Showing posts from June 13, 2010

The winter of our discount tent: Retail 101 at EMS

Camping geeks rejoice - boonies-quality Dark Chocolate Cheesecake. 
There are generally 3 ways to live the New York Dream if you still have to work for a living:

1. Earn an astronomical salary on Wall Street or similar, and live in a loft and eat out several times a week

2. Get a steady and coveted city/government job with benefits that make you basically unfireable

3. Piece it all together - act, sing, sell, wait tables, volunteer, teach, sell your own product online, knit condoms for Etsy - and still manage to eat out once a week and pay your rent on time. Mostly.

Having surrendered my 9 year Oregon-based career as a Customer Evangelist, I've entered the realm of option 3:  I volunteer teach yoga, make and sell my original schtick, do freelance copywriting and social media, and today, I entered the world of retail - working a casual shift at Eastern Mountain Sports, the northeast's version of REI.

Now, if you're an outdoor gear freak, EMS is the place to be. Much like if …

Downward Dog Days in NYC: Doing the Groundhog Salutation

Last Tuesday there were around 15 -18 people in my 6pm Chelsea Rec Center class - mostly newbies to yoga. One game young guy, an 80 year young woman, and the rest in their 20-40's.


So much for my inital idea of a Yoga for Boomers class - with a timeslot of 6pm, this is now simply called, Easy Yoga by the Galfromdownunder. It's listed as part of the ShapeUpNYC initiative - so it's free to all participants, regardless of whether they are members of the Rec Center.

One thing about being a volunteer teacher:  I get to teach whatever I want.

As a warmup for this group, I've developed what I call a Groundhog Salutation.

It's basically a Sun Salutation but you never get up on your feet to worship the sun, you say down at woodchuck (ferret or Aussies) level.  It's a good limber up for the back before you totter to your feet.

The drill:

Inhale - hands and knees post cat/cow.

Exhale - Down dog.

Inhale - drop knees on the way to ...

Exhale - Childs Pose

Inhale - co…