Tuesday, April 1, 2008

My Life

It's 75 degrees and I'm lovin it! I'm afraid to break out into my springtime dance, because I'm sure just a soon as I take the 1st step it'll be 45 degrees again. Anyhow, today was a beautiful day in many ways. I spent the afternoon working from home which to be honest I've never been a fan of, but today was different. There's something about a warm breeze and the sweet smell of spring blooms that really lifts my spirit. Speaking of Spring blooms, I need to venture down to the National Mall to see the Cherry Blossoms. In the nearly 15 years I've been in the Washington DC area I've never been to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Shame on me.
(photo originally uploaded by notchet)

After working on the new Cocoa Mode website (coming May 1st) I finally got a chance to read some of the email messages collecting dust in my gmail account, among them a message from my former college roommate with the 411 on cheap cosmetics from E.L.F. (Eyes.Lips.Face). I've never used any of their products but I figure for $1.00 why not try at least a few? I've heard wonderful things about their line of make-up brushes and I hear the lipgloss collection isn't half bad. According to the email, E.L.F is trying to get rid of product with the old packaging to make way for their new incarnation as the house brand for Nordstrom. I found no evidence to back this up and it seems like they've been selling this stuff dirt cheap for a while. All that aside, the way I see it you have nothing to loose.
If you're interested, here are a couple of coupon codes you can use to save even more on product and shipping:

coupon code: CAROLINA will get $7.50 off a purchase of $15 or more.

coupon code: SHIP45 will get you free shipping a purchase of $53.00 or more.

I also stopped by my new favorite yoga studio for a quick class before work. You may remember last year when I asked if Sista's Yoga. Well, it turns out they do and the sisters who own Shakti Mind Body Studio have created a beautiful space for women of all colors to come together in the spirit of peace and wellness. If you're in the Washington DC area please do yourself a favor and check out Shakti. I absolutely LOOOOOVE
Faith, the co-owner, her classes are challenging yet so much fun. I can't wait to take class with some of the other teachers. Did I mention they offer babysitting twice a week for mamas who need their yoga fix but can't find childcare? I gotta remember that when I finally get around to opening my own yoga studio.

I only have a little while before I go on the air, so I'm going to cut this short so I can watch this weeks A New Earth class with Oprah and Ekhart Tolle. I can't get enough of this book. I've never been a fan of Oprah's book club but this is the second book she's introduced in the last 6 months that I've really enjoyed. Here's the other.

Later Cocoas!!


Ananda said...

I am so glad you featured my yoga teacher Faith Hunter's studio on your blog. Faith is one of the reasons I became a yoga teacher. She is inspiring. I love Shakti. Please share with your blog audience the other Black yoga studios in the DC area. See the list below.

1) DC Studios

a. Maruka School for Yoga, Healing Arts and Retail Boutique www.marukadc.com

b. MamaSita Movement & Wellness Studios (yoga, belly dancing, and Brazilian samba)

2) PG County Studio - Spiritual Essence Yoga

Also, I love A New Earth classes. I have been listening to them each week. I am really digging Chapter 5about the pain body. WOOOOO it is so deep.

Peace and Spring Joy,


Ananda said...

Oh yeah, I forgot to post the free yoga events below. I hope more sistaloves and brothaloves will come out and participate in DC Yoga Week activities. Thanks for sharing the yoga information with your blog community.


This month kg yoga life practices is sponsoring two free community morning yoga events in Malcolm X Park/Meridian Hill Park on:

1) Saturday, April 12 @ 9:00am-9:30am - The short morning practice will honor DC Yoga Week (April 12-18 - www.dcyogaweek.com). During DC Yoga Week, yoga teachers and studios provide opportunities for people living in the DC area to try a yoga class for free or at a reduced cost. Their efforts seek to increase awareness about the benefits of yoga and meditation, and help encourage greater physical health and well-being.
FYI Event - Check out DC Yoga Week's Yoga on the Mall event on Sunday, April 13 @ 1:00pm-4:00pm (meet yoginis and yogis on the northeast corner of the Washington Monument Grounds). For more information, visit www.dcyogaweek.com/mall2008.html.

2) Sunday, April 27, @ 11:30am-12pm - The short morning yoga practice will be dedicated to National Poetry Month, Earth Day, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The group will practice kind and gentle Hatha yoga in front of the waterfall located near the reflecting pool and park entrance facing 16th Street and Florida Avenue, NW. Each yoga class will last thirty minutes and include an opening meditation, warm-up, kind and gentle poses, and closing meditation. Yoga lovers should bring their own yoga mat and bath towel for seated positions. They should also dress comfortably in loose clothing and avoid drinking or eating two hours before the yoga class.

For more information, visit http://kgyoga.blogspot.com or http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

Cocoa AKA Shawna Renee said...

Thanks for the info Ananda!

Anyone else who knows of Black Yoga centers around the country please feel free to share.