August 2015 has been/is full of travel for weddings and training and I apologize for not keeping you more in the loop about when I was/will be away, but tonight I have amended that! On the eve of heading to Lake George for two of our dear friends' nuptials, I have finally listed my wonderful wonderful subs for you. Many of us like to travel during this month to get out of the sweltering heat of the city (although the past couple of days have been just gorgeous) so to make up for all the classes I'm not teaching, I've picked up as many as possible so we can still see each other during the week! How does that sound?? Click on the Classes link to see the list and get ready for Fall schedules to come out at Crunch Gyms in September! Looking at a very full schedule of teaching and I CANNOT WAIT to have you join me!
After seven years of practicing yoga, I am going on my first ever yoga retreat! Tomorrow, I fly to Bali for a teacher training module with Tiffany Cruikshank and the Yoga Medicine crew where we'll learn all about the hip. Of course, I had to do two things at once so, although this is a retreat, it will also filled with learning. Very excited to see my bestie Stephanie and to have Josh and Ryan meet us there after to scuba dive the waters around the island. Then, it's off to New Orleans to meet up with my mom and my brother and his wife for some crawfish and oysters!
I am incredibly grateful to be living a life that allows me to take off for three weeks at a time to deepen my knowledge and practice, explore the bounties of Mother Earth, and spend time with my wonderful family. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder and I miss them very much.
Speaking of absence, I have some phenomenal subs filling in for me while I'm away! Be sure to check them out!!
Crunch W83rd St.
Saturdays, noon-1:30 Hot Vinyasa
Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21 -- Julia Chan
Crunch E34th St.
Sundays, 10-11AM Vinyasa Yoga
Mar 1 -- Ursula Scherrer
Mar 8 -- Erec Clark
Mar 15 -- Carrie Schneider
Mar 22 -- Ursula Scherrer
Crunch W19th St.
Sundays 3-3:45PM H2Om
Mar 1 and March 8 -- April Joy
Mar 15 -- Kevin Lamb **this will be a Power Yoga class
Sundays 4-4:45PM POUND™
Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15 -- Carolyn Malfa
Crunch W54th St.
Sundays, 5:30-6:30PM Vinyasa Yoga
Mar 1 -- Ursula Scherrer
Mar 8 and Mar 15 -- Jennifer Grims
Crunch W23rd St.
Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45PM Vinyasa Yoga
Mar 3, Mar 10, Mar 17 -- Ursula Scherrer
Crunch Union Sq.
Fridays 5-6pm Motus
Feb 27, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20 Cathryn Lynne
Thursdays, 7:30-9PM Vinyasa Yoga
Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19 Kevin Lamb
Fridays, 1:15-2PM POUND™
Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20 Cathryn Lynne
Apparently, I've been to the Grand Canyon. I don't remember because my memory is about as good as that of a goldfish, plus it seems I was quite young, but there are photos that prove that I was once there. Even though Josh and I are married now, he had never been to my home state of Arizona until this past April so we decided to see as much s possible. We flew from NYC to PHX, hopped in a rental car, picked up a Canon wide angle lens from Tempe Camera, and drove 4.5 hours to the Grand Canyon. We caught out first glimpse of this Natural Wonder just as the sun was setting. Sunset, sunrise, and thunderstorms are some of the things I miss most about AZ.
We woke up early the next morning to eat some breakfast and get a move on the fairly strenuous hike we had planned. In the lower middle of the photo above, you can see a triangle that juts out into the middle of the canyon with a path that leads to Plateau Point. That's where we were headed!
The Bright Angel Trail is one of the trails that you can take if you want to go all the way to the Colorado River. There are campgrounds below and also a lodge, Phantom Ranch, if you don't want to haul camping gear with you. If we had a little more forethought, it would have been wonderful to spend a night at the ranch, but the rooms get booked almost a year in advance! The National Park Service and many other websites I looked at VERY STRONGLY advise against hiking to the river and back in one day. It's 9.5 miles to get to from the rim to the river and, don't forget, you still have to climb back out. We chose to go just to Plateau Point which is a little over 6 miles from the rim, almost 13 miles to get there and back.
As we started on the trail, there were some cool cliff cut-outs and, of course, we had to stop someone to take a picture of us. Since the canyon is such a beautiful destination, no one was shy about asking other people to take photos of them, including us.
Josh has been having a great time learning how to use the Canon EOS Rebel T4i that I got him last year for his birthday. Check out the two photos above. The tiniest tweaks can completely change a photo. Isn't that bottom one just amazing? The rocks are so red and the clouds lead the eye towards the endless horizon. Beautiful!
The canyon face is quite steep and the trail is filled with switchbacks, where the path goes side to side to help you descend. If it didn't, you'd be rock climbing instead of hiking. It's also for the mules that carry supplies and hikers down to the river. Instead of hiking, you can take a mule ride to Phantom Ranch. I'm very sad to say that we didn't actually see any mules on the trail. I really wanted to see them! Plenty of mule poop, but no actual mules were spotted.
We made sure to rest a little at almost all of the rest points, drank lots of water and gatorade, and ate our trail mix and beef jerky snacks. There was water at most of the stops so the easiest way to carry gatorade with us was to bring the powder packets. My mom thought it was weird that we snacked of beef jerky, but it's a great way to replace the salt lost from sweating. Plus, who doesn't like to have an excuse to buy a huge bag of beef jerky?
Check out this lizard! Josh thinks lizards are pretty awesome. Way before we met, he had two bearded dragons as pets and they were named Roquefort and Brie. Can you tell Josh likes cheese? He tried not to take a photo of EVERY lizard he saw, but this little guy was too cool not to photograph.
Prickly Pear flowers were just starting to bloom. They are such a beautiful color!
The view at Plateau Point was stunning!!! Seeing the Colorado river flowing down below just sears into your mind how astounding Mother Nature is. The river seems so small and skinny when compared to the vastness of the canyon, but the water has patiently etched away at the earth over millions of years to create this immense thing of beauty.
Can you believe that it's only six miles from the point way up there on the rim? It looks so far away!
While Josh played with his camera, I squeezed in some playtime for myself. Handstands!
Josh is wondering where his martini is right about now. Just six more miles, this time uphill with a brief thunderstorm, and then you can have that martini.