moving day

yogadeals didn't disappear - it just relocated!

visit the new site: jennpesce.com to get your yogadeals fix!


build your own meditation seat

you know that seemingly useless, outdated book that randomly shows up at your doorstep periodically? that's right - the phonebook. well, try teaching that old dog a new trick before you kick it to [recycling on] the curb next time.

if these brick-like books are good enough as a makeshift booster seat for a little one, they can certainly ass-ist you in your meditation practice, giving you a firm cushion under your cushion for better, more comfortable posture.

need more lift? just add another one to the stack.

to really transform your phonebook(s) into a meditation seat, place it inside a pillow case [you know, the one you still have that lost its mate to the sock monster ages ago...]


how-to make your old yoga pants into new yoga shorts

do you have a pair of yoga pants that are the equivalent to tattered & much-loved childhood blankie? if you still love the fit, color (whatever makes you giddy about them) but the bottoms have seen better days, here's a simple way to reincarnate your favorite pants into shorts (no sewing required)!

to summarize:
step 1: try on your pants

step 2: mark your ideal short length on one leg (just a little do of marker will do the trick) - go a little longer just in case, you can always trim more later

step 3: remove pants & lay on flat surface to cut

step 4: use your kitchen scissors (they are usually pretty sharp) to make on straight cut where you made your mark

step 5: continuing cutting the first pant leg until you are finished (if the pants are not too think you can usually cut both back & front at the same time)

step 6: try on the pants to see if you like the way your new shorts feel after just cutting the one leg

step 7: trim the first pant leg shorter & re-try-on (if you want to go shorter)

step 8: take off the pants & lay flat again

step 9: fold the pants so that the altered side lies on top of the longer leg & use it as a guide to cut the other pant leg.

step 10: pull on your new shorts & get to your yoga class!


multi-tasking wardrobe pieces for yoga in the summer

although naked yoga is an option, it's not for everyone, even when the hot days of summer tempt us to strip down to our skivvies.

before you open your wallet, open your wardrobe, you may be surprised to find that you are already equipped for summer (yoga) school.

multi-tasking (already in your) wardrobe pieces for yoga in the summer:
  1. survey your swimsuits - look for your more modest pieces that might not scream sexy, but do provide ample coverage to avoid the nip-slip & private peek-a-boos (you never know where the yogarazzi will be lurking). one pieces tend to keep all of your bits in place, better than than itsy bitsy bikinis.

  2. bike your way to bakasana bottoms - form-fitting bike shorts can also double as yoga shorts. if you tend to get sweaty limbs during your practice, opt for longer (think: capri or bermuda length) shorts to provide some grip when you are working on arm balancing poses.

  3. cover up for savasana - get more life out of your beach cover up by toting it with you to practice for light coverage during savasana to help regulate your body temperature (which tends to drop when in this resting pose).

lastly, remember that although enjoying the sunshine is a wonderful part of summer, it can be strong, so always slather on the sunscreen before you suit up for the day - & then bring some with you to reapply during the day. (hint: the spf # indicates how many minutes you have of sun protection before you need to reapply - so if you are planning on a 60-minute asana - opt for 70 instead of the 15.)


boomerang your yoga - the nyc benefit challenge

have you been hit with the karmic boomerang lately? if it doesn't feel like it has come your way in a while, it's probably because it's your turn to pay it forward & send some good energy out there for others.

no need to think about your next karmic move - it's already been decided - attend the mandala in motion event on thursday, june 17th! all proceeds go to the non-prof, the art in all of us & to the kids in its programs that teach other kids through their own art about tolerance & awareness of a spectrum of cultures.

the forever-giving folks at boomerang yoga will be hosting this yogic evening at a swank gallery in the heart of soho. festivities include a sacred strength yoga flow class with stephanie culen, a gong meditation by hari kaur, & some very special performances.

in addition to the delicious nibbles during the event, the karmic forces will already begin returning the favor for your attendance with a stellar goodie bag & the chance to win many substantial raffle prizes, like a 6-month membership to yogaworks, a pair of nikes & even a golden ticket to betty surfcamp in ecuador! (remember to bring some extra cash for these.)

mandala in action
yoga benefit challenge to support art in all of us

thursday, june 17th
william bennett gallery
(65 greene street)

the yogadeal: for a minimium donation of $108 (just create your own fundraising site, it's super quick, plus your friends & fam can help support your admission ticket!) you'll not only leave with that warm & fuzzy feeling of supporting the arts & children, but you'll also be pretty blissed out from the jam-packed agenda... just make sure you save up enough energy to lug home all of your goodies.


yoga's out for summer - for free, for real, near you

yoga in the park bryant Pictures, Images and Photosremember what your mama told you, "it's a beautiful day, go yoga outside!"
(tomAto, tomOto - yoga, play - same deal)

slather on the sunscreen, grab your mat & hit up a park near you! all across the country there are outdoor yoga events happening for FREE (hence making them yogadeals-worthy).

here's just a taste of what you can find.

new york - not to make other cities feel bad - but we are really leading the way in free park yoga for the masses:

summer weeklies:

once in a lifetime opps:
other cities that are maybe closer to you:
remember, sharing is caring, post your freebie outdoorsy events in the comments.


yoga notes

nothing beats a heartfelt message in your mailbox - as in your snail mailbox. as much of our communication these days is electronic whether that be via texting or email, it always seems so much more personal if you are able to send a letter utilizing your own penmanship because let's face it, you'll either delete an email (or it will drown in your inbox), but you'll keep a card. so make your elementary school teachers proud & bring a smile to a friend's face with a little yoga note.

here are some possible topics to get your pen flowing:
  • life updates
  • invite a friend to a yoga class (or teach him/her one - a private lesson between two friends)
  • an inspirational quote
  • a recipe for a great dish or a yoga sequence!
(other ideas for topics? please post them in the comments, i'd love to know!)

the yogadeal: for just $2 (+ a first-class stamp) you can send someone a little joy.
this card set comes in a pack of 6 for $12!