Saturday, April 29, 2017

Join Field and Sandra Carden on
a Go Ahead Tour of Eastern Europe
 • Departing October 2, 2017 
• 13 nights in handpicked hotels
• Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine
• Private deluxe motor coach travel throughout Eastern Europe
• Multilingual Tour Director
• Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees
• Plan your own air transportation or fly with our group 
• Approx $4000 all inclusive, depending on departure city and elective excursion options

Day 1: October 2, 2017  Travel day
Board your overnight flight to Budapest.

Day 2: October 3, 2017  Arrival in Budapest  
Included meals: Dinner
Welcome to Hungary! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: October 4, 2017 Sightseeing tour of Budapest
Included meals: Breakfast
Discover the major landmarks of both Buda and Pest in the city that straddles east and west.
• Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes' Square
• Tour the lavishly decorated Hungarian Parliament building
• Cross the Danube and ascend Castle Hill
• Take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion
• Visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hapsburg coronations 
Enjoy a free evening in Budapest or add the Optional Group Excursion.
Optional Excursion - Unicum Liqueur & Wine Tasting with Dinner

Day 4: October 5, 2017  Free day in Budapest
Included meals: Breakfast
Spend the day exploring Budapest on your own or add an Optional Group Excursion
Optional Excursion - Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain  

Day 5: October 6, 2017  Travel to Vienna via Szentendre
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel west through the Danube basin, stopping in Szentendre en route to Vienna, home of chocolates, cafes, parks and pastries.

Day 6: October 7, 2017  Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  Included meals: Breakfast
Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna. 
• Enter Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home with impressive gardens
• Travel down the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s tree-lined thoroughfare 
• See the Parliament building, the Vienna State Opera and the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s winter residence
Enjoy a free evening in Vienna or add an Optional Group Excursion.
Optional Excursion - Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening

Day 7: October 8, 2017 Free day in Vienna
Included meals: Breakfast
Spend the day exploring Vienna on your own or add an Optional Group Excursion.
Optional Excursion - Danube River Cruise & Bratislava

Day 8: October 9, 2017  Travel to Prague via Lednive & Mikulov
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Drive through the pastoral landscapes of Bohemia on your way to Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
• Stop in Moravia to enter Chateau Lednice, a gorgeous castle on the Austrian border
• Enjoy free time to explore the medieval city of Mikulov

Day 9: October 10, 2017  Sightseeing tour of Prague
Included meals: Breakfast
Discover why Prague is known as the “City of One Hundred Spires” on a guided tour. 
• Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire
• Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral
• Ride a historic tram from Castle Hill down to the Vltava River
• Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city
• Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock
Enjoy a free afternoon or add an Optional Group Excursion.
Optional Excursion - Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter

Day 10: October 11, 2017  Free day in Prague
Included meals: Breakfast
Spend the day exploring Prague on your own or add an Optional Group Excursion
Optional Excursion - Chateau Sychrov

Day 11: October 12, 2017  Travel to Kraków
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Pass through the dramatic landscapes of Moravia before reaching the historic Polish city of Kraków.

Day 12: October 13, 2017  Sightseeing tour of Kraków
Included meals: Breakfast
Meet your local guide for a tour of Kraków, Poland’s former royal capital.
• Discover Wawel Hill, perched high above the Vistula River
• Visit Wawel Cathedral, where Polish kings were crowned
• Stroll through Glowny Square
• Pass beautiful Sukiennice Cloth Hall, the Jagiellonian University and Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory
Enjoy a free afternoon or add an Optional Group Excursion.
Optional Excursion - Auschwitz

Day 13: October 14, 2017  Travel to Warsaw
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy a free morning to explore Kraków before setting off for Warsaw, Poland’s capital city.

Day 14: October 15, 2017  Sightseeing tour of Warsaw
Included meals: Breakfast
On a guided tour, get to know Warsaw, a city all but destroyed during World War II and painstakingly rebuilt since 1944.
• Enter the Palace of Culture and Science, Poland’s tallest building, and take in sweeping views of the surrounding city
• Behold the Chopin monument at Lazienki Park
• Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Memorial
• Walk through the Old Town
• Discover Starego Miasta Square’s Renaissance facades and Baroque townhouses
Get to know Warsaw on your own this afternoon or add an Optional Group Excursion.
Optional Excursion - Chopin Recital & Dinner

Day 15: October 16, 2017  Departure or Travel to Berlin  
Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Berlin.
Berlin was once the gateway to Eastern Europe and now capital of reunified Germany. Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this city pulses with life. The cobbled streets of the German capital date back 750 years; yet a fresh vibrancy pervades the boulevards, the markets, the hundreds of trendy night spots and the thousands of pubs and restaurants. This revitalized Berlin—also known as the "New York City" of Europe—is an essential destination for every traveler.

