Monday, May 31, 2010

Sag Full Moon in Gemini Playlist

1. The Album Leaf/Explosions in the Sky
2. Broken Social Scene- World Sick
3. Imogen Heap- Earth
4. Mum- A Little Bit, Sometimes
5. Broken Social Scene-Highway Slipper Jam
6. Caribou- Odessa
7. The National- Bloodbuzz Ohio
8. Forro- Limoeiro Do Norte
9. Bat for Lashes- Sleep Alone
10. Broken Social Scene- Sentimental X's
11. Beach House- Zebra
12. Jonsi- Sinking Friendships
13. The Black Keys- Everlasting Light
14. Seabear- Fire Dies Down
15. Arms and Sleepers- The Paramour
16. Frou Frou- Hear Me Out
17. Bon Iver- Blood Bank
18. Imogen Heap- Half Life (instrumental)
19. Tori Amos- Cloud on my Tongue
20. Olafur Arnalds- Pau Hafa Sloppid Undan Punga Myrkursins
21. Sigur Ros- Untitled 3

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Thankful for neighborly nights, working with shenpa, and moon practices

May is almost over and is it just me, or has it been an intense one?!  It's been the busiest month I've had in a long time.  Family visiting me, me visiting them, teaching/learning/yoga-ing non-stop, rehearsing music & performing, baby showers, bbq's, concerts, and planning my upcoming trip.  Whew!  On top of that, the moon has brought intense emotions to the forefront.  I've seen it with a lot of my friends and their transitions during this time, and I've also seen it within myself.  
Been reading and listening to a lot of Pema Chodron, the wise Tibetan Buddhist nun.  She talks a lot about the power of positive thinking, getting unstuck, awakening lovingkindness towards yourself and then to others.  My partner and I have been working on our shenpa this month.  It could be why the emotions start to rise up...because shenpa refers to dealing with the negative thoughts and urges that arise, that we give into over and over again, thus reinforcing our cravings, habits, addictions.  And when you recognize shenpa, it is the first step to refraining, then relaxing, then resolving it.  But, it doesn't mean it'll be easy.  
I recently had a friend ask me what my shenpa could be.  I am a yoga teacher after all, with a very sunny outlook on life.  At the same time, I am also a human being.  A Cancer Sun with a Leo Moon...full of emotions, sensitivities to emotions, and the constant urge to want to deal with them and move towards my intentions.  This means that yes, I too, deal with fears, irritabilities, sadness, and anger.  And try to deal with it in a healthy way, through yoga, meditation, and friends.  
That said, I have such amazing support around me in my loved ones and even in my acquaintances that moving forward always seems in reach.  The full moon on Thursday reminded us of the power of our thoughts.  It reminded us that if we imbue them with the power to know ourselves/be the person we are deep within our core being, then we will awaken our potential to contribute to the world around us.  
I developed a special Full Moon practice on Thursday out of the blue, and have been teaching it the past few days.  It has revived me and my students in ways that are indescribable.  I feel so lucky to share such things when they come to fruition and to help everyone who steps on their mat under my guidance to feel safe and open to this very awakening.  How grateful I am to do what I am meant to do and love doing.  
And last night, my partner and I had a spontaneous encounter with our neighbors that ended up with sharing a meal in their backyard.  We met their friends, watched two 5 year olds build and bounce around, and talked til late in the night.  It was a warm and welcome break in the long month that's been had. more week of teaching and planning til my adventure abroad...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hey, End of May-Playlist

Have recently acquired some more new music!  Been obsessed with listening to Icelandic (trip is less than 2 weeks away!), but thanks to friends and remembering to look up some new stuff, I have this new fun playlist.  And there will me more where this came from.  
Thanks to the beautiful ladies who joined Naz and I yesterday in our spring yoga/reiki workshop!  It was a delightful afternoon together.  xo

1. Olafur Arnalds-- Pu Ert Jordin
2.      "            "     --  Pu Ert Solin
3.     "             "     -- Haegt, Kemur Ljosid
4. Stars-- Look Up
5. Sigur Ros-- Inni mer syngur vitleysingur
6. Mum-- Blessed Brambles
7. Jonsi-- Tornado
8. Broken Social Scene-- All to All
9. Thievery Corporation-- The Outernationalist
10. Jehro-- Master Blaster (Demo)
11. Leona Naess-- Un-Named
12. Stereolab-- Neon Beanbag
13. Tiken Jah Fakoly-- Missiri
14. Olafur Arnalds-- Tunglid
15. Deb Talan-- Whetstones
16. Theresa Andersson-- Hi-Low
17. Mr. Silla & Mongoose-- Do Not Know
18. Olafur Arnalds-- Gleypa Okkur
19. The Kinks-- Strangers
20. The National-- Little Faith
21. Sin Fang Bous-- Fa Fa Fa
22.  Sigur Ros-- Med Blodnasir
23. Olafur Arnalds-- Pau Hafa Sloppid Undan Punga Myrkursins
24.      "           "       -- Kjurrt
25.      "           "       -- Undan Hulu
26.      "          "       --  Loftid Verdur Skyndilega Kalt

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Teaching at Majestic Yoga the next few Saturdays!

