Monthly Archives: July 2012

taking it on the road


July 25, 2012

This week’s topic: Taking It On the Road

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Krishna Prem, author of “Gee You Are You”
Robert Galinsky, Vice-President of Social Marketing at Terra Fossil Wines
Sara Landas, co-director of “The Goddess Project”
Holli Thomas, co-director of “The Goddess Project”

Featured Music:
So Alive, Wade Imre Morissette
Barrelman, Brian Chartrand
Rise in Me (C.K. Remix), Suzanne Sterling
This is the Day, Jaya Lakshmi

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sometimes you have to trust that the universe is going to give you exactly what you need when you need it.

at a kirtan a few months ago, my friend darshana thacker introduced me to krishna prem, an osho follower just like herself. he was a very gregarious guy and had just published his book “Gee yoU aRe yoU” (it spells GURU – get it?). darshana thought he’d make a great guest on the show, so we exchanged information and i told him i’d touch base with him the next time he was in town. and as what usually happens when i have too many things on the brain, i forgot all about him… until i spotted his book sitting in a stack by my computer.  i reached out to him, and luckily for me, he happened to be in town and was available for a guest spot. whew!

with KP on the guest list, i thought it’d be nice to have a book-centric show, so i contacted other authors (including one “celebrity” vegan cookbook author who never seems to have time for me; so be it), but nothing panned out. i also contacted maria santoferraro to make good on my promise to have her on the show for an update on the ongoing yoga book club. unfortunately, she had just returned from a family vacation and needed time to decompress. she did tweetroduce me (is there such a word?) to sara landas and holli thomas, two women traveling the country in a vegetable oil-powered schoolbus in search of goddesses with stories to tell. they were excited to share their own story about the goddess project and i was excited to have them!

while checking my email inbox for responses to the inquiries i sent out, i came across a message from NYC-based robert galinsky about an upcoming happy hour mixer in burbank which will feature terra fossil wines and an eclectic list of speakers. one of them is a kundalini yoga teacher who does health consulting and the others are involved in social media and filmmaking. not only did it hint at stimulating conversation, but it was also FREE. i was definitely on board!

i seemed to find myself sitting on a wealth of new music — a mantra dance CD that was gifted to me by wade imre morissette, as well as some newly-downloaded playlists from yogitunes and white swan / black swan records — so i spent a quiet tuesday night listening to some 40 tracks and picked four to feature on the show.

did i mention that we finally have a new sound board at the studio that actually works? which means i’ll probably spend less time editing the sound levels on my podcasts! awesome.

here’s the video of the goddess gals on their indiegogo website:

here’s the link to the eventbrite ticket site for the the panel of new ideas happy hour in burbank on wednesday, august 1st at 7pm.

and here’s the exclusive online discount code for tickets to next weekend’s moksha festival in santa monica on august 4th and 5th: JYUNG

i hope to see you at either or both of those events!


living sustainably


July 18, 2012

This week’s topic: Living Sustainably

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Rishi Kumar, founder of The Growing Home
Ryan Mlynarczyk, director of “Within Reach”
Mandy Creighton, producer of “Within Reach”
Rob McFarland, co-founder of HoneyLove

Featured Music:
Hara Hara Shankara, Steve Ross
Jaya Sita Rama, Wade Imre Morissette
I Am, Guru Singh with Seal & Friends
Mukunda Madhava Govinda Bol, C.C. White

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since this is a weekly show, I try to keep things simple by sticking to one recipe:

– find 3 guests.
– add 4 songs.
– throw in a few random items to spice things up.
– toss gently.
– serve.

while getting dressed this past monday morning, i realized i hadn’t reached out to anyone, nor had anyone reached out to me (that i could remember, anyway) for this week’s show. needless to say, i had already gone through my stack of flyers for last week’s show and was totally stumped. i considered taking the week off; after all, i had done a show on the 4th of july holiday, so didn’t that earn me time off? besides, i’m the boss of me, right?  🙂

ah, but no such luck. the obsessive-compulsive side of me insisted that i hunker down and find some guests, whatever it takes to do it. i fired up my computer and started researching possibles.

so the question was: how do i  find out what’s new and exciting in town? by checking out what my friends were up to, of course.

