Yoga + Horseback Riding Day Retreats with Hally Marlino

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Join Hally Marlino at Woodside Ranch in gorgeous Mauston, WI for a Yoga + Horseback Riding Day Retreat.

Dates: Choose one, two or three.

Sunday June 26 2016, 9:30am – 2:30pm

Sunday August 21 2016, 9:30am – 2:30pm

Sunday October 23 2016, 9:30am -2:30pm

Hit the trails for a guided morning horseback ride through the pristine woodlands of the Wisconsin Dells area. Circle back to the ranch and slide out of the saddle for an hour of serene, refreshing outdoor yoga with Hally. Enjoy cool peppermint towels during final relaxation.

Get just a little rowdy with your fellow yogis and beautiful horses with a full-fledged cookout; Brats, fire, beer, lemonade, cowboy sides and fresh seasonal fruit.

Cost: $100. Sign up early to hold your saddle. Space is limited.

To rope your reservation and for more information: Email hallymarlino@gmail.com or tommymarlino@gmail.com.

Includes: Horseback riding, outdoor yoga and cookout.

Transportation to Woodside Ranch is not included. Directions from Madison to the retreat are here.

Rain or shine. Please arrive at the ranch office to sign in by 9:30am.

No experience with horses or yoga is necessary. No gear is required. The ranch provides everything. Come as you are.❤

Dress comfortably for riding and yoga. Wear boots or sneakers. Feel free to take along a backpack with a change of clothes.

Bring your yoga mat or if you need one, let us know ahead of time and we’ll hook you up. If weather is cool or wet, we’ll practice yoga inside by the fireplace.

Here are some snapshots from our Yoga + Horseback Riding Retreats and behind the scenes at Woodside Ranch:

Yoga + Horseback Riding Winter Retreat with Hally Marlino at Woodside Ranch

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Join Hally Marlino at Woodside Ranch for a Yoga + Horseback Riding Winter Retreat.

Date: Sunday, December 6 2015, 9am – 3pm

Location: W4015 State Rd 82, Mauston, WI 53948 (75 minutes northwest of Madison.)

Head into the cozy lodge for 90 minutes of fireside aroma flow yoga with Hally. As the hearth crackles, you’ll glide through a sequence of gentle yoga postures with pure, soothing essential oils. Sip a post-savasana spiked hot chocolate with marshmallows by the fire.

Celebrate the season beside your fellow yogis in the Buffalo Room with a hearty brunch; Hotcakes, bacon, hash browns, cowboy sides and fresh seasonal fruit. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Choose your horse and hit the trail for a guided afternoon ride through Woodside’s frosty evergreen forest. The view is breathtaking- you’ll never forget it.

Cost: $100. Sign up early to reserve your saddle.

To register and for more information: Email hallymarlino@gmail.com

Includes: Morning fireside yoga, noon brunch and afternoon horseback riding. Rain, snow or shine.

Transportation to Woodside Ranch is not included. Directions from Madison to the retreat are here. Please arrive at the ranch office to sign in by 9am.

No experience with horses or yoga is necessary. Come as you are. Dress comfortably for riding and yoga. Wear boots or sneakers. Feel free to take along a backpack with a change of clothes and warm layers.

Bring your yoga mat. If you need a mat, let us know in advance and it will be provided.❤

Here are some snapshots of our Fall Yoga + Horseback Riding Retreat.

How to Protect Yourself from Thinspiration Disguised as Yoga

Have you noticed? Spring is the time of year when some people go on wood-chip diets and others try to sell you weight loss shakes made of hooves.

Is there an undercurrent of Thinspo masquerading as Health behind certain promotions put out by your gym or local yoga studio?

Be skeptical about words such as fitness, slim down, lighten, wellness and bikini season when they’re being used to sell you yoga. Hammer, don’t hurt ’em, but discern.

Recognize. This kind of marketing does harm. It cheapens the sublime bearing that yoga can have on our lives.

Flip that biscuit. Don’t settle for anything but real gravy.

You might have to get a little macho, as in:

/ma-cho/

1. Courageous, potent, robust, lusty and vibrant. Okay then. These words stick to your ribs. Sounds like yoga.

From what my teachers have passed on to me, yoga is a practice of sustainability and recognition that we’re more alike than different in our hearts. Yoga is shelter. It’s not about comparison or punishment.

Your overall health isn’t something that is caged within your physical frame, anyhow. It’s not identifiable by your appearance.

My best teachers deal in the subtleties of kindness, tough love and what is wholesome. They’re experts at holding space. They walk beside us as we learn.

