Well. I’m sure my friends in Virginia and new friends in California maybe interested in what I’ve been getting into! (You can skip my indulgent life stories to my seasonal massage discount which are listed below.)
Many of you know I’ve been searching for my “Eat Pray Love” moment in Italy. I went to Venice, Verona and Sud Tyrol in March and it didn’t quite do the trick so I scuba dived in Naples last month in June and THAT finally cured me. Well, I’ve also been “hard at work” scouting locations for unforgettable yoga retreats. I still dreaming of gathering us in the Alps and went back to my spa/Valhalla called Lusnerhoff last March. Last month however I found a location so incredible I couldn’t wait another moment to share it with you…
September Yoga Retreat Ischia Hot Springs
Off the northern coast of Naples is a volcanic island called Ishia (pronounced is-ski-ah). This island is loaded with the most intense mineral rich hot springs a worn out yoga girl could ever dream of. Please come with me, flow with me and follow me to the sea this September. I will offering a light asana (posture) focused meditative vinyasa and aquatic meditation (massage) certification. But HONESTLY I just want this healing water and this healing mud and sea weed! This healing all natural pasta and bruschetta! These healing fresh green olives and white wine (yes I said it) ALL of it to heal your soul the way it has mine.
Calistoga Day Trips Hot Springs
If you can’t go all the way to Italy for hot springs, I understand. Luckily the ever-famous Harbin Hot springs, the birthplace of Watsu®, is now open!! We are escaping for two day trips this summer. For now: Saturday July 13th and Saturday August 17th. Come enjoy this incredible hot spring facility and the amazing culture that surrounds it. *cough* Napa *cough* Virginians are welcome to California to enjoy this with us. We miss you SO much this trip is perfect for you!
ok, for those who are bound locally to Campbell summer specials are listed below:
WEEKLY 90 minute Thai Massage Deep Tissue
$90 (a $50 discount!!) Happy Hour 10am – 4pm Tuesday’s and Thursdays
BIWEEKLY 90 minute Thai Massage Deep Tissue
$125 (a $15 discount) Happy Hour 10am – 4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Ishia Mud Wrap with Hydrantsu (Cuddle Therapy)
$85 for roughly 60 minutes – What is this? Basically you are lightly massaged all over with this amazing mineral rich mud. Then you need to dry either in my office resting under a heat-lamp or simply go out into the beautiful California sun. Since we don’t have the Mediterranean sea convenient I will then wash you off outside or with warm towels on the massage table at your discretion. Any remaining time works a swedish or sports massage with an anti-depressant lemon-burgmont essential oil in italian olive-oil nutrient rich massage lotion. I cover you up in a tarp and blankets and perform Tantsu which is a cuddly form of massage similar to Watsu (but without water). Eeeenjoy!
Yoga Beginners or Yogis that are more familiar with corporate style yoga brands like Core Power and Bikram are often confused by the semi private concept of Hydra Yoga. Our semi-private classes are classes designed to meet the needs of each individual in the class. The title “semi-private” is often used when individuals want to spend more one-on-one time with a instructor who would otherwise be teaching a much larger class. Right now at Hydra Yoga in Campbell California ALL our classes are semi-private, teaching to no more than FIVE students at a time.
I get asked about the concept a lot because I generally discourage students from “dropping in” before I’ve had a chance to talk to them over the phone or see them for a massage. It is very important to me to know the body’s limitations, strengths as well as the intuitive spirit and personal goals to design a perfect healing system crafted for each individual. I’ve been meaning to write about this for a long time but I didn’t want it to come off as if I “invented the wheel” with small class size yoga. Small class size yoga has been around since yoga began. I think the confusion is that I teach similar styles as the larger brands; power, hot and ashtanga-improve, but I do it in a setting which makes each class feel like a personally customized massage. (Maybe a deep tissue one.)
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“I am proud to have stuck to my guts in several very intense situations and hold true to my hearts intention of founding a center where I can focus solely on the concept of health …”
Wanderlust Weekly:Congrats on the growth of Hydra Yoga Therapy! What inspired it’s creation?Kelly Zimmerman: I found there was a need for a fully integrated yoga and massage experience within a studio. The key to this is a fully working knowledge of anatomy and the energetic body from our instructors and therapists. We hold massages, group yoga classes and private yoga classes but we also hold yearly modules for our new and current yoga teachers to learn massage elements and our massage therapists to learn the ancient yoga concepts and colorful modern popular yoga styles. The vision of massage and yoga is entirely my own formula which I call “Hydra”. From massage to yoga everything is customized uniquely to the clients individual strength and healing needs.
Wanderlust Weekly: You’ve built a strong community following in Campbell, what are some of your proudest moments?Kelly Zimmerman: From the comparatively sleepy town of Charlottesville to the Wild Wild West of Silicon Valley I went from friendly college-town mouse to big-city gunslinger with grit and tons of heart. I am proud to have stuck to my guts in several very intense situations and hold true to my hearts intention of founding a center where I can focus solely on the concept of health. When you set your intention properly you create space for a positive, rewarding community. I am proud everyday to share the gift of yoga and massage with others.
Wanderlust Weekly: We wish you continued success in 2017, what upcoming news or developments can we look forward to?Kelly Zimmerman: Thank you so much! Back at you! I thought about your guys as I was hiking from hotel to hotel in the northern Italian alps last April. I won’t able to put it together this year but in 2018 I hope to hold a retreat in the Alps because I found them so healing and inspiring. I am also getting into snowboarding here in Tahoe, which is very beautiful, so maybe I can hold a retreat nearby.
