In this months issue of Plum Hamptons magazine, I did a round up of the best places to satiate your spirit from from vineyard yoga to meditating in the woods. Check it out, and get in your Zen Zone!
Summer is finally here, so don’t let gnarly traffic or chatty weekenders steal your sunshine. Robyn Moreno rounds up the best ways to keep the bliss in your beach time.
— Sound Meditation at the Longhouse Reserve
The gorgeous LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton offers Sound Meditation sessions every Saturday morning at 8 am through September 3rd taught by landscape designer and meditation teacher, Jim Owen. Sessions are held on the lawn, and classes for July include chanting for meditation, and “feeling your own flower essence.” Channeling you’re inner hydrangea might be a bit trippy, but far more fun than getting stampeded at a Soul Cycle class.Suggested donation of $20.00 for non-members and $18.00 for members.
—Vineyard Yoga at Channing Daughters
John Seelye’s Anaura-style classes are known for their playful style replete with lots of handstands and arm balances. So it makes sense this summer he’s taking the frolicking outside to the
Channing Daughters Vineyards in Sagaponack. Classes are held underneath a tent in the Sculpture Garden, and offer different skill levels and times. With the vineyard tasting room open from 11-5, seven days a week, you can get you’re yoga on, then reward yourself after with an NY Times-rated glass of rosato. www.oneoceanyoga.com
——Reiki Certification on the Spirit Seeker Sailboat in Sag Harbor
Known as a “floating sanctuary” the “The Spirit Seeker” sailboat hosts sunset meditation cruises and beach yoga sails up and down the Northeast Coast. During August Captain Ike Rodrigiez, a Reiki master, is sailing into Sag Harbor and offering daylong Reiki certification workshops. Participants will set sail, then anchor and enjoy a daylong workshop on the art of hands-on healing energy. “You look like you need a little help with your life flow” might be the new pick up line of summer 2012. $150, www.spiritseekerjourneys.com
Love Yoga Studio in Montauk may boast some of the hottest female teachers in the Hamps, but their guy-focused classes are getting all the buzz. Dudes can get their wrestle on with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes aimed at teaching you “self control and confidence—” two essential traits for the summertime hedonistsic Hamptons.
Love also offers a new “Man Up” yoga class designed specifically for the needs of inflexible men: tight hamstrings, hips and all. Man Up promises to “untie the knots from all those years of ballin’ and shot callin.’” If they can at least undo some of the damage from a night at the Surf Lodge or Sloppy Tuna, they’ve done their job. Loveyogamontauk.com
—Masters and Service
Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor is hosting some of the leading teachers in the country in a special Master Class including the fiercly sexy Kelly Morris, Earth Goddes and Shanti founder Colleen Saidman co-teaching with Iyengar guru Rodney Yee, and “Janis Joplin-esque” Dana Flynn (founder of Laughing Lotus) who promises to rock the Shanti.
—SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Yoga
Tri-athlete and yogini Jessica Bellafotto is combining her two loves—stand up paddle and yoga—this summer with her new “SUP-yoga” classes offered at Maidstone Park in the Springs. The challenging class includes stand up paddle instruction, followed by a paddle out to a secluded spot (great so no one can see you fall in), then a yoga class targeting legs butt, back, and arms designed to kick your ass into shape.
$75 per class or $300 for a pack of six session. jessicabellofattoyoga.com
—Worship in the Woods
There are a myriad of churches to choose on a Sunday, but the Quaker meeting in Shelter Island is arguably the coolest. Quakers, or Society of Friends, congregate outside in the woods of the Sylvestor Manor farm in Shelter Island on pews made from logs. The 10:30am “service” is an hour long silent meditation in the beautiful wilderness. And there is no dress code, so swim suits are welcome. Its sounds heavenly. Call 631-749-1603 for info.