i scanned my news feed.

hmmm. alice strong (a fellow cyclist) just commented on a post on the growing home’s facebook page, so i checked it out. rishi kumar, the growing home‘s founder, has been growing fruits and vegetables in his backyard and is now offering workshops to other aspiring backyard farmers.  i reached out to him and he said yes! so that’s one…

joe linton (another cyclist; in fact, one of the organizers of ciclavia) joined the facebook event “within reach movie LA premiere“. could it be another bikey movie? i checked it out and found out that not only was about two people touring the country by bike, but it was about their search for sustainable communities. do i see a trend here? i left some messages and hoped for the best.

i spotted george langworthy (co-director/producer of the documentary “vanishing of the bees“) on my online chat list and asked him if he could be interviewed. no response. he was probably busy…

come tuesday morning, ryan mlynarczyk from “within reach” got back to me. he was going to call in AND get his co-star, mandy creighton, to call in, too! and now i had two…

george eventually got back to me; unfortunately, he couldn’t be on the show. but he suggested i call rob and chelsea mcfarland of honeylove; they’re advocates for urban beekeeping. i did as he said, left messages and waited. finally, rob responded and said he was available. and that makes three!

once i had the guests, the music was relatively easy. i had counted around SIX kirtans happening around town this coming weekend, so i knew i’d be able to find tracks from at least four of them. and i did — there’s something from steve ross, wade imre morissette (thanks to bhakti babe for sharing!), guru singh, and c.c. white.

as it turns out, all my guests had something to promote on the show:

the growing home has their one-year anniversary party and fundraiser on saturday, july 28th.

the “within reach” premiere will be held at the LA eco village on tuesday, july 24th, with other screenings scheduled in other cities. here’s the trailer from their website:

honeylove will be celebrating national honey bee awareness day on saturday, august 18th, and will be hosting workshops, too. check their schedule here.

overall, i’d have to say that i learned a lot during the show and it’s inspired me to look into finding ways to live more sustainably. i hope you get as much out of it as i did!

postcards on the ledge


July 11, 2012

This week’s topic: Postcards on the Ledge

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Annie Freeman, yoga instructor and choreographer of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Jules Mitchell, director of South Bay Yoga Conference
Dan Ward, yoga instructor and co-founder of Yoga Bike Gang
Sean Gray, yoga instructor and co-founder of Yoga Bike Gang

Featured Music:
Evensong, Dave Tate & Victoria Lagerstrom
Gayatri Mantra, BhaktiMa Kirtan
Gaia Nectar, Masood Ali Khan
Radhe Shyam, Breath of Life Tribe

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it was one of those weeks when i realized i had no idea what the theme of the show was going to be.

ever the procrastinator, i decided to declutter the stack of stuff on my desk to delay the inevitable. and it was while i was sorting through the abundance of flyers that i realized i had the topic of the next show staring me right in the face: yoga postcards! i could interview the people who’d handed them out and ask them all about the events they were promoting. and i’m sure i’d have no problem getting people to talk, especially since it was essentially a free promo for them.

i picked an eclectic mix of events and contacted the organizers. and to my relief, they all said yes!

the first one was a flyer for annie freeman’s yoga class at archway studio and theatre in downtown LA. it turns out that she and her partner were about to unleash a unique concept in theatre: a shakespearean play with some yogic touches thrown in. and in a stroke of perfect timing, it was opening the day after the show was to air. yeehaa.

the second one was for the upcoming south bay yoga conference in redondo beach. who says only the westside can lay claim to having an abundance of yoga classes and music? it was also refreshing to be able to deal with the conference director directly instead of with their PR staff  😛

and in deference to my obsession with all things bikey (and yoga, too, of course), i reached out to dan ward and sean gray, organizers of the yoga bike gang ride in santa monica which would be held the weekend of the show. yay bikes!

the music fell into place organically – music from free downloads (thanks, yogitunes, for the dave tate/victoria lagerstrom track!) as well as from musicians who would be performing at the yoga conference and at kirtans over the weekend: bhaktima kirtan, masood ali khan, and the breath of life tribe.

