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Yoga & Wellness Tribe Newsletter November 2018

Inhale love. Exhale Gratitude.

This is what I like to say at the beginning of my yoga classes, along with a visual of a beach when I teach ujjayi breathing. Inhale, a wave of love as abundant as the ocean. Exhale, send forth gratitude back into the world. By simply closing your eyes, focusing on your breath and the mantra Inhale love – exhale gratitude, you can have a few moments of bliss anytime you want.

Let’s kick off the season of gratitude with some timely online freebies that you can enjoy from anywhere. After that, I share some featured events in the Bay Area. Refer back to this post, which I will update because I often hear about more wellness to share.  Are you ready? Let’s do this! Continue reading “Yoga & Wellness Tribe Newsletter November 2018”

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Yoga & Wellness Tribe Newsletter October 2018

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.”
-Rumi

I hope you are savoring the change of seasons. Autumn is a time to shed the old ways to make way for the new. Below are a few wellness resources that might assist in this process, starting with a few events in the Bay Area that I’m very excited about. You’ll also find online freebies that you can enjoy from anywhere. Refer back to this post, which I will update, because I often hear about more incredible opportunities to share.  Are you ready? Let’s do this! Continue reading “Yoga & Wellness Tribe Newsletter October 2018”

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108 Sun Salutations for Fall Equinox

Happy Fall Equinox! In some yoga circles, it is a ritual to celebrate the changes of seasons—the autumnal and vernal equinox, and the summer and winter solstice—by doing 108 Sun Salutations. This practice is most often done in large groups and often as an offering, such as an offering of peace or unity. However, you can do these in the comfort of your own home with videos I created to guide you (linked below). But first, what exactly are Sun Salutations?

Surya Namaskar (Sanskrit for Sun Salutation) is a series of yoga poses done in a continuous, flowing sequence, intended to improve the strength and flexibility of muscles. Sun Salutations are an excellent way for hikers to warm up and stretch their body. You can benefit with just a few rounds before any workout or hike.

For a complete cardio workout, challenge yourself to do 108 Sun Salutations upon the change of seasons.

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Yoga & Wellness Tribe Newsletter September 2018

Greetings! This newsletter will encompass a variety of wellness topics — from peace walks and intercultural talks, to yoga workshops and a happiness class. I hear about so many free events and learning opportunities through my various tribes (UC Berkeley, Yoga, Camino) and I want others to be able to benefit from them. Bottom line: I love to share a good thing. And because I like to add healthy dose of fun to everyday life, I feature events that might just make you feel like a kid again! I have a personal experience with the people and events highlighted below, so I can wholeheartedly recommend them.

Why Wellness? Ever since I became a Wellness Ambassador at UC Berkeley, I have tried to encourage my family, friends and colleagues to take a more active role in their own wellbeing. I truly believe that wellness is not a learned luxury. It is your birthright, and it’s just up to you to claim it. It’s about the choices you make. There are so many free resources and valuable practices that can support your own wellness journey. I am so grateful for the lessons I learned in recent years by walking the Camino de Santiago, training as a yoga teacher, and discovering my passions. Now, I want to share some of the goodness with you all through this newsletter and my new wellness website.

First name basis. You might have signed up through my Camino blog’s yoga page, or through a list at one of my yoga classes. If your first name isn’t correct in the greeting, no worries! Just update your preferences via the link in the footer, or email me at laurie@thecaminoprovides.com and I’ll fix it.

Let’s do this!

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

My Journey with Yoga

My love affair with yoga began long before I knew about the Camino de Santiago. I tried my first yoga class in the 1990s and instantly felt relief in my hips and back. When I discovered that a daily yoga practice also helped ease stress from the workplace and prevent hiking injuries, I was hooked. In 2016, I signed up for teacher training at Yoga Kula in Berkeley. I began teaching yoga to coworkers and members of a hiking group.

My training continued in 2017 at Namaste Yoga in Berkeley, led by four of the Bay Area’s best yoga teachers: Abby TuckerBaxter BellDomonick Wegesin and Vickie Russell Bell.  As a graduate of their “Every Day Sacred” program, I have 300+ hours of teacher training.

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I want to share my passion for yoga and wellness with the world, so I have started a wellness-focused newsletter that will include:

  • workshops and retreats led by my favorite yoga teachers
  • free online courses, summits, and meditations 
  • mindful practices for stress relief
  • interesting tidbits I learn about in my continuing education
  • books that I recommend
  • fun events in the Bay Area

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Yoga for Hikers and Camino de Santiago Pilgrims

I truly believe that many common injuries can be prevented by practicing yoga, so I look for opportunities to teach yoga for pilgrims. I taught a yoga class at Hospitalero training, the 2018 American Pilgrims national gathering, and at albergues in Spain in 2018 Below are a few blog posts I wrote about my yoga journey thus far.

Below are a few highlights of yoga in fun places with great people!

Remember VHS tapes? I started practicing yoga with these! They take up way too much space, so I got rid of them in my post-Camino purge of 2016.