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
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
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
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
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
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
took a little break from technology as I wanted to understand better my relationship to social media use. This came about through meditation, surely. It was a necessary break from constantly having the urge to create and share.
Description: Armen Menechyan, a Los Angeles native who considers Barcelona his second home, will be offering a heart and mind opening practice on Saturday, June 10th at La Shala Barcelona. The workshop will offer a closer look at postures using mindful movements and transitions in and out of poses. Special attention will be paid to… Continue reading A Mindful Practice: Yoga Workshop with Armen Menechyan at La Shala BCN
During the past twenty days of half hour daily meditation, I have likely had 3 “successful” sessions. Yesterday I found myself angrier than ever. I also met my anger with love. I met it with peace and acceptance. I sat with it rather than escaping it.