meditation, wellness, yoga

Yoga & Wellness Newsletter February 2019

“Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me and a beautiful spring it shall be!”
– a reading from the groundhog prediction scroll on Feb 2, 2019

My birthday is on Groundhog Day, and both Phil and I didn’t see our shadows this year, which means there are only six more weeks of winter. Woohoo! This silly tradition had me thinking about another big event happening in my world in six weeks. For my birthday, I decided to launch a kickstarter for my favorite non-profit, International House at UC Berkeley, which is also where I work. Its annual online fundraiser takes place on March 14th, but this year there is a VIP link for early access to donate. As of today, I raised $201 towards my goal of $500, thanks to some Very Important Peeps. 👏

Love, Camino StyleIf you have benefited from a yoga class that I taught, learned about a retreat, workshop, or free resource through my wellness newsletter, or if you are simply looking for a great non-profit to support, please consider making a donation of $10 or more to help me reach my goal. To sweeten the deal, I’ll send you a free “I Gave Big” sticker, as well as a “Love, Camino Style” sticker that I sell on my Camino Etsy shop. Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated! I have a few Camino books for donations of $30 or more. If you are feeling generous and want to rub it in that I am officially over the hill, make a $51 gift. 😉  What do you say?

Below are the steps to donate:

Go to: biggive.berkeley.edu/VIP

Enter $ amount, click Continue.
Click Browse List. Make sure you click Programs!


Choose a Program > International House
Choose a Giving Opportunity > The Fund for I-House, as pictured above.
Fill out the secure donation form and follow the steps. You can make your gift anonymous, or to identify yourself and get your free stickers, put my name in the “In Honor of” section.

You will receive a thank you email / donation receipt for your tax records.

Click to donate: biggive.berkeley.edu/VIP 
Thank you for your consideration. 🙏


Bay Area Events

Yoga for UC Berkeley Staff
Friday, February 15, 12:10 – 1 pm
251 Hearst Gym, UC Berkeley Campus

Continue reading “Yoga & Wellness Newsletter February 2019”

Grace Cathedral Sound Symphony
meditation, wellness, yoga

Yoga & Wellness Newsletter January 2019

Happy new year, and happy new moon! Below are some upcoming events, followed by an art exhibit, online freebies, and the January happiness calendar. If you are interested in hiking and Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, check out my Camino Provides blog for more exciting events in January, including a labyrinth walk.

The photo of the full moon eclipse over the San Francisco Bay was captured by one of my favorite photographers, Joël Thai.

Photo by Joël Thai - joelthaiphotography.com
Photo by Joël Thai – joelthaiphotography.com

You will have a chance to witness a “blood moon” eclipse on January 20-21, 2019. To see times, viewing locations, or to view live streaming video of the event, check out this website. East Bay residents might consider Chabot Space & Science Center’s Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing party on January 20th for just $8 with hot chocolate included!


Bay Area Events

FREE Sound Meditation – West Berkeley Library
Tuesday, January 8th 6:30-7:30 pm
West Berkeley Library
1125 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Come on by and enjoy this free library hosted community sound bath! No prior yoga or meditation experience needed, ages 12 and up are all welcome. This is a seated meditation, but bring layers as the room is chilly. More details:
https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/sound-healing-therapy-west

About the Presenter
Melissa Felsenstein is a certified 750 hr yoga therapist and sound healer. A self-proclaimed “reformed” relaxer, Melissa focuses her work on restoring the nervous system through the use of live sound with quartz crystal singing bowls and specifically tuned gongs. Melissa used these unique instruments as therapeutic tools to rid herself of severe anxiety and depression.

Her mission is to offer others a soft, receiving, space for inward journeying, truthful listening, and sustaining change. Learn more about her at www.innersoundsyoga.com

Continue reading “Yoga & Wellness Newsletter January 2019”

wellness

Yoga & Wellness Tribe Newsletter December 2018

Listen to the sound of waves within you.
— Rumi

The theme for the December newsletter is sound because I have been checking out a lot of sound meditations lately. I feature a sampling of sound events for you to try the experience for yourself. Much like meditating, attending a sound bath can lead to reduced stress and deep relaxation. This issue also features a free online yoga class, guided meditations, and winter retreats events offered by some of my favorite yoga teachers. Refer back to this post which I will update because I often hear about more wellness events and tips to share.

Are you ready? Sound the gong! Continue reading “Yoga & Wellness Tribe Newsletter December 2018”

wellness

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”

October 2018
wellness

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”