Man’s and most woman’s best friend? Dogs. Cats are cool, but never could live up to this previous question. More goes on through a dogs eyes than most humans realize. Picture this. A pack of wolves is out hunting in the northern reaches of the Artic. The alpha wolf leads, focusing eyes on the herd of caribou, looking for the slightest irregular body movement, a limp, a stutter of a step, an aged prey, anything out of a healthy balance. A graceful gait is not in the target, neither are hoofs that step properly unto the frozen tundra, similar to the elegant motion of hands and feet found by MauiSkiBus, while out hunting to the goal of 50.
On a raining evening, the alpha wolf did not see any weakness of motion, nor was aware of any stutter of posture, as MauiSkiBus attained the 2015 goal to visit 50 different western USA/Canada yoga studios. Graceful hand gestures, pointing in different directions during poses, very fluid in nature, were what was observed. Instructor Jen, lacking any weakness of body movement, an energetic personality, one to be cloned, entertains at The Sanctuary, across from the historic casinos, of North Lake Tahoe.
The three main mountain ranges in the western USA are Rockies, Sierras, and the lesser known, Cascades. All have lakes of various sizes, none compare in popularity to one lake in the Sierras. Never freezing, known for water clarity, sitting at an elevation over 6,000 feet high, and nicknamed, “Big Blue”. Usually also known for a deep winter snowfall, in the recent years past, the winter snowstorms have decided to avoid this Sierra lake, receding the lake level lower than the only outlet that starts west, then U turns, to go east. This east direction is what is viewed from at a yoga studio, high in the Sierras.
San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area residents have a three hour drive to the north shore side of Lake Tahoe, gaining more than 6,000 vertical feet from sea level. This elevation change can be a challenge for most, however the real challenge is about to begin. Mountain Lotus Yoga, in Tahoe City, with a location right on the shores of beautiful “Big Blue”, Lake Tahoe, will captivate you with visual delights. Time will tick by, as this view will hypnotize you, as that ticking clock will perhaps make you late for class. Be early, as a delightful Ms. Jamie will make sure that you have a spot to turn your focus on the main reason that you are here.
A newly revived sport from Hawaii is now an avid sport by many, stand up paddle boarding, or SUP for short, and Mountain Lotus offers classes on Lake Tahoe, for a new twist to traditional yoga. Even the high mountain air temperatures may be a comfortable on dry skin, a lost balance on an SUP will awaken all body senses. Balance focus will take on a new meaning on an SUP instead of a yoga mat, so enjoy a stretching downward dog, however an unstable full tree pose may get you watered!
The five main senses of humans, sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing can all be naturally altered by us all, minus one. Do not want to see? Close your eyes. Taste is only there with an open mouth. Keep your hands to yourself, and touch is not there. Nasty smells? Breathe through your mouth. Then there is hearing. There is no way to naturally turn off hearing anything, whether a annoying noise or a soothing captivating sound. All yoga studios that MauiSkiBus has visited this 2015 season somewhat start the same, South Lake Tahoe has a studio that starts off with a musical.
Yoga classes usually begin with the instructor setting the class atmosphere or a soft “OM”. Near the shores of South Lake Tahoe, Mountain Yoga invited all to partake in a soft toned Sanskrit chant led by a “cute as a button on a Raggedy Ann doll” Laura, complete with portable harmonium. This was not an expectation for MauiSkiBus, more of a surprise of delight, as this was a first during the 2015 quest to visit 50 different yoga studios.
Yoga studios all have one core thing in common and that is the human art form of different yoga poses. More and more studios are adding a creative mix to this core, sharing the evolution of the practice of yoga. This creative mix is adding to the popularity of yoga, and MountainYoga has added space and time to their schedule. An hour class is the norm, an hour plus half is becoming more common, but a full hour plus hour is a first seen by MauiSkiBus. Seeing the changes in yoga, feeling the benefits of a flexible body, a studio that emits the aroma of precious oils, and hearing sounds of harmonious voices, are all here at Mountain Yoga. Now how to add a delicious taste to fulfill all five senses?
