Earth Day Yoga at The Standard NYC

By April 24, 2010 Blog

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It’s my understanding, you cannot do for others or the Earth, without first doing for yourself. Everything ripples out from there. Which is why I’m so excited about these yoga peeps in New York City. Doing yoga, dancing, raising their vibration, and rippling that out to the world. That is truly where all of the healing of Planet Earth begins.

Here’s what Social Workout wrote about this gathering, “Earth Day celebration at The Standard, produced by our friends at?Flavorpill: Note the wood-paneled “Highline Room” above, with picture window looking out at sun setting over New Jersey. That’s Elena Brower of?Virayoga fame at the front, talking about the the Hindu goddess?Kali. After deep savasana, a crowd of conga drummers files in with deejay. Ensued: Yogis dancing barefoot, drinking coconut water, and eating organic chocolate. Meanwhile, downstairs in the biergarten, well-dressed financiers drink wheat beer and eye the various Ferraris left casually at the curb”.

I’m stoked that practicing yoga in a beautiful venue, with an awesome yogin (Elena Brower), is just as popular, as sipping cocktails and Ferrarris. Therein lies a shift.

Peace, and Happy Earth Day.

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Review: Jane Austin PreNatal Yoga DVD

By April 15, 2010 Blog

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I had wonderful time speaking with Jane Austin, PreNatal Yoga teacher, at Yoga Tree, in San Francisco a couple of months ago. I found her to be relaxed and cheerful, with a sort of inner confidence. Such an important combo for me, and for women in pregnancy, as we are going through a massive life expanding transition in our lives.

Round about the time I chatted with Jane, I found out I was pregnant, with my second child. I was elated, but with that elation comes all the intensity of having another life grow inside you – extreme fatigue, nausea, insomnia, massive discomfort doing just about everything and anything, especially towards the end, when the baby inside is so big.

That being said, I am so happy to be pregnant, and to be of service to the beautiful life inside of me, and to have to ability to expand to birth him!

As with any massive discomfort, I am always looking for ease, and freedom, which is why I was so stoked to get Jane’s new PreNatal Yoga DVD. Jane, a childbirth educator, doula, midwife, has been teaching prenatal yoga in SF for 15 years. She was such a joy to practice along with. Her constant smile infuses confidence in even the most unsure, and awkward mama-to-be.

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She starts out with a meditation connecting with our breath, and our baby, which I loved. Then we moved on to some arm strengthening (for holding our new babies, and our toddlers). Then came hip openers, which felt absolutely divine. My particular favorite was the one legged squat, with hip rolls. After that one, I felt like I had a mile more real estate inside my hips. Exactly what I want for birthing, and just for all around better posture. The amount of weight we carry forward in pregnancy can pull our bodies forward and down. By opening the hips, we stand more upright, are more stable, and can more easily access a full squat, an awesome birthing position.

The class moved on with balancing poses, and came back down to hips and final relaxation, and more baby centered meditation and visualization. I love this part, because I tend to focus on my body, and forget about the little life growing inside me. It was so good to connect with him, and to feel him inside of me responding to my love and attention.

Jane feels like a good friend. Knowing that she has two children of her own, and has been helping women go through the process of pregnancy and birth for over a decade, helps me like her even more, and trust her unconditionally. She gives us helpful reminders like,

“This is the breath that will birth your baby”

“You are a mother now. See your baby inside of you”

“It’s impossible to birth your baby through buns of steel, you need to get juicy”

The music, is smooth, consistent, and nonintrusive. The women in the video are all very pregnant, and are real students in Jane’s classes. She teaches 4x a week in at Yoga Tree, and does Teacher Trainings twice a year.

I practice daily, am a yoga instructor, and have a fairly athletic practice. I loved this Prenatal DVD practice because as I felt honored, and understood, with where I am now (at 5 months pregnant), where I’m going ( birth), while acknowledged for my strength (as a mother).

In conclusion, I totally LOVE it, and recommend it to all mothers to be, even if it’s your second or third time. Find Jane’s DVD, and teaching schedule online at: www.janeaustinyoga.com

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Thank you Jane!

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Episode 78: Brian Ratte YogaVibes.com Show Notes

By March 24, 2010 shownotes

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Influential teachers:
Rolf Gates
Michael Gannon
Books he loves:
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
The Field,
Music he loves:
U2
Sting
Van Morrison
DJ Drez: Los Angeles
Podcast Music:
New Perspectives, DJ Drez
Website:
On Twitter: @yogavibes
Love to Interviewed on YogaPeeps:
Sharon Gannon and David Life

Brian’s Influential teachers:

Rolf Gates

Michael Gannon

Books he loves:

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra

The Field, Lynne McTaggert

Music he loves:

U2

Sting

Van Morrison

DJ Drez: Los Angeles

Podcast Music:

New Perspectives, DJ Drez

Website:

www.yogavibes.com

On Twitter: @yogavibes

Love to Interviewed on YogaPeeps:

Sharon Gannon and David Life

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Episode 78: Brian Ratte YogaVibes.com Audio

By March 24, 2010 Podcast

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In this episode, Brian and Lara talk about www.yogavibes.com being the Netflix of Yoga, being a franchising partner for yoga teachers, vibrations that follow us everywhere, clearing your side of the street, finding your passion so you can share it and “Burn Brightly”, (Satya) Truth, Surrendering, and Pranayama.

