music for yoga practice

28 Dec

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got this question in the mail…

Hi! I was wondering if you could possibly recommend music for a practice. I have been using the same music for awhile and would love a change but I don’t have a clue how to go about finding good music!

my response…

first of all… playlist playlist playlist

i have NEVER found a yoga cd that i’d play straight through a class all the way in the same order.

because i teach vinyasa flow classes, i adjust the playlist to complement building of the sequence toward a crescendo and then following it into a cool-down and final meditation.

For meditative centering and savasana:
John Hughes & Anuvida & Nik Tyndall

John Hughes - Kora Sutra Reiki Healing Hands

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how to… vrikshasana (tree pose)

22 Dec
the farewell dc tree pose

pic taken on the median at north capital and k streets, washington, dc

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back story on this shot: this just so happens to be a very special farewell dc tree pose. after spending 10 years (too long) in the nation’s capital, i decided it was time to go.  doing this posture in (almost) the center of town helped me transmute my less-than-yogic “%#*& you DC!” feelings and express my joy for moving to LA .

although dc isn’t my favorite place in the world, i am thankful that my experience there helped me cultivate the awesome career path and lifestyle i enjoy today.

things to remember (example-right side):

  1. stand in tadasana – mountain pose, set gaze point (dristi) optimistically slightly above horizon line
  2. on exhale shift body weight to and root into left foot, squeeze left buttock, tuck tailbone, lift heart
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how to… trikonasana (triangle pose)

15 Dec

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method & things to remember (example-left side):

  1. set the feet about 2.5-4 feet apart depending on your leg length
  2. turn left toes point straight out to the left; right toes in about 45 degrees
  3. root into the big toes of both feet and pull in the belly button for stability
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dream a healing solution

24 Nov

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before i went to sleep last night, i prayed to dream of a healing solution for my shoulder…

i got the inspiration to dream a solution from a discussion i had with my awesome roommate, who mentioned Asclepions, centers dedicated to the god of healing, Asclepius, and designed for dream healing pilgrimages.

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save-my-shoulder yoga flow

23 Nov

i woke up with the most beautiful no-chaturanga flow in my head this morning. so flowy. so juicy. so good.

my shoulder plus ouch

last night, i went to sleep with a very hurty shoulder.  when i woke up, it was even more hurty, even though i had tried to sleep carefully.

it’s been going on for about 3 weeks; i jammed it while lifting my heavy steel bike up some stairs. blegh!

until today, i had been doing ardha chaturangas and down dogs, but when i woke up, my shoulder was like, hells-to-the-no!

so i listened to my body… and to this flow that woke me up. and went outside on the front lawn to practice next to the water, under a blue sky with seagulls coasting in the breeze.

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the more water i drink…

12 Nov

the less nonsense i eat.

the more deeply i breathe, the less nonsense i think.

the more i actually DO my yoga practice, the more i want to guard my yoga time.

tazima’s top five mistakes that undermine your income

29 Sep

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Worry. Let me be clear:  I don’t mean “Don’t worry.”
Be Happy” because it doesn’t work that way.

What I do mean: worrying is a LOT harder than actually
committing to and doing a goal supporting action.

Going half-sies. You cannot be surprised by lackluster
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bi-coastal movement in october

29 Sep

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much to my own surprise, on the tail end of my summer trip to LA, i decided to take the big plunge and relocate out West.  it is a huge step for me since i’ve been an east coast renegade for the past 10  years.

september brought me back to DC to wrap up loose ends. and in october i’ll be off again (via the road trip of a lifetime) to continue sharing my yoga and coaching goodness with my growing West Coast yoga family.

it is with both excitement and sorrow that i teach my last few yoga classes and see my last few local coaching clients in DC and turn my focus toward new beginnings in LA.

even more than the miles of beautiful beaches and the ridiculous number of granola varieties, it is fantastically refreshing to experience real living in a place i get to choose.  as i told my monday lunchtime yoga class: i love LA and LA loves me, too.

big leap and gratitude

1 Sep

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whew!  i took a bold leap spent two months this summer in LA.  and i’m reflecting on my time now that i’m back in DC.

serendipitously, i was fortunate to stay with a fabulous fellow yoga teacher with a 10-year california-based practice.  she generously showed me the ropes and encouraged me along the way.  thank you so much Kaia!  and thanks to Zanne for the link!

with strong intentions and a lot of pavement pounding, i taught a three-part series of yoga classes at Agape International Spiritual Center and two workshops at Bhakti Yoga Shala.

finally, my heartfelt thanks to all those who…
helped me in large ways and small ways
bought my stuff on craigslist (thank goodness!)
encouraged me when i was worried
told/showed me where to get good eats in LA
listened to my tearful ramblings and laughed with me through the crying
cheered me on when i wanted to give up and celebrated with me when i achieved
responded to my infrequent newsletters and sent love and support across the miles

you might get dirty living on purpose

15 Aug

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in the deepest quiet of meditation comes a deafening rapture
it begins as a point of light
roots inward, expands outward
precipitates toward concept, resonates with intention
creates a flow, an inspired stream of thought

then the cool water of purpose trickles over your toes and begins to rise
it sloshes over your insteps, kisses your ankles, and swells toward your calves
you smile inside: fully alive, deliciously aware, and juicily receptive

then just about where it begins to tickle the backs of your knees
you brace yourself… you resist… Continue reading