Yogis tend to be all about purification. Yes we like to cleanse on all levels, including: External, Internal, and Energetic. To do this we use Yoga Asanas (yoga postures), Breathing Techniques (Pranayama), Meditation (Dhyana) and Purification Actions called Kriyas. There are many different Kriya, Cleansing/Purification Techniques, and they are categorized in 6 groups called Sat-Karma-Kriya […]
Overeating? Can’t sleep? How’s your sex life? Do you know what to do about this stuff? Certain things bother many people, and so they are accepted as a normal until they lethargically pass. Thus, most have not noticed that food, sex and sleep is one system…your 2nd Chakra energy system. When one of these aspects […]
It’s been a very inspiring and transformational month for me here is Bali, as I have been so fortunate to get a taste of Balinese culture through the magic of sacred music and dance. Since the last blog post where the cutest girl inspired me to try Balinese Dance for the first time, I’ve been looking high and low for Balinese Dance Teachers here in Bali. Strangely enough, they are difficult to come across…until now!
I’m not sure where to start to catch up all my friends and family, so I’ll begin with what has been bringing me the most excitement.
Check out the video below first! I love this music!!! There is so much more depth in this video than one can see with a naked eye, so make sure you continue reading to learn the true spiritual beauty of balance and beat that is “behind the scenes,” and maybe feel a few goose bumps run all over your body as you read, which is what happened to me.
What you just saw in the video above is Gamelan Cudamani, some of the most well known and sought after musicians and dancers in Bali. You can study with them in Bali like I am doing, or you can find them in San Francisco.
This rare video is Cudamani entertaining us while we took a break from dancing one day. The gentleman in the middle is Pak Dewa Putu Berata his son is right behind him, and his daughter is in the back left corner. Both his children are INCREDIBLE musicians and dancers, and he such a one-of-a-kind superstar teacher, leader, director and composer.
His niece is also behind him, nephews, cousins all around…and they are all my teachers!!! His wife is the associate director of Cudamani, Emiko Saraswati. She is a whole other phenomena! A true feminine leader, captivating dancer, musician and singer, and stands as beautiful role model for all women without knowing it, especially for all the young girls in this village. I feel she is the backbone and glue that bridges all this Balinese creativity, culture and interaction together, from east to west, or in this case, west to east.
This beautiful family just makes my heart burst! Anytime in the day, you can walk throughout their open home and find musicians on one stage breaking down sacred beats for over 8 hours a day, the cutest young tiny little girls on another stage with one of the moms helping them perfect a sacred dance, the older girls on another stage with one of the grandmas like Ebu Arini, who is responsible for training almost every dancer on this island. As a true living legend at age of 76, she taught sensual dance at the Bali Spirit Festival 2 years ago, and I just cannot believe I had the blessed chance to be her student, and be touched by her kindness and spirit.
Tell me this isn’t a dream environment!?!?
If you feel like I feel, I totally got your back! We are working on bringing you here next summer for a Tantra Yoga and Sacred Music and Dance Retreat!!
So let’s go ahead and go deeper behind the scenes of the video above, and share a little bit about what makes Balinese music composition, and life for that matter, unique in a way that embodies the true essence of spiritual balance and beauty.
Last night I woke up from a deep sleep feeling like heaven just touched me.
While dreaming I caught some of my closest friends in their moments of solitude. I watched one of them reflect on a full life cycle as she decided to get married. Another feeling so grateful for the important work she had accomplished and realized it was time to take a break.
Many such moments were observed, and it was beautiful to see each friend reflect and unravel truth, whether it was due to joy or struggle, with a new sense of acceptance and wonder – a lightness.
One friend in particular, who we’ll refer to as “Beck,” sensed my presence, and drew me close to explain how he has lost that “fire” inside, and the willpower that he recognized as fuel all his life to draw and function from had disappeared.
“I was not sure if he was talking to me on the phone or mentally, but the response from me, was also to me.” Immediately I noticed that his “fire” was not gone, it just seemed that way to him, when in fact it was shifting and flipping on itself into a new dimension he had not yet tasted, thus seemingly disappearing. To me, this was obvious exciting news. Still I had nothing to say until I opened my mouth and surprised myself with words.
