February Flow: Yoga on Nantucket

Tuesday

February 1, 2011

Dear Tribe,

Jai yogis! Happy February 1st! I hope you are all cozy and warm on this early, snowy Tuesday morning. I am sitting at my desk, looking out at the beautiful soft flakes passing by my two big desk windows, enjoying a cup of my one and only vice; coffee, and organizing my thoughts for tonight’s Vinyasa Flow class. As some of you know by now, I’ve been trying to cultivate a different awareness and focus for each of my regularly scheduled classes- and looking for input from students via my Facebook page, text or email. I’ve been slowing Monday nights down a bit, teaching a few classes around specific chakras, dedicating Sunday morning’s 2-hr flow to a more complete 8-limbed path practice (hoping to focus on pranyama, asana, pratyahara, dhyana, and dharana), and have been leaving Tuesday night’s up for vigorous asana practice. Saturday’s bi-monthly Asana Clinic has been working well as a themed class; and it’s been interesting for me, as a teacher, to focus on working an entire 90-minute practice around single themes like horizontal alignment, heart opening, inversions, mula bandha, and cultivating lunar flow energy.

I want to thank you all for your continued dedication and hard work, and supporting me as I continue down the path of becoming a better student & teacher. I could not do it without you!

In other news: I am very excited to share that Burr & I will be traveling to Venice Beach and Santa Monica, CA to study with our teachers at the end of the month. We’re leaving Nantucket on Thursday the 24th for Boston, (maybe taking a class at Back Bay Yoga that evening) and will land in LA on Friday the 25th. I’ll be returning to Boston on the 4th, and will be back teaching in Nantucket by Monday March 7th.The wonderful Clay Twombly will be subbing most of my classes at The Yoga Room and The Nantucket Health Club while I’m away. Check TYR’s website for any last  minute changes with the sub schedule and/or any cancelations notices.

It’s my hope to blog about our experiences in LA as they unfold; and to write about the different studios and teachers Burr and I will be studying with. Our plan, as it exists right now, is to take class with my teacher Shiva Rea and Burr’s teacher Seane Corn at Exhale in Venice, Brock Cahill at Yogis Anonymous, Steve Ross at Maha Yoga, maybe Bryan Kest at Santa Monica Power Yoga, and perhaps Kathryn Budig at YogaWorks. Got any insider tips on teachers you have taken yoga with in LA, great spots to surf, eat, or hang out? please share below! The more local insight we have the better.

Below you’ll find my most current schedule. Feel free to contact me with additional class ideas, asanas you wish to explore or simply feedback- it’s all welcome! Above all else, continue to enjoy and embody the flow. Jai yogis!

Love & Light,

Caitlin

Caitlin’s Flow Classes

Now through Wednesday February 23rd


Monday mornings

8:15-9:35 a.m. Mixed Level

(February 6th, 13th, 20th)

@ The Yoga Room

 

Monday nights

5:30-7:00 p.m. Slow Flow

@ The Yoga Room

 

Tuesday nights

5:30-7:00 p.m. Vinyasa Flow

@ The Yoga Room

Wednesday mornings

8:15-9:35 a.m. Mixed Level Hatha

@ The Yoga Room

 

Saturday evening

5:30-7:00 Asana Clinic

(February 12th only)

@ The Yoga Room

Sunday mornings

9:00-11:00 a.m. Sunday Sadhana

@ The Yoga Room

 

Sunday afternoons

4:00-5:15 p.m. Mixed Level Hatha

@ The Nantucket Health Club

Yoga Art – Watercolor and Ink
paintings by Chris Carter


It is only with the heart that we can see clearly.
For what is essential, is hidden from the eyes.

– The Little Prince

Saturday Night Asana Clinic: Backbends to Open the Heart

Saturday January 29th, 2011

Hey Tribe,

Come practice opening your heart, bending backwards and energizing your anahata chakra tonight at The Yoga Room. Asana clinic will be from 5:30-7:00 p.m. this evening

 

 

 

Om namah shivaya!

Caitlin

 

winter yoga on nantucket: let the sun shine in.

January 22, 2010

Nantucket, MA.

Hey ACK Yogis and Yoginis,

Tomorrow’s Sunday Sadhana will be a Sunshine Centered, Solar Plexus Opening, Radiant practice. Please join in the nearly 2 hours of warming vinyasa joy and heat up your hearts. the yoga room. 9:00-10:48 a.m. Give me five minutes; you’ll forget it’s 23 degrees out.

As always, Sunday’s practice will be followed by a free and open seated and walking meditation led by the Sunny & Shiny Shambala crew.

love & light,

Caitlin

hip-hop vinyasa flow

as many of you know, I was in Boston for a week last month, and had the chance to take a number of classes at Back Bay Yoga. they have a regularly scheduled class called hip-hop yoga, which has quickly become one of their most popular classes. the few I got to take were JAM packed: 60-70 students inverting and twisting to the likes of MJ, Justin, and Gaga, and I took one class with the lovely Goldie Kaufenberg that totally rocked my world. it was such an out-of-the-box and joyful experience to practice yoga to the push and pull of hip-hop that I found myself working deeper into my asana practice in a way that felt easy. I nearly always have fun when in the flow, no matter the soundtrack, but the novelty of flowing to hip-hop and rap was exciting and uplifting. so in that spirit, I would like to invite you to practice tonight, tuesday january 18th, to a special hip-hop playlist- and we’ll see if we can’t recreate my Back Bay experience. as always, I welcome your feedback.

