Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Finding Peace

This morning my mom and I ventured to The Lotus Pond, a new Kripalu studio about 25 minutes north. The studio is actually a branch off of MY yoga studio here and my class package is good at both places so after today, I think I’ll definitely be back for more.

Look at how peaceful!



The studio was located on a 4.5 acre wilderness retreat and had a community garden in the back. The owner, Val’s, husband started the garden for all of us yogis to just have a place to go and plant and pick veggies. How amazing! There was kale, carrots, lettuce, brussels sprouts, summer squash, tomatoes, corn and much more—all for the taking. My mom and I picked a plethora of kale (the freshest I’ve ever seen), carrots, squash and onions. You can’t get better than that!




And then we had our picnic—look at the goodies I packed!


Doctor Kracker Sunflower Cheddar crackers, Sabra’s garlic hummus, stuffed grape leaves, blue cheese stuffed olives, mediterranean tuna salad and buffalo mozzarella kabobs with tomato and basil.

My plate:


A tiny bit of the tuna salad (I mainly got this for my mom since its her fav!), a cracker with hummus, two stuffed olives, a caprese kabob and two stuffed grapes leaves. With a cranberry soda, it was perfect 😉


Its a pretty solemn day for us but my mom really enjoyed this morning and couldn’t ask for a better Mother’s Day. The yoga class was great—very gentle but that’s what I was looking for because I’m pretty tight from my run yesterday and still can’t manage many chatarungas because of my wrist. Today there were lots of deeeeeeep stretches and long child’s poses. Exactly what I needed and I can’t wait to wash up these veggies that I picked!

I’m off to shower and go see Earth with my parents. See you in a bit!

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  • life coach jen
    May 10, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I’m so glad you got to spend the day with your mom and I’m thinking of you both on this day.

  • Beth
    May 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

    How was Earth? I want to see it. Sounds like a great mother’s day, especially considering the circumstances. Hope the rest of the day shaped up well…

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 10, 2009 at 10:28 am

    What a beautiful garden. Enjoy the peacefullness of the day and the love you both radiate on a day like this. All the best!

  • meg
    May 10, 2009 at 10:28 am

    What a peaceful place…a good place to spend Mother’s Day! Enjoy Earth.

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    May 10, 2009 at 10:29 am

    That place is so beautiful! What a great way to spend mother’s day!

  • polly
    May 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

    What a sweet Mom’s day for you and your momma. Love you, dear Jenna hope that today is both healing and happy. XOXO

    I was doing yoga this morning too! I will tell you about it on my blog later on today (so excited and relieved… the DVD is under way now… done fliming!) and so now off to head outside with my sweeties. We are planting this mommy’s flowers in the sunshine.

    Hugs from Pol to Jenna girl! XOXO

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    May 10, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Wow, what a nice treat for your mom. That yoga studio looks like a wonderful place. I hope you find the rest of the day peaceful, too.

  • Run Sarah
    May 10, 2009 at 11:00 am

    What a lovely yoga studio – what a great way to start your mother’s day.

  • Lacey
    May 10, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Wow that place looks awesome! I think their veggie garden is a really cool idea too. Looks like you and your mom had a really nice mothers day.

  • emily
    May 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I’m sorry this day was difficult for you both but it looks like you managed to make it very special for your mommy – she raised a good daughter!

  • hk
    May 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    oh jenna- sounds beautiful with your mom- and all of those fresh veggies!!!!! yum 🙂 glad the picnic was a nice getaway for you and your mom just for a little while. enjoy the movie with your fam- hang in there!! xoxo

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Oh wow I need to check out The Lotus Pond.

    I’m so glad you guys had such a lovely time! It’s so special that you are spending this day with her. Much love to you guys!

  • K
    May 10, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    What a gorgeous location!! I hope you and your mom continue to have a great day 🙂

  • bibixs
    May 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Happy mother’s day to you and your mom jenna! 😀 (you are dexter’s mom right?) 😀
    have a nice day!

  • Megs
    May 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    You are a great daughter!! I am sure your Mom felt so safe being in that studio with you.

  • Stef
    May 10, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    What an AMAZING yoga place, how beautiful! I love the garden and the rejuvenating meal you got to enjoy..so peaceful. I’m sure this day is really tough for your mom, but I hope that she feels proud of being so wonderful to both you and your brother. I bet he’s looking down and watching you guys celebrate.

  • kim
    May 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    what a great Miditerranean feast!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now
    May 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm


  • Bec
    May 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    sounds like a great mothers day activity

  • April
    May 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    My boyfriend and I are thinking of taking vacation in Tampa and were looking at Sirata resort – just thought you might know about it and could maybe give an opinion? Or know of some other places to stay?

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    May 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Love the community garden!

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Looks like such a lovely place to spend Mothers’ Day! I hope both of you are finding the joy in this day. 🙂

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • Sarah
    May 10, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    what a gorgeous place!