We hope everyone’s New Year’s resolutions are still going strong. (Although, as your intrepid and observant yoga studio, we know that they aren't! Not to be throwing out “yoga guilt trips” at you, but you really should be coming to more classes. And you know who you are.) January was a great month at the studio, we had lots of new faces popping in and got to see many old friends. February has been cold so far, with the early morning classes often being 45 degrees. But the morning crew has been nailing it; you’ve never done yoga until you’ve done it in parkas. Come give it a try. Cold Yoga is rapidly replacing Hot Yoga as the next up-and-coming trend. (That might be a hard sell, but we’re selling it anyway.)
To keep the ball rolling at the studio, we are offering a great deal for February. This is your opportunity to “Share The Love of Yoga!” Bring as many guests as you like to share your love for yoga and Home Yoga OC for free. You can bring as many people as you want as frequently as you want! The only catch is that they must be new to the studio. Now that we have found a little stability, we really would love to see more of your family, friends, and colleagues at the studio. All of us have built a community that I am super-proud of and it’s time to share it.
In other news, the Tuesday and Thursday 7pm classes are turning into Karma classes, which means these classes are free. It’s a great way to grow the hOMie community and give back to those who might not be able to afford classes. Pass the word along and let’s grow our HOME.
Also, we have changed our schedule slightly. Log in to the Mind Body app and check it out. You can also pre-register on the app for future classes or to see if any classes got cancelled or changed. I always love to see who is coming into one of my classes so that I can plan for you. The biggest change is that we are now running classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:00 am
Events: -Friday February 21st - House at Home 7pm - FREE event - 60mins yoga, live DJ, drinks and snacks afterwards. All levels welcomeLooking forward to seeing you all in the studio this month.
Your little yoga studio has survived another year and I wanted to send out my deepest gratitude to you for making that happen. Things have been rocky at times, this being perhaps the most challenging year of my life, but we made it through. (Hey, remember when I taught classes for five weeks in a cute, pink cast because I broke my leg taking a romantic walk on the beach? Hahahaha!)
Some cool things: Home Yoga is now officially a Teacher Training school with its first two graduates: Jamie Lake and Katlyn Greiner. The ladies will be continuing their training with a 20-hour mentorship, but already they have taught some kick-ass classes and I am so very proud of them. We will be tentatively scheduling a new teacher training for June. This will have a submodule on how to implement Yoga and Mindfulness into the classroom.
For the new year, we would like to offer any new yogis a week of free classes. Let’s see if we can add a few more members to our family.
Regular classes start back up on 1/3/20.
Until next year, I hope that you have the most prosperous and peaceful of New Years. I cannot tell you how much you are appreciated and I cannot wait to see you in class!
Happy December! As we round the corner of the end of the year we have some very exciting news and events Around the end of the year Home Yoga OC Yoga School will have its first 200 hr teacher training graduates. Jamie Lake and Katlyn Greiner have been doing so fantastically and I have (almost) no doubt that they will pass their final practicum in which they will teach a 60 minute yoga asana class that they have scripted for themselves.
We will be starting another round of training for future trainers soon. These trainings focus on much of my formal and informal training, but much of our philosophy is the word “Lila.” This sense of “sacred play” is at the fore of my philosophy when practicing yoga asana and I believe it is what makes Home Yoga of Costa Mesa distinct. No “pucker-faced” yogis here, just all of us experiencing joy.
For the rest of the year, we are offering an “Industry” discount to all of you folks who work in the “food” and “retail” service industry. It’s a difficult time of the year for you all and you need some yoga. This is a 50% discount on your first purchase from now until the end of the year. This could be off of your Monthly Package, any Class Pack. Teachers and seniors, remember that you receive a 20% discount for being bitchin'.
The Home Yoga Boutique is still going strong in the front room. Make sure you check out our repurposed collection! Happy December. We hope that even with the craziness of the holidays you will find time for some self love here at Home Yoga OC.
Hey hOMies, It’s been a while since we have last chatted via email! If you haven’t been into the studio for a little bit you may have missed some big changes! We have been hard at work with construction, hiring new instructors, and hosting some cool events!
Events: We have some fun events coming up this week and beyond: -This Saturday at 7pm we will be hosting the 6th House and Home event which includes 60mins of yoga accompanied with a live DJ. Shout out to our in house DJ r_33_d. Check out his monthly set on SoundCloud. And find him on Instagram @ r33d_music -Our very own Krista Murphy will also be hosting an event this weekend. Join us Sunday at 2pm for a free work on reconnecting with our inner child and learning how to PLAY! Construction: -We have built a new entrance to the studio through the parking lot door. While it is not 100% finished, it is acting as the main entrance for the studio. -We will soon be opening a second smaller studio room in the front which will be used for smaller classes, meditation groups and discussion space. -We are still running a small boutique of all second hand products. Be sure to check out the clothing racks for some eco friendly threads.
