Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Beatles Yoga Coast to Coast in 2011!


It's been quite some time since I've written on this blog, but a lot has happened for All You Need Is Love Yoga. Just before our spontaneous elopement, the class debuted on the west coast at One Door Yoga in San Anselmo, CA, just outside of San Francisco. It was special to spend a day of our vacation meeting with yogis in a new city, and a city I love so much!

This year the dream of mine to take the class on the road continues. I love to travel, love to do yoga while traveling, and The Beatles are often a soundtrack to my adventures. So far this year the class debuted in Cambridge, MA at Art & Soul Yoga with great success being advertised as "editors picks" for Valentines Day in both The Pheonix and The Boston Globe.

In less than 48 hours I'll board a plane to San Francisco to meet up with my husband (yes, husband! Still feels so new to say) Liam. He's been on the road with Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, and it's hard to be apart. Beatles Yoga is making it possible for us to see each other. While no classes are booked during my night in SF, I'll enjoy the guys rock the historical stage of The Fillmore, and then follow them to Los Angeles where I will introduce LA to Beatles Yoga! Liberation Yoga agreed to host the class, and I couldn't be more excited. See the attached flier.

Next month Manhattan studio Om Factory will debut it in the city on March 12! It's been an amazing ride in Brooklyn, but it's definitely time to bring it to new places with new faces. Don't worry, Brooklyn, the class will always have a home here, especially at Jaya Yoga Center who has helped the class grow exponentially, and at Midwood Martial Arts on March 6.

April will be another exciting month as I'll be traveling to Simsbury, CT (Liam's hometown and the in-laws residence) for a class on April Fools Day! Enlightened Way will be welcoming the class to a new studio. Mid April I'll be traveling to Florida to the birthplace of the class and my hometown for classes all over the greater Orlando area, and more cities soon to come! Always check www.beatlesyoga.com for schedule.

This is truly a dream coming true. I had many jobs before teaching yoga, college and post-college attempts at what I thought my career should be. I never was truly happy at any of them. I always felt like there was something missing. I started looking at signs around me, and they all led me to teaching yoga. I'm always a student, constantly learning, but as I learn my teaching evolves and it brings me great happiness to share yoga with others. When I add music to the yoga atmosphere, especially The Beatles, I feel a connection to each person in the room. We are all sharing something in that moment that is meaningful to our lives whether it be one song in the mix, smiling and laughing together, or feeling complete relaxation and peace. There are many reasons that I teach, but the love and energy that's generated from practicing yoga and listening to (sometimes everyone singing) The Beatles is incomparable.

Let's take it to all 50 states! Love is all you need.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Love, Love, Love






A lot of friends on Facebook/Twitter, ya know the world of social networks, were asking the story of my recent, spontaneous engagement/elopement in Northern California. Below is the email announcement I sent out the day we returned to New York. Enjoy! It was perfectly romantic for us and I hope it brings a smile to your face.......

There's no faster way for me to tell all of our friends the news! Liam and I were married September 1, 2010 in Gualala, California at sunset on the beautiful beach of Gualala Regional Point State Park. I'm sure I will talk (or see) some of you shortly, but there's no better way to tell the story of our elopement to all of you at once. Please see the attached post nuptial photos taken at our ceremony location. Also, we'll be putting together a video of footage taken shortly, but I thought I'd tell the story of our adventure. I'm not known for brevity, but the story shares with all of you, whom we love, why it was perfect for us to do this and that while you couldn't be there, you were there in spirit. So for now, the story of us.....

This was not planned, but I don't think the two of us, with all the time and money in the world, could have recreated the perfection we experienced that evening. Prior to the big day, we took a vacation out west and enjoyed almost a week of visits with friends, family, Reno/Tahoe, San Francisco and finally settled the end of our trip on the majestic coast of Northern California. August 30 was our 3 year anniversary and Liam proposed to me at the overlook (picture included). It's a part of the same park we were married in, but the view not only includes the Pacific Ocean, but also the Gualala River (pronounced Walala, kinda just rolls off the tongue, right?) The moment was perfect and the sentimentality completed with the use of my mother's diamond.

