Yoga tears an immigrant family apart (not)

 

I met Rita Ortiz Contreras at Green Tree Yoga Meditation, a non-profit yoga and meditation studio in South LA that I helped to open in 2013. I was taken by her presence, fun personality and sense of self. She started as a new yoga student and soon found herself enrolling in the Yoga Teacher Training program at Green Tree. As the anatomy ...

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Alternative Facts reveal new revolution

Alternative facts to what I thought I knew…I wanted the Women’s March on Washington to be  instead called “March for Change” or a “March for Human Rights.” I did not want anyone to feel excluded, especially women and men  of color, in a rally for peace, justice and civil disobedience.

So many have been marginalized since the birth of this nation and our new ...

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Let it go already

img_2378My father died tomorrow on a day just like today. I gave him CPR with my compadre. She ventilated and I did the compressions. 1993. It felt invasive, weirdly intimate. I never got that close to him. This was unfamiliar territory in every way. Touching him? Pressing on his heart with all my might? Calling him back with fierce honesty? “DAD, COME BACK!”

It became palpable that his spirit had left and he ...

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Mindful Manic

“The mind can go in a thousand directions,
but on this beautiful path I walk in peace.
With each step, a gentle wind blows.
With each step, a flower blooms.”
Thich Nhat  Hanh

“Get Thee to a nunnery”, I heard the voice say. I answered, ok. Where is the nearest nunnery following the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition? As Life would have it, I got to disappear and reappear for 5 days practicing mindful everything with 35 monks ...

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De nada

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I admit it. I went into a foreign land, about to immerse in a new culture on my own only knowing two words in Spanish; hello and thank you. Not pretty. And its shocking how far those two simple words can bring a person into this rather friendly universe and into a small sea of Mexican people living their lives. I got schooled on ...

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UFO Siting in South LA!

IMG_0035Jelani Thomas is his own live experiment ~~how to be more self~sufficient in an urban setting.  Deep in South Los Angeles, butting up against the 10 Freeway, he is living a radical gardeners dream,  bucking the belief that food comes from stores and that our individual impact does not affect the whole. In his small plot of land, on his little slice ...

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I saw awe…

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Feet on the ground find me in the Hollywood hills. The trips these sneakers take me are baffling and I am good with it.

I am staying with a dear friend in Little Armenia, a sub-cultural cluster within greater Los Angeles. I am here from Maine, touching down to teach anatomy and injury prevention to a group of future yoga teachers in South LA ...

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What are you enlightened to?

1434_10153875031544283_4019140621993498253_nMy fascination with freedom became most palpable after spending time this past year with the inmates at Maine Correctional Center located 44 miles from the place I call home. I shared tools with the men and women that call MCC their home. It feels right and kind to share tools that have brought me great glimpses of mental and emotional ...

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Dream time

IMG_0001 IMG_0005My cat Molly has settled back into routine life on Pleasant Mountain. She goes from bed to loft to couch to food bowl, swaggering her 16.5 years of cat experiences around the cabin.

Recently, ...

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Spacious surprises

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We found our way north up the coast in North Carolina. Molly has never been to the ocean before that I know of. But you never know with a cat like Molls. She gets around.

We were seeking big space, sky, light, relief, a break from the lessons found in the preserved Kingsley Plantation where we spent the ...

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