Yoga anytime, anywhere? I was slow to online yoga classes as I love (who doesn’t?) the whole community connection of group practice. That being said, having started (finally) my own short daily practice, I realize that although I love the “group,” I actually love practicing everyday (without the travel time) just as much. When I need to spice up my routine, I click on YogaGlo and –voila! — l have an incredible team of the best instructors ready and waiting to help me put a different twist on my practice.
I’m big on site functionality and YogaGlo is not only easy on the eyes but very easy to navigate. Choose from different types of yoga, length of class time, and of course those incredible teachers. Personal favorites are intense yet soothing hatha with Elena Brower, a quick 10 minute morning routine (aptly titled, “Short and Sweet”) with Kathryn Budig, and most anything from Seane Corn whose intro talks never fail to inspire me.Aside from these more well-known teachers, there are many, many more equally powerful and insightful teachers to discover.
And, yes, I’ll always continue to go to live classes as, among other things, there is nothing like that last group chant of “Namaste!” to make me feel soooo good. But to have the chance to enjoy YogaGlo at home and on the road? Why not?
The first 15 days are free at YogaGlo and then pricing is $18/month.
If you’re pressed for time and travel is just not an option at the moment, there’s a great online course brought to you by the Tergar Learning Community. I’ve gotten to know this inspiring community here in Madison, and am happy to have recently found out that they also have one in Paris, where I’ll be moving this spring. The Joy of Living Program is a path of meditation practice taught by Tibetan Buddhist master, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. His first book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, is a New York Times bestseller, but what he is really known for is his accessible, playful, and – yes! – joyful approach to sharing thoughts and ideas about wisdom, compassion, and awareness.
This Level I training, Calming the Mind, is open to one and all. In this six week course you will learn how to start a daily meditation practice, transform physical pain and difficult emotions, and how to deal with obstacles and distractions. The course includes weekly video teachings by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, course discussion forums, a printable course guide, and live webinar events with senior Tergar instructor, Edwin Kelley.
Start date is February 3, 2016, and the course fee is: $99 ($75 for students).
Calming the Mind 6-Week Online Program
I’ve been looking for a bag to fit my passport and boarding pass. On my last trip, I used a manila file folder to hold everything. I know. Sad. I love function, but desperately needed some form (and a great zipper!) to go with it. Then I remembered one of my all time favorite brands — Comme des Garçons. Have you ever loved a brand that you don’t necessarily wear often, but you revere everything about it? That is CDG for me. Rei Kawabubo is in that pantheon of “design greats” in my world. And, the leather goods this company puts out are always functional AND beautiful. Take this little pouch. Beautiful leather, great size (8-1/2″ x 6-1/2″), and fantastic zipper. Affordable. All boxes checked! The discreet gold lettering adds that little touch of elegance without veering into over-branding mode.
My travel documents have found a new home!
NB: I love black, however, you can find these in other colors — even neon pink! So great.
Here’s where you can find them:
The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY has been a major destination for anyone who wants to ‘dig deeper’ emotionally, physically, and spiritually. While their Rhinebeck campus offers many, many workshops (and then some) on everything from meditation and yoga to creating more intimacy in your relationships, they also offer weeklong winter learning vacations in sunny Costa Rica. (Isn’t tapping into all of your inner questions more delightful with some sea and sand?)
2016 kicks off with a week filled with the following: exploring compassion with zen teacher and social activist Joan Halifax Roshi, Richard Leider (author of The Power of Purpose) helping you to unlock your potential and purpose in life, Qigong and Tai Chi workshops, yoga for rejuvenation with Marianela Ortiz, and so much more. You can do multiple workshops every day or just find your way to the beach or nearest massage table. Perhaps one of the most amazing things about Omega is the community. For solo travelers who might have any second thoughts about going it alone, don’t think — just go.
NB: I have been to a workshop on Mindful Leadership led by Joan Halifax Roshi, and can honestly say she is a true light. Kind. Great sense of humor. The real deal.
Omega Costa Rica Week 1 runs Jan.9-16, 2016. There are four additional weeks offered as well. Pricing runs from $1,800 – $3,200.