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Relaunch of nilambu notes

With this reboot, I am introducing some new features. My goal is to make it easy for you to discover yoga things that will enliven and enrich your life.

My aim is to offer a helpful curated site for all things yoga as well as to offer compelling original content. I hope to build an fun and cool online arena where yogis can encounter an inspiring quote, an enticing event, an intriguing article, a meaty podcast or even another resourceful web site. I also cover controversies in the yoga community whether it’s an advertisement for Equinox gym, or the founder of Lululemon’s resignation or if Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.

So please, if you see anything neat or intriguing about yoga or meditation, please shoot me an email, so I can highlight it. And send along any questions you might like addressed about the wide and wild (and growing) world of yoga.

I aspire to send these emails out once a month, approximately in the middle of the month.
If you like to go looking for your yoga news, you can always check out the nilambu notes blog. There I highlight cool and intriguing articles, essays, podcasts, events on yoga and meditation that might stretch your mind and should. I write posts several times a week, so the content is rich.

I’ve also developed some lists for specific interests. So if you’re keen on free podcasts or want to know about events and workshops or are especially interested in meditation, you can indicate that by clicking on the “Join Our Mailing List” bottom in the upper right hand column. That will take you to a page where you can sign up for speciality notes.

I also hope to start teaching again soon, so if you want to be kept in the loop on that, you can also indicate your interest there as well.

If you find your news on Twitter, you can now follow nilambuyoga on Twitter (which I confess now is primarily retweets of good stuff).

If your newsfeed on Facebook is your primary source for news, you can “like” the nilambu yoga page there.

And here you are at the nilambu notes blog where I feature cool and intriguing articles, essays, podcasts, events on yoga and meditation that might stretch your mind and soul. I write posts several times a week so the content is rich.

You can check out the full range of topics by checking out the labels in the right hand column and see what fun material is here. Please feel free to comment.

Zen Dens – Yoga Retreats from Conde Nast assembled a roster of wellness retreats you can check out here. Compiled in 2006, it’s still interesting.

This place, Parrot Cay’s Shambhala Retreat, is where I’ve been twice for yoga retreats. Once with Cyndi Lee of Om Yoga and once with Donna Farhi, both in 2002.

If you just want to check out the resort, click here.

I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Here is Zen Den’s review and recommendation on Parrot Cay.

This is the spot for well-heeled yogis whose idea of Zen minimalism doesn’t extend to thread counts and evening meals…Turks + Caicos has snow-white sand and turquoise coves, and the rooms are unfussy but gorgeous, all teak and white cotton….Dive or snorkel in the most pristine waters and healthiest reefs of the Caribbean region.

The reefs may be the healthiest. I can’t say for sure but I do know they are clear and pure and beautiful. I came away healthier than I’d been in a very long time.

January Class Schedule Being Formulated

Well, it was just terrific to see some of the regulars in the free holiday classes this month. And I’m looking forward to returning to a regular schedule in January.

When you’re making your list and checking it twice, give some thought to when you’d like to come to yoga. The schedule is being formulated so email me and let me know when you’d like to come and I’ll schedule a class. Please send first and second choices. And if you’ve got a friend or two, and you’ve got a time you’d like to come, I’ll do my best to accommodate.

Classes will begin the week of January 21st, 2008. Here is nilambu’s proposed schedule of classes. Do not hesitate to contact me with feedback or suggestions or requests. I will adjust if at all possible. Flexibility and responsiveness is an advantage of a small studio!

Give the Gift of Yoga

This year, give the gift of yoga to someone you love. Sometimes, a free lesson is all one needs to get started and hooked. Do you know someone who might benefit from yoga?

And flexibility is NOT a prerequisite! I often hear that one “can’t” do yoga because he is not flexible. (It’s mostly guys I hear this from.) In fact, some who are flexible need yoga to build strength; others who are strong need yoga to promote flexibility. It’s all about balance. And well, most people can benefit from the awareness that yoga brings. Special holiday rates for gift certificates or first time customers are now available…And current clients can give a gift to themselves too!

Just check out the rates and contact me to order. Note that these gift certificates will NOT expire (unless I move, which is not foreseen), and will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time as soon as requested. You can also sign up a friend for nilambu notes, this e-newsletter, by filling out the box above.

Free Holiday Yoga Classes

This month, nilambu yoga is offering free classes in gratitude to my clients for their patience during this time of mourning and recovery. In the spirit of the season, I’ll be offering classes to alleviate the noise and stress of these dark winter weeks. Such quietness is hard to achieve amid contemporary commercial clutter.   Traditionally, these weeks before the holidays are a time of watchful preparation, calm and quiet as well as a time of heightened awareness that dovetails well with yoga’s year-round goals.