The night we were engaged we began to discuss wedding plans and our immediate reaction was not of excitement but of stress and anxiety. Liam joked about his plans to not only propose but to elope. I said, "Why not? Let's do it." He seemed a little surprised at my compliance, but then we both started to get excited, and the next morning we did some internet research. Come to find out, California is the state to be in if you want to get married quick! We were in luck and spent the day driving two hours inland to the Mendocino county clerk's office in Ukiah. We got our marriage license ridiculously fast and began our plans of getting married the following day at sunset. On the drive back, we found a great shop where we found matching jade rings (place holders while we figure out what we want) and a beautiful long, white, thai silk skirt. Things were falling into place. The hotel we were staying at, Seacliff on the Bluff, was unbelievably helpful. Kathy, the manager, made me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and Liam a boutineer, and they also provided us with a wedding cherry cheesecake. She also contacted Candace Moore, our officiant, who was a perfect fit for us. Seacliff also provided us with a witness/photographer when Roger, another employee, volunteered his time and shutter finger to be a part of the ceremony. Everything seemed perfect, have I mentioned that already?

The morning of our wedding, we planned on going down to the beach where our ceremony was to be held to scope out the best spot. Not sure of specifics, but somehow I locked the keys in the car. We had a handful of things to do, including finding something to wear, but we stayed calm. As we waited for AAA, we met with Candace so she could speak with us and personalize our ceremony. We liked her immediately, and it was another confirmation we were making the right decision. Once we got our keys out, as per Candace's suggestion, we visited Violet's, a boutique down the street where I could find a top to match my skirt. The perfect shirt was hanging in the window, and I squealed in excitement as we parked. I ran up to the door, only to find it closed. Not yet defeated, I ventured into the real estate business next door and asked if they might know the owner and briefly explained I was getting married that evening. The woman was quick to help, called Violet, didn't even have to finish telling her the story, hung up and said, "She's on her way." Ah, the beauty of a small town. Violet pulled up minutes later and I found the perfect, comfortable, warm top to wear, as well as a few other things. We made it worth her while to open the shop :) We were ready, we had everything we needed and we weren't getting married for another 6 hours! So how did we kill the time? We had in-room massages beside our windows overlooking the Gualala River and Pacific Ocean with the windows cracked enough to hear the waves and the fireplace heating the room. You could say we were the most relaxed bride and groom ever!

It was finally time and we, along with Roger, met Candace at the park entrance. Before we walked down the trail to the beach, Candace suggested that we walk in silence to take in all the beauty around us. It was just how we were supposed to take that walk, soaking in the nature, as we ran into three deer heads popping just above the tall grass to say hello, no more than 20 feet from us. Liam joked that they were our ushers. Each turn revealed new vegetation and new views of the Gualala River and ultimately, the vastness of the Pacific. Looking back, I think it was serendipitous that I locked the keys in our car, making this our maiden voyage to the beach we had only viewed from afar. The trail and all its natural splendor was seen through fresh eyes, making the experience together all the more meaningful and special. Once we made it down to the beach, we literally did a once around and said, "how about here?" There is something liberating about that kind of spontaneity. We found the spot, just out of reach of the ocean's edge, the bluff behind us, and the sun setting beside us. The ceremony was spiritual, with words and Rumi poems Candace chose perfectly complimenting the setting and our personalities, while the waves became our personal symphony.

This was not how either of us planned our wedding day, but sometimes things just seem too perfect to let the moment pass. With the impermanence of the world, it was important to grab this moment that seemed like it was made just for us. It took us three years to make the decision, but only three days for it to come to fruition. Only one word kept popping into my mind...happiness.

We love you, our friends and family, with all our hearts. Thank you for being a part of our lives,
Liam & MacKenzie Hurley

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Beatles Yoga coast to coast!


So my Beatles Yoga flow class is making its debut in California at One Door Yoga in San Anselmo, just outside of San Francisco. It's big news and I'm hoping to return to the area at least annually to do more classes. If you know any studios that might be interested, send the info along.

For now I'm excited to share All You Need Is Love Yoga with the west coast. Of course, there are some New York classes coming up and I'll be making another journey to Central Florida in November for five classes! See below for more info.

