Blog Archives


September, 2019
Friends and Family Week! Share the YOGA LOVE, Bring a Friend

July 1, 2019
The Path of Liberation is
All Around Us

April 24, 2019
Forest Yoga Bathing

April 4, 2019
Sweet Darkness

March 8, 2019
Overheard At The Water Cooler & Yoga Teacher Training Q&A: Do I have the time?

January 21, 2019
Furlough Community Fund

November 30, 2018
Expanding Community Through Karma Yoga
Infuse the Sprit of authentic giving into the upcoming Season of Light.

October 31, 2018
Schools Back in Session!
A peek into Yoga School...

September 26, 2018
Packed Classes Bring BIG Gifts Next time your are mat to mat - hang in and see what might happen..

July 25, 2018
The Invocations of the Train Are A Mixologist.... Chugga OM, Chugga OM Slurp...

June 5, 2018
A Bug, A Dog, A Girl and an Insight...? A True Story....

May 5, 2018
Look at ME!! Did you see?

March 4, 2018
Spring!!! In Like A Lion!

February 8, 2018
Warm up from the inside out and the outside in!

January 7, 2018
2018 is going to be a banner year, full of beautiful, profound, insightful and fun offerings.

December 28, 2017
2018 is Around the Corner - What Are You Intending...Set yourself up for success on and off the mat in the New Year.

October 24, 2017
Step back and feel the magic You are keeping our Banyan Tree alive

September 10, 2017
Fake News: "Hand's On Assists are Fixes"


August 20, 2017
Enhancing life exponentially with every yogic action


July 10, 2017
Hot Town Summer In the City

May 30, 2017
Karma Yoga, One of 8 Paths...

April 19, 2017
Confident Vulnerability

March 22, 2017
Spring is Finally Here!

March 5, 2017
The Gift of Never Arriving

February 13, 2017
A Picture's Worth 1000 Words

January 29, 2017
Breath: A Gift of Life, A Tool for Coping

December 4, 2016
Fortitude on the Mat. Take Action off the Mat.

October 31, 2018
The SundSay Sangha Circular
Schools Back In Session
A peek into Yoga School...

II'd like to introduce you, our community, to Blue Banyan's Yoga School, Class of 2019!!  Welcome Alyse, Alisha, Akilah, Christa, Bethany, Lara, Toni, Su, Teresa, Heather & Eric! Look for pictures of our spectacular group in upcoming Sanghas. 

The above picture is 'Cubby Life' during Yoga School. This is where we stash our stuff during our hours together at the Blue Banyan Walnut Lane Studio. 
Doesn't it remind you of the sweet days of kindergarten and the young, fun years of elementary  school? Well, Yoga School has a similar feel... 

Like kindergarten, we make new friends, study -in this case -ancient material, gain knowledge, find a new sense of Self, get exposed to a new way of viewing things...and there's recess and snacks!!  

The 17 of us (including teachers, students and mentors) have shared 2 very full weekends together so far. I won't bore you will a blow-by-blow,  it's the kind of thing that is fascinating in practice and very dry on paper; it's enough to say we have already covered a lot of ground!

I will share with you our Teacher Training  openning night ritual.  Every year, on the first night of Yoga School, the ritual is the same  (but its a wildly different experience every year). 

This year we all gathered  for the first time on  Friday September 14th.  We shared a practice co-led by Jake and I, then we shared a meal. Most years I make a veggie chili  as our 'entree' and offer a few other nibbles with a chunk of good, dark chocolate for dessert.. this year I changed it up.  I made Bliss In A Dish - its a spectacular one-dish, gluten-free, nut-free vegan affair with potatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, raisins, garbanzos, garlic and herbs. As the name suggests it is absolutely  blissful. I strongly suggest you check it out... and the recipe makes A LOT, so you will most certainly have leftovers, best as a fabulous breakfast with a poached or fried egg over the top...YUMMY!!!

So that is our teacher training initiation. It's always lovely. This year was no exception. This intensional space gives us a chance to chat and meet each other to hear each other's  expectations and fears of the program, our connection(s) to Blue Banyan and to Yoga in general. i
If  you meet one of our TT's in class please give them a warm  welcome or even a simple smile, they are working amazingly hard and the support of the community goes a long way!

Before I sign off I would be remiss if I didn't thank our whole teaching team - Angella, Jake, Jenny, Carly and Dan. Their teaching and mentorship is truly inspirational; full of Wisdom & Integrity. 

In Peace, Om Shanti, sophie