The following classes will be offered.  Each will have a physical focus and a philosophical focus and, of course, all will start with

  • a guided meditation to transition away from our busy lives and into our class (see below)
  • sun salutations as we should worship what little we have this time of year!; and
  • standing postures to provide a foundation and prepare the body for twisting, balancing, sitting or backbending.

I will teach as few as one person or as many as four. Current clientele will be given priority. Email me to reserve your place. I look forward to seeing you.

Monday December 3rd
Not Grasping (5th yama)
5:30 – 6:45 pm
7:00 – 8:15 pm

Tuesday December 4th
Compassion (1st yama)
5:15 – 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 6th
Compassion (1st yama)
1:30 – 2:45 pm

Monday, December 10th
Not Stealing (3rd yama) – also known as not consuming too much.
5:30 – 6:45 pm
7:00 – 8:15 pm

Tuesday, December 11th
Purity (1st niyama)
1:30 – 2:45 pm
5:15 – 6:30 pm

Classes Resume After Candlemas

Candlemas in the Christian tradition occurs on February 2nd.

Forty days after the birth of Jesus, Candlemas marks the end of Mary’s purification. And the date also is about at the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. In medieval times and still today in some highly liturgical churches, the candles are blessed for the entire year too.

All this by way of saying that on February 2nd, I too will re-emerge ready to go and to support you in your practice.\

nilambu classes will begin the following week, the week of February 5th. The schedule is still being formulated but will be adjusted to the time availability of my current clients.

If you are one, please email me and let me know if you’re interested in the same time slot. I am flexible (in time and otherwise!). Also see the link below to see the class outline through the beginning of May, including a specially planned class for the week of February 14th.

And if you’re not yet a client and would like to be, please don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know – even if you’re just sort of thinking about it. Class are small with only 4 spots. Finally, if anyone rounds up at least three yogis, I’d be happy to initiate a new additional class.

Fall Schedule and Class Plans for Fall Classes

Yoga resumed with enthusiasm and laughter at nilambu last week. Clients found their base again with a foot massage to wake up the feet – the foundation of all standing poses. Each week, the physical postures (asanas) concentrate on one area of practice such as standing, balancing or twisting.

And new this fall, in honor of nilambu’s mission to provide stretches for the mind, we also bring our attention to a philosophical principle of yoga such as truth, enthusiasm or contentment.

A few classes still have space available. If you’re interested in getting started or restarted – please email me at

Also, if you have two or more friends and would like to set up your own class, I still have free time available to accomodate an additional class.

Finally, as always, privates and semi-privates are a great way to focus your practice or to address a special challenge. For more on that and on all of nilambu : a personal yoga studio’s services, click

Class Schedule Modifications

Last week my mother was diagnosed with cancer, so I will be commuting out of DC from Friday to Tuesday to be with her. Her prognosis is not yet known, but we’re all optimistic she’ll pull through. Her cancer is not advanced, but her otherwise poor health presents some challenges in her treatment. Please keep her in your prayers.

This will affect nilambu’s class schedule. Wednesday night classes will continue as scheduled and now will not shift on March 1st on the beginning of Lent to Mondays, as previously discussed. Thursday day and Thursday night classes remain unchanged.

Saturday class is temporarily suspended until further notice.

Click here for a summary of class offerings.

I am available for private sessions three days a week and would love to help you focus your practice according to your needs.

Or consider giving a loved one who lives in DC a very special Valentines Day gift of a private nilambu yoga session. I am offering a holiday rate of $60.00 (normally $80.00) until February 18th. Just email me to inquire.

Alleviate Your Back Pain – Neptune Seminar Offered

Two Neptune Seminars will be offered this summer on Saturday June 18th and Saturday July 23rd. Neptune Seminars afford time to go to the depths. In this format, students can concentrate and distill aspects of yoga in a manner that a regular class session simply doesn’t allow time to do.

The Neptune Seminar on June 18th will focus on yoga poses that help relieve back pain. Registrants will complete a questionnaire prior and leave with a written home practice sequence. Class will focus on how to do the poses and suggest common household items to set up, when applicable. The class will be from 10 am to 11:30 am and cost $30.

The July 23rd topic is yet to be determined. If you have a suggestion, please email me at

Refreshing nilambu

I am excited to announce that on June 25th and 26th, I will travel to New York City to attend a Teacher Training Refresher course at Om Yoga where I did my original training over two years ago.

Many asanas will be re-examined including forward bends, twists, inversions, arm balances, backbends and standing. Yoga philosophy such as service, mindfulness, stability, joy and balance will be discussed. And sequencing classes too! The community at OM Yoga Center overflows with knowledgeable, generous and authentic yoga teachers, and I’m thrilled to be with and around them for a few days later this month.

I’ve no doubt I’ll return to DC refreshed and renewed. For more on my yoga training, click here.