40 Under Forty

Part of the Tribe

On March 1, 2012, Caitlin was honored to be featured in the Nantucket Property News’ editorial 40 Under 40 Class of 2012. The distinction honors not only Nantucket islanders who excell in business, but also those who have made a difference in the community.

Double Trouble: Holiday Vinyasa Flow with Caitlin & Grey Marcoux

Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Nantucket, MA.
60 Day Yoga Challenge, Day 58

So here’s my  Confession of the Week: It almost all fell apart last night, the whole damn thing. Yup, just 3 days away from completing my 60 day yoga challenge, I simply could not be motivated to practice. I tried, all day long, to pull myself together, but an array of parental circumstances prevented me from getting into my yoga clothes. I’ve been horribly achy in all my major and minor joints for a couple of weeks now, and part of my day involved getting tested for Lyme Disease. The rest of the day disappeared into what can best be explained as the Wormhole of Domesticity, and then BOOM, it was 7:30 p.m.

With the desperateness of a wounded soldier crawling across an abandoned battle field, I tried, to no avail, to drag myself onto my mat. Some how, in an extremely uncharacteristic change of heart I watched myself return with stronger commitment to my couchasana. No one was looking, so I watched “Friends with Benefits” On Demand. Pathetic I know, but it felts soooo good!

The boyfriend returned home at 7:45. Busted. “Did you do your practice?” he asked. “No” I replied lamely, as I tried to pull my attention away from Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. “Do it” he said. Argh…

Dutifully I rose, and like a soldier, once again under command, I forced myself off the couch and turned on YogaGlo. Thank God for Kathryn Budig and her 20 minute Night Cap Practice. ‘Cause ordered to or not, that was about all I was good for. Day 57 practice: check.

(I can’t elieve how close I came to throwing in the towel on my own quest. Partnership has some major benefits)

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In other news, my youngest sister, Grey, will be visiting Nantucket soon. She is about to join the ranks of newly certified yoga teachers, completing her 200-YTT certification at the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in San Francisco, CA. I’m super excited to practice with her once again at home, and I’ve also invited her to assist me in teaching several Holiday Vinyasa Flows. The info is listed in the flyer above, and I hope some of you will be able to join us December 22nd through the 26th. With Grey on the brink of graduating December 18th, all three sisters in my family will soon be yoga teachers: a fact that makes for a wonderful living example of how many different paths can be taken to ultimately arrive at the same beautiful place.

Tomorrow I’m off to visit with two of my other yogini sisters, Caroline Pope Peavy and Juliet Loranger. Caroline is a yoga teacher at Eyes of the World in Providence, RI and Shri Yoga in Pawtucket, and Juliet in a yoga teacher as well as the studio owner of Yoga on Union, in New Bedford. The three of us solidified our friendship last June, when we all spent 3 days with Kathryn Budig during her “Flight of the Yogi” workshop at Kripalu. The ladies are co-teaching their first ever workshop, “Root Down to Rise Up”, this Saturday the 10th, at Shri, so of course I have to go… and It’s going to be an awesome way to celebrate the end of my challenge -amongst colleagues and friends and Up-Side-Down. Oh yeah baby – bring it Day 60!

If you’re in the Rhode Island hood this weekend, be sure to come to Shri in Pawtucket, and support these two hot yogis of flight.

Love & Light,
~Bliss

Opening the White Lotus: A September Nantucket Yoga Retreat

September 23rd, 24th and 25th @ Bartlett’s Farm

Nantucket, MA.

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Dear Tribe,

The gap between the planning stages of our upcoming Yoga Beyond Belief Retreat and the first session of the workshop is closing in. My esteemed teachers from the West (Ganga & Tracey) will be here in no less than 4 days! I couldn’t be more grateful to have this opportunity to share my home and my students with them, their teachings with you, and the experience of entering into a sangha all of us, together. The retreat promises to be a special and unique opportunity for students who live on the (at times isolated) Island of Nantucket who do not often get the chance to travel for similar yoga immersions, nor have the means to travel all the way to Santa Barbara, CA. the home of Ganga and Tracey’s residential yoga training program.

When I first approached Tracey with the idea of doing a weekend retreat on Nantucket, she was hesitant. She and Ganga no longer need to travel to spread the seeds of their teachings, and prefer to focus on cultivating their practice at the Foundation – which is snuggled deep into the San Marcos Pass above Santa Barbara, and surrounded by 40 acres of sacred ground, a former home to the Cushmas Indians. Ganga, who has been teaching students and teachers of yoga alike since the early 1970s, is a pioneer of yoga in the West, and his reputation, amongst those in the serious yoga world precedes him. Students come to him… from all over.

Still, Tracey assured me way back in March of 2009, that she’d put the idea to Ganga and admitted she would love to spend a little time exploring our equally sacred spot. I brought up this dialogue again both to Tracey, and to Shannah, director of The Yoga Room, where I teach, last September – and it began to take root…. Here we are 2 and 1/2 years later, and Ganga and Tracey arrive on Wednesday! This has been a dream for me for so long, I can hardly stand it’s imminent reality.

Of course, I don’t need to tell you that Nantucket has forever attracted visitors from all over the world, and from all walks of life. This weekend will be no different. Looking over the sign-up sheet for Friday night’s master class (which, btw, is an option open to everyone, even if you can’t sign-up for the entire retreat), I am thrilled by the diversity of students; young, old, teacher, beginner, Nantucket resident, student from afar. It is going to be an exciting amalgamation of practitioners, and a real microcosm of the new yoga world at large.

