Yoga Bodega

Yoga Instruction and Massage Services in Bodega, California

The end of an era…

Dear students,

I know this won’t come as a surprise to many of you: I have closed Yoga Bodega.

When I graduated from Dominican last spring with my teaching credential in biology and general science, I didn’t know where, or when, I would find a teaching job. I thought I might end up substitute teaching and teaching yoga in the evenings. It’s a hard time to look for teaching jobs and because of budget concerns, many teachers are hired close to (or even after) the beginning of the school year.

As it happens, I was hired by a school in Alameda, two weeks before I needed to report to work.

I found an apartment; we packed and left. Trent and I are now residents of Oakland, which we are absolutely loving. We’re close to Lake Merritt and I’m only 10 minutes from work. Trent has learned to ride BART. He is such a big guy, I had underestimated how exciting it would be for him to ride a train!

The hardest thing was packing up the yoga studio. I spent so much time there over the last 10 years and have so many good memories. The empty studio absolutely resounds with all the positive energy that has flowed through the place.

Yoga Bodega wasn’t just a room, however. The most important part was the people.

Some of you have been my students for nearly 11 years, and it’s hard to say good-bye to this part of my life. There isn’t one single person to whom I’ve taught yoga, or massaged, that hasn’t taught me something in exchange. I thank each and every one of you for that gift.

During the last decade, I’ve been through all sorts of changes and I’ve watched you change, too. I’ve seen you grow as individuals. Some of you made friends with your bodies, others found a place to still their busy minds. Marriages happened and babies were been born. There were sad times, too, and an extended community to embrace all of it. Any teacher – any person – couldn’t have asked for more. In the words of Mary Oliver,

So every day

So every day

I was surrounded by the beautiful crying forth

of the ideas of God,

one of which was you.


I have let two other yoga teachers in the area know about the empty space.

However, I heartily recommend Clare Venet, an Iyengar teacher, in west Santa Rosa. She teaches at the Solstice Dance and Yoga Studio. Clare has been a very popular teacher for many years. She is great with older students and people recovering from injuries, surgery, etc. You’ll find her schedule online at




Class schedule Aug. 1 – 7

There will be one morning yoga class this week on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

There be a class this week on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. All levels are welcome.

There will be NO Saturday yoga this week.

Beautiful Inspiration

This video, of Donna De Lory performing at the 2009 Bhakti Fest, is just breathtaking. She sings a celebration to sacred images of the female by intertwining “Let It Be, ” “Jai Ma,” in Sanskrit, and “Ave Maria”.

New Year’s Day Playlist

If you’ve been in one of my yoga classes, you know how much I love inspirational music!

Several people have asked me to share my New Year’s Day playlist:

“Angel’s Prayer” – Ty Burhoe
“Simple Gifts” – Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss
“Imagine” – John Lennon
“Om Namah Shivaya” – Wade Imre Morissette
“One Day” – Matisyahu
“Christian Peace Prayer” – Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe
“Patience” – RedBird
“Lokah” – Lokah
“Gayatri Mantra” – Wade Imre Morissette
“The Rainbow Connection” – Sarah McLachlan
“Love, Peace, and Freedom” – David Newman
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Roberta Flack
“Hallelujah”- Brandi Carlile
“God is Real/Hare Ram” – Krishna Das
“Amazing Grace” – Darius Rucker

The playlist opens and closes with a short segment of toning bowls by Larisa Stow and Gathering Guru

Wednesday Night Yoga is Back!

Wednesday night yoga class begins this week, Jan. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. This will be a mixed-level class.

News for the New Year

2011 Schedule Changes

Because I start student teaching in January, my morning classes are going to move to a fluctuating schedule. They will alternate weeks between Tuesday-Thursday and Wednesday-Friday. They will still be at 8:30 a.m.

This is because I’m teaching in a block-scheduled school, and I’ll be teaching on alternate days.

If you don’t know what this means, don’t worry about it too much. (Or ask a seventh grader.) The main thing is that you’ll see more emails from me clarifying the schedule. And, if you plan on coming in the mornings, you’ll need to pay attention!

January will also see the return of Wednesday night yoga class, 6 to 7:30 p.m. This will be a mixed-level class and will start Wednesday, January 12.

I look forward to seeing you soon,



My Science Mind

Some of you may get a kick out of seeing my new project, a science blog targeted at the (middle school) tween and early teen set.

This is a project for a class in Literacy and Writing. We were asked to develop a blog in our subject matter that we can use as an information and classroom management tool when we start teaching.

You’ll find it here (feel free to pass the link along):