Welcome to Moondog Treasures: yoga jewelry for women and men, mala bracelets, Sanskrit mantra necklaces, and wire-wrapped beaded crosses. I'm a yoga teacher, and these are my creations. On this blog you can read the story behind the jewelry. You'll also get to meet other talented Etsy artists whose work I admire. Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My Last Trip to Cali...For Now

So, I went to LA in February for the last of my 500-hour yoga teacher training w/ Shiva Rea. It feels bittersweet. I'm so glad to have finished the training - a huge accomplishment, comparable to achieving a master's degree in Spanish Lit. Now I'm sad that I don't have a "real" excuse to keep going back to California every few months!

I rented a car this time. LA traffic really wasn't as bad as I had heard. It must have been a full moon or something :). It was fun traveling on my own, exploring the city, thanks to the GPS on loan to me by my hosts, Michael and Michiko.

Here are some pics from my oftentimes rainy drive: Ventura Blvd., the 405, Mulholland Drive, the PCH, Laurel Canyon Blvd., Malibu, Pepperdine University, and a dog wash called Moondoggies (I couldn't resist).

Michiko and I went to a private party at Nobu. That's Ron Howard in the background. He's the guy in the blue sweater. You'll just have to trust me on that.

I drove into Venice Beach from LA for the training most every morning at 5:45 a.m. to beat the morning traffic. Here is a pic of Santa Monica, taken from outside the health food shop where I had lunch most days. Also some pics of the Venice Boardwalk.

The Shiva yoga training. So much to learn, so little time.

Outdoor training. Sunny, but cold!

An evening at Agape. Hanging out w/ my sweet yoga friends before leaving.

I'll miss Cali.



500 hours I cannot imagine!

Moondog said...

Yeah, it goes by fast! hehe

JennieO said...

Oh I love it...wow...you've made me want to commit to the teacher training this Summer!!! Maybe I can convince you to come back one more time. :)

Michiko said...

Great photos, Susan! Don't call it your last trip! You can go for a Ph.D.! You've got to come back. We all miss you!

roxbanta said...

Great photos! I wish I could live at training forever :) Hope you're well too, Susan!

Random Thoughts said...

hey Susan, I didn't know you wrote a blog if it were not for FB !
I like what you wrote. I will visit regularly now.