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Soul & Spirit Birthday Yoga Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles

Published on June 19th, 2017 | by Catherine Tingey

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BIRTHDAY YOGA!

Birthday Yoga!

I turned 44 yesterday – wow! Four years ago at 40 I knew a new chapter was starting. If the first half of my life was about doing what I ‘should’ do, I knew that the second half was going to be wholly self-designed.

On birthdays, I like to do simple stuff slowly. So I woke up extra early, went to a new yoga class in Encinitas, lingered afterwards to talk to other students and the teacher and tooled around my new city. It’s such a luxury to have no place to be and no plans of any sort really. This is a great recipe for meeting new people and having meaningful experiences.

At the yoga studio I met two phenomenal teachers, a woman I spoke to for over 2 hours whom I now consider a new friend, and several students that shared yoga and teaching references with me.

If you’re ever in the Encinitas area, I highly recommend dropping into Soul of Yoga. They have such a rich program of senior teachers, workshops and events – I felt like a kid on Christmas morning!

Birthday Yoga Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los AngelesIn downtown Encinitas is the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens, a beautiful sanctuary overlooking the Pacific. There are pools with koi fish and if you look out at the water, you can see dolphins. I watched a dolphin pod swim by – just breathtaking. We also have an SRF here in the Palisades and it is equally beautiful.Birthday Yoga Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles

For good eats, the Lotus Café offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and sweet outdoor seating.

Afterwards you can walk through downtown Encinitas – a short walk that spans the distance between SRF and Encinitas Blvd. 2nd Street (parallel to the 101) is neighborhoody and a nice place to stroll. I imagine this is what parts of Santa Monica must have felt like 20 years ago. The Darshan Bakery/Cafe has an excellent selection of pastries and is a nice place to have tea. Their chai is also great.

If you’re interested in gifting yourself a special birthday, take yourself to a yoga class or better yet,  try a private yoga session! A couple of my long term clients started yoga with me to celebrate their birthdays…many moons ago.

I feel fortunate to be present for my own future birthdays, and theirs.

Enjoy this moment!

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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