Upcoming Dates

Workshops & Master Classes

March 2014

Electric Love. The Dreamland Theater. Thursday, March 27th, 6-8pm

April 2014

Fire Flow. Providence Power Yoga. Sunday, April 6th, 3-5pm

May 2014

Sweet N’ Low. Eyes of the World Yoga. Sunday, May 4th, 2-4pm

June 2014

Involution Flow. Unifier Festival. Saturday, June 7th, 10-12pm

July 2014

TYR Community Class. Nantucket Yoga Festival. Saturday, July 12th, 12-1pm

Weekend Flow Retreat. Happy Buddha. Saturday & Sunday July 19th, & 20th

August 2014

Involution Flow. Love Yoga Festival. Sunday, August 17th, 8:00-9:30am

September 2014

Providence Power Yoga. Sunday 3-5pm

October 2014

Fall Foliage Yoga & Satsang Retreat with Caitlin & Shannah. Good Commons. Plymouth, VT. October 17th-19th

November 2014

O Yoga. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 7th, 8th & 9th

Involution Flow: March 15th & 16th

Saturday & Sunday, March 15th & 16th, 2014
O Yoga Studio
Saracuse, N.Y.
 

Involution Yoga
$35 per class with registration before March 10th
$40 per class
$85 discounted full workshop

 

The Places In Between

Monday, March 12, 2012
Nantucket, MA.

The Places In-Between; A Slow Flow Vinyasa Master Class with Caitlin Marcoux

 Dear Tribe, I’m excited to announce I will be teaching a special class at Yoga On Union in New Bedford, MA. on Saturday April 15th.

about the workshop:

Come explore the in-between places; the moments that happen as your asana evolves. This Slow Flow workshop will be a mixed level, down-tempo, vinyasa based class open to ANY student with a desire to take their practice deeper. Lunar in nature, this Slow Flow practice will focus on linking hip-opening and heart-opening postures with Chandra Namaskar (Suyra Namaskar C) and other lyrical vinyasas. The flow of the class as well as individual vinyasas will be meticulously decelerated so that a deeper technical understanding of the postures can be explored and greater attention can be paid to the psychosomatic experience therein.

For a Slow Flow sneak peak check out the video below. Many thanks to the two special yoginis: my sister Ariel Marcoux and dear friend Patricia Dolloff, for their participation.
Their practice brings me great joy.

Om shanti, om 
~Bliss

New Winter Class Update

Thursday, January 5th, 2011
Nantucket, MA.

“ABC-DEF-GHI-JKL-MNOP-QRSTUV-WXYZ
It’s the most remarkable word I’ve ever seen 
ABC-DEF-GHI-JKL-MNOP-QRSTUV-WXYZ
I wish I knew exactly what I mean
It starts out like an “A” word as anyone can see
But somewhere in the middle it gets awful “QR” to me”

Okay, I’m covered in tiny pasta stars and listening to the Sesame Street channel on Pandora. The highlight of my day was sneaking some green juice into Griffins sippy cup and getting him to eat said tiny pasta stars. I haven’t talked to any adults in person all day, and I’m actually enjoying Ernie’s original rendition of the “Rubber Duckie” song.

This is going to be my best attempt at multi-tasking here,  so bear with me. The last time I did this, I published a post that didn’t really make sense and then regretted it later. But I’ve got a whole mess of new classes to announce and promote and I’ll be too tired to write about them once I put the little man down to bed. Anyway, I’m sitting on the toilet now and watching Griffin give himself a bubble beard in the bath. It’s pretty cute, and I’m feeling pretty damn lucky to have his particular flavor of company.

As per classes:  It looks like my next section of Prenatal Yoga is indeed going to run. (sometimes it’s hard to reach the minimum number of students I need to run the course in such a small community). Those classes (4 Sundays in a row) will begin Sunday the 29th and will be held at The Yoga Room from 3-4:oo p.m. If you’re interested or know anyone interested, please e-mail me to register this is not a drop-in class and registration is necessary. I’m pretty excited about this section of Prenatal Yoga, as I’ll be just returning from an Advanced Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, with shinny new certification and lots of new information to share.