12 singing yogaettes
1 humming yoga dude
As the human body ages, sports and athlectic activities will and do change. Football players end up barely walking. Golfers are chastised with knee and back injuries, due to the constant a-symmetrical swing. Tennis elbow anyone? Marathon runners end up with stress factors. Cycling mainly uses the lower body, leaving an unbalanced physique. Like swimming? Better on the joints, however all that chlorine is toxic. OK, Crossfit? Doctors love the added injuries to their business. Surfers do great, when there is surf. Watch out for skin cancer. Excessive couch surfing is a sin to a human torso. A love penance for your body, soul, mind and anti-aging can be found in your garage.
Move out the cars, paint and decorate the walls, add in a bamboo wood floor, and your studio for life is made. MauiSkiBus can now add yoga not for sinners, in a converted garage to the list of 50 yoga studios attempted to visit in the 2015 adventure. Sin City Yoga, Las Vegas, proud to be nicknamed, “Sin City”, offers a yoga destination that MauiSkiBus really enjoyed, as budokanette Crystal, taught out back, in the wonderfully renovated former garage.
All humans, large and small, tall and short, skinny and the obese, can benefit for life with a more flexible fit body. From simple chair yoga to the masterful intense hot yoga, MauiSkiBus has so far visited and done them all. All sports and athletics have a great following, and all that follow and partake in any sport of their choice, can and will benefit from the many different forms of yoga. Sin City Yoga is just off the Downtown Strip of Vegas, offering an array of classes for all to join. Now there needs to be an addition to the garage studio to park MauiSkiBus inside.
Seven innocent ladies
Three forgiven lads
Sounds of chirping birds, mixed in with barking dogs, adding in over 7,000,000,000(billion} souls of different languages and voice tones, maybe toss in a bit of the humming of Mother Earth, spinning on a tilted axis, all combining to sound like? Quatum mechanics and astro-physics delve into the science of all that exist from the Big Bang until this moment, with a soft prediction of things to come. Stepping into this world of science and adding in the present day combined sounds of the Earth, what in the far reaches of the Universe does Earth sound like? A sanctuary will share this, as a sound here replicates the voice of the Earth.
The scientific community has huge radio telescopes listening to the farthest reaches of outer space for sounds that come from the distant past. If those same radio telescopes were located in the far reaches of outer space, directed at Earth, what sound would be heard? OM, the primordial sound vibration emitted from yoga studios worldwide, even in a city more know for slotting ching ching. Four directions of Earth and four levels of consciousness all contribute to OM, and a yoga sanctuary located in the city of neon lights offers two directions to chant OM, east for the rising sun, and west for the sun to set.
Yoga Sanctuary of Las Vegas, carefully overseen by a yogi goddess to the stars, Sherry Goldstein, welcomed MauiSkiBus. West towards the setting sun, was the location for this cosmic visit, as a high vibrating “Can you feel it”, Celine was the yoga class opera maestroess. At times, she was overseeing her universe of yogis from her perch and at other times, she would silently prance around, finely adjusting postures and forms. Preciseness was apparent here, seemingly with grace, putting human atoms into perfect form. Post class, a happy group posed closer to the heavens, sharing many higher vibrations of sound, on top of MauiSkiBus. Can you hear their pleasure and excitement?
Eleven Female Atoms
One Male Molecule
Ok, so multiple times, MauiSkiBus has received comments that the reason to attend yoga classes during the 2015 ski/yoga season is because of all the hotties. Butt, that is correct, sort of. It would be way too shallow of a healthy mindset of proper thoughts for that to be the reason. Maybe a benefit, butt not the reason, as ladies that can handle 103 degrees of heat, deserve respect, not a gawking tropical ski bum or any male dis-respectful energy. Wanna butt some heads with the naysayers, hit a real hot yoga class, as it will kicka your butt into fine form?
