-left RVA on 1/6/12
-taught workshops in Blacksburg, Charlotte, Huntersville and Raleigh
-visited Greenville, Asheville and Carrboro
-took classes at wonderful studios: In Balance Yoga, Be Yoga Charlotte, 8th Street Studio, and Southern Om
-returned to RVA and moved out of my home of 5 years, and placed most of my belongings in storage
And now? Now the Traveling Mat has landed in Myrtle Beach, SC for the month of February and I find myself practically living in a yoga studio called Yoga In The Forest, which is the sister studio to Yoga In Common. Both are owned by Linda Phillips, an energetic visionary who does not seem to know the meaning of impossible. As has been the case since I began this journey, she has opened her doors and given me shelter. And what better place for my "wilderness" experience than Yoga "in the Forest"? I have begun to call this place my Ashram or Asrama, aka J'ville.
I have to revisit the past for a moment and highlight two yoginis I met along the way. The first is the lovely and silky-voiced Christine Navarro of Charlotte, NC. She is the co-owner of Be Yoga Charlotte. Her vinyasa class is a wonderful collaboration of hard work and gentleness, and her teaching style flows like some hidden waterfall in a magical place. I had the opportunity once before to take her class, and it was at that moment I decided that whenever I'm fortunate enough to be in Charlotte, I should visit her space. She is a phenom.
|me an Christine|
The second teacher is Phyllis Rollins, who opened the first yoga studio in Charlotte, the Yoga Center, back in 1993 during what she called "the dinosaur days" of yoga in that area. It is now currently located inside the 8th Street Studio, which recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Her method is Iyengar. What can I say about this person? Simply, her teaching and instruction are exquisite. Her cues are like subliminal messages. Her class began with a 10 minute reading and discussion from the sutras of Patanjali, and the studio is one of the most beautiful I've ever been in. And she is one of the best.
|me and Phyllis|