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You Only Live Once In Neon

I have something to say today.

I try not to get too personal here, because I want this space to be useful for readers.

So it’s difficult for me to tell me what changes I’m living out right now.

Watch the video below to find out.

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As I said in the video, if you want to follow my evolution as I journey around half the world, visit me at my personal blog under my own name here : http://bettinashzu.com/category/blog.

While I’m traveling I’ll be updating this blog less frequently, but I’ll be visiting yoga ashrams, temples related to yoga, as well as studying yoga in India. So stay tuned for news about yoga abroad!

One last thing, I’m now looking for new and better ways I can help you live a sweeter, more relaxed life. Can you do me a favor and fill out a short survey? Your feedback will help shape what I share with you next.

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Signature from Bettina of Active Hands Yoga




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Free Pop-Up Yoga Class at the San Francisco Airport Yoga Lounge

New York Times Yoga Airport


So I’ll be transiting through the San Francisco airport–SFO–for about 8 hours on Wednesday, July 11.

It’s about enough time to pop out to the city for a meal, but not much else.


SFO Airport Yoga Room


Thankfully, SFO recently opened a yoga room (see above), so I’ll be checking it out and doing my own practice there. It looks a bit corporate, but there seems to be free yoga mats.

If you join me in July, I’ll lead a free yoga class or private for you…provided that you follow the yoga room etiquette below. Get in touch with me to let me know.

SFO Airport Yoga Room Etiquette


How do you relax when you travel? Share your tips with me in the comments below.


Signature from Bettina of Active Hands Yoga









Photos from top to bottom by Ben Garvin for the New York Times, YogaDork, Larah of the Pollen Path

Urban Yoga Retreat in Zurich, Switzerland

On Friday I’ll be in Zurich for a long weekend to study with John Friend, founder of Anusara yoga. Since the last urban yoga workshop I attended left me a bit frazzled, rushing to see old friends and waking up at 5:30am every day, I researched where in Zurich I could replicate a yoga retreat feeling : calm, serene, connected to nature, and delicious and indulgent vegetarian / vegan food.

Zurich Urban Yoga Retreat

Photo credits, clockwise from top left: deliciousness at Hiltl, Lake Zurich by zoonabar, Luxemburgerlis by andres_colmen, Zurich at night by aforeo


♥ A place to journal

Cafe Sprüngli
over some coffee and macaron-like Luxemburgerlis

♥ A place to sit down and eat

the world’s first vegetarian restaurant Hiltl

♥ A casual cafe

tibits (yes, the lower-case is on purpose)

♥ Unique snacks to buy

Camille Bloch Ragusa Noir, a chocolate filled with whole hazelnuts

Appenzeller Bärli-Biber, a gingerbread cookie filled with sweet hazelnut or almond paste

Tete de Moine cheese (literally translated from the French: monk’s head cheese!), which must be shaved like a pencil with its own specific machine–and you eat the shaving like it’s a flower

♥ for when I take a walk in nature

around the Zurich Lake on its Panoramaweg


If you’ve been to Zurich, have you any other recommendations for me? Or what else would you need to make an urban setting a retreat? Tell me in the comments section!