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.

Wild Asana: Azalea

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Who says a wild asana can’t be restorative? This week the beautiful azalea is in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. We’re used to seeing these flowers grouped together in vibrant rolling bushes and hedges. Shocks of hot pink and purple.

But up close, each individual bloom reminds me of supta baddha konasana – a peaceful, restorative posture. Calm and open. Vulnerable and supported. Beautiful.

This image of the azalea is from Powell Gardens. The baddha konasana image is from the Pose of the Month blog.