Maxine is a yoga teacher for kids, adults, and families, and it is abundantly clear why when you see how she values family and service and living life in the same breath. She is also the head of PR for Melissa & Doug, the educational toy company, as well as the creator of GaGa for Yoga and LAMPA, an inspirational website for life and yoga. Double life? I think not! Instead, Maxine is the perfect example of how to weave yogic principles into every act and role because let’s face it - yoga is meant to provide us with fun and abundance and love off the mat. Oh, and disclosure: her “routine” isn’t so much a routine due to the hurricane and having to go with the flow of east coast weather and of life so let this be an example of detachment to the specificities of routine.
COSTA RICA On vacation with my husdand Andrew, son Jeremy (age 10) and nephew Bradley (age 11) in Costa Rica. Staying an extra day since we can’t get home due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. Very fancy problem to have to stay at a resort in Costa Rica for an extra day of sun & play.
GRATITUDE Start my day out grateful for my husband, family and still being on vacation.
INTENTION & ACCEPTANCE Fill out my Tibetan 6x book for the 8am hour to set my intention and thoughts for the day. Watch the news to check on the storm in NYC and make sure that all our friends and family are ok. Everyone is ok. Tell myself it is OK to go back to sleep. Motivate myself and the boys to get out of the room and enjoy every bit of this beautiful ‘green’ country.
PLAY Play with our amazing new friends Stell (age 6) and Chloe (age 10) and their amazing mom Dr. Roma Franzia a magical pediatrian. Friends we were destined to meet. Dr. Roma’s motto… “We encourage boredom” because this is where creativity comes from. This is what we believe too!
TEACH Teach some yoga to the woman who run the kids’ center and start to write out a kids yoga manual for them. Talk to the head of the kids program about sending her DVDs to teach the kids yoga. Note to self, shoot a series of kids yoga DVDs as soon as I get back home.
ATTENTION TO INTENTION Continue to fill out my Tibetan 6x book. Keeping my intention and tracking my own mind. Staying grateful for all.
TEACH SOME MORE At my husband’s encouragement, he watches all the kids while I give Roma a private yoga session. There is something very special to me to take care of those who take care of children. Hurt my knee in private session but choose not to let Roma know. Eventually tell my husband, but have faith that if I stretch and have belief that I can’t really get hurt doing service I will be fine in the morning.
FILLING UP THE WELL Tell my husband I need to shower and rest. He and everyone else is very disappointed that I am not going to hang out for our last night together. I go t the room, shower and look for something to watch on TV and fall asleep. I realize I feel very empty without my family and new friends. I am a little refreshed, still tired and sore, but there is no way I can be without my loved ones. I get all dolled up and go to dinner. Have a lovely time with everyone and fall asleep on my husband’s lap. Chloe calls me a ‘big baby’. I say ‘yes I am.’