Oh bliss! Yoga in the park

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  Sante Health Club

What a perfect morning for Sante's Saturday morning yoga class to be held in Forest Park. This 10 a.m. class is one of my favorite ways to end the work week. Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  Sante Health Club


We met just inside the park off Kingshighway in front of the Jewish Tercentenary Memorial, right.Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  Sante Health Club
The sun felt marvelous on our Vitamin D-starved bodies. It's a sure bet our yoga instructor Katie, shown adjusting the shoulders of one of the participants above, will plan more of these "Relax and Renew" classes in the park as weather permits.

Continuing its efforts to reach out to the neighborhood, Sante is offering its second annual Neighborhood Boot Camp on Monday evenings at 5:30. Membership in the Health Club is not required, though you are asked to purchase a Sante t-shirt which is available in the Pro Shop. Meet inside Sante in the lower level of the Chase Park-Plaza before heading out with a trainer to run through the neighborhood and into Forest Park. For more information email joy@santechase.com, or call the number below.

Sante, 212 N. Kingshighway, (314) 633-3020.

Camellia, same time this year

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Urban Gardens  Yvette Woods Studio W Farmers' Almanac Camellia

When I planted this camellia in my small city garden almost three years ago, a few skeptics questioned the wisdom of this selection, given our sometimes harsh winters. As I don't coddle the shrub in any way—wrapping it in burlap, for instance—I too wondered if it would bloom again this Spring.

Around the 19th of March I noticed a few of its buds had opened. Just out of curiosity, I checked my archives to see when I posted the first picture of this contented shrub on my blog. To my amazement it was March 17 of last year. It turns out I could simply have copied and pasted the same paragraph I used then…"after the bitterly cold etc. etc. etc." The camellia's time clock has become, in effect, my gardening calendar—"March 17-19: Camellia in Bloom!"

In art class yesterday we were talking about the strange weather and the huge snowflakes that fell early Wednesday morning. One of my drawing friends said that KSDK's Chief Meteorologist Dave Murray forecasts another big snow in April. Another friend, who really knows gardening, added that the Farmers' Almanac says the same thing. And I've heard from other sources that the Almanac has been particularly accurate in its predictions so far this year. At this point, nothing would surprise me. Thankfully, no matter the weather, my camellia seems to be happy where it's planted.