I also have a bunch of classes I’ll be doing in association wtih the newest addition to The Nantucket Cycling Studio- The Nantucket Fitness Studio, at 9 Amelia Drive, aka the old Yoga Room “Annex” studio.  As part of Lisa Wisentanner’s Nantucket Fitness Beginners’ Series, I’ll be offering two Purely Beginner’s Yoga classes on Sunday the 5th and Sunday the 29th from 11:30-12:30 p.m. as well as a Yoga for Triathletes class on Saturday the 28th from 5:00-6:15 p.m. also a beginner’s class but with a focus on the particular needs of athletes and triathletes. To register for any of the classes at NFS, please go thru Lisa’s website.

And if that wasn’t enough, I’m also offering Strong Girls Yoga; a Semi-Private yoga class for teenage girls. This introductory yoga course is will run 4 Monday afternoons: January 9th, 16th, 30th and the 6th of February. The course is $60 per student, which is due at time of registration or at the first class this Monday. Strong Girls Yoga is something I’ve been dreaming about putting together for a long time now, and if it’s relatively successful, I hope to continue to offer. Please see the flyer below for more information.

OK. Time to get the baby out of the bath.

Om. om. om.
~Bliss

rasafication in pranahatten: OM

Monday, November 7th, 2011
Nantucket, MA.
Challenge Day 27, 33 days to go…

Tonight will be my last day of teaching until Friday’s Sweat, Strengthen & Stretch class. As I’ve posted before, Burr and I are headed down to NYC for a few days of work & play. Bettina will be subbing for my Dynamic Flow tomorrow night at TYR – so tonight’s practice will be a combination of  Slow & Dynamic flows (5:30-7:00 p.m.).

Tomorrow I hope to take class with Elena Brower at Virayoga at noon, and then will be with the PranaFlow Goddess (Shiva, shiva, shiva) herself from 3-9 p.m. Wednesday I’m hoping to get over to Kula to take class with Schuyler Grant - and then, if I have any energy left, I might head over to Sonic Yoga (where I have a pass for a free class) in the late afternoon.

I hope to see a few old friends while in town, and of course to eat. New York is heaven for foodies… Angelica Kitchen here we come.

Stay tuned to see if I survive  tomorrow’s 7.5 hours of yoga… Bring on day 28!

~Om,
Bliss

the new playlists you asked for

November 3, 2011
Nantucket, MA.
Challenge Day 23 of 60

Word Up Tribe,

A few of you have asked for the most recent playlists from my Tuesday evening Dynamic Vinyasa classes at The Yoga Room – so here we go. Have at it; here are the playlists from October 25th and November 1st.

I’m always looking for new stuff- so please keep sending suggestions via email or Facebook.

Don’t forget this Saturday’s – YOGATHON! At The Yoga Room. Donation yoga classes ALL DAY LONG. That’s right – FREE yoga ALL DAY LONG. The proceeds of this awesome event will all go to help support our dear friend Clay Twombly, and his family. Shannah will be up from Providence. There’ll be Partner Yoga with Bettina & Clay, and I’ll be teaching a Slow Flow practice to close out the days’ events. Hope to see you there. Here’s the 411:

Love,

~Bliss

Ps. the challenge continues; today marks 23 days of consecutive days of practice. om. om. om.

Opening the White Lotus: A September Nantucket Yoga Retreat

September 23rd, 24th and 25th @ Bartlett’s Farm

Nantucket, MA.

