Category Archives: Yoga

13 Mar

I Love Yogis


My friend Alexandra has recently started a great blog called I Love Yogis. I Love Yogis is a site dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the global community of yoga teachers. The founding intention of the I Love Yogis project is to glorify all the hard-working, big-hearted teachers in the world who have the best interests of others at the center of their life’s work. While not everyone’s dharma is to act as a yoga teacher, we can all certainly cultivate yogic qualities and appreciate those who live their lives in service of those qualities. The belief is that the more we converse around these traits and the people who embody them, the better to aid the shift in global consciousness and keep the snowball of love rolling.

I am honored that she asked me to participate in this project. As each new interview unfolds, I am constantly awed by the different answers and perspectives, and all of the ways we find our Selves in the practice of yoga.  If you are interested in reading my interview, I thank you for taking the time to if you choose and welcome your comments, as always.


05 Oct

This place of in between.


Here I am in the very middle of the life that I’ve always known, and the life I’m about to begin as new mom. I am sitting on the fence and seeing both sides, but not comfortably grounded in either. It’s a very unsettling feeling and a very unsettling time, even though there is so much good to look forward to.

There are so many different forms of this in between place, existing in greater forms such as becoming a new parent, or lesser forms such as right after a yoga practice… you have just spent an hour or so breathing into your body, and that place – right as savasana ends and you are cued to rise up again into a comfortable seat and an aware mind. You are in between that quiet and still space you’ve just created after practicing, and the space before the rest of your day quickly kicks in.

We are so lucky that we even have these subtle yet important moments. As yoga practitioners, and as aware beings living through life, we sometimes get caught up in the moments. After all, we are human. Hopefully we have the ability to then realize we are caught up, and then take a step back and reassess.

Today I have reassessed where I currently am. I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my first child, a baby boy, who is comfortably nestled in my womb at this time. I don’t blame him, as I’m sure the safety and warmth that the womb provides is the best place on earth. So in letting my anxiety get the best of me in certain moments, and while trying to stay busy and keep things moving, I am the farthest thing from relaxed. Even though I am engaging in “relaxing” activities such as acupuncture, reflexology, walking, etc… This imminent birth and life changing experience that is looming overhead is way more palpable than any of the relaxation I am trying to embody.

Today I took myself onto my mat. I played music loud, closed my eyes and allowed my body to move into shapes that it was thirsty for. What a humbling experience it is to be a pregnant body as someone who is “so in touch” with what the body thinks it needs. Sometimes we over calculate what we “should be” or “could be” doing during these times of in between, when really all we “need” to be doing is listening with intense ears, not by trying to control outcomes we will never be able to.

The mat took me back into my body and my breath and transcended me into a place of peace… the first real time I’ve felt peaceful in a while. I lost myself in the beats in the background and breathed into the backs of my legs… my shoulders and arms. It felt amazing. I felt inspired enough to put some thoughts together in the form of this blog and figured I’d share, as it’s not that often that our awareness is palpable enough to articulate.

10 Sep

End of Summer Playlist.


Welcome Fall.

Incense – 50 Relaxing Yoga Music Tracks
Vanity Stays My Hand – itsnotyouitsme
Denmark – Portland Cello Project
Incense – Kick Bong
Sun Will Set – Zoe Keating
Mistral – Loscil
Buddy – Plaid
Kyrie Eleison – Sinead O’Connor
Memory Gospel – Moby
Afterglow (feat Soundmouse) – Phaeleh
Everywhen – Massive Attack
Season’s Greetings – itsnotyouitsme
Hollie – Helios
Singing Bowls & Bells – Jane Winther

03 Aug

Sound waves: Playlist August 2013


Enjoy the music. Turn it up loud.

Yu – Ishq
Muladhara – Vive
Weather Storm – Massive Attack
Chopping the Woods – East Forest
Song 2 – DJ Krush
Apana – East Forest
My Angel Rocks Back and Forth – Four Tet
Launch – Rocket Empire
Bhakti – Ishq
Walk the Walk – East Forest
Uno – Ludovico Einaudi
Energia – Ishq
A New Life – Ishq

05 Jun

Summer Playlist

photoEnjoy the latest and greatest music compilation for yoga and more!

