Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Birthday Blessings

Two days ago, I celebrated my 43rd birthday. It happened to fall on a Monday, which does not exactly feel like a celebratory day. Not to mention, as a school teacher, I had just returned to work after a long weekend of spending time with my family. My son came home from college for only the second time, and we all shared a wonderful, relaxing time before having to drive him back.
The first day back to work after Thanksgiving break felt much like any other Monday. I did not announce to anyone that it was my birthday, and only my close friends came by my office to wish me a happy day. The age '43' did not seem like any great milestone, but rather one of those 'in-between' years. 
I had one wish for my day, and that was to attend yoga class later that evening at my favorite studio, Lotus Yoga Loft. Taking that class would be my luxurious gift. When I finally arrived on my mat, I felt content. To my surprise, Jenese began the class with a beautiful poem by Leza Lowitz, our friend, poet, and Featured Studio owner of Sun & Moon Yoga in Tokyo. I was reminded through Leza's art that we are all archaeologists, gradually mining our buried jewels through our practice. Jenese continued to lead us through a beautiful, restorative practice. That particular evening, I had the honor of being in the company of many of her Yoga Teachers in Training (YTTs). YTTs always bring a profound energy to any class, as they are in the midst of their intensive study, and they are acutely attuned to all facets of yoga. The awareness, passion, and curiosity that they bring is palpable within the walls of the studio. Not to mention, Jenese's music, which includes contagious Latin beats and an addictive disco version of Neil Young's Harvest Moon, brings such a fun vibe to the practice! 
I am so grateful for Jenese, her exquisite studio space, and, as always, her beautiful class and teachings. I also honor Leza, who lives on the other side of the globe, yet she, too, is offering her own beautiful classes and teachings. Her poetry, which seems to find me when I am least expecting it - but perhaps needing it most - rests in the seat of my heart always. And lastly, I am grateful for the YTTs. My birthday prayer is that they, too, will soon be spreading the same love and good energy as Jenese and Leza. 
Until next time,
Namaste.

Jenese Martinez of Lotus Yoga Loft in Pine Island, NY
Leza Lowitz of Sun & Moon Yoga in Tokyo, Japan

Sunday, November 12, 2017

RYST Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of year again! Wondering what gifts to buy for your favorite yogis? Have no fear! Real Yoga Studio Tshirts is here - and we have some perfect recommendations just for you!

1. Our favorite yoga tees~
A 12-month subscription to RealYogaStudioTshirts.com. Your loved one will receive a new, super-soft, Tri-blend tee with a hand-curated logo from an actual yoga studio every month! Also included is a free gift inside every monthly package, and a RealYogaStudioTshirts.com logo tee as a member perk. That's 13 yoga tops to keep your yogi in fresh yoga wear all year long! The best part? For a limited time use our special promo code REALYOGA for $25 off. $173
https://www.realyogastudiotshirts.com/collections/join-now/products/12-month-get-1-month-free


2. Our favorite yoga pants~
Hot Pant by Teeki (styles shown are CloudsPheonix Rising)
These pants have a high and low waistband option that is elastic free so they won't cut into you. Wear to yoga or a night out on the town. Four-way stretch to expand with your muscles in all movement, elastic free, breathable to reach the highest peaks, chafe resistant and antibacterial. 
79% Recycled P.E.T. / 21% Spandex. Made with love in the USA. $72              
https://www.liveyourlifegear.com/collections/teeki-hot-pants/products/teeki-phoenix-rising-hot-pant

3. Our favorite read~
Spiritual Graffiti: Finding my True Path by MC Yogi
Read about international Hip Hop star MC Yogi's remarkable transformation through yoga and music. A truly inspiring read. $14.37
https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Graffiti-Finding-True-Path/dp/0062572539/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510504960&sr=8-1&keywords=mc+yogi+spiritual+graffiti



4. Our favorite yoga mat~
A Magic Carpet yoga mat made to look like traditional Kilim woven rugs. A beautiful place to bring one's practice. Child safe, Earth friendly, and made in the USA. $98
https://magiccarpetym.com/collections/all-mats



5. Our favorite yoga equipment~
The Dharma Yoga Wheel, designed to help stretch and release tension and muscular tightness in the back, chest, shoulders, abdomen and hip flexors. $39.99
https://www.dharmayogawheel.com/store/p3/Basic_Yoga_Wheel.html

6. Our favorite yoga retreat~
Shree Yoga Eco Retreat: Into the Heart (June 22-29, 2018)
Journey into the heart of Celtic culture and spirituality at Ard Nahoo, a world-class, award-winning Eco Retreat set in the wild green hills of Ireland. Delve into the mystery of ancient Celtic traditions, goddesses and rituals that offer an experience that will connect the soul with land and nature, as you visit sacred and historical sites. Yoga practice will be led twice daily by Chaya of Shree Yoga. $1749 
http://shreeyoga.com/retreats/


7. Our favorite stocking stuffer~
A one-time RYST purchase of one of our beautiful logo tees from ANY of the studios we have featured. Zero commitment, no membership required. $20

https://www.realyogastudiotshirts.com/collections/join-now



8. Our favorite 'Get Healthy' yoga gift~
A class pack from your local yoga studio. Yoga studios are everywhere, but it takes very special people - studio owners and practicing members - with a commitment to yoga to keep them up and running. Support global yoga by attending classes locally. 


Happy shopping!
Until next time, 
Namaste.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Featured Studios - Our First Double Feature!

Happy November, RYST followers! Today marks the very first time RYST has ever featured more than one Studio of the Month. We have Heart Space Yoga in St. Johnsbury, VT and Yoga Harmony of Nashville, TN. 
Please go to our site, RealYogaStudioTshirts.com, to learn more about these studios, and be sure to check out their GREAT new logos!

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