Thursday, July 14, 2016

> > > > INTELLIGENT Sequencing < < < <

"The Yoga Garden Teacher Training has profoundly impacted my study of yoga and teaching. Laurel is beyond knowledgeable and her methodical teaching style has given me the tools to continue to expand and grow as a yoga practitioner and teacher. Thanks to the YGTT, I now have a much more solid understanding of yoga postures and their alignment and can confidently teach an intelligent and well thought yoga sequence. I could not have asked for a better and more amazing experience." 

– Hannah Strom, 2016 YGTT Graduate, physical therapy student, deeply dedicated to knowledge of the body, and absolutely hilarious and so much fun to be around.
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The 200 HR YOGA Garden Teacher Training is a 12 week course. We begin Sept. 13th and run through Dec. 13th.  For more info or to register:


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BEAUTY Inspires Us > > > > > > > > > >

My design will attract your eyes,

but my details will capture your heart.

- Efty Kvist

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I am a sucker for design.  I got these flowers from my friends Linda Wu and Laura McCabe on my birthday in 2014.  We met at a Balinese restaurant in SF and Linda handed them to me right there in the lobby.  I loved them so much and paraded them around all night until I was able to put them in a coffee cup in the room I was staying in.  The YOGA Garden logo was designed by my friend Ave in 2011.  She has been a dear friend for years, and I've been lucky lady-bird to trade yoga for her amazing graphic design skillz as my business grew.  

Beauty inspires us.  It makes us appreciate what we have and who we are and who we want to be.  Watching someone move into and through a beautiful pose, with grace and ease no less, makes us want to move the same way.  I found this quote by a Swedish designer last week and I can't stop thinking about it. We need that inspiration but our understanding of the importance of the way we put it together is what makes it beautiful, and ours.  

A well executed design shines when it comes from the heart. Whether it be a bouquet of flowers or a yoga pose,  the beauty shines when we care about the details. When we take the time to step into the process and make it a collaboration between what we understand now and making something new.  We truly shine on our mats in these poses when we understand the actions, the details that go into the making the shape.  When we have the heart to work with what we can do now and keep moving that forward from there vs trying to make a shape we don't yet understand because we skipped over the actions that take us there.  We have to slow down, and pay attention to the details to move from the heart and make it our own.