A Fuoco – Ludovico Einaudi
Die Junge Nonne – Antony Peebles
Dorval – Julia Kent
Composure – Bernhard Fleischmann
Sel – Smadj
Carnivores Unite – Blockhead
Grito Nocturno – El Percal
Summer Haze – Shapeshifter
Within – Daft Punk
My Sweet Lord – Joel Harrison
The Light – Album Leaf
Meditation, Transformation – Various Artists
Breathing In – Shaman’s Dream & Craig Kohland

27 Apr

Music Playlist for Spring


The Mouthchew, Stars of the Lid
Twenty Two Fourteen, The Album Leaf
Nothing Thought, Sonnymoon
Beatific, East Forest
Intro, Alt-J
Subterranean Sanctuary, Desert Dwellers
Cantamilla, Tranquility Bass
Grandmothersphere, East Forest
Come To Me, Björk
Sleep, Euphoria
Breath, Helen Jane Long
Mirror, Helen Jane Long
Samadhi, Shaman’s Dream Project
1/1, Brian Eno

28 Feb

Latest and Greatest: Musica.

What else is there? Music is life.

You Don’t Know What You Mean to Me – Booka Shade
Peaceful Air (Album Mix) – Desert Dwellers
Four-Day Interval – Tortoise
Sel – Smadj
Days Gone By – Eastern Sun & John Kelley
The Nomad – Niraj Chag
Send and Receive – Tycho
Cosmo-Bali-tan – Prem Joshua
Computer Love – Techmaster P.E.B
Feeling Good – My Brightest Diamond
Roads – Portishead
To the Evening Child – Stephan Micus
Morning Meditation – Ali Akbar Khan

Enjoy. <3

11 Feb

New Music – FRESH off the press

blog_freshplaylist1I created a new playlist today, and I’m more inspired to share it right away after chatting with wonderful students from tonight’s class! I’m glad that people notice and enjoy the playlists I love putting together. Enjoy this one! xo

Wish U Were Here (Acapella) / Desert Moon – Bliss / Dubtribe Sound System
Alucidnation – Skygazer (3002 Remix)
San Francisco (Original Mix) – beGun
I Had a List and I Lost It – The Drift
Spring Vibes – Echophlekz
Trilogy Sonata: II Act III (from Satyagraha) – Floraleda Sacchi & Phillip Glass
Into Dust – Mazzy Star
Halving the Compass – Helios
Memoires de Futur – Rene Aubry
That Finger on Your Temple Is the Barrel of My Raygun – Stars of the Lid
Egon & Wally Embrace and Say Farewell – Rachel’s
December Hunting for Vegetarian Fuckface – Stars of the Lid

** Stars of the Lid has VERY strange names of songs! (Just realized as I was typing them out)!

09 Jan

New Year, New Music.

blog_music20131Here’s to 2013! Enjoy!

Mandala, Nadaka
Mangalacaran, Karnamrita
An Ending (Ascent), Brian Eno
Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock) [Remix], Bob Marley
Angelica, Lamb
You Wish, Nightmares On Wax
With Rainy Eyes, Emancipator
New Life, Teen Daze
Om Namo Narayanaya, Steve Gold
Trilogy Sonata: II Act III (from Satyagraha), Floraleda Sacchi & Philip Glass
To the Evening Child, Stephan Micus
Medicine Dream, Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors
Lotus Heart, Desert Dwellers
Closing Meditation, Shantala
Breathing In, Shaman’s Dream & Craig Kohland

24 Nov

Happy listening.

Playlist for the wintertime!

Feel Good Lost – Broken Social Scene
No More Olives – Tosca
Gekkoh – Susumu Yokota
Tick of the Clock – Drive Soundtrack
Trinity Dub (Three) – Massive Attack
Burning Disaster (Language Lab) – A Man Called Adam
Camel (Nosaj Thing Remix) – Flying Lotus
Love and Mathematics – Broken Social Scene
Eternal Feedback (Sly) – Massive Attack
Teardrop – Massive Attack
The Sweetest Gift – Sade
Seriously – Schlomo
Moss Breaker – Broken Social Scene
Zenith – Beny Wertheimer
Umfamiliar Wind (Leek Hills) – Brian Eno