Please, if you are here, or even if you are not, please consider joining us. There is still room available for the entire retreat, as well as in the two al la carte options – Friday night, and Saturday morning. If you need more information about the retreat please click here, where you can also sign-up and use Paypal to reserve your slot.

and then other news from the yogic path….

With the arrival of Fall on Nantucket, I find that my practice has shifted dramatically, once again. The summer for me felt full of tapas and sweat and maybe one too many handstands. Given our short season for making money- a mer 8 weeks, I found myself thinking as a single mother would, chasing the flow of cash, and hoping to put some away for the slimmer winter months. I booked as many massage appointments as I could, taught as much as my child custody schedule would allow and shoved in as many classes with my mentor, Shannah (director of the Yoga Room) as I could.

As a result of all this go-go-go, I burned into the rotator cuff of my right shoulder demonstrating way too many arm balances and jump-backs into chatarunga, tore something deep in the attachment of my left hamstring, and got a cortisone injection in my left knee. I must admit, that though I had every intention on implementing sustainable physical practices, I was not ultimately very kind to my body.

Oh, and I forgot to eat…. duh. It seemed like often there simply wasn’t time… not until 8 or 9 at night, and by then I was too tired, and too anxious.

But life has slowed considerably – and It’s almost scary how unscheduled my appointment book is at the moment. I am teaching just 5 classes a week, and booking clients for massage 2 out of 7 days a week verses 7 out of 7. I’ve taken Griffin out of daycare, and am spending four times more time with him. Instead of working handstand, we’re working on the 1, 2, 3s and A, B, Cs. Instead of deepening my titibasana, we’re turning Griffin’s constant barrage of “Nos”  into “Yeses”. In August, the alphabet wasn’t on my radar. Today it seems really important.

When I have the chance of practicing asana, I’m holding more restorative poses, and holding them longer. Sirsasana (headstand) feels more appropriate than Pincha Mayrasana (forearm stand), and Pigeon a better fit than Hanumanasan (split). When I’m home, and planning my classes out for the week, I find myself spending more time thinking about my Fundamentals class (Tuesdays at 10 a.m.) and my prenatal class (Monday nights at 7:15 p.m.) then about how kick-ass rockin’ my Dynamic Vinyasa class “has to be” (Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m.). It feels more appropriate to focus on cultivating a gentle, beginner’s mind – and less important to work up a lather. This is not to say I don’t still love a good heating flow- but it’s Fall, and I find myself honoring the process of slowing down. And truth be told, I think Griffin is liking it too.

Hope to see you this weekend.

Love,

Caitlin

*for more information on my current class offerings please see my classes page here.

Wanderlust Video Contest Ending

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Nantucket, MA.

Happy Vernal Equinox Tribe!

It’s so exciting that we are now official in the Spring Season- this feels particularly significant from my Atlantic Island perch. It means that our busy season; summer, is just around the corner. It means that soon I will be moaning about sore saddle joints and elbow joints, stiff arms and legs and full days of 4 to 6 massage appointments, and Shiva willing, private yoga lessons. It means that now, more than ever, I need to recommit to enjoying the quiet time I have left with my children: the calm before the storm if you will.

Today is also significant for several other reasons. 1.) It is the first day of our workshop with yogi, Andrei Ram, a Columbian born yogi- who passes along the traditional yoga lineage of Sri Dharma Mittra. He joins us on Nantucket for the third time…and an amazing group of international yogis have flocked to our tiny island with him. We will be practicing and studying with him every day this week, and I am overcome with excitement.

2.) Today is the last day of the Wanderlust Festival video clip contest. As most of you know by now, I’ve been campaigning pretty non-stop on Facebook since I first uploaded my submission on Thursday night. If you don’t know about the contest, or you haven’t had a chance to vote- now would be the time to help an Island Sister out. If my Video clip collects enough “likes” it will be entered, along with the other top 4 clips, into the finale. The finalist will be picked by a pannel of judges and will win two free Sage tickets and 2 teaching slots (one on Saturday or Sunday) at Wanderlust California or Vermont, and they’ll post the winner’s profile on the Wanderlust website alongside their other yoga instructors.  The winner will be announced March 22, 2011: TOMORROW.

Anyone with a Facebook account can click here to watch my video and vote for my submission on Facebook. I’ve also posted it on YouTube- though you’ll still have to follow it back to the Wanderlust Facebook page to cast a vote/like. I’ve never won anything in my life (except an eBay bid for a pair of used Lululemon pants for Burr). Probably because I’ve spent most of my life being too insecure to enter anything. And truth be told, it feels pretty weird to me to put myself  so “out there”. I know I’ve done some pretty extroverted things in my life, but this one- reveling my yoga practice (something that’s so close to my heart) and my children (also obviously super personal) feels particularly vulnerable. But it’s a good exercise in sharing true self, and feels like a more accurate representation  of  me than anything else I’ve shared with the public in years (dance performances, Facebook, blogs, etc.).

Here’s the clip. Vote for it on Facebook, and pass it along.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBDwsz4l6wA]

Anyway, that’s it for now. Time to clean the house up, finish some laundry, buy some fruity snacks for the retreat, and get myself to The Yoga Room. Just so you know I am still teaching tonight and tomorrow night at 5:30, and Sunday at 9 a.m. So if you cannot join us for Andrei’s workshop, you can still get your asana practice in.
Om Shanti,
Caitlin