Day 16: October 17, 2017  Sightseeing tour of Berlin
Included meals: Breakfast
A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s intricate past as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.
• Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin
• See the Holocaust Memorial and East Side Gallery
• Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag and Museum Island 
Enjoy a free afternoon or add an Optional Group Excursion.
Optional Excursion - World War II Walking Tour

Day 17: October 18, 2017 Free day in Berlin
Included meals: Breakfast
Spend the day exploring Berlin on your own or add an Optional Group Excursion.
Optional Excursion - Potsdam

Day 18: October 19, 2017  Departure
Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Your 3-4 star hotel information will be available on Sep 2, 2017

13 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Private deluxe motor coach travel throughout Eastern Europe
Multilingual Tour Director
Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees
Plan your own air transportation or fly with our group

See all the information and calculate your cost at: 
or call Sandra at 231-883-8095 or Louis at Go Ahead Tours 617-619-2047. 

Happy Trails!  WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US. Sandra and Field


Friday, October 7, 2016


A Special 6-Session Series with Sandra Carden, ERYT500
Yoga4 Lake Leelanau, MI

The Bhagavad Gita, or The Lord’s Song is now the most widely known yogic scripture, tracing back before the Christian Era, and long before guarded as it was considered a secret revelation.

Certain teachings remain classic in all spiritual and psychological traditions, as their message is timeless. On my mind and in my heart is the Bhagavad Gita and the relevance of its message today: navigating through tough decisions, karma yoga or good work, duty, communion, compassion for oneself and honoring our teachers. 

In six gatherings we will explore the historical setting of this tale, it’s characters and their symbology, the teaching’s present day implications, and the true meaning drawn for you, personally.

In each 2.5 hours class, or kula, we will incorporate asana and meditation to support the open-book discussions. Kula, a Sanskrit term, means a community of the heart, a group coming together of its own free will. An intentional community, a family.”

As we feel the turn of the planet toward the most introspective and darkest time of the year, let us shed some light on life. Please join Sandra and this little tribe of inward inquiry, The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita, on these six Thursday evenings 6-8:30 PM at Yoga4.

October 27

November 3

November 17

December 1

December 8

December 15

$198 for the entire series, 15 hours CEUs for teachers. See for enrollment.

Suggested Texts:
Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, Its Philosophy and Cultural Setting, by Georg Feuerstein
The Living Gita, The Complete Bhagavad Gita and Commentary, by Sri Swami Satchidananda
The Bhagavad Gita, A New Translation, by Stephen Mitchell

Everyone welcome. Please feel free to join this Kula of heart and mind. Namaste.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pratyahara with Kira (Ryder) Sloane - WOW!

Michigan Yoga Association with Kira (Ryder) Sloane (left front) May 1, 2016
By the photos and words announcing the Michigan Yoga Association workshop A Sense of Self: The Practice of Pratyahara with Kira (Ryder) Sloane,  I looked forward to a fun-filled and easy-peasy experience. Kira has a reputation for being energetic, light and entertaining. I hadn't seen her videos nor had I even heard much about her before, so a new experience and hopefully I'd learn some good stuff.

But, wow. What I received was so much more than I can even articulate. Ah, but for you, I'll try.

First you all must know this; Kira Ryder Sloane is so wise and absolutely steeped (or "sauced," as she says) in the real practice of yoga. I should have realized by the title: Pratyahara. Inward-turning. Steeped in the senses. Turned on and tuned in. Tuned-in in such a way that you are "knowing the senses rather than controlling the senses." Knowing... rather than controlling.

As teachers and students of yoga, Kira gave us another way to look at the first rule of restraint of yoga, from the first limb of yoga, yama. This is ahimsa, usually translated as "nonviolence." Rather than nonviolence, she invites us to hear non-violation. Our first precept is to not violate ourselves. From that, to not violate one another, in any way.

The teachings of yoga, Kira reminds us, only exist in our relationships. The most essential ingredient for teachers, in passing on the teachings of yoga is safety. No one will dare move from their old habits and stuck-ness and blossom into their brightest expression if they do not feel safe and supported. "Who are you when you can feel safe enough to be yourself?", she inquires.

We practiced, sometimes with partners. And we listened. We studied the structure of the ears. We brought attention and awareness to the breath in the nostrils, and then to the breath in the lungs and then to the heart.