As always, you can check out www.allyouneedisloveyoga.com for the latest schedule.
Love, love, love!

Sunday, August 22
All You Need Is Love: Yoga to The Beatles
Midwood Martial Arts
Brooklyn, NY
6 p.m. $15
www.midwoodmartialarts.com

Friday, August 27
All You Need Is Love: Yoga to The Beatles
One Door Yoga
San Anselmo, CA
6 p.m. $15
www.onedooryoga.com

Saturday, September 18
SOUND MEDITATION:
Healing sounds of crystal singing bowls, gentle yoga and guided meditation
Jaya Yoga Center
Brooklyn, NY
7 p.m. $15 (class cards cannot be used)
www.jayayogacenter.com

Wednesday, November 3
All You Need Is Love: Yoga to The Beatles
InVision Yoga
Oviedo, FL
7 p.m. $15
www.invisionyogacom

Friday, November 5
All You Need Is Love: Yoga to The Beatles

Yoga Central
Mount Dora, FL
6:30 p.m. $15
www.yogacentral888.com

Saturday, November 6
All You Need Is Love: Yoga to The Beatles

Mindful Body of Maitland
Maitland, FL
1 p.m. $15
www.mymindfulbody.com

Saturday, November 6
All You Need Is Love: Yoga to The Beatles
Red Sun Yoga
Winter Springs, FL
5 p.m. $15
www.redsunyoga.com

Saturday, November 6
All You Need Is Love: Yoga to The Beatles
Serenity Now Holistic Health & Wellness Center
Longwood, FL
7:30 p.m. $15
www.serenitynowyogacorp.com

Friday, March 12, 2010

Big news for Beatles Yoga!


I'm so excited to announce that I'll be teaching my Beatles Yoga class at The Fest. If you aren't familiar with The Fest, it's the largest and longest running Beatles convention in the world. There are tons of events and performances all weekend long. I'll be teaching a 60 minute class Saturday and Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Check out www.thefest.com for more information on tickets and times.

Also, Next week I'll be having another Beatles Yoga at Jaya Yoga Center, and pre-registration is recommended. Info below:

Friday, March 19
All You Need Is Love: Yoga With The Beatles
Jaya Yoga Center
Brooklyn, NY
8 p.m. $15



Thursday, February 25, 2010

March Beatles Yoga dates...

I'll be teaching two All You Need Is Love Beatles flow yoga classes in Brookyn for March. Please see below for dates and times. Pre-registration is recommended. For the Midwood class, email me at allyouneedisloveyoga@gmail.com to sign-up. For the Jaya class, there should be online registration available by March 1. Hope to see you there!
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
-John Lennon

Wednesday, March 3 - All You Need Is Love
Midwood Martial Arts
Brooklyn, NY
8 p.m. $16
www.midwoodmartialarts.com

Friday, March 19
All You Need Is Love: Yoga With The Beatles
Jaya Yoga Center
Brooklyn, NY
8 p.m. $15

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Read about my class and win a Beatles rug!


Yes, Spa Week Blog mentioned All You Need Is Love Yoga in a recent article. Tying in with a Valentine's Day theme, they have a section to post your favorite Beatles love song or lyric and with this comment you are entered to win a handmade rug with the words, "All You Need Is Love." How perfect is that!

Read the blog here.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day Partner Yoga & Thai Massage Workshop

Partner yoga & thai massage Valentine's Day class at Jaya Yoga in Park Slope
Saturday, February 13
6-8 p.m. followed by champagne & truffles
$60 couple includes class and chocolate!

Ramit Kreitner and I will co-teach this special heart day class. If you've never tried partner yoga, it's pretty amazing to see how much deeper it can take you in your yoga practice. This part of class will be followed by a thai massage sequence, in which each partner gets a chance to give and receive. What better way to spend this hallmark holiday than to truly connect with your partner through movement, breath and communication. This is not limited to a romantic partner, as this experience can be shared with friends and family. Hope to see you there!

Sign up for the class at Jaya Yoga Center.
Check out my Examiner.com article here.