there were a few issues that came up during the taping of the live show, mainly having to do with someone at the studio monkeying with the mixing board connections and not returning them to their normal settings. it was a great chance for me to practice calming breathwork…

as a thank-you gift to all yoga chat listeners, here are some deals that were offered on the show:

annie freeman is offering $8 off the price of tickets to “a midsummer night’s dream” at the archway near little tokyo — just say you heard about it on this show. and make sure you catch a performance before its run ends on august 18th. thanks, annie!

jules mitchell is offering 15% off the cost of passes to the south bay yoga conference. use code JULY15 to get the discount through the end of july. thanks, jules!

and don’t forget that all yoga bike riders will be getting 10% off their bill at the post-yoga/bike lunch at wurstkuche. thanks, dan and sean!

freedom, independence, and liberation!


July 4, 2012

This week’s topic: Freedom, Independence, and Liberation!

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Anthony Rogers, life coach
Keith Mitchell, yoga instructor and retired NFL linebacker
Parashakti, creator of Dance of Liberation

Featured Music:
Guru Bramha, Jai Uttal
Guru Life, Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe
Shedding Skin, Karsh Kale
Lila, Benjy Wertheimer & John De Kadt

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right after i posted last week’s show, i realized that the following week’s show was scheduled for the 4th of july. so for a while there, i seriously considered giving myself the holiday off…

… that is, until i bumped into anthony rogers at yoga class. and remembered that he had handed me a copy of his book the last time i saw him. and that we had talked about my having him on a show when his story fit in with the topic. so i threw out the question: would you be able to call in to the show this coming wednesday, july 4th? and without hesitation, he said yes. eek. what did i just do?

i told him that if i found other takers, he was on. i reached out to keith mitchell, an ex-NFL linebacker who played for the new orleans saints, the houston texans, and the jacksonville jaguars — but who was paralyzed after an injury, was healed through yoga, and now teaches yoga. i was introduced to him via email by a mutual friend after she’d told me his story. and luckily for me, he was available for an interview. two down, one more to go!

since the whole show was going to revolve around freedom and liberation, the next person who came to mind was parashakti, creator of the dance of liberation. she had been scheduled to guest on an earlier show but had to beg off when a last-minute trip put her on a plane right when she was supposed to call in. so i reached out to her for a do-over, and miraculously, she was available, too. so much for my taking the holiday off.

while putting the show together, i found out that july 3rd was the hindu celebration of guru purnima, the day when one pays tribute to one’s guru. so while i didn’t have any guests who would be talking about the festival, i could have the music do the talking instead. i found jai uttal’s “guru bramha” which included the guru mantra:

guru bramha guru vishnu guru devo maheshvarah guru sakshat parabramha tasmai shri gurave namaha

i also found larisa stow’s “guru life” which features her chanting the tibetan mantra “om mani padme hum” as well as the names of the deities radha, krishna, sita, rama, jesus, mary, shiva, and shakti. perfect.

since parashakti was once wedded to DJ fabian alsultany, i thought it was a great opportunity to play something from his album, “yoga lounge”. also, the new “one river” CD from benjy wertheimer and john de kadt had just arrived in my mailbox and was asking to be played. and i was more than happy to oblige.

come the day of the show, i reached out to my friend, mr. B (and seriously, that’s what i call him), who had always been curious about how my show was recorded. of course, like all 9-to-5ers, he had the holiday off, so i invited him to hang with me at the studio. he insisted that i not involve him in any way on the show, so he sat quietly on the sidelines with his kindle while i blabbed away with my guests. his first comment after i ended the show was that i needed a producer to answer the phone and cue up my music. but what fun would it be if things were that organized? 😉

on the show, i mentioned that i would include the link to anthony’s extremely-long website url, so here it is:

as well as the name of his book: ethereal mantras affirmations and notions for placid and peaceful earth plane traversal. whew!

since parashakti had mentioned her upcoming movie, here’s the trailer to that movie:

by the way, i did exactly what i told parashakti i’d do that day: i dumped the watch and went with the flow.  instead of doing my usual post-show routine, i had a late lunch with mr. B, discovered a new little starbucks location in the valley to upload the podcast, had a wonderful time at the rising lotus 4th of july potluck and kirtan, then caught the studio city fireworks display before heading home for the night. it turned out to be a very magical day!