Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.

Looking to streeeeeeeetch yourself a bit? Spend your Presidents' Day weekend with me in the East Bay.

It's so easy to get attached to one particular studio, or one particular teacher, or one particular style. Part of our practice - as important as the regular repetition of the asanas themselves, really - is to come to the mat with that ever-fresh beginner's mind. And often we get to the point where we anticipate cues, assume flow sequences, or resist any kind of change. (In other words: we get our ego on.) So we shake it up a bit.

Which leads me to...two fabulous studios for you to check out. Maybe they're not your usual; maybe they're a few blocks (or a bridge or two) away. Cool. New spaces humble us. They remind us how very much we have to learn. I'm chuffed to be teaching at two great East Bay studios this weekend: Saturday afternoon Bhakti flow (vinyasa) at 4:30, per usual, at Flying Yoga Shala in Temescal. And Sunday morning, subbing for my dear colleague Pradeep, who's away rocking Washington, DC this weekend, at Yoga Mandala: Berkeley. Join me there for back-to-back advanced vinyasa classes at 9 and 10:30am.

We'll breathe some new air, savor the way the light falls differently, and sing out in resounding new spaces. Sweet, all around. Do it for George, and Abe, and Franklin D., and John F., and all of those other dead presidents, who no doubt could have used some serious yoga.

(And if you're headed to Tahoe with the snow-loving masses: enjoy. Should be a killer weekend for skiing, though your pranayama might come in handy whilst dealing with mad mountain traffic en route to the slopes.)


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