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New York: Summer Escape Yoga

shakti_sadhana_web.jpgHee that is in a towne in May loseth his spring. ~George Herbert

Yes, it certainly feels like I'm loseth-ing the beautiful day in towne in my gray cube. Which means my mind starts to stray over to thoughts of how I can play. Herewith, some yogic summercamp options from the two local-ish yoga retreat biggies, Kripalu and Omega (I'll cover more spots soon). I've picked the ones that are nearly guaranteed to be great.

1) Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
It's an abundance of Berkshire-based yoga riches at this retreat center.

- Shiva Rea and Andrew Harvey are teaching "On Fire: Heart Yoga" from May 23-26

- Restorative Yoga for Body & Mind with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen (a long-time Kripalu teacher), June 13-15

- Shakti Sadhana ("The Ultimate Women's Yoga Retreat") with Gurmukh and Shiva Rea, July 20-25

- NYC's own Elena Brower is teaching Yoga: The Art of Attention, August 8-10

2) Omega Institute
Total yummy grown-up summercamp vibe in the lush Hudson Valley. You can even camp if you want to.

- Kimberly Wilson's Hip, Tranquil Yoga Chick course, from June 1-6

- The Power of Practice with Beryl Bender Birch, June 20-27

- Seane Corn is teaching a vinyasa course, The Body & Beyond, July 11-13

Anything to add? What are your summer yoga plans?


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This summer, my plan is to just keep up with my practice! In two weeks, I move halfway across the country and start a new job; a month after that, I'm getting married, which necessitates flying BACK to my hometown . . . and then a month after my wedding my best friend is getting married, which necessitates flying back AGAIN to my home state (although a different city). So with all the craziness, my goal is to just find a new studio and keep up with my home practice and try to stay sane!

I take yoga at Tranquil Space in DC where Kimberly is the founder and creative director. She is a great teacher and the new studio space is a yogi's dream. If you have never heard of KW, get ready. She is a force to be reckoned with. I should know, 2 years ago I took my first class with Kimberly where I was able to heal over my brother's death with yoga. I'm a faithful TS devotee and a person who looks up to Kimberly. She is genuine, authentic, and real. She gives the yoga lifestyle a "jolt" for this next century.

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