DIARY of a 99%-er: The Struggle Between Survival and Creative Expression

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September 15

“Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer's own form.” ― Patanjali

I, however, decide to stick to something more familiar and return to my yoga practice. I’ve been doing yoga for more than 10 years now. I mostly do it at home with a DVD – cheap and easy. The only time I really feel the need to go out and pay for a class is when I get really stressed out or need to detox. Then I go to a hot yoga class, because it’s the only yoga environment you can’t really recreate at home, unless you live in the rainforest. They crank the heat up to god-knows-how-high degrees before the class even starts, and you then proceed to sweat your way through the class. It achieves the purpose of de-toxing like nobody’s business. And, with a good teacher, who actually varies the sequence and has the good taste to play some psychedelic, trance music, you just drop into the zone and the hour-and-a-half of sweaty yoga flies by and you are floating in bliss by the end of it. While the drop-in rates for some yoga classes can run as much as $22 a pop, I’m grateful that there’s a studio not far from where we live where I can go on weekend afternoons for only $10.

As a yoga devotee, I’m always curious to check out the class schedules and prices offered by new studios. So, when a new studio opened as a yoga/art gallery in Laguna Beach, my curiosity was piqued. I learned that they offer a variety of yoga classes, plus Pilates and something I’ve never seen before at a studio: childcare – what a bonus for moms. The art on the walls is such a nice touch and enhances the vibration of the individual studios within the building.

Ironically, just up the street in Laguna Beach, is a fairly new yogurt store that combines frozen yogurt with a small art gallery.

So, I go from yoga with art to yogurt with art, and all my senses are fully satiated. Thank you, Laguna Beach, for cultivating such an artistic environment that art seeps its way into almost everything.

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