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Yoga Abode at the Sanctuary

Do you ever do something for yourself and not realize how bad you needed it until you’re finished? That was me last Monday night at the Yoga Abode Pop-Up held under the April full moon at East Hill’s newest event space, The Sanctuary located at 716 N. 9th Ave.


Donna Dickey, founder of Yoga Abode, a pop-up yoga studio in Pensacola, invited me to her Full Moon Restorative Yoga Event. This one-of-a-kind experience featured 90 minutes of nourishing Restorative Yoga led by Certified Yoga Instructor, Donna Dickey, Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork by Kala Bloxam, LMT and Kim Matthes, LMT. Live Sound Bath Healing & Song led by Brooke Camp, Amy Jinks and John Jinks. Along with Champagne, Wild Magnolia Kombucha, Charcuterie and these local pop-up shops:

What I expected was a group yoga class, just like the dozens I have gone to before, but what I received was much greater. I left feeling grounded, peaceful, and more in tune with my body and emotions. Restorative Yoga works by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body’s relaxation response. The practice involves holding gentle poses for extended periods of time, often using props such as blankets, bolsters, and blocks to support the body in each pose.

While Donna lead the practice, LMTs from Lovelock Healing deepened the state of relaxation by providing light massages while we held our different positions. One of the most unique (and my favorite part) was the live sound bath we were immersed in.

Sound baths have been shown to activate the default mode network (DMN), a brain network that is involved in self-reflection and mind-wandering. This activation can lead to a deeper understanding of one’s self and a greater sense of well-being.

From touch to sound to sight everything about this practice was sensory soothing. There was something comforting about practicing in an old, historic church where so many people have worshipped or wed that made the experience that much more meaningful. Constructed in 1905, the Sacred Heart Church stood as an astonishing testament to architectural brilliance within a town still emerging into a port city. Today, the old church serves as an event space that was remodeled by a mother and daughter team, Danielle and Milan Carro, who call it a labor of love. You can schedule a tour here.

I love using this platform to share new experiences that I enjoy in and around Pensacola and this was just that. In a world where we (myself included) have become so busy and fully accessible at all times through the smart phone in our pocket, a 90 minute full stop will work wonders on your mental well-being.

Experience yoga with Donna Dickey on Tuesday nights at Sneaky Tiki on Pensacola Beach or follow her on social to find out when her next restorative yoga event is — she typically hosts one monthly at different locations around Pensacola! Before leaving the mat last Monday, Donna left us with some food for thought, which I have been carrying with me ever since. So, I will leave it with you to ponder on.

“A seed grows with no sound, but a tree falls with a huge noise. Destruction has noise, but creation is quiet. This is the power of silence.“