Saturday Night Asana Clinic: Backbends to Open the Heart

Saturday January 29th, 2011

Hey Tribe,

Come practice opening your heart, bending backwards and energizing your anahata chakra tonight at The Yoga Room. Asana clinic will be from 5:30-7:00 p.m. this evening




Om namah shivaya!



winter yoga on nantucket: let the sun shine in.

January 22, 2010

Nantucket, MA.

Hey ACK Yogis and Yoginis,

Tomorrow’s Sunday Sadhana will be a Sunshine Centered, Solar Plexus Opening, Radiant practice. Please join in the nearly 2 hours of warming vinyasa joy and heat up your hearts. the yoga room. 9:00-10:48 a.m. Give me five minutes; you’ll forget it’s 23 degrees out.

As always, Sunday’s practice will be followed by a free and open seated and walking meditation led by the Sunny & Shiny Shambala crew.

love & light,


hip-hop vinyasa flow

as many of you know, I was in Boston for a week last month, and had the chance to take a number of classes at Back Bay Yoga. they have a regularly scheduled class called hip-hop yoga, which has quickly become one of their most popular classes. the few I got to take were JAM packed: 60-70 students inverting and twisting to the likes of MJ, Justin, and Gaga, and I took one class with the lovely Goldie Kaufenberg that totally rocked my world. it was such an out-of-the-box and joyful experience to practice yoga to the push and pull of hip-hop that I found myself working deeper into my asana practice in a way that felt easy. I nearly always have fun when in the flow, no matter the soundtrack, but the novelty of flowing to hip-hop and rap was exciting and uplifting. so in that spirit, I would like to invite you to practice tonight, tuesday january 18th, to a special hip-hop playlist- and we’ll see if we can’t recreate my Back Bay experience. as always, I welcome your feedback.

Om shanti,


glorious gayatri


So a couple of you asked me on Tuesday night what the music was that I played during śavāsana. It was the gayatri mantra, one of the oldest and most powerful of Hindu mantras, performed by Jane Winther. I stumbled upon it when looking for various versions of the same mantra, for the gayatri-centered class I taught the Sunday before. This particular version by Ms. Winther is stunning in it’s gentle layers and simple yet complex harmonies. The mantra itself reads as follows:

Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।

As far as I can tell (and I’m obviously no scholar of the Vedas) the gayatri is a beautiful prayer with the intent to awaken our true intelligence. After doing my internet research on the various translations of the mantra (there are probably as many translations as there asanas) I found one simple one I read in class that resonated with me:

On the absolute reality and it’s planes

On that finest spiritual light,

We meditate, as remover of obstacles

That it may inspire and enlighten us.

If you’re interest is peeked further, below you’ll find a break down of the mantra word for word. There are many other beautiful musical versions of the Gayatri out there. A few of the other more modern ones I’ve found and used in class recently include works by Girish, Wah!, the Subway Bhaktis, Tina Malia and Deva Premal. Please enjoy.



dub it down

Hi Tribe,

Below you’ll find the playlist from last night’s Slow Flow Monday vinyasa class. After this posts been up for a few days, I’ll move it into the playlist page. For me dub music & yoga go together like PB&J. Let me know what you think!

Om Shanti,




Slow Flow Monday’s Playlist: January 10th, 2010

Spoony Bill by Roots Combination Hi-Fidelity Dub Sessions

You Are We Am I (Blue Mix) by TJ Rehmi

Orion by Bill Laswell & Jah Wobble Radioaxiom

Dil Mai Durad by TJ Rehmi

One God Dub by Kaya Project

Elephant (Dub Mix) by Spiral System & Lottie Child

Hey Diwani, Hey Diwana by The Dum Dum Project

Punjabi Five-0 by Dum Dum Project

It Ain’t Necessarily Evil by Mungolian Jetset

On the Dub-ble by DJ Krush

Kali Maheshwari by Tantra remix

You Are We Am I by TJ Rehmi The Warm Chill

Devotional Rap by Shiva Mantra

The Warm Chill by TJ Rehmi

Subcode by Bill Laswell & Jah Wobble

Begin and End by Dub Tractor Hideout


yoguary 2011

Nantucket. January 2, 2011

So after a week with my parents in Boston I find myself home once again- on our beautiful island of Nantucket. I cannot express how happy I am to be back; reunited with my two beautiful children, Isabella & Griffin, home with my dear friends and fellow spiritual warriors, and back teaching and practicing at The Yoga Room.

