All Pau (done)!

Aloha! I can’t believe that I am back home reflecting on how the retreat went already! It went so fast.

After the retreat was over, I stayed at a friend’s home in beautiful Kula where I could look out the window down the volcano toward the water and check the weather on both the North and South shores. Maui is such a beautiful place.

This was the view from my bed on my first morning in Kula.

This was the view from my bed on my first morning in Kula.

What an honor it was to host 18 people at Lumeria Maui. We practiced in their new and beautiful yoga shala. The food was delicious, and it was great to practice yoga with such an incredible group of people. It was great to see how easily everyone embraced all that Lumeria and Maui have to offer (which is a whole lot).

While we were there, they had hired a film crew to work on a promotional video for Lumeria. They asked me to be a part of it so I could speak about being a retreat leader there. As soon as it comes out, I will post it here although I have to say that I learned on this trip that video is not the easiest (even though their crew was brilliant at making me feel comfortable). Which leads me to this point…

To all of my Mobility Treatment people: I did film a mobility video for you, but it is too terrible! The sound didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped so I am going to have to do more mic research. 🙂 I promise you I will keep trying. Instead, here are some more photos from the retreat. Next year’s dates will be up soon. I am looking at early April.

 

 

Pre-Retreat Photos

Aloha! I am here on Maui and the retreat begins tonight!

I spent 3 days out in the rainforest. Every time I come back it takes me a few days to land. I drove around and visited some of my favorite sites, took many photos to share, and made it a good way through my favorite foods here in Maui all while drinking in this delicious air. Haiku and Huelo have a unique smell that I can only describe as celery scented. It is my favorite smell in the world and it’s only in those two places.

Now I am checked into Lumeria listening to the sounds of wheeled luggage making it’s way down the planked lanai while people find their rooms. This year I was upgraded to a suite which was so generous and a super blessing. I like to wake up early every morning to practice, pray, and prepare (alliteration!) for each day and I was nervous about waking up my friend Stine, who is my roommate.  Not anymore! 🙂

Here are some photos from the trip so far! Please pray and send good energy to all who are still traveling and who have come so far to receive this week! Lumeria is an incredible place to unwind and come back home to yourself, and I feel blessed be welcomed and to welcome people in! It’s a life changer.

 

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Back From Costa Rica! Pura Vida!

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Last week I traveled to the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. I have wanted to experience Costa Rica ever since I lived in Maui years ago. Maui is a transitive place and many of the people who chase the waves to Hawaii have great stories of other amazing places around the globe.  A commonly described one is Costa Rica.

Near the end of last year, I decided to add a second retreat in 2015 and researched a few places in Costa Rica. I put it on my vision board and started telling people that I was planning to go in February. I had no idea how it was going to happen, but I felt like it was true. To make a long story short, I ended up going to Costa Rica in February and staying with a friend from high school whom I had not seen in 20 years. I couldn’t have imagined any of this ahead of time, but it all worked out amazingly.

Each of the two places that I planned to visit are gorgeous and in 2015 I will be most likely traveling back twice; once to lead a yoga retreat and once to lead my 200 hour yoga teacher training in a month long intensive format. The dates and registration will be up soon.

Costa Ricans, as you probably know, have a saying; Pura Vida (the pure life)! It is a greeting and a lifestyle. One of the most common things people say about Costa Rica is that the people are so welcoming and nice, and it’s totally true. The natural beauty of Costa Rica encourages a sense of harmony within; even the dogs are peaceful and completely mellow.

In the same way, yoga and meditation create Pura Vida within. As you breathe and move, postural and habitual patterns of tension in your body are balanced, obstructions melt, and your mind starts to ride on the slow, steady waves of your breath.

I love teaching yoga in beautiful places, and I can honestly say that the yoga practice has the ability to bring the innate beauty out of any place and any person. In my Saturday Beginner’s class, we have had over 40 people pretty steadily for the past month. 40 strangers sit in a crowded room trying to carve our their space and every time another person walks in, the mats have to move even closer together. At the beginning of class when we set up, there is sometimes a feeling of unsettledness, but as we sit and tune in, the entire room lands. It happens every time, and all month not one person has complained to me about the crowdedness or lack of space. That to me is a sign of a great connection to the beauty within. That is palpable Pura Vida in practice, and I feel so blessed that even though I love to travel, I already live and practice in a beautiful place with all of you.

