This is our beautiful Wendy-Bird. She is kind, open-hearted, full of joy and silly jokes. She is honest and the most ‘be yourself’ kind of person I know. I say she is ‘our’ Wendy because I feel like part of her is with us (my family) all the time. No matter the physical distance between her and I, she is there. Wendy worked her yoga magic to prepare my scared little body for labour, she came to us in the middle of a cold winter night. She and my mom rubbed and massaged, and moaned along with me in the back-seat nest they created for our trip to the hospital. And after a long, long 24 hours of serious, dramatic, painful, wild, hard, active labour she helped me (along with my entire family – husband, sister, mom, dad, and nephew) welcome my wee CheeChee into the world. Charlie and I did mom and baby yoga until he was more interested in her Ganesh and Buddha collection than hanging out with me. My son now calls her ‘Wendy-Bird’ and refers to her often. Last week him and I rolled out the yoga mats, in the living room and practiced a little sun salutation. He wondered why we were doing such things without Wendy-Bird. His downward dog is much more respectable than mine. So far he’s still enjoying those loose toddler ligaments and muscles. He’s not yet faced with his momma’s tight hamstrings. He still touches her colourful tattoos, now full of curious questions instead of just questioning looks. We’ve created an incredible set of memories. and I cherish them all. Love to you. xoxox
You can find out all about her and her yoga deliciousness in Muskoka here;
Sacred Breath Yoga on Facebook
Sacred Breath online
Marea del Portillo, Cuba
Early morning Yoga Session w/ Wendy Martin of Sacred Breath Yoga
Cabo Cruz, Cuba
A day trip to Cabo Cruz. We founds kids. So, we did yoga.
This time we went in search of children. It ended up being a barnyard yoga party. Complete with headstands, assists, broken english, hilarious attempts at spanish, coconut drinks, and a lunchtime feast. I will never forget the conversation I had three young boys. They didn’t know english. I didn’t know spanish. In those moments I learned more spanish and laughed harder than I did the entire week. I hope to return one day with more time to play and a collection of prints to share with them. It was a pure delight.
Marea del Portillo, Cuba
One last morning at the beach.
Thank you so much for this experience.
Want to go? Do yoga? Visit villages? You can!
Jenny Cressman, of Huntsville organizes two trips a year. A spring session, open to men and women and fall session open to just women. It’s an amazing expeience. I want to do it every year. Next women’s yoga retreat will be early November 2012.
Email Jenny with inquiries, firstname.lastname@example.org.Jenny also owns reVibe! downtown Huntsville, Ontario. It’s a funky little consignment store with a conscience. You’re bound to find a few treasures. Last trip I bought a sexy little vintage fur jacket and a gorgeous pair of dove earrings made of a melted brass, old land mines in fact. Go, you’ll love it.
Love, love, love working with my dear Wendy! Check out some recent yoga shots we did on the beach in preparation for the Grand Opening of her downtown Huntsville Yoga Studio, Sacred Breath Yoga!!! So proud of her, this is one hard working woman!
Take at a peek at one of our past winter yoga sessions…
Ah, like a breath of fresh air. Both working with my dear friend Wendy and shooting in this beautiful home. A special thanks to Wendy’s great friend Tracey (I will be painting ALL of my house white next month…not joke). Wendy and I are in the process of building her website, print material, and general online fabulousness. This was one of many yoga shoots we have on the go. Here we focused on mom and baby yoga as well as partnered yoga. In fact she’ll be hosting a Valentine’s Day weekend yoga retreat on the edge of Algonquin Park.
I so look forward to working with Wendy. She continue to challenge and inspire me. Look forward to our next project; Yoga Ed.
Love to you dear Wendy. I look forward to many, many more.