Our hearts yearn for deep and honest connections– with our loved ones, our families, and with God (or whatever you call That). The heart, we found, is very tender and pliant (a video of a soft and moist human heart cradled in a gloved hand). Listen to your heart's longing and feel the truth – for Yoga teaches that we already, always ARE connected.

We practiced letting go and the use of constraint in yin-like postures, having the patience to wait until the next right move comes along. Patience, coming from the same root as the word for suffering, "looks like you are doing nothing," when in fact you are coming to know your self. "It's not about understanding yourself, it's about with-standing yourself!" Kira brought forth a lesson about understanding, patience and practice; "The Boddhisattva sets herself up with the most difficult situations to see how well her practice is working." Don't you just love that?

With only these few nuggets from the yogini of the heart, Kira Ryder Sloane, I hope you have a sense of what your senses can reveal about your sense of Self. Kira is especially interested in how the sense of Self  translates to different cultures, and how to communicate the connection feeling when the culture has no words for it. As president of Yoga Anytime, the popular yoga video channel, Kira travels extensively. In Kalamazoo, she led us on a travel adventure as "yogi scientists," trekking through the wilds of our true selves, collecting intimate and personal data that will be invaluable in mapping the Way.

Thank you, and a deep bow to Kira Sloane and the Michigan Yoga Association. For up-coming cutting edge workshops from this state-wide wonder, go to Namaste.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Kira Ryder Workshop at Michigan Yoga Assn!


A Sense of Self:

The Practice of Pratyahara

April 29th - May 1st, 2016

Transformations Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Kira Ryder serves as President of Yoga Anytime and feels so lucky to be in community with such a magnificent sangha of yogis. Alone, she has only 20 years of time with the practice. With her yogi friends, she has many lifetimes.

Her yoga studio and school, Lulu Bandha’s, sits in the heart of Ojai and hosts the beloved annual International Ojai Yoga Crib. She gets to travel and teach internationally and is so curious about the necessary translation of the teachings for each being.

Kira Ryder

 Fascinated by the intimacies of the Heart, Kira's teaching style has evolved to help cultivate an understanding of the practicality and global necessity of Self Love.

for the workshop sign-up and details:


Monday, March 28, 2016


Navutu Dreams Resort and Spa, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lotus Flowers at Navutu Dreams

Lotus Flowers at Navutu Dreams

Barb in prep for forearm stand

Sandra assisting Barb's forearm stand

Daryl in three-legged dog

Janet in rope-assisted cobra

Janet in three-legged dog

Floating shavasana

Daryl in rope-assisted backbend

Barb in three-legged dog

Janet in prep for forearm stand

Kathy in rope-assisted backbend

Daryl in rope-assisted backbend

Barb in Warrior I

Kathy in rope-assisted backbend
Sandra assisting Barb in seated forward fold

Yoga in Cambodia

Sahasrara Chakra in Preah Khan Temple Passage
Each Temple in Cambodia offers a singular, unique energy and essence. In Preah Khan Temple I was awed by the quietude and reverence. March, 2016.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

UYTT 500s are Shining!

Christen Landry in Janushirshasana variation

Kerry Satterwhite in Full Lotus

Dorothy Sirrine in prone Full Lotus

Julie Schwalm
L to R: Jeanine Ball, Jessica Ryan, Becca Thomas, Michi Bordeaux, Dorothy Sirrine, Christen Landry, Field Carden, Sandra Carden, Julie Schwalm, Kirsten Grimm, Kerry Satterwhite. Not pictured: Chris Rader.
UYTT 500 Graduation set for Autumn 2016.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AYURVEDA: Science of Life WORKSHOP at Yoga4

What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is the most ancient healing science from which the other healing modalities such as traditional Tibetan and Chinese Medicine emerged. In Sanskrit, Ayus means life and Veda means science or knowledge. Ayurveda is being in harmony with the rhythms and elements of nature, and your personal nature, in order to live a long, healthy and balanced life.

Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences.
Through an understanding of Ayurvedic bioenergy types, or doshas, you will enhance your yoga practice by identifying your particular imbalances. These imbalances can be corrected with gentle changes in diet, yoga and lifestyle. Ayurveda is highly regarded as a disease prevention approach, correcting minor conditions before the disease stage is reached.

Rhonda Egidio, Ph.D., RAP is owner of Radiant Life Ayurveda in Kalamazoo, MI. She is a Registered Ayurvedic Professional and a Professor of Education at Michigan State University. Rhonda’s central belief is that all healing comes from the underlying field of consciousness and our connection with The Divine. We can prepare ourselves with readiness to receive divine healing through the time-tested practices and principles of Ayurveda.