Hydra Yoga Final Charlottesville Classes at Barre.d Studio (216 Water Street)
Just as the chill of fall is in the air and UVA students are wandering back into yoga class Hydra Yoga we must announce our last 8 classes in Charlottesville are hosted at “Barre.d” studio in October as Kelly Zimmerman is moving to San Jose, California! We must apologize as many of you seem pumped for the fall season. We are sad but excited to join forces with Barre.d for our final 8 classes in Charlottesville Virginia for at least some time! Creating a studio and clinic on the downtown mall of Charlottesville has been an absolute dream. We have all enjoyed the beauty of our downtown space- a space and community like no other in the world. After moving from the Glassbuilding quite suddenly things were really chaotic BUT we have built as small pack of serious and fun loving yogis– that is something we should all be proud of.
Fun classes, small group sizes, integrated healing methods. With VERY REAL healing experienced by every student, Hydra is a truly unique method, thrilling to be a part of and a vision we hold to be true to the tradition of yoga in a culture which is pressuring yoga to become more commercialized, less personal, less substantial. Our personal standard aligns us with our truth and it is our goal to help you find your own personal truth too. Although we are happy to guide you to referrals during this time- the light of HYDRA is inside you and with diligent practice you too will come to master your own unique voice. We are not proud that we made this community- we are proud so many students and patients were inspired by our unique methods in massage and yoga.
San Francisco, Los Gatos, the Esalen Institue, Santa Cruz and Harbin Hot Springs are all places that offer Kelly Zimmerman the instruction she wants to continue grow as a clinical healer. You know with such a highly talented teacher/healer you must up the ante on the level of instruction one needs to grow! Charlottesville is her home town and she will never be gone for long. The website will stay live offering local retreats and local Charlottesville classes from herself and her colleagues and apprentices. Register on Hydra Yoga’s MindBody as you normally do to stay tuned to the class schedule.
Big shout out to everyone who participated in our Massage retreat last weekend. It was grand listening to the cows moo and coyotes howl with you!! We are currently organizing another retreat in December- let us know your favorite dates or locations for December- OTHER than your living room!
Enjoy two 90 minute sessions with Charlottesville’s favorite Deep Tissue Thai Massage Artist, Kelly Zimmerman, while soaking up the amazing country side of Warm Springs, Virginia. Optional class on couples massage in the lovely outdoor pavilion included but this trip can be reserved for individuals or couples. This once in a life time escape will book as fast a leaf falls with only four rooms (6 spots) available!
Monday, Columbus Day, October 10th and Tuesday October 11th we are holding a two day retreat at, hands down, the most beautiful and lush country lodge in the exquisitely gorgeous farmland of Warm Springs, Virginia. The yoga centers around emotional healing with nourishing acupressure treatments paired with dynamic release activates (smashing various squashes and screaming into the wilderness). Wahoo!
Partake in optional Watsu aquatic floating sessions to soothe the soul or cold river dips to liven the spirit! Yin, Yang and Warm Springs. LET IT OUT with a scream or a whisper. Treat yourself to daily yoga and massage for relaxation and strength. Savory, healthy Southern breakfast and dinner fare are included. Let yourself be immersed in THE UNBELIEVABLE sweeping farmland surrounding Fort Lewis Lodge in Warm Springs, Virginia.
You already know the yoga and massage will be amazing, BUT you may not know that Fort Lewis Lodge is the premier Bed & Breakfast in the Warm Springs area and will quickly book up for the entire fall season! We are going to have some real fun freeing our darker emotions (before they kill us from the inside), so don’t wait and book your spot today! The deadline for this event is September 10th (we are concerned the lodge will book up before then!)
$340 to make your own camping arrangements and enjoy the program at the lodge (three spots)
$700 for Single Room at the Riverside Cottage (three rooms available)
$1,190 for the Twin Room at the Riverside Cottage (one spot for two)
Spots are still available so register today on mindbody! Tell your boss you are reinstating Columbus Day as a national holiday! Bring your yoga mat and baseball bat! We are eager to embrace you in healing and strength.
We’re excited to expand our class offerings with our Candlelight Yoga classes this Spring! Come out friday nights for some relaxation with our new class.
Yin and Restorative Yoga have become increasingly popular over the years as people have realized the importance of giving back to their own bodies. In Yin Yoga, poses are held for longer periods of time, stretching the connective tissues that aren’t always exercised in a regular asana practice. A gentle, beginner class, Restorative/Yin involves variations of seated and supine poses held for several minutes with the use of supportive props. Yin Yoga is designed to help regulate the flow of energy in the body, and Restorative is about centering breath and body and triggering relaxation.
Join our Friday night Candlelight Flow for a relaxing way to end the week with some gentle vinyasa, appropriate for all levels. This class is a more meditative practice with low lights and candles to encourage inner guidance and self expression. With a little Yin/Restorative thrown in, it’s a nice way to relax and refresh on a Friday night.
Do you love yoga and want to experience the newest and most awesome form Hydra Hot Yoga. Hydra Hot Yoga is a therapeutic sequence of postures practiced in a heated room, which prevents injury, allows for deeper releases within the muscles, and detoxifies the body.
In Hydra Hot Yoga the room is intentionally heated because of the benefits it offers the body. You will experience the benefits of heat on your muscles as they move through their full range of motion. This is because higher temperatures soften collagen around the joints for more freedom of movement and improved function of the nervous system. Not to mention that the process of sweating exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin.
Since you will be working up a sweat, it is important the you remember to hydrate your body before and after class. You also want to avoid practicing on a full stomach which may result in discomfort during your hot yoga practice. We recommend not to eat a large meal before class. Eat a small healthy snack and you will be very hungry afterwards!
Yoga is a time for reflection. Enjoy the experience and you’ll achieve the most amazing physical and emotional changes in your body that you ever thought possible. Namaste.