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heartfelt journeys end. New ones begin. NEW WEBSITE

Dear Pack Your Mat Family, When I began this blog in 2016 in the midst of deep longing for happiness, ease and belonging, writing became the avenue in which I processed life. Through writing and through your continuous interest in what I had to write, I was shown so much hope and love. In that… Continue reading heartfelt journeys end. New ones begin. NEW WEBSITE

Asana · Yoga

Midsummer Homecoming: A Virtual Retreat with Ducky and Armen

  We are delighted that you are considering to join us for a half day of movement, breath, meditation and some community love. You have everything you need. Come as you are. The day is curated with a balance of deep movement, meditation, breath work, heart-centered conversations and a restorative practice to help you tap… Continue reading Midsummer Homecoming: A Virtual Retreat with Ducky and Armen

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Pratyāhāra: The Fifth and Often Forgotten Limb of Yoga

When my flight got cancelled in mid-March and I had the choice of scrambling and waiting on hold with my airline to book another ticket back home, I chose to stay. I chose to quarantine on the Big Island. Every two weeks, I kept pushing my date of return. This time gave me the opportunity… Continue reading Pratyāhāra: The Fifth and Often Forgotten Limb of Yoga

Los Angeles · Yoga

Practice Foundations Workshop at One Down Dog

The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are a collection of 196 Indian sutras (aphorisms) on the theory and practice of yoga. In Sutra 1.14 the practitioner is invited to practice regularly, earnestly and consistently. With attending to the practice this way, it becomes firmly grounded. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or this is your first… Continue reading Practice Foundations Workshop at One Down Dog

Love · Meditation · retreat · Travel · Wellness

Spring Awakening on the Big Volcanic Island of Hawai’i: March 03 – 09, 2020

There was so much clarity when I was on the Big Island of Hawai’i in November, that I would return very soon. A few years ago, in 2015, when I got to visit the Big Island for my birthday on the Kona side, in Holualoa, there was this clear knowing that we would return, together. … Continue reading Spring Awakening on the Big Volcanic Island of Hawai’i: March 03 – 09, 2020

iyengar · Los Angeles · Love · Wellness · Yoga

Inversion Lab at One Down Dog Silver Lake – October 27th, 2019

One Down Dog in Silver Lake holds a monthly inversion lab and with great excitement I will be moving us through some drills to get us upside down. Do you have an aversion to inversions? You are not alone! Let us deconstruct the practice of going upside down during this 90 minute workshop. By bringing attention to… Continue reading Inversion Lab at One Down Dog Silver Lake – October 27th, 2019

Buddhism · human interest · Los Angeles · Meditation · Spirituality · Yoga

Appreciating Every Season with Mindfulness

I have found it very helpful to set the tone for my week and especially my day with my morning mindfulness practice. In short, I begin with a seated meditation, followed by reading and writing. I prepare breakfast and coffee and mindfully engage with the process of eating. I receive a daily article emailed from… Continue reading Appreciating Every Season with Mindfulness

LGBT · Los Angeles · Love · Meditation · Spiritual · Wellness · Yoga

Mindfulness Monday’s: Cultivating Joy in Community

A key component of our spiritual progress is reliant on the communities that we are a part of. This work, if done alone, can be very daunting and often a lonely venture. Throughout the years, I have learned that sitting, becoming vulnerable and breathing in community is one way of cultivating joy and tapping into… Continue reading Mindfulness Monday’s: Cultivating Joy in Community

Experience · India · Lifestyle · Spirituality · Travel · Wellness · Yoga

Kerala Rising, CGH Earth Thriving: Sustainable, Responsible and Eco-Friendly Tourism in India

Things are never what we expect. I had not imagined the experience I would have, arriving without prior research or a plan, as I agreed to an opportunity to visit the state of Kerala in India. It is usually my modus operandi to go on a whim, but this time it was to another level.… Continue reading Kerala Rising, CGH Earth Thriving: Sustainable, Responsible and Eco-Friendly Tourism in India

human interest · Lifestyle · Spirituality · Travel · Wellness · Yoga

Mr. Pramod, My Bachelor Driver!

The guest, in Indian culture, is highly regarded and to the westerner receiving this level of attention and pampering could often prove to be uncomfortable. Today, more than twenty staff members, including doctors, yoga teachers, and chefs saw me off as Mr. Pramod, the driver who I got the privilege of driving with, picked me… Continue reading Mr. Pramod, My Bachelor Driver!