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Dear Tribe,

The gap between the planning stages of our upcoming Yoga Beyond Belief Retreat and the first session of the workshop is closing in. My esteemed teachers from the West (Ganga & Tracey) will be here in no less than 4 days! I couldn’t be more grateful to have this opportunity to share my home and my students with them, their teachings with you, and the experience of entering into a sangha all of us, together. The retreat promises to be a special and unique opportunity for students who live on the (at times isolated) Island of Nantucket who do not often get the chance to travel for similar yoga immersions, nor have the means to travel all the way to Santa Barbara, CA. the home of Ganga and Tracey’s residential yoga training program.

When I first approached Tracey with the idea of doing a weekend retreat on Nantucket, she was hesitant. She and Ganga no longer need to travel to spread the seeds of their teachings, and prefer to focus on cultivating their practice at the Foundation – which is snuggled deep into the San Marcos Pass above Santa Barbara, and surrounded by 40 acres of sacred ground, a former home to the Cushmas Indians. Ganga, who has been teaching students and teachers of yoga alike since the early 1970s, is a pioneer of yoga in the West, and his reputation, amongst those in the serious yoga world precedes him. Students come to him… from all over.

Still, Tracey assured me way back in March of 2009, that she’d put the idea to Ganga and admitted she would love to spend a little time exploring our equally sacred spot. I brought up this dialogue again both to Tracey, and to Shannah, director of The Yoga Room, where I teach, last September – and it began to take root…. Here we are 2 and 1/2 years later, and Ganga and Tracey arrive on Wednesday! This has been a dream for me for so long, I can hardly stand it’s imminent reality.

Of course, I don’t need to tell you that Nantucket has forever attracted visitors from all over the world, and from all walks of life. This weekend will be no different. Looking over the sign-up sheet for Friday night’s master class (which, btw, is an option open to everyone, even if you can’t sign-up for the entire retreat), I am thrilled by the diversity of students; young, old, teacher, beginner, Nantucket resident, student from afar. It is going to be an exciting amalgamation of practitioners, and a real microcosm of the new yoga world at large.

Please, if you are here, or even if you are not, please consider joining us. There is still room available for the entire retreat, as well as in the two al la carte options – Friday night, and Saturday morning. If you need more information about the retreat please click here, where you can also sign-up and use Paypal to reserve your slot.

and then other news from the yogic path….

With the arrival of Fall on Nantucket, I find that my practice has shifted dramatically, once again. The summer for me felt full of tapas and sweat and maybe one too many handstands. Given our short season for making money- a mer 8 weeks, I found myself thinking as a single mother would, chasing the flow of cash, and hoping to put some away for the slimmer winter months. I booked as many massage appointments as I could, taught as much as my child custody schedule would allow and shoved in as many classes with my mentor, Shannah (director of the Yoga Room) as I could.

As a result of all this go-go-go, I burned into the rotator cuff of my right shoulder demonstrating way too many arm balances and jump-backs into chatarunga, tore something deep in the attachment of my left hamstring, and got a cortisone injection in my left knee. I must admit, that though I had every intention on implementing sustainable physical practices, I was not ultimately very kind to my body.

Oh, and I forgot to eat…. duh. It seemed like often there simply wasn’t time… not until 8 or 9 at night, and by then I was too tired, and too anxious.

But life has slowed considerably – and It’s almost scary how unscheduled my appointment book is at the moment. I am teaching just 5 classes a week, and booking clients for massage 2 out of 7 days a week verses 7 out of 7. I’ve taken Griffin out of daycare, and am spending four times more time with him. Instead of working handstand, we’re working on the 1, 2, 3s and A, B, Cs. Instead of deepening my titibasana, we’re turning Griffin’s constant barrage of “Nos”  into “Yeses”. In August, the alphabet wasn’t on my radar. Today it seems really important.

