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After nine months of getting entertainment from at-home screens, we can all relate to the search for something new to watch. What’s your viewing style? Are you the person who can do the orderly and disciplined method of taking in an episode a night? If you do this, teach me your ways! I can usually stop at two but find it very challenging to go one episode at a time one day at a time. Remember when we had to wait a WHOLE WEEK for a new episode of a show? 

Can you “marathon” binge the entire season in one sitting? (again, if you do this, teach me your ways or at least give me tips on how to have this much time in one chunk) 

No matter how you consume entertainment, I have a recommendation that is at the three-star Michelin restaurant rating level – one that warrants a special journey to taste the cuisine. Call it the Mary “Get Netflix Streaming” star level – because I’d say buy the service if you don’t already have it if only to be able to watch an incredible documentary, “My Octopus Teacher“.

This cinematic underwater and essentially earthly journey is captured with some amazing camera equipment operated by Craig Foster, an experienced natural history photographer – so it is, if nothing else, a veritable feast for the eyes.

There’s no way I can spoil this perfect record of synergy between subject and message. Yet I know that even my endorsement of the film as watch-worthy can offer a filter toward any future viewing even if you’ve already seen it.

I’m actually writing to the people who have already seen it to say – go back and look at it again. 

You heard me.

If this film taught me anything it is that we can always take another look at something. Foster dove every day for 365 days. He went to the same spot. No matter the weather. Consistently choosing to be an observer. To notice. 

So in line with a yogic perspective on our human experience of this spiritual life we live every day. 

Many of my classes repeat a pose, visiting it multiple times to arrive at a new place within it. That’s what Foster did in his free dives off the coast of South Africa. That’s what I do when I hike the same trail over and over. Yes, physically we’re all in the same place each time, but the journey within can be helped by that. 

Familiarity breeds freedom to pause and look around. 

How you see something the first time you see it can change, if you look again. Being open to seeing something new in an often visited place can feel boring at first, maybe you even reacted negatively to the idea of expanding your understanding of something you thought you had already figured out.

I’m so grateful for the lessons I’ve learned, the things I’ve discovered and noticed when I go back and look again.

Try it with this film first – then, you can pick something else to look at again.

Theresa Conlon

Theresa is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (200-hour RYT) who has been teaching since 2013. She is skilled in various yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Meditation. Theresa also brings an extensive dance background to her yoga practice, which includes teaching both modern dance and ballet. She has over 40 years of dance/theater performing experience and currently showcases her choreography as part of Bergen Dance Makers, a dance collective in northern New Jersey. Theresa’s yoga classes offer a calming mix of traditional asana postures and creative movement flows, supported by energy-moving breath. Students of all skill levels are invited to find ease and peace in their bodies/minds/spirits through the joyful bliss of yoga movement.

Carrie Parker Gastelu

Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-500 RYT, has been teaching yoga since 1993. Carrie began her journey when Yogi Raj Mani Finger initiated Carrie into the ISHTA Yoga lineage after training with Mani’s son, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. In addition, she has studied many other yoga traditions as well as anatomy, physiology, movement, and awareness practices to create an eclectic style all her own. She is known for her honest, non-dogmatic yet passionate approach.

Carrie is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences, websites, and print publications and has been featured in Fit Magazine, the Yoga Zone Book, and in the Yoga Zone Video, “Flexibility and Stress Release.”

Lisa Podesta-Coombs

When Lisa found yoga in 2008, she started to find herself again and it set her on a path of health and healing. She received her 200HR RYT certification from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, and her 30HR Chakra Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Anodea Judith and holds a Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification. She is also a Holistic Health Coach (certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Lisa believes we’re all on a journey of learning how to trust ourselves; she helps her clients build that trust by supporting them in creating better habits for a better life through various functional movement modalities like yoga, barre, Pilates & strength training, mindset, and whole food nutrition.

Forever a student with a passion for people, holistic health, and self-actualization, Lisa is always embracing opportunities to advance her education to better serve; Ayurveda workshops & immersions have been of particular interest as she continues to deepen her knowledge of and experience with food as medicine and she recently completed Unleash Her Power Within, a transformational program of rediscovering our truest selves, powered by Tony Robbins.  

As she continues to give herself space and grace to nourish her natural self and actualize her potential, Lisa continues to share the gift of movement as medicine to inspire authenticity & health in body, mind, and spirit. You can expect mindful, accessible, dynamic, playful, and uplifting classes from Lisa.

Tanisha Sutton

Tanisha’s yoga journey began when she was an undergraduate student studying at university. Changes in her health coupled with anxiety over grades, relationships, and life in general, forced her to search for healthy lifestyle choices she could implement to help manage the stress that she was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of hers suggested that she attend some community yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase her daily physical activity. Initially, she was reluctant and filled with all these false ideas about yoga and the people who practiced yoga. Like many others, she was concerned that her body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded her from being a student. Curiously yet hesitantly, she journeyed on to her first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has supported her over the years.

On this journey, she has discovered that yoga has nothing to do with appearances nor is there anything, but an open mind needed to begin. She intends to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Her classes are an expression of self-love and are a deliberate choice to tend to ALL the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored, or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Through meditation, deep breathing, and gentle movement we will collectively share space to observe, rest and re-set. Tanisha is honored to share her practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!