Chelsea Clinton Wedding Yoga. (+ “The Life that I Have” Poem.)

Via Nancy Alder
on Jul 31, 2010
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Congrats from the #yogadork community to the former first daughter Chelsea Clinton!

Yes, we know she’s looking grown up and beautiful. And yes we know she’s just tied the knot with Marc Mezvinsky in a fancy schamnzy wedding complete with vegan fare. All of this is great—but yoga workshop enthusiasts and fans of arm balance instruction are sending our kudos to Ms. Clinton specifically for picking a very yogic location to take the martial plunge.

Yoga practioners and teachers have long known about Rheinbeck, NY because of the mecca of Holistic Studies known as Omega Center.  Students of yoga superstars like Sadie Nardini, Rodney Yee and Dharma Mittra have been flipping their dogs and chanting with their collective sanghas (communities) in this hamlet since it opened in 1977. Omega hosts workshops spanning a broad range of healing topics from yoga, to Buddhism and Shamanism.  For example, at the same time Chelsea and Marc were dancing to their first song after some tempe appetizers, ele-friend Robert Thurman was taking part in a workshop on The Wisdom of Anger.

Click image to go to NYTimes wrap-up.

Poem read at the Wedding:

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

~ Leo Marks

One cannot help but wonder if Chelsea and her bridesmaids spent the days before getting vegan pedicures with No Miss nail polish. Or, perhaps they instead allowed themselves some sacred healing before the big event at one of Omega’s workshops just for women.  The Clinton family did not reveal these details in their announcement of the Chelsea’s betrothal.

No matter which helped her prep for her big day, we #yogadorks do a collective Adho Mukha Vrksasana in honor of their marriage and hope to see them on the mat at Omega soon!


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About Nancy Alder

Nancy Alder is a 200H Registered Yoga Teacher in Connecticut. She teaches her students to connect with space and breath from a place of safety and humor. She writes for many yoga blogs and chronicles her daily practice to find the beginners mind on and off the mat at her own blog, She is co-founder of Teachasana,, a site by yoga teachers for yoga teachers. When not writing or doing yoga she is in awe of her elves, busting asanas in crazy places and counting the days until the next snowfall.


3 Responses to “Chelsea Clinton Wedding Yoga. (+ “The Life that I Have” Poem.)”

  1. Hi, Nancy. Thanks for reminding us of the Omega connection.

    Bob Weisenberg

  2. Wonderful poem! Looks like I need to go to the Omega Inst myself 🙂

  3. […] Bill Clinton, ordered by his daughter to lose some weight before her recent wedding, has lost 24 pounds—and kept it off. And, more importantly, he says, his new 95% vegan diet may […]

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