Om shanti,

Caitlin

glorious gayatri

 

So a couple of you asked me on Tuesday night what the music was that I played during śavāsana. It was the gayatri mantra, one of the oldest and most powerful of Hindu mantras, performed by Jane Winther. I stumbled upon it when looking for various versions of the same mantra, for the gayatri-centered class I taught the Sunday before. This particular version by Ms. Winther is stunning in it’s gentle layers and simple yet complex harmonies. The mantra itself reads as follows:

Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।

As far as I can tell (and I’m obviously no scholar of the Vedas) the gayatri is a beautiful prayer with the intent to awaken our true intelligence. After doing my internet research on the various translations of the mantra (there are probably as many translations as there asanas) I found one simple one I read in class that resonated with me:

On the absolute reality and it’s planes

On that finest spiritual light,

We meditate, as remover of obstacles

That it may inspire and enlighten us.

If you’re interest is peeked further, below you’ll find a break down of the mantra word for word. There are many other beautiful musical versions of the Gayatri out there. A few of the other more modern ones I’ve found and used in class recently include works by Girish, Wah!, the Subway Bhaktis, Tina Malia and Deva Premal. Please enjoy.

 

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dub it down

Hi Tribe,

Below you’ll find the playlist from last night’s Slow Flow Monday vinyasa class. After this posts been up for a few days, I’ll move it into the playlist page. For me dub music & yoga go together like PB&J. Let me know what you think!

Om Shanti,

Caitlin

 

 

Slow Flow Monday’s Playlist: January 10th, 2010


Spoony Bill by Roots Combination Hi-Fidelity Dub Sessions

You Are We Am I (Blue Mix) by TJ Rehmi

Orion by Bill Laswell & Jah Wobble Radioaxiom

Dil Mai Durad by TJ Rehmi

One God Dub by Kaya Project

Elephant (Dub Mix) by Spiral System & Lottie Child

Hey Diwani, Hey Diwana by The Dum Dum Project

Punjabi Five-0 by Dum Dum Project

It Ain’t Necessarily Evil by Mungolian Jetset

On the Dub-ble by DJ Krush

Kali Maheshwari by Tantra remix

You Are We Am I by TJ Rehmi The Warm Chill

Devotional Rap by Shiva Mantra

The Warm Chill by TJ Rehmi

Subcode by Bill Laswell & Jah Wobble

Begin and End by Dub Tractor Hideout

 

yoguary 2011

Nantucket. January 2, 2011

So after a week with my parents in Boston I find myself home once again- on our beautiful island of Nantucket. I cannot express how happy I am to be back; reunited with my two beautiful children, Isabella & Griffin, home with my dear friends and fellow spiritual warriors, and back teaching and practicing at The Yoga Room.

While in Boston I had the pleasure of taking several great classes at Back Bay Yoga, welcomed in the New Year with a special 2 hour New Year’s Eve sadhana with Ame Wren, and followed it up with an awesome class with Coral Brown at All That Matters in Wakefield. RI on New Year’s Day. What a great way to close out the year and begin the new. Jai 2011!

Below please find my teaching schedule for the following month. I will be adding additional classes in February. See my class listings page for further details. Om Shanti!

Mondays: Slow Flow 5:30-7:00 p.m. @ The Yoga Room

Tuesdays: Vinyasa Flow 5:30-7:00 p.m. @ The Yoga Room

Wednesdays: Mixed Level Morning 8:15-9:35 @ The Yoga Room

Saturdays: Asana Clinic 5:30-7:00 p.m. @ The Yoga Room

Sundays: “Church” 9:00-10:45 a.m @ The Yoga Room

Sundays: Mixed Level flow 4:00-5:15 p.m. @ The Nantucket Health Club

snowed inBoston.

Dear Tribe,

Namaste! It would seem the end of 2010 is closing out in true winter solstice style. Not only did the 21st of december witness the first conjunction of a lunar eclipse, the winter solstice and a full moon in 372 years, but we are now in the midst of a major northeasterly blizzard. It’s an exciting time to be a yogi.

This week (december 26th-January 1st) I will not be teaching classes. A family situation has brought me to Boston- the heart of the blizzard no less- for the next few days, and I will most likely be here until the New Year.

In the meantime, my dear friend and co-worker Clay Twombly will be covering my classes at The Yoga Room. So please keep up your dedicated practice, and enjoy Clay’s creative and compassionate approach to vinyasa in my absence.

It’s my personal goal to continue my own practice while in Boston, and I’m sure to bring back a few new namaskars borrowed from the wonderful teachers at Back Bay Yoga.

Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu!

Caitlin

feeling gratitude for my teachers

with my teachers- Ganga White & Tracey Rich

White Lotus. Santa Barbara, CA. March 2000

Shiva Rea. Embodying the Flow YTT

Kripalu. Lenox, MA. May 2009

Break It Down: Saturday night clinic


Please join us for a special Break It down Saturday night vinyasa clinic. This Saturday we will be exploring horizontal movement and how it can help take you deeper into your arm balance practice! Postures like bakasana, titibasana, astavakrasana, eka hasta bhujasana, and bhairavasana will be explored. Kramas (stages) of each will be asana will be accessed via a multilevel-appropriate approach. Join us tonight, December 11th, 2010 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. E-Mail your RSVP to caitlinmarcoux@cocmast.net or find me on Facebook.