Monthly Archives: November 2012

staying healthy through the holidays


November 28, 2012

This week’s topic: Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

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

Andrea Marcum, yoga instructor and owner of UStudio Yoga
Jacki Carr, Recruitment Manager at lululemon athletica
Dr. Pedram Shojai, founder of and producer/director of “Vitality”

Featured Music:
Om Mani Padme Hum, Mercedes Bahleda
Om Mozart, Dave Eggar Quartet
Sat Narayan Wahe Guru, Dev Suroop Kaur
Carry Me, Peter Kater & Snatam Kaur

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i had originally planned to call the episode: “surviving the holidays”, then realized that it had a somewhat negative connotation — like the holiday season is something we should dread. while it should be a time of visiting with friends and family, exchanging of gifts and warm wishes, and partaking of delicious food and drink, there’s a chance we’ll be trying to figure out how to squeeze all those visitors into a tiny one-bedroom apartment, squeeze the parties, shopping, and work into a few short weeks, and sadly, squeeze ourselves into our jeans once the merrymaking is all over. see what i mean?

trying to put a more positive spin on it, i decided to call on some friends to talk about their tips on minimizing stress during the holidays.

andrea marcum is a yoga teacher and owner of U studio yoga in LA. she’s written a number of articles for various websites, with her most recent one about santosha, or contentment, at greenster.comSecret Santa-tosha: Finding Peace for the Holidays

during the course of our conversation, i mentioned to andrea that i had just found out that the flight i was booked on to visit my family in the philippines was going to take a whopping 30 HOURS when it usually should take almost half the time (i should mention that it was booked using airline miles, so it ended up being the maximum inconvenience for the minimum cost)! she then shared her tips on surviving a long plane flight (there’s that word “survive” again) and later sent me the article she wrote about it, also on greenster: Return to Your Upright Position – Yoga Takes Flight

jacki carr has worked with lululemon athletica for a number of years now and has moved up in the ranks from sales associate to recruitment manager. she travels a lot for her job and has moved from one city to another a few times since i first met her. jacki also leads workshops on goal-setting at yoga conferences, so having her on the show to share her experiences seemed like a perfect fit.

on the show, jacki and i talked about making realistic plans and about how trying to aim for goals that initially seem out of reach may not necessarily be a bad idea. by the way, contrary to what i said on the show, jacki IS back in LA. i keep forgetting that she lives just a few miles from me because i rarely see her… and we’ve vowed to fix that 🙂

dr. pedram shojai is the founder of and the producer/director of a new documentary on living well called “vitality“. i had heard about him when yogaworks screened his film earlier this month at their main street studio. “vitality” talks about the current healthcare system, which focuses on treating diseases rather than preventing them. so i invited pedram to talk about his thoughts on health and vitality, and later in the conversation, we found ourselves talking about the depression that’s sometimes triggered during the holidays.

all the music on the show were new “gifts” that i’m sharing with all — either from demo CDs or free downloads from websites, thanks to white swan records and spirit voyage:

– “path to bliss: chants of tibetan heart yoga” by mercedes bahleda

– “meditative massage music: healing instrumentals for peace & quiet” by various artists

– “essence” by dev suroop kaur

– “heart of the universe” by peter kater & snatam kaur


let the holiday merrymaking begin!


songs for peace


November 21, 2012

This week’s topic: Songs for Peace

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

Ena Vie, musician
Ian Boccio, musician
Zack Lodmer, yoga instructor and musician
Momo Loudiyi, musician
Philippo Franchini, musician

Featured Music:
Od Yavo, Ena Vie
Universal Prayer, Bhakti Messenger
Lo Yisa Goy, Zack Lodmer
Miss Peace, Momo Loudiyi
Destination, Philippo Franchini
Dukh Par Har – From Pain to Peace, Gurunam Singh

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right after the show, i had to dash out of town for the thanksgiving holiday, so this is yet another IOU. i hope this doesn’t become a habit!

modern yoga


November 14, 2012

This week’s topic: Modern Yoga

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

Carol Horton, co-editor of “21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice”
Colleen Saidman Yee, yoga instructor and Co-Director of Yoga Therapy, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program
Deepak Ramapriyan, musician

Featured Music:
Home, Odd Us
Let The Sun Shine Through, Avasa & Matty Love
Jaya Sita Ram, Breath of Life Tribe
Serendipity, Tina Malia

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another IOU. my sincerest apologies. in the meantime, click on the link to listen to the podcast 🙂

moving on


November 7, 2012

This week’s topic: Moving On

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

Peter Wolff, yoga teacher and co-founder of the Voice of Life Project
Taryn Hughes, yoga teacher and law student majoring in Human Rights
Atma Degeyndt, yoga teacher and industrial/organizational psychologist

Featured Music:
Songs of Life (Voice of Life Mix), Kataka Gara
Oh Mother, Donna de Lory
Lingashtakam, Pranidhi Varshney
You Can Count on Me/Shyam Bolo, Stay Strong Project

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gotta run to a yoga class… will post soon.

in the meantime, i’m happy to share the stay strong project video which still hadn’t been officially released when this show aired: You Can Count On Me/Shyam Bolo