Why Ayurveda? Because Ayurveda is customized, what is helpful for one person may actually be detrimental to another. Learn about your particular doshic makeup and what you can do to become radiantly healthy. In this training you will assess your own Ayurveda constitution (Prakruti) and current imbalance (Vikruti) to develop a custom diet, yoga asana and lifestyle plan for balancing your “deranged” dosha. You will also learn how to use Ayurvedic wisdom to support others– family, friends, students and those you care for. 

This workshop is for those new to Ayurveda as well as those with some grounding in Ayurveda knowledge. Please join us. Whether you are a teacher of yoga, a student or novice, discover Ayurveda’s very personalized benefits for yourself. Visit: for more information and Dr. Egidio’s free monthly newsletter.
Ayurveda with Dr. Rhonda Egidio
9 am - 5 pm Friday SEPTEMBER 4
9 am - Noon Saturday SEPTEMBER 5
Register at
or call/text 231-633-4453

Friday, July 31, 2015


Our UNION/YOGA Teacher Certification programs begin at Yoga4 in Lake Leelanau soon – both 200 hour Classic and 500 hour Master levels. 

I want to get one thing straight. I teach real yoga. It is my intention that those coming through this program experience real yoga. Whether you plan to teach yoga isn't important. That you intend to go deep is what counts.

Real yoga is not merely exercise. Nor is it mind/body exercise, but that's closer. Yoga is transformative and transcendent. Yoga uses the body as a portal to access deeper layers of self. Like setting a course over high seas, the intention is the realignment with your “true north,” your most honest, best, harmonious and full-blown healthy expression. Yoga helps you locate where you have gone off course and shows you how to find your way back to your stillpoint center. Everything improves when you are set on your sacred course.

There is no intermediary between you and your Source – the experience of true yoga is very personal, direct, immediate and brilliant.

Taking a yoga teacher training course is more about cleaning your lens so that you may see yourself more clearly, and clearing your vibratory self, opening your own expression in the world. This is not “Simon Says” yoga or show-off yoga.

UYTT 200 begins  September 19 and runs on weekends, about twice a month. Graduation is April 3.
UYTT 500 is 300 additional hours after your 200 certification. 500 starts on August 28 and runs as 4 9-day blocks. Graduation is February 21.  

See the sidebar (left) for your application form and all the other pertinent information.  

Namaste, it is a joy to share Real Yoga with you. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

UNION/YOGA Teacher Certifications– since 1997

We're very excited about the Yoga4 studio opening at the former UNION/YOGA site in Lake Leelanau– and getting close to the start of UYTT 200 Classic on September 19, and UYTT 300 Master (formerly called "500") on August 28. See more at, and on the sidebar, left.

The published scientific studies affirming the benefits of yoga continue day by day. We are at a major threshold in worldwide recognition and acceptance of yoga therapy and teaching as a valid and professional career touching all aspects of healthcare and well-being, beneficial from childhood through final breath.

UNION/YOGA Teacher Certification has been serving serious yogis since 1997. No matter if you wish to teach yoga or simply desire to enrich your own understanding and personal practice, UYTT will take you into the depths and breadth of yoga. This is not merely a teaching of asanas, but a comprehensive course encompassing all aspects of this ancient art, from physical to psychological, emotional and spiritual. This is not "fast food" yoga. This is a multi-course enrichment feast.

I am honored to provide the esteemed yogic tools for self-empowerment and transformation through UNION/YOGA Teacher Certification. Please email me at or call 231-256-2100. Christen Landry, director at Yoga4 is also available to answer you questions at 231-633-4453.

Namaste, I look forward to serving you as you serve the world through yoga.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What to Wear for Yoga

Yoga costume, 1931 
Back in the dark ages, when Field and I started practicing yoga, what we first referred to as "sticky" mats hadn't been invented yet. It was the early 1970s. We took turns practicing on a folded Pendleton stadium blanket, which we still have. His mom, Nancy bought us a second blanket when she heard there was conversation over who would get the treasured thing if we were ever to split up. 

No sticky yoga mats. No belts, blocks, or straps. And no special yoga clothes.

It was the West coast. We were not practicing Bikram, so we didn't wear bathing suits, as they did back then. We both wore pretty much the same typical yogi attire: white linen or cotton drawstring pants and a cotton T-shirt or tank top. The pants had to be white. I got pretty good at whipping out a pair in about an hour on my old Sears portable machine. Eventually, as yoga stylin' evolved, some yoginis would wear a dance leotard with the prescribed white drawstring yoga pants. Our teacher, Joel Kramer wore a speedo bathing suit.  No kidding.