New instructors: -In September Happy joined the team and she truly lives up to that nickname. She is teaching every Sunday at 4:30pm. -In October both Marcella and Kristen became official hOMies. Marcella has taken over the Monday’s and Wednesday’s 5:30pm classes and has a beautiful energetic flow. Kristen is teaching Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 7pm with a new "Flow and Unwind" class which mixes an intense flow with a long and gentle cool down. -Just in case you forgot, we also have Carmela teaching mon/wed 10:30am gentle classes and Mickee has her weekly Healing Yin class every wed at 7pm. Linda has taken over the Mon 6am, as well as, the tues/thurs 5:30pm. And of course we can’t forget that Scott is filling in all the other gaps.
Watch out for more to come!!!! Keep it real hOMies.
Only 2.8 miles from Home Yoga OC is one of the iconic surf spots in Orange County, “Blackies”. Located just off Newport Pier and edging down to 28th street, the location was originally known as 22nd street, but later re-nicknamed as “Blackies” as a nod to Blackie’s By the Sea, a bar with a lot of local flare. (We will get back to Blackies…. over and over again.) As a surf spot, it was once known for its 60’s crew: Ron Sizemore, John Peck, Russel Brown, Mike Marshall, are just a few of those early pioneers of SoCal surf culture. Today, it is the mixing ground of groms and pigeons, potato chips and logs, snakes and studs, all trying to catch its famous w-swell.
Today was an unseasonably warm mid-winter day down in Orange County, so, Scott and I decided to take a studio break and head to Blackies for a post-lunch break that might or might not have included a couple of ankle slappers and a cold beer. Beyond the gaze of the statue of Ben Carlson, a local surfer and lifeguard who tragically lost his life on duty, the waves and the wind were in agreement for a beautiful early afternoon surf session. Scott and I headed out to spend some time in the sun, me just dipping the toes in the water and Scott fully submerged, wearing his brand-new, Christmas present wetsuit.
Ben Carlson was the first lifeguard to die on duty during the Newport Beach Lifeguard Department’s 100-year history, back in 2014. His 11-foot statue was digitally designed by his brother in law and now stands as a reminder to ocean safety.
Before hitting the sand and surf, Scott did his usually pre-surf yoga stretch. These are poses that awaken the muscles used when paddling, straddling, and riding. (Sounds a bit racy for a tutorial on surfing!) The main muscle groups used while surfing include the arms (bicep, deltoid), shoulder (trapezius, levator scapulae, rhomboid major and minor), abdomen (rectus abdominis, latissimus dorsi, obliques) and the upper portion of your leg (quadriceps, gluteal, and gastrocnemius). While these muscles get most of their strength-training in the water, warming them up beforehand and a light stretch afterwards allows for maximum mobility.
It wouldn’t be a true trip down to Blackies without stopping by Blackies By the Sea for a cold beer after surf. Around since the 1950’s, Blackies By the Sea is a local hangout for the pigeons (old-timer surfer guys who watch the surf all day long and go “Coo-Coo-Coo” at the passers-by), your local Newport/Costa Mesa-ians, and sprinkled with the vacationer looking for an authentic experience. Inside, you will find the TVs playing fishing shows and the walls covered with stuffed sharks, surfboards, silly signs, and stickers from all over the world (see the alliteration…hahaha). Everyone from the bartender to the regulars are nothing but friendly and welcoming. (I mean, come on, there is nothing like being hit on by a guy offering to let you pick out the music on the jukebox.) And, as far as I am concerned, their sign saying that they have the coldest beer in town is a 100% true.
Looking forward to the next “midwinter-post-lunch-break” before the summer crowds roll in.
What’s up, Yogis? In an attempt to express a deeper understanding of Yoga hOMe, we decided to tell the story of the studio through video. The following film was scripted, shot, produced, and directed by Ryan Davis, a talented, short-form filmmaker. We are so proud to be connected with him and we also hope that you get a good idea of what we are about. Everyone in the video either works for or attends hOMe. These are some of the people that you will see at hOMe. Everyone is welcome; everyone is cared for. Check out our new video and then check out your new studio: hOMe. See you soon. Namaste! Scott
So here we go! The team is being assembled, the information disseminated, and the bodies are being buried. Sounds dramatic for a new yoga studio opening smack dab in the middle of the OC. Right? Well, it is dramatic. As Rachel Pedroso wrote about our new studio hOMe: “I expect growing pains in perpetuity! From where I'm standing, you are doing it better than I've seen it done, and you're smiling at the same time.