Yogis in Boston area--

I will be teaching a Saturday morning all levels vinyasa class at a gorgeous, light-filled studio in Huron Village Cambridge for the next couple weekends (before I head to Iceland!).  
This is a welcome opportunity for me to switch it up for a moment and see you all a bit more before I head off for an adventure.  ;)

Where:  Majestic Yoga,  223 Concord Ave.--across from Hi Rise Bakery
When:  Saturday May 22, May 29-- 10:00-11:30am
What:  My usual Lunar influenced, open-hearted, mindful vinyasa flow

Classes are $17 drop-in.  There is parking in the back.  Hope to see you there!
**Bring a friend for FREE this week only (May 22).  

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Workshop tomorrow with Naz and I!

Settle Into Spring Yoga/Reiki Workshop

SUNDAY, MAY 23RD 2-4:45 PM

Bow Street Yoga

Join yoga teacher Jenn Pici and reiki/herbalist Naz Zabel for this yoga and reiki experience to awaken and stabilize your physical body and emotional spirit for the spring season.
We will begin with an introduction to reiki followed by a 90 minute all levels vinyasa practice with Jenn.  As we relax and let go in savasana, Naz will perform reiki in order to complete our awakening and open up the subtle energy points of our bodies.
Post reiki/savasana, Jenn and Naz will open discussion about cleansing herbs, teas, foods and remedies to keep you stay healthy and balanced through the spring transitional season.  Naz will have samples of her Flowerfolk herbal line as well.
***due to the sensitivity of the energy work
 class size limited to 12**
For more about Naz, check out:

*Then, that night, she and I will be joining forces yet again, along with the 3rd member of our play a 30min. set of original tunes as The Sass Factor at O'Brien's Pub in Allston.  8pm.  

BYOB Yoga Series at Karma Yoga-Cambridge

BYOBY (Bring-Your-Own-Baby Yoga!) 
Connect with your baby and your body in a whole new light! 
A three part series:
Wednesday, May 19th, 2pm-3:30pm
Wednesday, May 26th, 2pm-3:30pm
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2pm-3:30pm

> Join this all-levels vinyasa flow based class, tailored to students who have recently become new parents and still need their yoga!

> Each class will include breathing and flowing asanas that will either include the baby or leave room for the baby to rest while Mom or Dad fits in some practice. 

> The focus will vary each week in the following schedule:
-May 19th: forward folds and leg strength
-May 26th: shoulders, arm strength, back bends
-June 2nd: hips, hamstrings, core 

We will provide a loving environment open to parents and their babies that are 18 months or younger.

Don't miss it! Sign up early at the front desk or via phone (617.547.9642)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wanna sing about the Iceland volcano and then go see it with me?

So, lots has been going on since my last post.  Can't believe it's been over a month.  Hopefully I'll have time to write some more of my latest yoga thoughts soon...but in the meantime, DO check this out!  As many of you know, I play the ukulele in a band called The Sass Factor 
and that I'm slightly obsessed with music that is born out of Iceland.  If you click the link below, you will understand my delight in this little find about the volcano over there that caused such media frenzy.  

My upcoming Yoga Adventure and the Midnight Sun in ICELAND is fast approaching!  About one month and counting.  Eyjafjallajokull has quieted down, and in fact, we may even travel to visit her while we're there.  I have a glorious and affordable trip planned out.  Yoga daily for all levels (even if you've never practiced before, but are just interested in coming to Iceland!), hikes, hot spring soaking, caves, laying on moss, riding or at least petting their cute horses, taking in the freshest air I've ever tasted, bopping to music, checking out the art, eating skyr, and finding inspired fashion.  
That said, it is now the last week that you can sign up for this trip that is so very dear to me.  We'd love to have a few more people along for the ride.  So, double check your agendas and maybe I'll learn the Eyjafjallajokull song for ya.  ;)

SolYoga Trips to learn all you need about the trip and make your deposit!