Float 

Today I treated myself to a Float, which is  60 minutes in a flotation Isopod. It’s a lightproof, soundproof pod with 12 inches of Epsom salt soaked water. You float weightlessly (because of the high salt content) and kinda feel like you’re floating in outer space. Especially if you fully close the pod, making it pitch black and soundless.

I was feeling energetically zapped and knew a water-based treatment (hydrotherapy) would do the trick. It was a little chilly to play in the ocean, so I booked the pod.

I loved it. Deeply relaxing, time stood still while floating. It was intense too, heightening my senses to subtle movements and sounds of the body. My muscles could really release and I felt the usual neck and shoulder tension I have melt away.

Afterwards, I was really centered and grounded. I was in my body, in the moment. The float was deeply calming and I will definitely make it a part of my regular self care practice. It’s kinda like having a massage, nap and bath at the same time. Only better 🙂

Give the float pod a go! It’s wild feeling weightless, dreaming of stars…

I floated at Alchemy Arts Center in Santa Barbara, Ca.

i carry your heart with me

supta virasana

a poem i love of late

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] BY E. E. CUMMINGS

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

EAST TO WEST

surf

 

Dear Yogis, I am both happy and sad to announce September will be my last month in Vermont. I’ve been accepted to grad school in California for my Master’s in Clinical Psychology. As I begin training in psychotherapy, I’m particularly excited by a current trend in mental health care: incorporating integrative techniques such as yoga and meditation. Time Magazine has a great article here,“Psychotherapy Goes from Couch to Yoga Mat.”

I’ll be teaching in Southern Vermont until late September. Please check our online class schedule here. 

Thank you all so much for your support. It has been an honor to teach, practice and share my love of yoga with you! Stay tuned for my West Coast adventures. 

In gratitude,  xox Cara

Butterfly Beach

Butterfly Beach

7 Minute Shoulder Saver

Your shoulders. How do they feel right now? Are you carrying the weight of the world on em? Are you hunched over the computer? Been driving more than usual? Almost everything we do in our daily lives involves the shoulders and you can feel it. This 7 minute practice can help. Have a block (or book) belt (or towel) handy and use a wall. Shrug your shoulders up, back and down and begin!

#WLVT

wlvt chairlift

Had a super fun time at Wanderlust Vermont. Helped Trinity from Altar Your Reality  glam the space up with 50 pound rose quartz globes, bodhi tree leaves and fresh blooms. Trinity travels with Wanderlust and creates amazing altars in the yoga rooms and across the festival grounds. Really cool to help create her vision!

wlvt tents

Enjoyed Tumeric Elixirs, new Pura Vida Bracelets and plenty of Kombucha. Took a Gondola ride to the mountaintop. And EARNED the bruises on my arms from so much arm balancing!

wlvt gondola

But most of all, I enjoyed the wonderful soul sister time with the divine Rachel. She glows… and has funky Aussie sayings no one understands.

rachie carebear

Add all this together, what’ve you got? One happy Carebear.

wlvt selfie

Check out Wanderlust. Lots of good vibes.

 

 

Bring Your Yoga Practice Outside

Summer is here! And when the sun shines, it’s a perfect opportunity to bring your practice outside. With your bare feet on the grass, practice malasana, ardha chandrasana, handstands and forward folds. Work on your tan, smell the sweet summer air and connect with the natural beauty all around you.

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half moon

 

 

Love Liberates

“Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says, ‘I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go.'” ~ Maya Angelou

 

butterfly beach

a trip to Yogaglo

I’m just getting back from a great trip to California. One of my best friends (and an amazing yoga teacher, check her out www.pilarcarillo.com) and I took Jason Crandell’s class at YogaGlo in Santa Monica. YogaGlo is an online yoga studio. Only $18 a month, some of the best teachers across the U.S. travel to Santa Monica, teach classes for free, then post the classes online for yogis across the world. Super cool concept. I started practicing with YogaGlo when I lived in England, when the rain and grey kept me away from class.

The studio itself is clean and modern. Sunshine streams in from the skylight. It’s a great space for yoga practice.

From the start, Jason has been a favorite of mine. He lives in San Francisco, travels extensively, and trained under Rodney Yee. His classes are alignment-based but it ain’t no Iyengar 🙂 . He’s a skilled and thoughtful teacher who doesn’t make it to the East Coast too often, so I was psyched to practice with him while in CA.  I have learned so much from him on YogaGlo and would love to do a 500 hour training Crandell-style. Here are a few photos from my trip. If you’re in LA, definitely check out YogaGlo!

Imagepilar at yogagloCara @ YogaGloyogaglo filming