Stop SOPA and Another Yoga Playlist (#3)

I am posting today to draw attention to two dangerous bills that are currently going through the House of Representatives and the Senate. These bills are SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act).

It is worth a few minutes of your time to get familiar with these bills and understand how they may affect you (even if you’re not in the US):

Still there? I hope so, and I hope that this site and many others will be here, online, for your consumption, for many many days and years to come. Don’t let the government black out the internet.

My 3rd Flow Yoga Playlist

(Only a few new songs; many taken from the last 2 weeks because I had no time! But it’s actually my favorite so far because I was able to pick and choose exactly what worked and what didn’t work from earlier.)

  • Comptine D’Un Autre Ete – L’Apres Midi – Amelie Soundtrack
  • Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
  • My Love – The Bird and The Bee
  • Viva La Vida – Coldplay
  • You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds
  • Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap
  • Love Song – Sara Bareilles
  • What You Wish For – Guster
  • A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth) – College
  • Heartbreak Warfare – John Mayer
  • You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
  • Remember When It Rained – Josh Groban
  • La Femme D’Argent – Air

My song of the week is “Somebody that I Used to Know” – I love it:

Any songs you are digging this week?

Have you read about SOPA/PIPA yet?

Intention: Yoga Is Now.

This week’s intention I am stealing from a favorite teacher (her intentions come straight from the Yoga Sutras): it is “Atha Yoga Nushasanam” – which can be translated as:

  • Yoga is now.
  • Now begins our yoga.
  • All around us, now, is yoga.

It’s a reminder to stay present. You can practice yoga anytime, anywhere. Though it’s easy to go about life mindlessly clinging to old habits, remember to check in and come back to the moment. Not sinking into the past, nor daydreaming of the future – being here and now, and embracing it.

Last week’s intention was to be humble.

What is your intention for the week?

Yoga Flow Playlist #2 – Teacher Resource

My second flow yoga class was today during lunch. I think I may change the time though – it seems like it’s not ideal for many people. It’s currently set for 1:30pm on a Wednesday – I’m thinking after work might be better? What do you guys think? What time would you want to go to yoga if your office offered it?

Flow Yoga Playlist #2

  1. Comptine D’Un Autre Ete – L’Apres Midi – Amelie Soundtrack
  2. The Office – Soundtrack
  3. A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth) – College
  4. Viva La Vida – Coldplay
  5. Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap
  6. Half Of My Heart – John Mayer
  7. Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
  8. Grey Street – Dave Matthews Band
  9. Love Save The Empty – Erin McCarley
  10. Quiet Times – Dido
  11. Brass Bed – Josh Gracin
  12. Remember When It Rained – Josh Groban
  13. Finally Moving – Pretty Lights
  14. La Femme D’Argent – Air

Click here for all my yoga playlists. (Note that the last couple songs on this playlist are the same as last time; last time we got started late and didn’t get through all the songs but I didn’t want them to go to waste.)

I’d love to hear any song suggestions you may have. I really think music is key to a yoga class. In fact, I get a little annoyed when I don’t like the music. That’s something I have to work on letting go of.

Veggie Sushi and Resolutions 2012

I wanted to pop in and share part of a delicious lunch I had on Saturday at Whole Foods. My husband is bored of eating at WF; we probably grab dinner there at least twice a week and sometimes visit on the weekends too. But I have yet to tire of their prepared foods bar. I am tired of it being $8.99/pound, but not of the scrumptious salads and innovative hearty dishes. I also discovered recently that they have rice-less sushi, which is what I’m about to show you.

There. That is seaweed swaddling shredded carrot, avocado, soft tofu, cucumber, and roasted red pepper*. Dip it in soy sauce and wasabi. Not enough for a meal on its own, but certainly a healthy and yummy component. The rest of my meal was a seaweed salad and chunky chicken salad (from the prepared foods bar). Filling, and a perfect reward after a Yin Yang yoga class taught by Tanya B herself. Wait, you’re not supposed to reward yourself with food? Oops.

*This sushi reminded me of my “fushi” – nearly raw, riceless sushi.

Some words on new year’s resolutions.

One resolution that I think everyone should have, not just at the start of the year, but always, is to take care of yourself. This could mean going to the dentist even though you really hate it, or giving yourself that 15 minute break in the afternoon even if you’re busy at work.

I’ve been struggling with my resolution to quit diet soda – I did not realize what a hard habit it would be to break. I have been following through on reading more.

A new resolution for the rest of January and beyond – more flossing! (At least once a day.)

I have many questions for you today:

  1. Do you do crosswords?
  2. Do you like to read (and if so what are you reading)?
  3. When was the last time you went to the dentist?
  4. Do you drink diet soda?

Humbled.

When you have been practicing yoga for a while, going to the same studio, flowing through the same sequences, you start to go on autopilot (or at least I do). You know what transition is coming up, what the next pose is, sometimes even the next cue, before the teacher says it. You get used to poses, too. Example: it’s easy to get lazy in parsvottanasana (pyramid) when you’re already tuning out.

And then you take a two hour Pure-ification flow class with Derek Beres and you get knocked off your feet, cut down to size, and completely humbled. In the first 10 minutes. I used to take Derek’s class at Equinox for about a month or so, but when I left Equinox I stopped. I missed his sequencing and when I found out he was going to be at Pure this weekend (he moved to LA and only comes back to NYC for visits) I jumped on it. One of my fellow teacher trainer graduates came along with me, and we were both blown away by his flow today.

My class this week was going to be about being in the moment, but I will put that on hold. The intention of the week* will be:

Be humble.

Being humble means having and showing a modest estimate of one’s importance. It is about recognizing and being thankful for what we have without letting the ego get cocky. It is about inner strength, and bowing down, but remaining a strong warrior. Practice humble warrior to go deeper with this intention.

Source.

*By the way, this past week, in my life and in the class I taught, the intention was to embrace change. Because it’s the new year, people have made resolutions – to lose weight, to do more yoga, to read more, to be happier, and on and on – that is great. But what is greater is to be okay with it when we fail, and to keep on trying.

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I mentioned this already, but if you are in NYC, come out for free yoga on Friday at my studio. I’ll be helping with adjustments. And I just happened to find myself in the ad for the class (the guy on the left is my friend that came with me to yoga today):

Yoga Vida Teacher Training Fall 2011