Sunday, June 07, 2009

Happy Birthday Kristopher!

Want to send a special Birthday wish out to my fourteen year old nephew Kristopher William Shirley! Just had a nice conversation with my sister Kimberly who told me he'd have to call me back once he finished riding his dirt bike! Trying to convince her to let him come down and visit aunt Krista and Mr. Kwang for two weeks this summer. He'd never really been anywhere by himself, and I know he wants to come. Kimberly shocked the heck out of me when I mentioned the idea of two weeks - she was like, "well maybe this first trip we should just do one week, since he's never been anywhere without me before!" I couldn't help but laugh - like Kimberly com'on woman time to cut the cord sis :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she'll agree to two weeks b/c that way he and I can do a week of tons of theme parks, and one week of exploring more of Florida's natural landscapes like the beach and some of the gorgeous natural parks and springs around. I'll be able to teach in the mornings and early afternoons and we can spend the rest of each day playing :) I'm so stoked! Never had one of my nephews down here to visit me without their parents before! Will keep you updated :)

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Lake Eola Farmer's Market

Every Sunday Lake Eola comes to life with vendors of specialty items, handmade items, fruits, veggies, and other delicious foods. Tomorrow I'll be out there at Lake Eola promoting my Nysa Yoga products, and the Yoga Shala :) Come out and show your support! I'll be having a drawing for a free month of Yoga at The Yoga Shala - so if you are a local yogi in Orlando and wanna enter for your chance to win - bring your asana down to Lake Eola anytime between 10am and 4pm!

The Yoga Shala Website

Hello and Happy Saturday ;)

So I am having my friend Laura create the website for - but in the interim until she is able to design the site I have put information about the shala up online. So if you want some info check out

Have a happy Saturday!!!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Grand Opening!

Hello and happy Monday ;)

The Grand Opening on Saturday went well! I was happy to open the space up to people who wanted to come check it out and enjoy some tastey treats, good films about Guruji, and all around good company!
I sadly didn't get pictures of the 'opening' itself - but remembered to take photos of the shala in the 'after' stage ;) It is still a work in progress, well the garden area outside is anyway. But that is something that I will be working on for quite some time to come! I actually went to Home Depot for the umpteenth time today to get gardening tools, tons of Mulch, and some more pots.
My dear friend and first teacher, Reinaldo, flew down to Orlando from California for the opening - it was the greatest surprise ever! I did my first practice at the shala on Sunday, alongside Reinaldo - the man who introduced this practice to me! It couldn't have been more perfect if I had planned it out myself. I cannot even begin to express in words how amazing the energy is in the shala - I knew I'd enjoy the space b/c I put my heart and soul into fixing it up and making it special - but it is even better than I imagined it could be!

Today my alarm went off at 3:30am and I jumped outta bed, showered and was out the door a few minutes after 4am. I made it to the shala, and swept, lit candles, rolled out my mat, and put my picture of Guruji next to my mat. And at 4:30am I started my yoga practice - which was out of this world delicious! I finished up about 6:15am and had just enough time to wash my face and put my contacts in when my first student arrived!
Today was the first day of Mysore classes, and for me it was a huge success! It will take some time to build the program up but things are off to an excellent start - feel extremely grateful for everything!
It's really an awesome feeling to finally begin a morning Mysore program in Orlando! This program and practice is dedicated to Guruji - and we are all indebted to him for all that he has given this world! I am blessed for this amazing practice, and happy to be able to offer this practice to Central Florida.
Enjoy the pictures ;)