Yoga With Lacey Seidman

Lacey Seidman teaches breath-centered yoga classes and privates in the Hudson Valley and New York City.

End-of-Summer Lakeside Retreat in Bolton Landing on Lake George — September 2018

Close out Summer in the Adirondacks' most desirable location after the high-season craze! We'll spend the weekend practicing yoga and relaxing lakeside at historic, family-owned property, The Point. Come solo or bring friends to share one of their authentic log cabins—  all built right over the water, offering calming lake views and sleeping up to four people. The weekends are still alive and vibrant in Bolton Landing in September, and the pre-Fall weather is always beautiful that time of year.


SEPTEMBER 7, 8, 9, 2018 — What's included?

  • 2-night cabin rental (sleeps up to 4 people)
  • 4 yoga classes (Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening, Sunday morning)
  • Group lunch or dinner aboard a Lake George Steamboat!
  • Access to an expansive sandy swimming area in a protected bay
  • Fireside bevvies and treats on Lacey's patio 
  • Quiet places to read and soak in the view

Additional costs: Groceries for your cabin and / or a budget for remaining meals out. 

CABINS (PER PERSON): Double $325 / Triple: $270 / Quad: $240


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About the Cabins: Built in the late 1940s, the cabins all have their original charm. Overlooking the lake and mountain views with large picture windows, all are outfit with their own working kitchen and updated bath. (The kitchens have the original GE electric stoves and cast iron sinks and updated full size refrigerators.) Each cabin is also equipped with a fireplace and its own patio/outdoor space! Expect new mattresses and beautiful clean laundered bedding, pine wood floors throughout, and cathedral ceilings to provide an extra sense of space and light. Stone terraces decorate this exclusive peninsula to bask in majestic Lake George's sunrises and sunsets. 

 

Other Activities: Hiking, fishing, boat cruises, ghost tours, spa offerings at The Sagamore Resort, and more! Feel free to ask about your options :)

SPACE IS LIMITED!


To RESERVE YOUR CABIN or make inquiries, please EMAIL ME at laceyoga@gmail.com. Once confirmed, attendees are asked to pay a $100 deposit via cash, check or PayPal. The full balance will be due by July 6th. Thank you <3

 
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Lessons in Comfort Orientation from Pema Chödrön, Zosia Mamet and Patanjali

At the end of June, I put my entire life in a U-Haul truck and drove it out of Brooklyn. Circumstances and timing were in alignment, and after almost ten years of living in my beloved NYC, rebooting made sense. 

There was no plan. The only thing I knew for certain was that this self-imposed career break came with a neighboring expiration date that would emerge organically (and be relatively painless), or be birthed out of necessity. Either way, time off was imperative. 

Choosing to roll the dice and put myself in a position that could wind up being potentially unpleasant was out of character for someone so practical, and as you might imagine, reactions to the decision ran the gamut. Thanks to a generous and supportive friend close to home, I had a place to lay my head while sorting out the noise.

POOR ME

In my new surroundings, pursuing a relaxing, limber schedule instead of actively looking for a new full-time job summoned jolts of fear almost immediately. Morning jogs, actually spending time with family, teaching / taking yoga, having intimate conversations, traveling, and roaming in nature were interrupted by misgiving story-lines in my head. What if I don't figure out a way to support myself after this break? 

The Universe doesn't care if you're in the midst of a Xennial life renovation or if you have 90% of your belongings boxed up in storage— things keep moving forward and stuff comes up. Opportunities slip from our grasp, hearts and smart phones break, friends hurt our feelings, and people fly off the handle in line buying kale. With several personal and professional unknowns looming, my yoga practice quickly became a day-to-day anchor in uncharted territory. Reading helped too.

Comfort orientation murders the spirit.... Opting for cosiness, having that as your prime reason for existing, becomes a continual obstacle to taking a leap and doing something new, doing something unusual, like going as a stranger into a strange land.

Rinpoche’s oldest son, the Sawang Osel Mukpo, told me that Rinpoche told him that he liked to arrange the furniture in his rooms so that it was just slightly uncomfortable to reach for a glass. Instead of putting the table close so that everything was comfortable, he liked it to be about half an inch too far away so that you had to reach.
— Pema Chödrön, "The Wisdom of No Escape”

Writings from American Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön had admittedly influenced this temporary lifestyle change in the first place, and I was hopeful that intentionally sabotaging my own coziness would allow my concept of "normal" to transform for the better. And it did. Little things that would generally summon internal aggravation — running out of hot water in the shower, having little-to-no spending money, cleaning up after other people — started becoming much less icky to endure. Those moments accumulated, and like Rinpoche reaching to get his glass, the discomfort got to a point where it was almost welcomed.

There is no guess what happened next portion of this blog post, though. It's October and I'm still here. Floating in the in-between. 

Maybe I'll return to the digital media / broadcast space I know and love, or maybe sipping-in a few extra weeks of unplugging is more productive to explore a potential career pivot. In the interim, I notice that even though I teach twice a week and work a handful of odd jobs, pockets of rest and leisure leave me feeling deep-seated lethargy-shame. But I come from a 24/7-email, "we don't sleep, we take naps" world, so it's clearly just conditioning. Using a new lens to examine ideas and emotions previously attached to my day-to-day priorities, aspirations, and appetite for success (read Zosia Mamet ask "Must every woman build an empire?") invites valuable critique, I'm learning. So exploring all that has been fun.

It's natural for us to focus on milestones and events— taking inventory on our lives is a constant. We hop from A to B, one relationship to another, downward-facing dog to plank pose. Thanks to a treasured yoga teacher of mine, I've been trying to flip that mentality and approach life's pockets of transition with curiosity. Why don't the in-between moments that separate our achievements demand more of our attention?The car ride from A to B. The thought patterns that surface when we're between partners. And the muscle energy harnessed while shifting from down-dog to plank. There's important information there.

WHAT'S A PATANJALI?

Despite feeling like my identity is getting jostled about, I'm adjusting more each day. Going from nine years of swearing by living alone to having two roommates isn't the nightmare I thought it would be (full disclosure: they're both pretty wonderful), and in turn, my comfort zone continues to swell. 

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So what if my savings is hemorrhaging! If cultivating some quiet can't help me produce anything tangible in the long run, then at least I can be grateful and content for each tranquil moment that passes here. That honestly might be enough. Time, I'm assuming, will inevitably tell if having the footing to explore writing and teaching yoga full-time was worth trying in the first place. 

Thoughts about the future still play duck-duck-goose in my mind, but willingly relinquishing control might actually be my favorite part of the transition these last few months. It's also the most alarming.

Luckily, I have reinforcements.

In Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the eight limbs of yoga include guidelines called the Yamas and Niyamas — things we should consider abstaining from, and practices we should consider cultivating, respectively. Aparigraha (the fifth Yama describing non-grasping, be it possessions, relationships, or ego-gluttony) has allowed me to get over myself when it comes to my current surroundings, my previously stable income, and the people I interact with. Taking Santosha (the second Niyama describing satisfaction and not requiring more than what you have) into consideration, it's hard to ignore my formerly rigid, rule-centered mindset suddenly being tolerant of all the chaos that comes my way.

I'll be back in New York eventually. I'm just not sure when. 

Far from turning my back on the big apple, visiting yoga teachers, event-hopping with cronies and face-to-face meetings lure me back in. Meantime, I'm thankful to have kind words from supportive well-wishers and colleagues serving as reminders that there are benefits to this perhaps-reckless recess, and that I'll come out shining on the other side. I suspect they're right, but it wouldn't hurt to pour out a little kombucha for your girl either.