With bhakti at the Bhakti Fest Midwest. This year, the rain stood no chance of dampening the love vibe at this annual freespirit fest in Madison, WI, held on June 20-22. Yogis and kirtan fans came from as far as Nepal to join together to create a spiritual swell of energy. The treats offered at the healing sanctuary, vendor village and organic food truck were a bhakti bonus! Be sure to check it out next year!
Is here…I think! Out of hibernation and into the season of true moksha…freedom. Freedom from coats and boots, freedom from school, freedom from routine, and freedom to move your body outdoors. Summer is when Chicago truly shines. It’s how I convinced my husband to move to Chicago in 1993. Just a couple visits during the summer and it was a done deal!
So in the spirit of summer, let go, embrace your freedom and get outside to play! After reading an article about how every living thing plays, including the bacteria living in our stomachs, I was inspired to teach a yoga class all about play. Yoga teaches us how to embrace our playful spirit, so that off the mat we can release our inhibitions and have some fun.
If you’re looking for somewhere to let go and be free this summer, Bhakti Fest Midwest is the place to be. And…for the very playful, try SUP+Yoga on Lake Michigan. See below for more details on both. Whatever you choose to do for fun, make a pact with yourself to stay present while you play…and enjoy every moment!
Happy Summer, Chicago! We made it!
Free at Bhakti Fest Midwest. A total free-spirit fest in Madison, WI, June 20-22, Bhakti Fest is the self-acclaimed “Spiritual Woodstock of the New Millennium.” Go for the kirtan and yoga. Hit up the vendor village and healing sanctuary. I’m going…and you should, too! Click here for tickets.
With Stand Up Paddle (SUP) this summer? Lots. The SUP scene has hit Chicago with a shock wave spanning the entire city shoreline. Amp it up with a lithe yoga, and you’re talking extreme fun. So don’t just admire Lake Michigan from afar…get in and enjoy it!
Click for the full Northwest Passage SUP schedule with me and Steph Metz at Gillson Beach.
Click for Northwestern Sailing School SUP classes with Kristin Andrews.
CITY SUP CLASSES
Chicago SUP Yoga with Mary Lou Cermani at Montrose Beach.
Chicago SUP at North Avenue Beach.
Chicago Paddle Rentals at 31st Street Harbor.
In peace at Unite Urban Grill. Local yogi icon Megan Dunne Krouse and husband Jon Krouse united her love of veggies and grains and his passion for meats and grilling into a harmonious dining experience at 1450 West Chicago Ave. in West Town. After winning the heart of the neighborhood, Jon has decided to spread the love with a new venture in Evanston called, Wood Shed, a 3,500-square-foot, 120-seat restaurant featuring wood-fired pizzas and smoked meats.
Out to feel better. Stiff neck, wonky knee, stubborn shoulder? Not to worry…FrozenPeaz’s got your back! A new take on the 1950s frozen peas ice pack remedy, FrozenPeaz state-of-the-art Clear Ice™ Solution won’t break down in the freezer or microwave. This flexible hot and cold pack comes in a vartiety of sizes and shapes to fit any aching part of your body.
Don’t pass on these peaz! Click here to check them out.
Local awesome photographer and yogi Gaynor Eisenberg is a pro at capturing the moment. Here, she caught her dog, Duncan, doing his variation of down dog. Click to check out Gaynor’s gallery!
A sunrise. If the early sunrise is causing you to rise early, why not run out just before dawn to watch it break. It never gets old. It’s always exciting. And it’s incredibly beautiful. This one is from my trip to Mexico this past spring.