I won’t say anything about the turkey burgers who make cracks about kicking your ass or detox yoga because my resting bitchface happens on its own.

Here is my DIY list on how to protect yourself from thinspiration crap disguised as yoga:

  • Hide the tweedledees in your newsfeed whose greatest wish is to hook you into their powdered lunch replacer pyramid scheme. (It’s gonna taste grozz and costs like forty dollars plus arms.) Wish them venison jerky for Christmas.
  • Make the squats, make the pushups, make the asana. Lift and lower the heavy things. But only if it gives you satisfaction. You may accomplish this in your garage without giving a single dollar away. Because you are a whip smart machine. Fair warning- these activities will make you hungry. Cook a can of beans over your grill like some cowpoke. That’ll put hair on your chest.
  • Hang out with athletes who say, “Yes,” when you ask, “Wanna ride bikes and get nachos?” (Jocks tend to be jovial, reasonable people who like nachos.)
  • Don’t give your money to studios or gyms whose marketing feeds the culture of fear and inadequacy. If the language coming from a place implies that there must be something wrong with you that they can fix, remember what DJ Unk said in 2006 and Walk It Out, away from there.
  • Get some sexy knives. The Wusthof company will monogram your whole set. You should have a couple sleek tools to prepare your gorgeous meals. Slaughter cantaloupes. Peel potatoes for homemade gnocchi like you mean it. Making dumplings from scratch is aerobic, especially if you walk to the corner store for eggs. Fait accompli.
  • Cut the sleeves off of your Duran Duran tee shirt. Get some sun on your biceps. Feel the outdoors up your lungs.
  • Enjoy decent wines, stank cheese, bone marrow and fish heads. If that’s what you desire. You choose. Or you know, legumes and greens. What gives you fuel to get your life’s mission popping? You and your grandma know, it won’t come in bar form. You won’t find it in a tub with a plastic cover. What you need might smell like buttered rutabaga and bacon. Ask your Grams for the recipe. She probably understands balance.
  • Go to your garden (anybody’s garden). Pull a carrot out of the ground. Rinse it with the hose. Is there still a little dirt on it? Good. Take a bite. Tastes orange, right? Stay close to this feeling you get from your hands pulling food out of planet earth. Vegetables are self care.
  • But for cripes sake, if you forget about the majesty of Ritter Sport, or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos remind yourself. You’re not just a pretty face. You’re compassion, one-armed planks and bechamel sauce.
  • Arm-wrestle people who do not want to arm-wrestle. You’ll probably win. Stud.
  • Be so good to yourself. If you’re struggling with this one, let someone else be good to you. Reject the ‘you have to love yourself first’ theory. People who say that are the same ones who tell you they like all music except rap and country. They’re missing out on a motherlode of love.

Give ’em hell.

ps: This isn’t a scholarly article. It’s something I’d write for you on the back of a napkin at the roller rink, and I hope that means more.

Yoga + Archery Day Retreat with Hally Marlino at Buck Rub Archery

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Join Hally Marlino at Buck Rub Archery for a Yoga + Archery Day Retreat.

Date / Time: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 3:30pm

Location: N13 W28400 Silvernail Rd. Pewaukee, WI 53072 | (262)547-0535

Treat yourself to an afternoon of unlimited archery and yoga. Plus, Doc’s pizza and whiskey. (Or the drink of your choice.)

Cost: $100 early-bird rate for those who sign up by February 1. After February 1, the regular rate of $120 applies.

Includes archery, yoga, dinner and a drink. Optional transportation from Madison to the range is available for an extra $30 on a limited basis. (Round trip.)

 

Sign up: Email hallymarlino@gmail.com to reserve your bow. Space is limited.

Show off your bold and courageous side this Valentine’s Day. Camo yoga pants and Katniss braid optional.

There are many benefits to practicing archery. Like yoga, it helps develop mental sharpness, wicked strength, patience, discipline and focus.

Buck Rub features a beautiful 40 yard indoor range. 15,000 feet indoors and 18 acres…Nothin’ but archery. (45 minutes from Madison. 20 minutes from Milwaukee.)

Check out the facility:

 

Our yoga group will receive a private group lesson with individual attention from archery professionals.

We’ll have the range to ourselves to shoot bow and practice yoga to our heart’s content. You’ll have so many arrows in your quiver, you won’t know what to do with yourself.

Take aim, say Om. Hell yeah. You’re going to like how you feel with the target in your sights and a bow & arrow in your arms.

