Category Archives: Conferences

Interviews with organizers

girl power!

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February 27, 2013

This week’s topic: Girl Power!

Amy Dewhurst, author of “Heartbreak Yoga”
Pia Guerrero, founder and co-editor of Adios Barbie
Tatjana Luethi, co-creator of MERGE!

Featured Music:
I Got Love for You, Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sleeping Soul (Jiv Jago), Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits
Krishna Love (feat. Jai Uttal), MC Yogi
Township Krishna, Krishna Das

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senior moments

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January 30, 2013

This week’s topic: Senior Moments

Interviews:
Connie Corley, professor and host of “Experience Talks”
Elyse Briggs, yoga instructor and owner of Yoga at the Village
Nadine Diaz, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator at USC Memory and Aging Center

Featured Music:
Hara Hara Mahaadeva, Krishna Das
Hari Guna Gao, Jai Uttal
Shree Ram/Om, Wah!
Gayatri Mantra, Deva Premal

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postcards on the ledge

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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.

Interviews:
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!

just another busy week in LA

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May 16, 2012 – Just Another Busy Week in LA

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

Interviews:

Linda Klein, Manager at Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at City of Hope
Kris Willey, founder of Women of the Green Generation
Jennifer Klausner, Executive Director at Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Featured Music:
Unstruck Chord, Steve Gold
Om Purnam, Jaya Lakshmi
Govinda Gopala, Masood Ali Khan feat. Sheela Bringi & Clinton Patterson
Modim Anachnu Lach, Josh Brill feat. Spring Groove & Joey Lugassy

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as i always say, if you can’t find anything to do in LA, you aren’t looking hard enough. or possibly not looking at all.

since i didn’t have any interviewees lined up for this week’s show, i decided to go through my list of invites and narrowed my choices down to a handful of event organizers. and from that handful, i got three could make the show: linda klein, spokesperson for the yoga for hope fundraiser in santa monica for the city of hope, kris willey for the women of the green generation conference in downtown LA, and jen klausner from the LA county bicycle coalition about bike to work week events all over town. and yes, all three events were scheduled for this week. it definitely was going to be a busy week in LA!

there were many musicians slated to be playing around town, including steve gold at yoga for hope, jaya lakshmi at grateful fridays and at bhakti yoga shala, moose ali khan and sheela bringi at micheline berry’s class at exhale and at BYS, and yehoshua (also known as josh) brill at BYS.  there were many more musicians who would be playing, but alas, i didn’t have enough time to fit everyone in.

as they say, there’s always next week 🙂