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.

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Meditation for Kids in Schools = Results

Twice daily meditation breaks in a San Francisco, California school district lead to a 79% decrease in school suspensions, increased attendance and academic performance. I am thrilled by the progressive attitudes and approaches being used to positively influence our kids within the public school system, especially here in CA. For more information about this program, please visit the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education website, www.cwae.org.

To see the most recent NBC news story, San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation, view video below.

http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/nbcNewsOffsite?guid=nn_cyn_meditation_141230

 

 

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

Tripod Headstand (Sirsasana II)

Tripod headstand is a badass yoga pose! Balancing on your head, with the hands behind you in support, feels pretty cool. Not gonna lie. It can be intimidating, though. Here are a few tips to help you lift off into Sirsasana II.

The trick is to bend the elbows back, just like chaturunga. This requires the hands to be far behind you, elbows stacking over wrists. You’re creating a shelf with the arms and this shelf will provide you with enough stability to lift the feet off the ground and into the pose. Tripod headstand is aptly named: the palms of the hands and crown of the head are your base.

wide legged forward bend

Lower down from a wide-legged forward bend.

wide legged forward bend, shoulders release

Clasp the hands behind you, let the shoulders release overhead.

 

Press the palms strongly into the mat, fingers spread wide. Make sure your elbows are above the wrists. Think chaturunga with the arms. Place the crown of the head onto the mat. See if you can slowly lift the feet off the ground. Play here, with the feet rising. Breathe as the feet lift up, hips stacking over shoulders, legs reaching high overhead. I like to come into the pose from a Wide-legged Forward Bend, pulling the belly in as I fold. You can also walk the toes in, placing the knees on the arms, as Kathryn Budig demonstrates here. 

wide legged forward bend, arms stacked

Press palms into mat, elbows over wrists. Set up your base.

tripod headstand

Slowly rise up into Tripod headstand.

Practice against a wall, using a blanket underneath the head. This extra bit of cushioning will get you used to balancing on the crown of your head. It can feel uncomfortable at first, so take your time. This pose takes practice, patience and strength. Go for it! It’s super fun when you get there.

 

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.