No experience with archery or yoga is necessary. We’ll take care of you and make sure you feel comfortable. You’ll leave with confidence in your new skills.

 

 

 

Yoga + Horseback Riding Fall Retreat with Hally Marlino at Woodside Ranch

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Join Hally Marlino at Woodside Ranch during peak fall colors for a Yoga + Horseback Riding Fall Retreat.

Date: Sunday, October 18 2015, 9am – 3pm

Location: W4015 State Rd 82, Mauston, WI 53948 (75 minutes northwest of Madison.)

Hit the trails for a guided morning horseback ride through gorgeous autumn scenery. Circle back to the ranch and slide out of the saddle. Head into the trading post’s cozy lodge for 90 minutes of fireside aroma flow yoga with Hally. As the hearth crackles, you’ll glide through a sequence of gentle yoga postures with pure, soothing essential oils.

Celebrate harvest in the company of your fellow yogis and beautiful horses with a late brunch; Bratcakes, spiked hot apple cider, (or hot chocolate), hash browns, cowboy sides and fresh seasonal fruit. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Cost: $100. Sign up early to reserve your saddle. Space is very limited.

To register and for more information: Email hallymarlino@gmail.com

Includes: Morning horseback-riding, Noon fireside yoga and 1:30pm brunch. Rain or shine.

Transportation to Woodside Ranch is not included. Directions from Madison to the retreat are here. Please arrive at the ranch office to sign in by 9am.

No experience with horses or yoga is necessary. Come as you are. Dress comfortably for riding and yoga. Wear boots or sneakers. Feel free to take along a backpack with a change of clothes.

Bring your yoga mat. If you need a mat, one will be provided for you.

*A bratcake is a bratwurst wrapped in a pancake, with Wisconsin maple syrup served on the side. You’re welcome.❤

Yoga + Horseback Riding Day Retreats with Hally Marlino at Red Ridge Ranch

Join Hally Marlino at Red Ridge Ranch in gorgeous Mauston, WI for a Yoga + Horseback Riding Day Retreat.

Dates: Choose one or both.

Saturday July 18, 2015, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Sunday August 9, 2015, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Hit the trails for a guided morning horseback ride through the most pristine woodlands along the Lemonweir River. Circle back to the ranch and slide out of your saddle for 90 minutes of serene, refreshing outdoor yoga with Hally under the shade trees.

Celebrate summer in the company of your fellow yogis and beautiful horses with a full-fledged cookout; Brats, local beer, and fresh organic fruit. We’ll build a campfire and make s’mores for dessert!

Cost: $100. Sign up early to reserve your saddle. Space is very limited.

To register and for more information: Email hallymarlino@gmail.com

Includes: 10 am horseback-riding, noon outdoor yoga and 1:30pm cookout. Rain or shine.

Transportation to Red Ridge Ranch is not included. Directions from Madison to the retreat are here.

Please arrive at the ranch to sign in by 9:30am.

No experience with horses or yoga is necessary. Come as you are.  ❤

Dress comfortably for riding and yoga. Wear boots or sneakers. Feel free to take along a backpack with a change of clothes.

Bring your yoga mat. If you need a mat, one will be provided for you.

Good News. Sop It Up with a Biscuit.

A throwback shortcut from last year.

Favorite shortcut. A year ago.

Last night I rode my bike downtown. It’s black, green and manly. I tied the garage door opener to the handlebars with a glow-in-the-dark shoelace.

There’s a real mother of a hill sixty seconds into my route to the lake shore. I realize if I gather up my legs and move my pelvis in time, the climb is easier.
It should come as no surprise that the cadence of Pour Some Sugar On Me was made for such a discovery. I repeat the hill.
The ribbon of bike path that rolls me east is twelve thousand years old. The tires get some purchase. I weave my way around runners and ducklings. It’s smooth to pedal but my tee shirt is soaked, just the same.
At the fishing bridge, a guy wearing only overalls and fat Hello Kitty headphones nearly fishhooks my braid with a zig-zag cast. I see myself in him and imagine that he too is guided by Def Leppard.
Along the main drag, no traffic is allowed, save city buses and pizza delivery trucks.
A girl on a longboard catches me a block from the Capitol. Going uphill, with a Swisher Sweet in her mouth, she passes me like a dirty shirt.
I hang a u-turn and coast downhill toward my neighborhood. If I turn my head right, I smell onion rings and Honey Weiss- to the left, Nag Champa. The combination hits your nose like thigh sweat and a bale of hay. No problemo.
All winter, we plotted a move to the South. We had almost decided.
But on May 29, we close on our new little home on the west side of town.
For now, I pledge to stay and do my part in keeping Madison weird.

