It’s a new season and group classes have once again started in my yoga studio at Venus Health & Beauty Spa in the heart of Gustavia, on my favorite island, St. Barth. Group practice is a magical opportunity to deepen your understanding of the poses and investigating what comes up in your mind and body as you do. […]
A few years ago, when I was invited by BA50 creator Felice Shapiro to become a contributing blogger to her site, I immediately said yes. I could feel the value in her mission and vision: to create and facilitate a forum in which an age-specific audience could share life experiences, professional skills and personal practices. […]
This November newsletter is the PS for St. Barth Summer Camp Yoga Challenge and lists new group classes at l’ Institut de Beauté Venus in Gustavia. Welcome! SINCE ST. BARTH SUMMER CAMP Each year, after St-Barth Summer Camp Yoga Challenge ends, I set my self the challenge of writing a synopsis to recap our 5 challenge […]
IMG_0767 – Petit Recap Week 4 After an intense week 4 of fasting, continuous practice, journeying and learning, the 7th edition of the St. Barth Summer Camp Yoga Challenge heads into the home stretch. We laughed, we riced, we cried, we cleansed, we moved, and we nourished our selves and each other with a subtler […]
Greetings, Summer Campers! With our first week completed, the St. Barth Summer Camp Yoga University program week II unfolds with some excellent workshops that will add grist to the mill. WEEK 2 Saturday, July 25 from 7-9 am : Cardio Discovery Hike “The Pathless Path” We’ll be meeting at 6:50 am in Grand Fond for […]
I am so pleased to share with you this year’s Yoga University program of strong teachers. This year’s guests : •Morgane Bertin-Denis, sophrologue / stress management will be leading a workshop on the Synergy of our senses for a fuller, richer life. • Laetitia Santarelli, psychotherapist, will be leading a workshop on the Synergy of […]
This blog is not about Summer Camp, my main focus these days. It’s about music. Reggae music. Thanks to SBJAM, a not-for-profit local association of hard-working, music-lovers in Saint Barth, the islanders of St. Barth have had the awesome privilege of listening to some of the best reggae music in the world. It’s the 10-year […]
I designed my first website with a Macintosh software program years ago. Called Coming Home, it was a supervised selfie mounted with the advice of Apple tutors. In truth, it was a nice-enough first cyberhouse. But as the years went on and the IT industry raced past me, site maintenance and updates – just beyond […]
I remember seeing Shiva, one hand lifted, the other, holding his famous trident. His upraised hand seemed like an invitation ( the greeting of Native Americans), a warning (Stop! Pause!) , a beckoning ( Proceed!). I learned that his hand meant that the battle was already won. Jaya! Victory! was already at hand. Fear was no longer the handbrake. It had to be released. His hand, it was said, meant “No fear”. This is no small thing when moving through chaos, Shiva’s domain.
This is my pre-Amazon jungle post. Soon, I will be in a place with no cell phones or cell towers, no tvs, no prompts or alarms or beeps or bells or surveillance. I will be surrounded by nature’s garden. Hope to see you when I return, just in time to run the St. Barth Summer Camp Yoga Challenge. Here’s an article I wrote that appeared in the International Yoga Teachers Association annual publication. I think it captures the spirit of Yoga in St. Barth, and the spirt of Summer Camp. I hope you’ll join me!
Connecting to an intimate sense of source is something that has intrigued women since the dawn of time. This central relationship to selfhood and beyond is the matrix for all others. As women, we search for vehicles that take us to our own deep mysteries. The doorway to the divine. But, how do we get […]
Yoga raises questions. It is an internal vehicle that takes the practitioner into pause and reflect mode. And here is where we begin to learn something about ourselves, and ourselves as part of a natural world with both physical and metaphysical laws that operate within the fragmented part of pure being we both call “me”.
Deep in the heart of yoga, we know it is not about building up the ego, but about learning how to dismantle the tight grip we have on the notion of Me and My and Mine, and on our constant need for approval, that can only be achieved by feeling good enough only when we are better than everybody else.
On this day of Armistice, yoga practice was about letting the war really be over and finding that unless we take the time to intervene, modify or update our deeply ingrained habit patterns and thoughts, the bombs go off over and over again, convincing us that it is not safe to move back into the sacred heart.