yoga in orchard

A very special private wedding-day yoga class

(Class and blog offered by Yoga Farm instructor Neko)

I was so excited when I got asked to teach yoga for the bride to be and her wedding party on the morning of her big day at the John Joseph Inn last Saturday. I called to talk to the bride, Christy, beforehand, to get an idea about what her party’s needs and yoga experience was, and I wanted to know all about the ‘how’d you two meet’ story, so that I could cater my class to their love story.

yoga-outside2Christy and Timothy were set up on a blind date at a wedding in 2012. They had many interests in common and became friends first, taking turns visiting each other in NYC and Massachusetts, doing fun outdoor activities together, for a couple of years. Their bond became super strong, and one of Christy’s friends finally said to her, “why aren’t you two dating, you’re clearly made for each other.” It didn’t take long for them to decide that was a great idea. They picked their wedding date a year in advance, so didn’t realize that it fell on the Supermoon Full Moon, which is a very auspicious day!

When I arrived at the John Joseph Inn on a perfect Saturday morning, the party was getting ready to stretch, relaxed and low key, commenting on having a bit too much fun the night before. I set up outside in the apple orchard, with spots in the shade and in the sun. So there we were, wedding party and John, the owner of the John Joseph Inn, in the middle of the apple orchard on a beautiful sunny August day in Lansing, NY, just a couple miles from the Yoga Farm, doing yoga! Surrounded by lambs. With tails! Did you know that sheep are born with tails? Long ones, like cats. It was such a surprise to me.  I themed the class “devotion” and had each person set their own personal intention for something they were ready to devote to in their life, guiding them into a meditation of rooting that seed of devotion into the earth thru their feet. Then I had us all hold hands as we each grew a branch, extending out to Christy and Timothy, which carried a blessing for the couple. Then we were ready to stretch!

outdoor savasanaI had a diverse crowd to cater to, because Christy’s mom had never taken a class before in her life, whereas Christy is a seasoned yogi, having years of practice under her belt. I made a simple and fun class to accompany all levels of experience, offering both Sun and Moon Salutations. Sun salutations heat the body up, where as Moon Salutations cool the body down. Mom did great and Christy and company loved the class as well. My classes always end with an optional head massage (receiving assisted touch during yoga relaxation is my favorite) and everyone gladly accepted, sprawled out under the apple trees, on their yoga mats and blankets.

I left the ladies and one gent with an ease of mind, body, and renewed sparkle in their eyes. Nothing makes me happier than bringing ease and joy to people’s life. I was honored to share in their special day of union and celebration.

— Neko