Happy New Year Announcements!

It’s the last day of January and we are heading into the Chinese New Year! I just sent out a newsletter a little while ago talking about the significance of moving from the water element to the wood element! If you aren’t on my newsletter list, sign up HERE! It’s a new thing for me this year, and I’m having a lot of fun with it! 

In the spirit of this forward moving energy of the Horse, I have a few announcements!

Anjali Long LogoMy acupuncturist friend, Terri Brown and I are bringing Anjali Retreats to Prana Yoga in Denville on Friday, February 21st. This event has sold out in the past and so we are offering 2  1.5 hour sessions at 5:30-7p and 7:30-9p. To register contact Prana Yoga or send me a message. There are 9 spots available in each session and we already have quite a few spots filled.

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Most of you know that I offer Mobility Treatments to the athletes at Brazen Athletics in Fairfield where my lovely fiance, Alex is the head coach. Well, after much searching and hard work, Brazen is opening their second location in Hoboken this Monday, Feb 3rd! Crossfit is so much fun and Brazen has an incredible community of coaches and athletes that I know is going to grow exponentially in these next few months! If you are in Hoboken and are looking for an amazing box, please check it out. These coaches go through years of interning, observing, meetings, and being coached in order to be able to offer the best in training to you! Check out all of the details HERE!

Happy New Year and Happy SuperBowl! Have fun and stay safe!

Lovelove,
Christy

New Workshop in Boulder, Colorado in April!

I am so thrilled to finally announce the workshop I have been hinting at for MONTHS! It took awhile to iron out all of the details, but we have found the perfect location! Who are “we?”

I am over-the-moon excited to be co-hosting this workshop with Shawna Reninger of The Conscious Enterprise. If you receive my newsletter, you already heard about how much Shawna has helped me over the years. I was referred to Shawna through a mutual friend (Lauren Ward Larsen) when I first moved back to NJ. Shawna is an intuitive and has helped shed clarity on the journey I’ve been on ever since.

Last year, she offered some of her amazing tools in a course called, “The Dynamic Intuition Series.”  Through each of the 4 sessions, I kept thinking about what kind of yoga sequence I would do before each of the tools to further open up, prepare and support these incredible tools. I sat with the idea for 6 months before mentioning it to her, and to my surprise, not only did she think it was a great idea, she further expanded her 4 session series to 5 sessions for this special weekend!

All of the details and the registration can be found HERE! Each registration includes a 30 minute private intuitive reading with Shawna. The first 6 people to sign up will receive their reading in person during the workshop weekend. The other registrants will schedule their private sessions with Shawna to take place over the phone after the completion of the workshop. Not to worry, though, I’ve received all of my readings over the phone with Shawna and they have been incredibly powerful.

Don’t be freaked out by the words, “reading,” and “intuitive.” Every single person has innate intuition. These tools are incredible ways to tap into your own intuition and to live a clearer life that supports you!

Hope to see you in Boulder!

 

Maui Info!

Quan Yin, The Goddess of Compassion greets you as you check into Lumeria.

Quan Yin, The Goddess of Compassion greets you as you check into Lumeria.

For those of you coming to Maui with me in March, you should have received your final information email today!  It contains your logistics packet as well as Lumeria’s Spa and Adventure Guides to further customize your Hawaii experience!

Also, if you haven’t received your gifts in the mail, expect them to arrive soon! A bit of Maui is coming your way!

This could be your room!

This could be your room!

There is space for one more person!

It is a double accommodation and you will have a fabulous roommate!

Women only please.

Stay tuned for 2015 Maui and Costa Rica Retreat Dates!

Last Chance Weekend News!

Wow! What a week it’s been! I have had a HUGE response to my Maui Yoga Retreat in March and had to secure 2 extra rooms from Lumeria (one actually belonged to another group, but they generously gave it to me) and now there are NO MORE ROOMS LEFT! There is literally one spot left for double occupancy and then that’s all until March 2015!

I am so excited, proud and completely honored to be taking 20 people with me to one of my favorite places in the world! I love sharing Maui with people, and since I lived there for awhile, it is super special to me to share some of my favorite spots on the island. Thank you to all who will be joining me! We are going to have a fabulous time!