Beck is one of the most impressive men I’ve ever met – all struggle is minute to him, and he has found many ways to always feel healthy and happy always. Nothing bothers this guy, and he’s one of the few people I feel will never need my help or guidance as he’s got it all figured out beautifully for himself.
I woke up from the dream still feeling fully in conversation with him. I didn’t understand the thoughts I was trying to complete and share with Beck in the dream, and they were still running through my head so I grabbed a pen, rolled onto my side and started writing.
The below is what I shared with Beck.
And so, the 3 of us stand in the middle of my studio, surrounded by the effects of change. The packing boxes and scattered items seem not to phase us, as we gravitate in a perfect triangle to share the most heartbreaking events that led to the most exciting personal revelations.
I looked deeply at the other women recognizing that once we walk away from this triangle, nothing in our lives would ever be the same.
Each of us was standing at the cliff of change. Not a small or big scary change that shifts only one aspect of life, but the type of change begging for a quantum leap – the type that feels natural and enlivening…like pulsating power.
We had an amazing discussion this week during my Online Woman’s Tantra Yoga class as we went over what Sexual Energy is, and the 6 Rat Holes that eat Your Sexual/Spiritual/Creative/Vital Energy leaving you confused, scared, tiered and idle.
Sexual energy is vital energy, or divine energy, that creates. The same energy that makes you want to have sex, is the same energy that makes you want to raise children, write a book, move your body, cook, love, create, express. It’s the energy of pure activity.
If you want to change your job, enhance your relationships, stop a habit, change anything in your life, then you must work with energy that transforms = creative, sexual, vital, alive, electric energy.
I asked the ladies in my Feminine Power Chakra Flow class what they felt wasted their Sexual/Spiritual/Creative/Vital Energy, and they were right on the money! Answers included: fear, worry and stress.
So what would a Yogi say?!?!
There are 6 rat holes in all men and women where energy escapes according to Swami Shivananda:
1. Reproductive Organs
(partaking in sexual activity without refueling the body- more on this in future workshops)
Thank you to everyone that came out and enjoyed the last Hip Hop Tantra Yoga™ class of the year at our Point Loma location. We had tons of fun as you can see…thanks to the DJ’s from HiFi5 Entertainment and Cinematography from White Gorilla Media. Watch the short clip below for a sneak peek into the Hip […]
Many of you tell me that you try to do yoga at home but don’t really know where to start or where to end. I practice yoga at home everyday, and today I thought, “Why don’t I share this!?!?” So here it is…a 4 min yoga practice you can enjoy anywhere, anytime! This is how […]
Since I am one of the very few teachers that teach the Moon Salutation, allow me to share with you exactly why it is what you need today, and what the world needs you to do today.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the subject…
Are you happy? Like, truly happy? If not, that means something needs to change.
Most people believe that they can’t do what they really want.
I know all they need is science, faith, discipline and fun…and energy cultivated in manipura chakra.
Many think what I do is illogical.
I know the universe doesn’t work on man-made laws.
Some feel that I make decisions too fast.
I know that no one has ever said “damn it, I knew I shouldn’t have trusted my intuition!”
Overeating? Staying up late? How’s your sex life? What are you doing to fix this stuff?
What you don’t know about your 2nd Chakra controls you, and worse yet, it allows others to misdirect your vulnerable nature you by selling you short-sided solutions that don’t bring balance to the totality of your being.
Allow me to put you in my shoes and as I share my story and my pain.
Can you imagine traveling to India, Nepal and Thailand, living on the beach and doing yoga all day long? Maybe you are thinking, “That exactly what I need to be happy.” Let me tell you what really happens.
I am taking you through a deep spiritual process with me through this blog…if you can stand it. Spirituality is for the courageous because it makes everything that you ignore, pretend doesn’t hurt, or doesn’t need fixing, come up to the surface for you to eliminate. That is why all videos very intelligently and systematically stack one of top of another to guide you through this unknown mix. So watch all the videos to get the full benefit.