55 “most excellent” yoga days, the YoYo’s thought this jam-packed slumber party was lookin’ real good, so we joined in on the much appreciated, lack of activity.

Mukund Sabramanian

Mukund Sabramanian

Leavin’ the yogis in their comatose position, Dina began class by encouragin’ this blissed-out bunch to send breath to their energy centers, chakras, which she focused on, one by one. Leisurely, she moved this barely movin’ group into the widest, longest child’s pose in child pose history and a series of forever held asanas that let our muscles rest, while we ignited our connective tissue.  The ambiance of candle glow, gentle voice of our gifted guide, and the LIVE, healing, vibrational music performed by Mukund, intensely penetrated our YoYo mind, and bodies.  Feelin’ kinda cozy on our Mandukas, we used our breath to transistion into Dina’s perfect, slow Yang flow.  So relaxed were we from this beautiful practice, the YoYo’s visualized this bein’ their late night, every night class.

Peace from the People of Bolinas

Peace from the People of Bolinas

Off to the ocean to the TINY town of Bolinas.  The YoYo’s knew they couldn’t pass up stayin’, if just for a couple days, in this beach town full of eccentric hippies that packed it up and moved it out to escape the preverbal rat race. Seems these folks like isolation so much, that they pulled down all signs markin’ their oasis, makin’ it a little hard for the midnight travelin’ YoYo’s to find where the heck we were headed.  Just followin’ the sound of the sea…we knew …we had arrived.


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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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