Point Reyes Yoga & Hiking Retreat

July 11th Yoga & Hiking Retreat

Mark your calendars for a day-long yoga & hiking retreat in Point Reyes Station on Saturday, July 11th.

Click on the image above for the day’s agenda and all the deets. We’re gonna have a fab time.

UPDATE: This retreat is now sold-out. Stay tuned for another opportunity later this summer!

New BOOK CLUB!

book club word art INTRODUCING 2013’s NEWEST BABY: 

A BOOK CLUB FOR THE URBAN YOGI


Do you dig a good read, but find it harder and harder to get through a book between deadlines and emails?

Has your childhood love of reading been lost to the time-suck of mindless Facebook-scrolling and YouTube-watching?

Do you wish you had a down-to-earth friend or two with whom you could talk about more than the weather?  Do you tire of superficial small talk and wanna dig into the deeper questions?

Would you like to learn more about the philosophies behind yoga and mindfulness, but don’t really know where to start?  Are you intimidated by, but curious about, the big words and esoteric concepts underlying your practice?

Do you dig drinking wine and hanging out with cool cats?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above — and, come on, who doesn’t like an excuse to crack open a bottle of red on a weeknight? — then you should join us for the first-ever gathering of OMpower’s new book club, ROOTS.

ROOTS gets at just that: the soul behind the schtick, the ideas behind the practice, the philosophy behind the asana.  We’ll tackle one book a month from diverse genres, keeping themes creative, broad, and relatable, with an emphasis on the light-hearted and the down-to-earth.

Join us for our first gathering Tuesday evening, February 19th, 7pm, at OMpower Cycling & Yoga.  Bring a little something sweet to share if you can.  We’ll sip pinot and tawk books.

February’s debut book selection:

Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness,

by Brian Leaf
 

It’s pretty simple: 

Pick up a copy at your local indie bookstore, grab one at the library, or order it on Amazon here.  Read it.  Grab that friend you’ve been meaning to re-connect with for six months.  Then roll on over to OMpower Tuesday the 19th at 7pm.  We’ll take it from there.  We just ask that you throw five or ten bucks into the can to help keep the lights on and the wine flowing.

Live far away but still wanna participate? 

Have no fear; social media to the rescue.  We’re working on a few slick ways for you to join in from afar.  Start now by digging into the book, make sure to “like” the soon-to-come Roots FB and Twitter pages to receive updates, and we’ll have more info for you soon.

Happy reading!  See you on the 19th.

Basics of Bhakti


Basics of Bhakti with Rachel Meyer

Have you ever wondered what the heck “Bhakti Flow” is? And what makes it different from your usual Power Flow class, anyway?

Join Rachel for this lighthearted 2-week immersion exploring the Basics of Bhakti. Together, we’ll dive into the intertwining elements of sweat, breath, and song that combine to create a Bhakti Flow class. You can count on: an introduction to the basics of yoga philosophy, a down-to-earth overview of the Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, a story- and art-infused guide to the major Hindu deities (like Hanuman, Ganesha, Shiva, Krishna, and more), and lots of great music, including rad tunes from bhakti-rich singers like Jai Uttal and MC Yogi. Naturally, we’ll do a little of our own good strong chanting, too.

Whether you’re new to yoga or a long-time practitioner, this workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn a little more about the spirit behind the Bhakti yogic tradition, which is steeped in love and devotion. Bring your questions and your fears (if chanting makes you nervous, I’m talking to you!), your passions and your curiosities. This is an ideal offering for folks who might be flirting with the idea of a teacher training or just want to know a little more about the music, spirit, and philosophy that embody the heart of Bhakti Flow. Jai!!

Two Saturday afternoons: Oct 20th and 27th, 1:30-3:30pm

Early Bird rate: $50 for both
After Oct. 15th: $60 for both

Sangha-Inspired

  1. Toura Toura: The Medina Remix, Cheb I Sabbah
  2. Aureole, Jens Gad Presents
  3. O Rama, Susheela Raman
  4. Peaceful Steps, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science
  5. Swan, Althea W.
  6. Om Namo Guru Dev, Fabian Alsultany
  7. Rama Bolo (feat. Jai Uttal), Ben Leinbach
  8. Prana Groove, Stevin McNamara
  9. The Orbiting Suns, Jens Gad Presents
  10. By Your Side/Jaya Gurudev, Ben Leinbach
  11. Staraja Ladoga, Achillea
  12. Nataraj (feat. Mukti), Ben Leinbach
  13. Sharade, Girish
  14. One Hundred Names, The Nields
  15. Almost Blue, Diana Krall

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

  1. Lake Yarina, Josh Garrels
  2. Les Eaux Verts, Jens Gad Presents
  3. Blessed Is He, Josh Garrels
  4. Om Asatoma (feat. Deva Premal & Miten), Ben Leinbach
  5. Rosada Flor, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science
  6. Prana Groove, Stevin McNamara
  7. Odin’s Hill, Achillea
  8. Let Go, Frou Frou
  9. Special, Sara Devine
  10. Jacaranda Tree, Josh Garrels
  11. Moods of Kirtan (Siksastakam), Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits
  12. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, Jane Monheit
  13. Bangles, Niraj Chag
  14. Oh Yeah By The Way, Over The Rhine
  15. Embarkation, Josh Garrels

The Geography of Prana

(OM Yoga Magazine, May 2012)

Buddhists talk about learning to cultivate spaciousness: an internal boundlessness, a softness, a room free of excess thought and clutter that lets the tumbleweeds of changing thoughts and moods blow right by, a certain openness to what is, unreliant upon what was or what is to come. Geographies of prana – be they the big Utah sky over the salt flats, or your backyard garden, or a quiet detour off the Appalachian Trail, or a roadside rest stop off the Great Highway overlooking the Pacific Ocean – cultivate this spaciousness, open it up, crack open our chests and allow room for breath and life and a connection with the buzzing kind of material realness that we can only find in nature.

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