While in Boston I had the pleasure of taking several great classes at Back Bay Yoga, welcomed in the New Year with a special 2 hour New Year’s Eve sadhana with Ame Wren, and followed it up with an awesome class with Coral Brown at All That Matters in Wakefield. RI on New Year’s Day. What a great way to close out the year and begin the new. Jai 2011!

Below please find my teaching schedule for the following month. I will be adding additional classes in February. See my class listings page for further details. Om Shanti!

Mondays: Slow Flow 5:30-7:00 p.m. @ The Yoga Room

Tuesdays: Vinyasa Flow 5:30-7:00 p.m. @ The Yoga Room

Wednesdays: Mixed Level Morning 8:15-9:35 @ The Yoga Room

Saturdays: Asana Clinic 5:30-7:00 p.m. @ The Yoga Room

Sundays: “Church” 9:00-10:45 a.m @ The Yoga Room

Sundays: Mixed Level flow 4:00-5:15 p.m. @ The Nantucket Health Club

snowed inBoston.

Dear Tribe,

Namaste! It would seem the end of 2010 is closing out in true winter solstice style. Not only did the 21st of december witness the first conjunction of a lunar eclipse, the winter solstice and a full moon in 372 years, but we are now in the midst of a major northeasterly blizzard. It’s an exciting time to be a yogi.

This week (december 26th-January 1st) I will not be teaching classes. A family situation has brought me to Boston- the heart of the blizzard no less- for the next few days, and I will most likely be here until the New Year.

In the meantime, my dear friend and co-worker Clay Twombly will be covering my classes at The Yoga Room. So please keep up your dedicated practice, and enjoy Clay’s creative and compassionate approach to vinyasa in my absence.

It’s my personal goal to continue my own practice while in Boston, and I’m sure to bring back a few new namaskars borrowed from the wonderful teachers at Back Bay Yoga.

Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu!


feeling gratitude for my teachers

with my teachers- Ganga White & Tracey Rich

White Lotus. Santa Barbara, CA. March 2000

Shiva Rea. Embodying the Flow YTT

Kripalu. Lenox, MA. May 2009

Break It Down: Saturday night clinic

Please join us for a special Break It down Saturday night vinyasa clinic. This Saturday we will be exploring horizontal movement and how it can help take you deeper into your arm balance practice! Postures like bakasana, titibasana, astavakrasana, eka hasta bhujasana, and bhairavasana will be explored. Kramas (stages) of each will be asana will be accessed via a multilevel-appropriate approach. Join us tonight, December 11th, 2010 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. E-Mail your RSVP to or find me on Facebook.


class schedule for december 6-12th

Dear Yogis & Yoginis of Nantucket,

Happy December! This week I will be teaching my regularly scheduled classes as well as substitute teaching quite a bit. So if you haven’t managed to check out my candlelight Vinyasa Flow classes on Tuesday nights, or my “Break It Down” Saturday evening clinics, perhaps you might check out one of my additional classes this week at The Yoga Room. Here’s my schedule for this week:

Monday, December 6th: Mixed Level @ 8:15-9:35 a.m. & Slow Flow @ 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 7th: Mixed Level @ 10-11:25 a.m. & Vinyasa Flow @ 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 8th: Mixed Level @ 8:15-9:25

Thursday, December 9th: Vinyasa Flow @ 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 11th: Break It Down Vinyasa Clinic @ 5:30-7:00 p.m. *


Sunday, December 12th: Church @ 9:00-10:30 a.m.

*pre-registration for the Break It Down clinic is suggested. There is a sign-up sheet at The Yoga Room.

Hope to see you on the mat!