When I have the chance of practicing asana, I’m holding more restorative poses, and holding them longer. Sirsasana (headstand) feels more appropriate than Pincha Mayrasana (forearm stand), and Pigeon a better fit than Hanumanasan (split). When I’m home, and planning my classes out for the week, I find myself spending more time thinking about my Fundamentals class (Tuesdays at 10 a.m.) and my prenatal class (Monday nights at 7:15 p.m.) then about how kick-ass rockin’ my Dynamic Vinyasa class “has to be” (Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m.). It feels more appropriate to focus on cultivating a gentle, beginner’s mind – and less important to work up a lather. This is not to say I don’t still love a good heating flow- but it’s Fall, and I find myself honoring the process of slowing down. And truth be told, I think Griffin is liking it too.

Hope to see you this weekend.

Love,

Caitlin

*for more information on my current class offerings please see my classes page here.

The practice of gratitude.

Nantucket, MA.

Saturday night. July 16th, 2011

As I sit down to write, the orange glow of a divine sunset is filtering in through my living room windows, my baby is sleeping soundly upstairs, and my heart is effulgent and full of love. The love shifts back and forth between a reverberating sense of gratitude and a feeling of divine connection.

I am so very, very lucky these days; my life is brimming with things to be grateful for. I live on a stunningly beautiful island. I support myself and my son doing the things I am most passionate about (yoga and bodywork). I have a healthy and happy 19 month-old boy who fills my days with laughter and play, and I have an amazing partner who has opened up his home to us; giving me a treatment room in which to do my work, and my son a nursery in which to feel nurtured, protected and loved. AND as if that weren’t enough to feel blessed by already, I get to spent my extracurricular study time learning more about the practice with people like Andrei Ram.

Today completes day two of Andrei’s Self-Realization Immersion at The Yoga Room, with one day (tomorrow) left to go. This is the fourth time I have had the privilege of studying with Andrei… and each time I feel his message on a deeper, more cellular level. We are so lucky to have the chance to be a part of Andrei’s sangha, for truly being near him pulls one closer to the source… the prana that fills us all.

Please, if you’re still on the fence with your Sunday afternoon plans and haven’t had a chance to attend this workshop before, consider joining us tomorrow at the Annex. There are still spaces left for Andrei’s last session on Nantucket (at least last session this time around). Tomorrow’s practice will be accessible to all levels, and open to the general public. You do not need to have attended Friday’s or Saturday’s classes.

And so it is that I sit here, having absorbed the practice of the last two days, reflecting on all the riches in my life, and feel deeply deeply thankful. My partner is away, having a boys weekend full of waterskiing and wake boarding, and I have had a chance to miss him. My son spent part of the afternoon with my dear friends at the beach, and I have had a chance to miss him as well. But what I will not miss is this chance, another chance, the chance we are given every single day to be grateful, to be mindful, and to be love itself.

Om shanti, shanti, shanti.

~Caitlin

Flight of the Yoginis

Wednesday. June 15th, 2011

Nantucket, MA.

Dear Tribe,

My apologies for the long absence and lack of useful information. I still have high-hopes for adding onto the White Lotus Workshop page I’ve created for our September retreat, and sending out some additional info on some upcoming Yoga Room Master Classes… But the details of life have run a little wild, and I’ve been preoccupied by child-rearing, domestic projects, weddings, my massage work and most recently learning to fly.

This past weekend, my friends Sherry and Caroline  and I had the amazing fortune to study with the lovely and sweet Kathryn Budig at an intensive workshop at Kripalu. The workshop: Flight of the Yogi, focused on inversions and arm balances, and I am sore in places I dare say I have not felt before. It was amazing.

We did things I’ve had glimpses of- but have never attempted, other things I had done before, but never will confidence. Kathryn helped us navigate our way thru fancy transitions from tripod headstand into eka pada koundinyasana I, and moved us from  titibasana into bakasana and then urged us to jump back into chaturanga. There were headstands a million and one ways, forearm balances in various degrees of scorpion, and all sorts of approaches into handstand (my new favorite is a “press-up” into straddle handstand; which I managed but could not seem to finish with full vrksasana). The cannon of planned poses could have been easily intimidating- but Kathryn’s commitment was contagious, and her “Aim True” philosophy helped ameliorate our fears and free our hearts.

