Shanti Shanti Shanti


I almost didn’t complete this challenge (and yes, I’m the one the proposed it)! I found myself up against the deadline, still having not worked off a single Christmas cookie or New Year's Eve glass of champagne.

Luckily, that's when my husband, Evan, said he wanted to go to a yoga class!


Having never been to a yoga class with Evan, I was pretty excited. We don’t do a lot of day dates without our daughter so I was really looking forward to sharing this part of my life with him.

Sure enough, I found a Groupon for my favorite place!

Now although it's my favorite, I haven't been there in so longlike-before-Ivy-was-born long. But I took comfort that it felt at least somewhat familiar and I knew what we were walking into.


It was snowing, we had to rush to get my daughter to Grammy's, we forgot diapers (eh, who needs diapers?!), but we made it! Whew!

And before we knew it, we were flowing, stretching and strengthening.


What I love about Jivamukti is that they focus on mental health as much as physical. There is a good douse of meditation, chanting, and reflection among the head and hand stands.

I spent a lot of time here after my daughter passed—there were more than a couple of tears that hit the wood floor...

Going back felt so right, and I remembered how this place truly helped me heal.


As Zen as I was feeling, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at one point (I know, so terrible); when Evan realized the class was about to do back bends, the look of horror on his face was just priceless.

In the end, this class was so fun together, and I love Bluebird + Blackberries for pushing me to create more memories like this one.

As we left, I avoided buying all the cute yoga clothes (I think you have to go at least three times to justify needing a new outfit) and my husband suggested sushi, which was the perfect end to our mindful date.


I always feel healthy after a meal of sushi, especially with a yoga appetizer, and though I left a little hungry (I need like five rolls to be full, haha), I also left very happy.


Physical and mental wellness, a (semi) full belly, a snowy walk home, and quiet time with the man I fell in love with 13 years ago all make for a pretty great Saturday.

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