Mat Goes Here

chalet yoga
The new job has been keeping pretty busy. And I’ve been thinking about Martinis, despite not being able to post as much.

So, even though all my yoga lately has been done in a mat in my living room (and squeezed in sometimes while brushing my teeth in the bathroom, or while waiting for the tea to whistle…) I thought it might be nice to look back at the best of Mat Goes Here posts.

Check them all out here.

Restoration Barn-ware

yogabarn

I am ready to restore.

I’m heading up to New Hampshire, where I hear it’s really and truly autumn, to Dragonfly Yoga Barn. I haven’t been there before but I have to tell you, this place looks amazing. It’s a Yoga Barn, you guys. Yoga. Barn.

Twice a year I assist my teacher in a program called Refilling Your Well. It’s a nurturing retreat that helps teach the science of stress and stress-reduction. Learning what truly nurtures them, students are encouraged to ‘put the oxygen mask’ on themselves first, so that they are healthy and strong when they take care of others.

It’s wisdom I know in my head, and more and more, feel in my body. Which is why I’m so excited to assist yet another restorative retreat coming up this weekend. I’m helping out a long-time friend of mine from back in the Kripalu days as she leads a Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra program. I know there will be lots of setup (bolsters, blankets, backjacks) but I also think there will be time for hot tubs, and hikes, and being still. Remember being still? Ever? I barely do. And I’m so looking forward to it.

Teacher’s High

central park

This morning I taught my ‘Yoga With A View’ corporate yoga class, from the roof of the office building over looking Central Park. And I completely nerded out. Talking about the squeeze-and-soak benefits of eagle pose from this place – all the way up here – I felt high.

I imagined teaching before I ever took a training. I could close my eyes and feel the class. That’s why when I found the right teacher training, it didn’t matter that I was scared. I knew I had to do it.
For years after that, I didn’t teach regularly. I played with the balance of teaching and working my day job. And now – with this small, beautiful class and a kids’ yoga session starting up in the fall – I am just so completely grateful.
That’s all, kids. I just wanted to be grateful and feel good and share it. That’s it. Just high.

Beauty Break

praia piquinia

Oh you guys. I’ve been posting here with relative regularity for something like six years. A girl gets tired and introspective sometimes. And other times a girl just wants to go outside for a walk and live life away from the keyboard. I think that’s what I’m going to do for a while.

I’ll likely post here and there when the mood strikes, but I’ll apologize in advance for letting go of the three-post-a-week schedule for a little while.

For those of you interested, here are short links to some of the series I’ve been posting lately.

Wild Asana Archive
Mat Goes Here Archive
This & That Archive
Notes From a Newbie posts

I’ll still be around on Facebook posting a bon mot here and there if you’d like to visit and say hello! I’d love to hear from you.

I’ve been staring at the image above from Christian Chaize for what seems like years.

Mat Goes Here: Bridge

bridge yoga

This week I’m revisiting the Pacific Northwest in my mind. Maybe I’m just in the mood for a hike. There’s something about the canopy of tress, the filtered sunlight, the smell. I actually really miss that feeling of taking off my hikers after a good, long climb.

Now I’m imagining taking a yoga break on one of these rough hewn bridges. Doing tree pose among the tress. Stretching my hamstrings. Smelling the earth around me. Taking a deep breath.

Mat Goes Here: BoHo Yoga

bohemian lifestyle

I love a good boho interior. The natural wood beams, the patina on the walls. I imagine the people who live here putter around in bare feet all the time, eat exotic food with their fingers and plan world travels.

I could see baring my feet and skipping the mat in lieu of one of those layered rugs to get my bohemian yoga sutras on.

The interior on the left is from A Perfect Gray. The image on the right was found on Desire to Inspire.

Mat Goes Here: Magic Hour

window yoga

The other day I came home from work early. When I walked through the front door -wham- I could not believe the light in the apartment.

I would love to lay down my mat by either of these large-scale windows and soak up the sun.

The image on the left is from Luis Barragan and can be found here. The image on the right is from The Poetry of Material Things. P.S. I can lose hours on this site.

Mat Goes Here: Central Park

central park yoga

Recently my office moved uptown to Columbus Circle. I’ll miss Bryant Park, but now we’ll be really close to Central Park, and my old neighborhood.

Central Park is over 840 acres, and in there, plenty of room for laying out a yoga mat. I’m more likely to practice yoga in a group when I’m way out in the open, like this first image shows. Doesn’t that grass look amazing?

But I also like the idea of a secret spot tucked away in a corner somewhere to practice in solitude away from the hustle bustle. Either way, I think there’s some outdoor yoga in store for me.

The first image was found here. And the second here.

Mat Goes Here: Green Village

rain forest yoga

I’ve never been to Bali. But if these images do it any justice, oh boy. I’m ready. I love the kind of hot weather trips where you pack your bag full of different outfits and just end up wearing a t-shirt and bathing suit bottoms the whole time you’re there.

I would lay my mat down here any day. Wouldn’t you?

I orginally found these images featured at Honestly WTF? from Green Village in Bali. Yes, please.

Mat Goes Here: Modern

put your mat here modern

These are two separate modern homes, one in Australia and another in Beunos Aires. I love the square modern aesthetic and the glow from inside and out. I could definitely see spreading my mat out in a sunny spot and taking savasana like a napping cat.

This interior was found at Just for Design. The two exterior shots were featured on Design Milk in a post called Beached House.

Mat Goes Here: Beach House

mat goes here - beach house

Alright kids. I’m done with all this cold weather business. It’s time to dig our toes in the sand and play. So I’m ending this week with some beach house yoga fantasies.

Listening to the sound of the waves, sleeping on cool crisp sheets, letting the breeze blow through. Sun salutations at dawn and dusk. Feeling the sunshine on your skin. I might even consider having a beer with that. Cheers. Have a great weekend!

All three of these inspiring images are from Blood and Champagne, a blog that makes me drool on the regular.

Mat Goes Here: Retreat

mat goes here - retreat

Let the Friday daydreaming begin. I got hooked on these images of a retreat space on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The green is so lush, the walls look cool to the touch and I love the swatch of drapery pooled in the copper tub in that first image.

The whole scene looks absolutely peaceful. The staging is gorgeous and I can almost smell the humidity (in a good way). I’ll meet you there.

All three of these images are from Elixir de Careyes.