Also, Pangea Organics has decided to give their “Buy One, Get One Free” Sale another few days. Today is the last day of this offer, and it is an incredible one! In addition to getting a second one of each amazing product you order for FREE, you also receive free shipping! It’s almost too good to be true! To take advantage of this offer today shop at www.pangeaorganics.com/alignedflow 

I am a terrible sales person and can only share the things I love genuinely and am excited about which is why I am yammering on about Pangea so much lately.  Pangea is an incredible company and allows you to really support your largest organ (your skin) without polluting yourself or the water run off from using products with chemicals. It’s a win-win!

If you haven’t already, please sign up for my New Newsletter! It will be going out in January and will have a lot of things that I will only be sharing through email. I am super excited to begin this new venture this year!

Anyhow, I am off to bake our annual batch of cheesebread on this snowy day! I hope you are cozy and having a wonderful day!

Lovelove,

Christy

 

Retreat Postcards Coming Soon!

Hi, lovelies! Happy Friday (and midterm day)!

Alex and I are designing the new retreat postcards this weekend! Stay tuned for more incredible photos and awesome testimonials!

Don’t miss out on our next Maui retreat! The dates are reserved, but the retreat center and Lumeria’s owner Xorin have been mentioned all over lately and once the rooms are gone, they are gone! The dates are March 17-23rd.

Reserve your spot here! It’s going to be amazing!

Enjoy this beautiful Spring weather!

Love, Gratitude, and 2014 Retreat Registration!

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Just one of Pam’s many amazing photos

Good morning! I am just starting to unpack and settle back in. The sky is perfectblue this morning as I prepare to teach at Prana Yoga Center this morning, and then head to Brazen Athletics to work with my very favorite athletes. I’ve said this nearly every time I’ve gone away the past few years, but it still holds true, “You know you are blessed when you can go on an amazing trip, and still miss your life back home.” I feel so blessed to have this life.

My first yoga retreat was incredible, and it continues to sink in as the days go by. Our group really connected and as well as having their own retreat again next year (yes, I am leading 2 in a row!), we are already scheduling a time to catch up in the coming weeks. This retreat went beyond what I’d even imagined for creating and supporting the community I would like to see and be a part of in the world. I am reminded of the Joseph Campbell quote:

“When you follow your bliss, doors will open where there would not have been doors before.”

It’s amazing, awe-inspiring and humbling when you go out on a limb with your timid little heart open in the breeze, and find that it is filled with more love, more life, and opportunities that surpass anything you would have dared to dream. This experience has opened my eyes and heart even more, and I’ve learned so much. Leading retreats really is my THING, and it revealed so much to me. It allows me to do everything I love (teach yoga, read quotes, give journalling exercises, show people all of my favorite parts of Maui, hold space for reflection and healing, encourage and inspire while just being human with everyone, have so much fun, and offer all of the LOVE in my heart) all at once!

Meditation on the lawn.

Meditation on the lawn.

In that light, here is the information and registration for next year’s retreat! Maui was my home for a few years, and it always feels like home when I go back. There is something about the island that, with my first breath out of the airport, I am suddenly both emptied and filled up all at once. I feel content and I feel completely myself without effort. Does that make sense? I see the very best parts of myself when I am there. It is partially the slow pace of the island, the air (did I say that already?), the incredible fruit growing everywhere, the gorgeous water, the frame of two volcanic mountains, and the beautiful smiles on the faces of people I pass on the street. Maui reveals the beauty in everyone.

I would LOVE if you all could come with me, but I know that timing and resources have to align. Lumeria is becoming so well known that all sorts of famous people are starting to hold retreats there. I feel inexpressibly blessed that I found it so early, and was able to rebook. Someday, I would love to be able to reserve the entire retreat center (23 rooms), but for now I have to reserve a small number and then just book as the rooms fill. If you feel pulled to join me next  year, please reserve soon. I don’t want you to miss out on what this year’s participants agreed was a life changing event. 

Read the testimonials, check out the photos, and then get more information and register here if you feel this retreat is for you. There will be more photos and testimonials added so keep checking back!

Much love and Aloha,

Christy