By the time we moved back to Michigan in 1978, the yoga pants might be shucked in favor of just the leotard. Bare legs. Not that half of us cared back then, but the bare legs and generous leg openings of the leotards was a bit of a modesty problem with seated split-legged poses. This was a whole different scene than the other side of the Mississippi. In Detroit, women were wearing matching latex tights and leotards of shiny fabric, often in animal prints like leopard and tiger. And lots of jewelry, makeup, and styled hair. I felt like a real hippie. 

The men were still wearing the white drawstring yoga pants, but we began to see shorts and even bathing trunks show up. A little company saw the need in the Ann Arbor Iyengar community and started producing a yoga short for men and women. The item, cut for modesty, was called the same as the company, "Hugger Mugger," which means “a well-kept secret.” Hugger Mugger is still in business, but I don't know if they still sell the shorts. I preferred Hugger-Muggers to the long pants because the position of the knees could now be visible to the teacher without having to roll up the pants. 

Around this time the dance-wear industry started producing leotards and body suits for yoga practice. I still like the look and convenience of a one-piece, but it's a hassle when you have to go to the bathroom. And I remember these could be pretty silly- with puffy little sleeves and belts, bows, and decorative pretend buttons. Oh, my. 

In the late 80s the industry Got Smart and things started to get much more sophisticated, fun and street-worthy. The universal uniform that has taken over the ubiquitous jeans scene around the planet – black yoga pants and a top of your choice. Anything goes. All you may need is a little jacket or swingy mini over your standard black stretchy pants and you are moving from studio floor to desk to dance floor with only a change of shoes. 

What a great time we live in.

Modeled by Marguerite Agniel in The Art of the Body
Harcourt, Brace and Co., NY, 1931

Friday, May 15, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

UNION/YOGA 200 hr & 500 hr Yoga Teacher Certifications

I am so joyful to announce the reopening of the studio once known as UNION/YOGA in Lake Leelanau, now as Yoga4, under the direction of Christen Landry. Yoga4 will open June 1. See
UNION/YOGA Teacher Certification 200 hour Classic Level begins at Yoga4 the weekend of September 19-20. The program will run on 14 weekends from September until April. Graduation is April 3, 2016. Christen Landry will be assisting each weekend. For more information email If you are on the UNION/YOGA emailing list, expect to receive an email newsletter with more details soon!
Congratulations to Christen and joy to all the returning yogis to this beautiful, sacred space. We are all so grateful.
Christen Landry, CYT 200, director Yoga4

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Yoga Studio in Lake Leelanau!

I am thrilled to announce the reopening of the old UNION/YOGA studio in Lake Leelanau!
Yoga4 will open June 1. Christen Landry, CYT 200 is the director. There will be lots of yoga happening there, including SUP (stand up paddleboard) Yoga classes, and more.  My classes at Yoga4 will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Thank you Janine and Doug Fierberg for long-term leasing and renewing the beautiful sacred space in Lake Leelanau soon to be known as "The Local Branch." See you on the mat in Lake Leelanau starting June 1!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HANDS ON! Yoga Asana Assists and Adjustments Workshop

Modifications for Hatha Yoga Asana
A Workshop for Teachers and Serious Students of Yoga

Sandra Carden, ERYT 500
May 2, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Shanti School of Yoga, Traverse City

Modifications in hatha yoga asana practice are of great benefit to students who may require special support, alternatives to a posture, a deeper experience, or less intensity based on their own edges of exploration vs. discomfort. All practitioners are unique, each with their own body, energy, medical and emotional history, mindset, and needs. What works for one may be injurious to the next.
Modifications in hatha yoga asana practice may be offered as self-support, or may be offered by the instructor. They may be instructed verbally or by touch. Modifications may be categorized as either assisting or adjusting. Assisting is not the same as partnering. Adjusting is not the same as conforming.

Offering modifications marks the more attuned instructor, aware and conscious of every student in every class, in the spirit of service (seva) rather than self-aggrandizement.

Sandra Carden, ERYT 500 will grant Yoga Alliance registered teachers 3 hours CEU (Yoga Alliance continuing education units) for those completing this workshop. Yoga Alliance requires 30 CEUs every 3 years.

$55. This workshop, although of great benefit to teachers, is open to all experienced practitioners.

If CEUs are requested, please notify Sandra directly for certificate issuance. There is a $10 fee, payable to UNION/YOGA LLC for certificate of participation. 

Namaste! I look forward to serving you.