And it was 100% by choice.
Because this was an AWESOME opportunity to do a lot of inspiring and fun yoga as well as traditional and new kinds of yoga.
Well, I did bust out into this pose so there is some yoga right there.
We arrived a little late on Saturday (the first whole day) and I was sad to have missed Jacqui Bonwell‘s early morning class. She is amazing. If you can ever take a class with her, do it! Like really do it. ASAP.
BUT! It was nice to sleep in and arrive with no agenda, except to help a little with Vinnie Arnone’s tent for his business Cabo Cado.
The first thing Mrs. Cabo Cado, Claudia, and I did was register with Kate, one of the Love. Live. Local gals, making not only this fest but a whole gang of things happen on Cape Cod, it’s pretty cool what they are up to.
She was so helpful, the whole event was well organized and there were lots of volunteers to keep things flowing.
Then we juiced up with some Local Juice made by Delicious Living founder, Nicole Cormier. Nicole is running quite an inspiring business on Cape Cod, it is exciting to see! I hear she has a few interns helping her and I am a big fan of this!! Go Nicole!!
Then we chilled at the Cabo Cado tent while Vinnie sold his bags, tees, koozies, postcards and pins to the world. I am so proud of him and his business and the connections he is making.
Then off we went to our first class.
Since I was in the most relaxed mode (this mama was kid and care free for a whole day!), I chose to begin my ‘yoga’ day with Gentle Yoga with Healing Crystal Bowls.
Honestly, I signed up for whatever classes sounded like I would probably be lying down the whole time.
And that is what I pretty much did in this class for an hour and a half.
IT WAS AMAZING.
With Bettina Ann Brown leading the class and Kathleen Warren on the bowls….
Well, I wish I could tell you what happened but I am not really sure.
We were led on a relaxing but deeply powerful journey to balance our body, mind, spirit and chakras.
I think I may have done a child’s pose or cat/cow or two but mostly I just laid there and allowed the sound of the bowls and Bettina’s voice to take me away to the most wonderful place.
I was so deeply relaxed after this class and pretty blissed out.
Off to the second class….
I chose another fairly mellow sounding class called 7 Healing Mudras led by Diane Kovanda of Kind Yoga.
She taught us about Hand Mudras – symbols you make with your hands. You can then hold them over your chakras as you breathe and let them do their magic.
And magic certainly did occur.
This simple and gentle practice blew open my two upper chakras (third eye and crown) so much that it was like I was so so very high.
I stared at this for quite a while, a sure indication of being high.
Diane has the most wonderful way about her and made this class fun, real and obviously, powerful. She has a yoga teacher training coming up so I would check that out if you are interested.
After the first class and then this one, well, I was RIPE for not only feeling bliss but also being completely present and ever so relaxed with what is.
It was pretty much the best feeling ever and one I want to be in touch with as often as possible.
All of what I did was of course yoga. But not the kind we traditionally think of. I personally feel this kind of yoga, the kind where you allow yourself to tap into the magic that is all around us without working too hard, where there is a fair amount of surrender, where you can really relax, well it is just as good if not better than the more physical types. Just my opinion and where I’m at.
I then took my high and blissed out ass back to the Cabo Cado tent where Vinnie was still rockin’ it out.
I also rolled on the grass, walked by the water, met some great vendors and actually did a few downdogs on the lawn.
The location of the Love Yoga fest at Asleton Park in Hyannis was perfect.
From what I hear, the rest of the day was great and ended with a performance by MC Yogi. Sunday was another event filled day and I wish I could have been there.
Next year I will for sure!
I can’t tell you how impressed I was at this event and all the work that went into it.
Kudos to all those involved and see you next year if not sooner!
For more info, www.loveyogafest.com