It had been a long time since I had done something “girly”. Not that balancing up-side-down is your typical dainty activity- but hanging out with Sherry, and our other friend Caroline, was really awesome. And though I missed Griffin and Billy, I am so grateful to have had the chance to share the weekend with the girls- both of whom are skilled yogini goddesses.

Caroline, Sherry, and Bliss CP2, Sherry & Bliss

It was hard saying good-bye to KB, to the girls, and to Kripalu. It will most likely be yet another year or more before I get a similar chance to escape, and devote 3 entire days to the practice of asana and self-care. But I’ll take what I can get (and be grateful for it at that). As I drove away from Kripalu on Sunday afternoon I felt sure that the bond I had forged with my sister yoginis and KB would last a long, long time.



Double Pincha with KB

So now that I’ve spent 9 or so hours standing on my hands, it’s time to bring the focus bACK to the studio here. The summer class schedule is about to launch (Monday, June 20th) and I have a new class to teach (Core Fusion), and a new location to teach it in (TYR’s Annex at 9 Amelia Drive). I’m excited to welcome our summer yogis and yoginis back, and hope that many of you will seek out our Annex space, and continue to practice with me there. (ALL of my classes will be at the ANNEX).

In addition to all our offerings at the Yoga Room & our Annex, there are many exciting things coming down the pike including the return of Andrei Ram for yet another amazing weekend of Self-Realization, two master classes with PranaFlow teacher Coral Brown, a workshop with Kevin and Dana Coutney from Kula Yoga in NYC, and VERY SPECIAL TREAT of a retreat with my teachers Ganga White & Tracey Rich- coming here to Nantucket all the way from The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. So keep yourselves up to date, and check The Yoga Room‘s website often.

Oh, and as per usual, please continue to send me your asana and musical requests… Not everything works well in class, but I love a little musical challenge!  You can e-mail me @ caitlinmarcoux@comcast.net

Until next time, remember.. there’s a karma camera everywhere. 

Namaste,

Bliss


This weekend: Coral Brown on Nantucket!

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Nantucket, MA.

Dear Tribe,

Don’t miss this chance to study with an amazing yogini. Coral Brown, a student of Shiva Rea’s and a senior teacher trainer of Shiva’s Prana Flow Yoga. She will be here- ON OUR LITTLE ISLAND, for just one day: this Sunday, April 17th.

Coral’s workshop will be appropriate for yogis and yoginis of all levels, and open to the general public. Please join us at Strong Wings (9 Nobadeer Farm Road) on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, so if you’re still on the fence- feel free to join us, no advanced RSVP is necessary.

I first studied with Coral at Kripalu back in 2009, when I was pregnant with my son Griffin. She assisted Shiva’s Embodying the Flow Yoga Teacher Training, and was the leader of my study group. I knew from the moment she began to work with us, that I would study with her again in the future. This past December, Burr and I trekked over to The Centerville Yoga & Wellness Center to take a heart opening workshop with her. And then as luck would have it, we had the pleasure of sharing our first practice of 2011 with Coral at her home studio, All That Matters, on New Year’s Day! It ended up being the perfect way to begin 2011.

Coral’s style is joyful and fun, challenging and uplifting. She will put a smile on your face, and make you laugh. She’ll play great music and get you in the FLOW.

I am super excited to host Coral, and am thrilled she’s taken us up on our invitation to teach here. So please, Tribe, come out and support a visiting yogini! Your support will ensure future workshops with Coral and other amazing traveling teachers. So get your gardening and landscaping done tomorrow; it’s going to rain on Sunday, and you will not regret spending the later half of your weekend with us.

Om shanti,

Caitlin

Ps. Coral is on the cover of this months Yoga Journal magazine!