The art of yoga is just that, an art form with the human body and mind. It is more than an exercise, not competitive in nature, and not something to flaunt. Las Vegas in well known for gambling, late night shows, and a bit of an edgy party atmosphere. It is also well know for major boxing events and MauiSkiBus just happened to be in Sin City for one of the biggest fights ever, MoneyMan Mayweather and PacMan Pacquiao. Yes, these two dudes are known to be fit, maybe both should receive an invite to really see how fit, with a class at 103 Hot Yoga , Las Vegas. Hotties galore practice here and both fighters might find proper concentration difficult, butt Miss Josie, would do some butt kicking on these two, to make sure all poses are proper. Post class sweaty smiles will be greeted by the flower of grace, Miss Roze Anne.
The human body is over 75% liquid and a proper liquid alkalinity is one of the most important components for proper health. Very few individuals that MauiSkiBus has encountered are aware of this importance, that all water not is not equal, that a high PH liquid body has enhanced health benefits. At this point in time, with over 44 different yoga studios visited, only one has a high PH water for its guests. 103 Hot Yoga, Las Vegas, Nevada, more known for “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’, has a studio to mimic a nightclub feel, high alkaline H2O to consume, and a hot yoga to challenge Sir Mayweather/Pacquiao. They may want to kick each others butt, 103 Hot Yoga will surely kick their butts equally.
20 fine female butts
1 tropical ski bum butt
Snow report; November, 2010, over 200 inches of snow fell, at a famous elephant relative of a ski resort and MauiSkiBus was stuck. Stuck on a tropical island named Maui. A tropical ski bum in the making was frustrated that this amount of snow was falling and not a bit of it could be enjoyed from the distant shores of Maui. Man, a month of 200 inches, a dream for any ski/snowboard bum. Even the distant relative of the elephant need a trunk to breath with, as the snow was too deep to breathe through nostrils.
Got Snow? Yes, this place usually gets vast quantities of snow, but a cycle of weather has not given Mammoth anywhere near that amount of snow since the winter of 2010/2011. In fact, the whole winter season since, has barley edged past the total snowfall of that November 2010. MauiSkiBus was able to finish the 2015 ski season at this famous resort in a blizzard in late April, giving thighs a last chance to hit the slopes with burning turns of fresh powder. A blizzard furnishes wind to fill in skiers/snowboarders tracks, presenting nearly new fresh turns on every run. Screams of delight are emitted by nearly all on the mountain, a bit similar to an elephants bugle. Mammoth Mountain offered a tasty finish of skiing for MauiSkiBus2, 2015 winter adventure.
Ski resorts that usually receive heaps of snow need guides to share with all where the road is, where the sidewalks directs, and most importantly, snowplow drivers to clear snow away properly. Varies types of poles are placed along roads, sidewalks, and intersections to outline the edges. When the snow melts, or too many years of low snowfall, these poles seem a bit out of place, rising above barren ground. Staying within these snow guide poles, ultimately will lead one to one choice to partake in a yoga facility.
Mammoth Ski Resort in Mammoth Lakes, California attracts over a million skiers per year, making it the third most visited ski resort in the USA. One would guess that there would be an array of yoga studios to chose from, quite the contrary, as the only one is hidden along a creek, in this ski town known for the huge quantities of snow that often accumulates here. Hence the reason for those snow guide poles that can be found all over this charming town. Snow Creek Athletic Club offers yoga under the direction of Karrie, an avid athletic lady, and the actual class was taught by Scott, an unassuming teacher to speak with, however once that class starts, his knowledge emerges of various different yoga poses.
An added benefit to attending a yoga class at Snow Creek, is the use of the facilities provided within, as this is the place where the local residents of Mammoth Lakes come for an array of different offerings. Need a massage or some spa time? It is here. Spinning cycles? Check. An assortment of weights? Of course. Jacuzzi? Why, his and hers, and co-ed. Lap pool? Covered. Need a bite to eat pre or post work out? A fine bistro. Got Kids? Got playroom. Need more? More is offered. MauiSkiBus really enjoyed this fine facility, now a second one needs to be opened , Snow Creek Athletic Club Maui.