Thanks so much to the Yoga and Cooking class attendees this past weekend! Great food, lots of fun, and many requests to have another. Isn't it the perfect place and...
Namaste. I was excited to receive a review copy of Katrina's new book, Breathing Space from the publisher. She co-wrote the book with Yoga-pioneer Alan Finger, of the Ishta yoga center. Writing in a semi-autobiographical/journal context,
You may have noticed all the Shiva references, and songs to Shiva in last weeks classes, We were leading up to Maha Shivaratri, Shiva's Favorite night.... Which is tonight! All over the world, and right here as well, there will be gatherings of Yogi's who have
My Mom's a retired chef, and full-time saint. She's very busy this time of year, dispensing her soup to everyone she knows. Seriously, everyone gets soup. And between the Karma of helping others to feel better and her daily Neti pot use, she's been relatively free of colds. Nice. She calls it zero-calorie cause it can be a helpful part of a weight loss plan. Fill up with lo-cal soup and we're good and hydrated, with less room for snacks. I call it Mom's liquid-love. I asked her to share her recipe with us: Mom's Zero-Calorie Vegetable Soup. Cut uniformly - 5 stalks of celery w/leaves, 1 pound of carrots, and 1/2 pound of green beans. Quarter 10 brussel sprouts, Crush two garlic cloves. Sauté veggies with a tiny amount of oil in your soup pot for 5 minutes. (mom uses spray-oil) Add one 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes, the fire roasted ones are nice. Add 4 cups of veg stock, 6 cups of water, and 1.5 tablespoons of dried Italian seasoning. toss in an optional pinch of red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. add 1 small diced zucchini and a handful of baby spinach leaves. Simmer for 5 minutes, or till veggies are crisp-tender. Adjust seasonings to [...]
Last summer we offered a benefit Yoga class for SmileTrain, a group of doctors who perform free cleft palate surgeries in the most desperate areas of our world. The benefit was a great success, and we raised $2,500, enough for 10 brand new smiles. I'm starting to get pictures of the children we helped to smile for the first time.
Overcoming and outsmarting procrastination and resistance is the key to manifesting an idea into reality. Everything in our world once started as pure thought, then the thinker had to deal with their block to bring it forth into reality.
Please take a few moments to watch this video, an introduction to a most-unusal animal shelter in California. Over 700 cats and a bunch of dogs live together in harmony at the Cat House on The Kings: Share with a friend who could use a smile! Piece of cake if you use the button below to email the link. Registration now open for the Yoga and Cooking Class, check the events page for details. Om Shanti. -j
A very-inspiring Asana practice from the folks at Elephant Beans, click the link below to see the video: karandavasana I'm often asked to recommend books, dvd's, but am most-asked about the music playing in class. I've begun to populate the john's favorite link on the left side of my website with selected items. I'm now working on a way to post the songlists from class. Now that would be very-cool. Om Shanti, See you in class! -john
The ancient teachings agree, the peace you seek is not out there. What you're seeking, you already have. The practice of Yoga is one way to reveal this peace, your truest nature.
Stepped out my front door on Saturday and swoosh, my feet went right out from under me. Down the stairs I went. I’d like to say that I landed in wheel pose, but no. I slammed down in an undignified heap on the ground. I immediately spouted something profane about the person who was supposed to clear the stairs. Of course it’s their fault, not mine… I was able to right my mind stream before getting up, laughing at my automatic reaction of anger and finger pointing. Looking back, my mind was already in the car, and wondering how the roads were. Not being present landed me flat on my back. ouch. I had great hang-time though. That moment in the air. Can remember the last time you slipped, had a near miss in the car, reached for your wallet and it wasn’t there, tripped on something, or watched the car door lock closed with your keys in the ignition? The split second before you react, that’s stillness, fully present in the moment. That’s what we’re moving towards in our Yoga and Meditation practice. More time in the present. Stretching out that stillness, so there’s time to choose an appropriate action instead of mindlessly reacting. No, don’t throw [...]