To listen click:
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About?YogaVibes

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Episode 77: Jane Austin Prenatal Audio

By March 13, 2010 Podcast

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In this episode, Jane and Lara talk about Prenatal yoga, her new DVD, a time to slow down and atune with their bodies and the babies inside them, findng your passion, immediate relief for everyone, especially pregnant women, getting yoga access everywhere, letting go, softening, opening, birthing lessons applicable to mothering, silent meditation, creating sacredness in our lives, keep moving forward, and showing kindness and compassion to oneself.

To listen click: YogaPeeps_031310_JaneAustinPrenatal_Interview

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Episode 77: Jane Austin Prenatal ShowNotes

By March 13, 2010 shownotes

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Mentions:
The Red Tent
Grace Cathedral Labyrinth, SF
Influential Teachers:
Kate Holcomb
TKS Desikashar
The Yoga Sutras
Website:
http://janeaustinyoga.com/index.html
Podcast Music: Collision, by Ahmond

Mentions:

The Red Tent, Anita Diamant

Grace Cathedral Labyrinth, San Francisco

Influential Teachers:

Kate Holcombe

The Yoga Sutras

Website:

http://janeaustinyoga.com

Podcast Music: Collision, by Ahmond

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Episode 76: Sadie Nardini Audio

By January 16, 2010 Podcast

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Episode 76 is an interview, with Sadie Nardini, of Brooklyn, New York and Lara Hedin, Founder of Yoga Peeps. In this episode, Sadie and Lara talk about Integrity being super fierce, transforming a little bit at a time, core strength vinyasa, how not to leak your energy, her YouTube videos, The Guru is thy Self, core values, what aligns with you, bathing meditation, to contain your life energy, build it and focus it, discovering your core message, your dharma, what you were born to say, the one sentence you would share with the world, the reasons you do yoga, to stop fighting your true nature, and start living with it and for it, Get to know, and Own who you are , Core centering, hugging in, owning the self, and giving that gift to the world.

To listen click: YogaPeeps_011610_SadieNardini

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Episode 76: Sadie Nardini Core Strength Vinyasa ShowNotes

By January 16, 2010 shownotes

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Teachers:
A rude guy on the street, a friend, her inner teacher, our Truth (Satya), look for the teachers in your everyday life
Rodney Yee
John Friend
Sally Kempton
Paul Grilley
Favorite Books:
Island, Aldus Huxley
The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield
Favorite Music:
Drumming, Tribe Called Quest, Brown Sugar, D’Angelo, India Irie, Aretha Franklin
Yamas/Niyamas:
Self Study – Svydaya
Focus – Bramacharya
Sadie wants to hear:
Duncan Wong
Sarah Powers – Balance the energy channels
The Road Map Guide to Your Soul, Sadie’s Book
DVDs:on sadienardini.com, amazon.com

Sadie’s Favorite Teachers:

A rude guy on the street, a friend, her inner teacher, our Truth (Satya), look for the teachers in your everyday life

Rodney Yee

John Friend

Sally Kempton

Paul Grilley

Favorite Books:

Island, Aldous Huxley

The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield

Favorite Music:

Drumming, Tribe Called Quest, Brown Sugar, D’Angelo, India Irie, Aretha Franklin

Yamas/Niyamas:

Self Study – Svydaya

Focus – Bramacharya

Peeps Sadie wants to hear:

Duncan Wong

Sarah Powers – Balance the energy channels

Books/DVDs/videos:

The Road Map Guide to Your Soul, Sadie’s Book

DVDs:on sadienardini.com, amazon.com

youtube channel: Sadie Nardini Yoga

Website:

http://www.sadienardini.com

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Episode 75: Mark Freeth ShowNotes

By December 28, 2009 shownotes

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Mark Freeth, Freestyle Yoga Project, Birmingham, England.

Mark’s Influencial Teachers:

Kula Yoga Project: Schuyler Grant

David Swenson, David Williams, Mike Nevitts, Richard Freeman, Edward Clark (Tripsichore)

Books Mark Recommends:
Light On Yoga: BKS Iyengar
Asana, Mudra, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha – Bihar
MulaBandha – Bihar

Music:
Alabama 3
Queens of the Stone Age

Peeps He’d Like to Hear on YogaPeeps.com

Edward Clark – Tripsichore Yoga
Kula Yoga Project – Schuyler Grant

Website:

http://freestyleyogaproject.com/about/

Podcast Music:

001-1 acoustic guitar, by 2006 Pl@stic Soul

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Episode 75: Mark Freeth Freestyle Yoga Project

By December 28, 2009 Podcast

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Episode 75 is an interview, with Mark Freeth, of Birmingham, England, and Lara Hedin, Founder of Yoga Peeps. In this episode, Mark and Lara talk about living in his bus, teaching students of mixed abilities, inspiring people, minor miracles in each class, having a beginners mind, struggles with backbends, and vinyasa krama, breath and movement working together towards a particular end.

To listen click: YogaPeeps_122809_MarkFreeth

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