Archive for April, 2013

April 13, 2013


On April 12, we lost one of our own – Vera. A short but touching email, sent by her husband Jim to Val, delivered the news of her passing:

Dear Val,
My wife, Vera, passed away today at Walter Reed Hospital. She suffered from the effects of a ruptured aneurism in her brain. I don’t know how best to let Cathy know that Vera’s Yoga is now ended, but she did enjoy and value the experience, and she held Cathy in high regard. Please pass that on to her.
Thanks, Jim

This is how I remember Vera:

When I first saw cute, petite Vera walk into my Yoga class more than two years ago, I realized she looked familiar. She had been a regular customer of mine about 10 years prior at a hair salon where I worked. She soon became a regular Yoga “customer” of mine, amazed at the odds of her walking into my class.

Vera was what I call “old school”. She reminded me of my own mother…always moving, always sweet, and never complaining. She came from the generation where the simple characteristics of quiet determination and hard work were common. This is also how she practiced her Yoga. Many times during class I would see Vera doing her best to perform a pose, no matter how challenging; her face always soft and sweet looking and never did I hear her struggle to breathe. She took it all in her own stride and knew when to skip or modify. I never heard her complain about not being able to perform a pose or complain about aches and pains after class. She would simply thank me for the practice and tell me how good she felt and then she was out the door! She’s what I call “good people” and I feel grateful to have spent time with such a good soul.

This brings to mind something I read by Eckart Tolle. He said, ” Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.” The universe gives our minds the gift of memory and as long as we remember Vera, she will forever be “alive”.

Our heartfelt condolences to Vera’s husband, Jim, and to her family! For those of you who knew Vera, please share your memories by leaving a comment.

Here some pictures of Vera taken at our past Yoga retreats:









Yeah! Summer Yoga at National Harbor!
April 3, 2013

Thank you Universe and thank you Wally (aka Val)!

A passing thought to teach at National Harbor becomes a reality, how awesome is that! I can’t deny, I was thrilled to have been given this opportunity to teach the Free Waterfront Yoga on Saturdays, 9 a.m., between May 11 and October 26, at National Harbor, MD. I am grateful to everybody who played a hand in making it possible!

So who set the wheels in motion? None other than Wally, my incredible friend, who, with absolute selflessness, sent my resume, along with a heartfelt email, asking the Peterson Company to just “give her a try”. Wow!

Thinking about what transpired made me realize:

1. how the power of thought and the vision can become reality, where the invisible becomes visible with absolute ease,
2. how this opportunity is a stepping stone with endless possibilities for me to continue to fulfill my intention to share my love for yoga with as many people as possible, and
3. how Val, a dedicated student, shares that same intention

We both know the benefit of the practice; we both know the rewards of keeping our intentions clear, and we both are making the baseline motivation for what we do to be of service to others.

Here a link to National Harbor’s event calendar. Free Waterfront Yoga is offered three times a week, if you’re currently not committed to your practice, take this opportunity to get back on track. Also, keep checking this website periodically as I will be adding events including free Yoga at the Park (Ft Washington Park, Ft Washington, MD).

I hope to see many familiar faces among the crowd and hope to inspire others with my teachings! You all make it so worthwhile!