Friday, November 6, 2009

deep into YogAlign training in the jungle of Kauai

Spending my time off with my family on the west side. My brothers are so fun!
I have been journaling my journey in self awareness and watching my body change. I came here thinking I was going to turn into a modern hippy and am more of a nerd. I absolutely love the anatomy and learning how the body functions.

The yummiest live bowl of fruit ever. Real coconut milk, passion fruit, bananas, dates, papaya, almonds and mac nuts..

The sweetest fruit in the world, so good when it hits your lips..

Allison is amazingly balanced...
Yoga in Hanalei at the beach. What a view...

The last two weeks has been transformational for me. I have been breathing in ways that are changing my structure and making my body loosen up. We do yoga for four hours in the morning. Going through sequences on the floor, standing sun salutations and warriors that draw the power and and integrity of the joints and ligaments in. Lengthening the body lengthening what feels tight and strengthening what is loose. It is all using the breath through the diaphragm, activating the Psoas, engaging the scapula, and breathing in and out through the ribs. you don't go into pain to get out of pain. Using PNF to unwind the tissue from its tension creating blood flow, strength, and flexibility.

Allison in Hanumanasana she is such a strong flexible human. She makes it look easy. Actually it feels good when you breath into it and use the blocks

Kauai is so amazingly beautiful. Surfing, hiking, hanging with the family, jumping in the cold pond...loving life! Up next, our journey to the Hindu temple in the deep mountains of Wailua. The surroundings of lush forests, gardens, and bliss...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Living on the North Shore ofKauai going to Yoga school

Day 9 in my yoga teachers training course. I set out to blog everyday, but that never seems to happen for me. So, here is a little bit of everything from the last few days. I am on Kauai for 6 weeks. Staying in the yoga studio out behind the yoga teachers house on the Mauka(mountainside) of Princeville. The yoga studio has no electricity and is all natural wood with big screen windows. I can here the crickets and the frogs at night and the birds early in the morning. I wake up to a huge mountain side that ha a big valley and the Hanalei river that runs through it. It goes all the way to the center of the Island.
Being back on Kauai has been amazing. Feeling the energy and beauty of the Garden Isle and the Island I grew up on brings me back to just out of high school. I got out of school and went to massage school when I was 19. Michelle Edwards was in the class, she is now my yoga teacher. She teaches a technique called Yogalign. It is a technique using the breathe movement in the diaphram and the surrounding breathing muscles through postures that keep the natural curve in the spine free from tension and stress on the ligaments and joints in the body. So really its pain free yoga, putting the body back into postural alignment.
I've already noticed a difference. My chest is open, shoulders are back, and my lower back is loose and legs feel good. I feel light and grounded.
Here are some pics from the class and the country side.
Enjoy and aloha,

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I Left the summer in California just before the kids went back to school. The head life guard at Solona Beach asked me to come down and talk to the kids and share some stories and yoga with them. At the end of it all I think the most thing that got them pumped up was expressing to them that they should do what they love and love what they do in life.
Live, Life, Love...

Monday, August 10, 2009

From Hawaii to San Francisco, life is full of surprises, variety and observation. Met up with my best friend from high school after fifteen years, walked all over the shop, ate amazing food, n checked out some cool bars n bands. Yesterday the Moma and a man that shared some enlightening information with meditation and the power of the mind. Will share soon...Alooohaaa!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I had the honor of spending a couple of days with John Peck. He is an amazing person, his surfing is pioneering and graceful, he shapes what he calls the Penetrator, is a Yogi, a facilitator of wellness and bodywork, and has a van that he can live out of for days with only the finest basic things in life to live on. He came with me to the Surf Into Yoga workshop at the Motel. It was so cool having him there and learning from him.

love Sambazon soooo yummy and amazing for my tummy

Julie Cox came to partake, she has a classic style, so graceful and free

More to come playing in San Francisco today...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Cali fun part 1

OK I love cruzin in Cali, so much to do, people to see, and moments to share...from Solana Beach to Oside and beyond. Fun with friends, shredding the kelp beds, n inspiring people with yoga..