Hold me to it.

Yoga + Horseback Riding Day Retreats with Hally Marlino at Woodside Ranch

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Join Hally Marlino at Woodside Ranch in gorgeous Mauston, WI for a Yoga + Horseback Riding Day Retreat.

Dates: Choose one or both.

Saturday June 6 2015, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Sunday August 23 2015, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Hit the trails for a guided morning horseback ride through the pristine woodlands of the Wisconsin Dells area. Circle back to the ranch and slide out of the saddle for 90 minutes of serene, refreshing outdoor yoga with Hally under the shade trees.

Celebrate summer in the company of your fellow yogis and beautiful horses with a full-fledged cookout; Brats, beer, cowboy sides and fresh seasonal fruit.

Cost: $100. Sign up early to reserve your saddle. Space is very limited.

To register and for more information: Email hallymarlino@gmail.com

Includes: 10 am horseback-riding, noon outdoor yoga and 1:30pm cookout. Rain or shine.

Transportation to Woodside Ranch is not included. Directions from Madison to the retreat are here.

Please arrive at the ranch office to sign in by 9:30am.

No experience with horses or yoga is necessary. Come as you are.❤

Dress comfortably for riding and yoga. Wear boots or sneakers. Feel free to take along a backpack with a change of clothes.

Bring your yoga mat. If you need a mat, one will be provided for you.

My Beef with Yoga Journal

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I wish I could cheer for Yoga Journal. *puts poms poms aside*

The current issue is breaking my balls though.

Page 88 reads, “Avoid spaghetti straps and regular t-shirts, which can widen the look of your shoulders…”
Burn the book. Let’s meet at the speakeasy.
I encounter men on the bike path at night. Experience tells me I must ‘widen the look of my shoulders’ to say, “Don’t fux with me.”
Lions do the same thing. I wish I didn’t have to.

The light in me honors the light in you, stranger. But, not so fast. Not too close.
In the world, I want to look male gymnast thick. But I enjoy being a girl.  I consult GQ.
I cut off a quarter inch of my hair every day. It grows back immediately.  Part woman, part reptile.

We gather in a yoga room to risk.
You light a cone.
You split the ocean in half to see who is on the other side to take you in.

What should you wear to practice?
Strip down. Paint the ritual all over your body.

I Stole from Liberace, Tias Little and My Pink Chinchilla. You Can Too.

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Matt Damon kissing Michael Douglas in ‘Behind the Candelabra’. Yer welcome. via out.com

Sunday night promises glamour.

I will watch the Liberace movie and later, practice Yin yoga in the living room with my daughter. We’ll use her stuffed pink chinchilla and Totoro as bolsters. We ball on a budget.

I’m taking Tias Little’s advice. He wrote this bomb article, which I found on elephant journal, that is full of right thought. His words soak my heart and brain with curiosity. What happens next?

Here are a few golden eggs from T.L.

Practice ahimsa (non-violence) within the practice of tapas (intense practice). . . Avoid excessive tapas, what I like to call “stupid tapas.”

I get ‘stupid tapas’ when the yoga teacher calls out, “Ten Urdhva Dhanurasanas- Go.” As a competitive person, I want to meet the challenge because I can. I have an occasionally crusty wrist though. Ten breaths in one wheel is enough. If you are me.

You can sustain a vigorous practice and feel no pain. That’s precisely where right action comes in. Make the right action for your body as you move. Choose kindly. Challenge yourself compassionately.

Avoid practicing too long and too hard. This steals from the spirit.

We must learn to practice in a way that fosters healing. Pile on strength. Exhale and open your chest. All full court press all the time may attract injury. You ain’t got time for that.

Of course, there are days when you should absolutely make out with someone you love instead of going to yoga. Right? Action.

Always keep the practice fresh, alive and interesting. The practice should be full of experimentation, discovery and surprise.

I circle back to take class with my favorite teachers every week. Ritual and tradition are the most strongly tethered tenets of yoga.

Luckily, those teachers are continually unpredictable. They study, travel and bring back a treasure trove of modifications, new modalities and ripe wisdom.

This is why we take yoga field trips to different studios and different teachers so often. It’s like breakfast. You don’t want to eat the same cotdang steak and eggs every day. Sometimes you need a three onion and gouda frittata with a side of potato pancakes up in your grill.

Be nourished.

Namo namah.