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.
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…
Really…I’m flattered and inspired by you! The most fascinating, beautiful, highly intelligent people of all ages and experience levels are coming to Hip Hop Tantra Yoga™ regularly, and are loving it.
It has been one month since the first Hip Hop Tantra Yoga™ class and the response and feedback has been very positive, energizing and forward-thinking.
“This is what I go to other yoga classes to get and never get.” – a Dancer
“My best and most productive days are Saturdays, the day after class.” – a Musician
“Thanks to this class I have the courage to get rid of what I don’t need in my life.” – a Mom
What you don’t know is that this class combines Yoga Practice and Yoga Theory. All in the span of 1.5 hours the students enjoy Dancing, Power Yoga, Tantra Yoga and a Tantra Yoga Philosophy Lecture where I provide the students with a handout to take home that translates this ancient sacred wisdom into everyday life.
Hip Hop Tantra Yoga™ is the integration and expression of all my love, so the fact that the room is packed every Friday night makes me feel like I can give more. So I did!
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.