Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Iceland Adventure: Yoga and the Midnight Sun!

Looking for a new way to kick off your summer?  Want to adventure with me in a healthy way to enjoy daily yoga, nourishing food, great music, breathtaking scenery, fantastic art & fashion, and fun excursions like hiking/horseback/cave touring/hot pool soaking?  All you have to do is go here:

I'm taking a group of 10-12 with me on a highly personal and special trip from June 5-13th to Iceland!  This is a long time coming...and I'm so happy to share it with anyone who wants to come along.  

Check out past blog posts to understand some more of my love for this land:

Just saw Seabear in concert here in Cambridge.  It was the best music I'd seen live in a long time and made all of us happy for days!  In another month Jonsi will be in town and I'll have my music fix before actually heading over there.  
You can hear some of this music in my classes as we vinyasa our way to content and healthy minds.  :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

After the Swirling Playlist

1. Four Tet:  Reversing
2. Seabear: Arms (While the Fire Dies Version)   
*They are playing in Cambridge at TT the Bear's in Central Sq. this Sunday night, 3/28th!  :)
3. Four Tet: Circling
4. Nelly Furtado: The Grass is Green
5. Seabear: Fire Dies Down
6. Seabear: Cold Summer
7. Jose Gonzalez: Abram
8. Natalie Walker: Lost my Shadow
9. Seabear: Lion Face Boy
10. The New Pornagraphers: Failsafe
11. Seabear: I'll Build You a Fire
12. Seabear: Pocketknife
13. Tori Amos: Goodbye Pisces
14. Seabear: Leafmask
15. Regina Spektor: Eet
16. Seabear: We Fell Off the Roof
17. Ray LaMontagne: Be Here Now
18. Mum: Winter (What We Never Were After All)
19. Johann Johannsson: Fordlandia

Monday, March 15, 2010

Swirling through the washing machine to Spring

Spring has officially arrived!  The exclamation point is to be noted, yes.  It may be cold and dreary out again but we were gifted with a glorious start to a spring weekend that I am very grateful for.  After a long bout with a nasty virus and cold, it's nice to have seen the sun and now welcome the birds and bulbs again.  
My teaching this month has been building to this point in the cycle of seasons.  I can always sense this time of year when there is a restlessness in everyone coming to the mat.  We are all seeking a bit of change and a bit of good health and wellness as the temperatures rise.  Personally, I have been going through my own bout of restlessness.  Just feeling so full of ideas, things to work on, confusion about how much to take on, where to go next, what more to do...
You'd think by now that I'd be able to zen my way out of such inner swirling.  But we are all human after all, and even 10 years on the mat won't take you out of societal/economic pressure, worries, confusion.  The best part of it all is the fact that I am not alone in this feeling; in this inner battle that occurs from time to time.  And that is simply one reason why I teach yoga.  I believe in energy from one person to the next and that if we tap into connecting with each other's and spreading positive energy around, then it will help with these feelings on a whole.  
It helps to have wise friends and loved ones in the mix, too.  I received an energy reading from the lovely Kriste Peoples, and it simply reminded me to be in the present.  I was able to work with my very best friend again to guide you all on a spring cleansing flow as she worked her reiki magic and talked about her favorite spring herbs.  I was able to convene with other goddesses in my life on a quest to let go and welcome the abundance waiting in our path.  And I am lucky to have a partner that pushes me towards that abundant bouquet of spring flowers in my day to day life.  
So, all in all, it's time for gratitude of winter and the swirling it brought in the cycle.  Because now we can take it and jump through.  

*Paschimottanasana to Virabhadrasana II!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rain brings week from now...

a Vinyasa Flow and Reiki energy cleanse

on Sunday, March 21st, 3pm-5:15pm
with Jenn Pici (yoga) and Nazarene Zabel (reiki) 

Spring awaits us and it's time to shed off the winter energy and make room for some awakening and fresh energy!

> Join us for an introduction to reiki, then for a 90 min. all levels vinyasa practice with Jenn to prepare your physical body and your emotional spirit for the changing of the seasons!

> We will then relax in meditative savasana to allow Nazarene to perform reiki on us in order to complete our awakening and open our subtle energy points for spring!

> Post-reiki/savasana, Jenn and Naz will open discussion about cleansing herbs, teas, foods, remedies that might aid you in this new season. Naz will have samples of her Flowerfolk herbal line on hand for us to try as well.

Jenn Pici has been teaching Vinyasa Flow at Karma for the past 3 1/2 years. She encourages students to honor their bodies and spirit by opening to truth on their mats and staying light hearted. She provides a fun atmosphere with music and positivity to open up the power of yoga to everyone.

Nazarene Zabel is a Reiki practitioner, ethnobotanist, and owner of Flowerfolk, a small local business which creates herbal-based skin care products. Her work is spreading knowledge about the beauty and power of plants. It is her honor to share Reiki healing with others.

Due to the energy and time sensitivity of this practice, space is limited to only 12 students.
Sign-up by Thursday, March 18 for your spot! 
All you have to do is stop by the studio to sign up. 
$50, Karma members receive a 10% discount.

Don't miss it! Sign up early!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Haiti Love

Haiti Love Playlist 
*At Karma Yoga Studio we hosted 4 benefit classes on Sunday, 2/28, with all proceeds going to Amurt Haiti.  It was so beautiful.  Thanks to everyone who came out to lift up positive energy.  

1. Isan--Ship
2. Fanfarlo--Kist of Whistles
3. Jehro--Stand On
4. Amos Lee--Jails and Bombs
5. India.Arie--Strength, Courage, and Wisdom
6. Cat Power--Evolution
7. Madredeus--O Sonho
8. Tiken Jah Fakoly--Ca Va Faire Mal
9. Florence & the Machine--You've Got the Love
10. Four Tet--Angel Echoes
11. Snow Patrol--Open your Eyes
12. Goddamn Electric Bill--Lost in the Zoo
13. Mum--Hullabbalabbaluu
14. David Newman--He Maha Lakshmi
15. Hem--Half Acre
16. Sigur Ros--Samskeyti
17. Jonsi & Alex--Atlas Song