reshaping the ordinary

dance artist, jivamukti yogini, raw foodie, doula and lover, traveling to perform, create and share my light with the world.

Category: jivamukti yoga



this summer communication has been my primary focus. i’ve been approaching day to day interactions as a social experiment of sorts. witnessing how the CHOICES i make, in how i direct my actions in the world, my use of spoken words, even more subtly how my thoughts directly influences the situation.

if i walk in to a situation where everyone is stressed out, but i am calm and joyous, it has the miraculous power of rubbing off. the whole room becomes lighter. in this way we really can create the reality in which we want to exist. we can do and be what we want to see.

i often find myself suggesting “do what you want” both to myself and others. and then there is a pause and a moment to check in,

what do i want

(a very important pause and reflection in this time of speed and multi tasking).

recently a friend reflected back,
what do you mean by “you do what you want”? what’s the emotion/drive behind it?

probably more layers than i acknowledge, this prompted an exploration of what it means to “do what you want”

  • it’s repeating something i’ve heard said 
  • it’s a softening (of my own deep seeded desire to control) 
  • it’s freeing and sweet 
  • it’s aimed to be a reminder that in the play of your life, ultimately you are (if not the director) the assistant director.
    if you don’t like the way a scene is going, YOU have this amazing ability to change the script.
    if the play goes differently than you expected, that can be a wonderful thing,
    if you are present, if you are checking in, if you ask, is this what i want, both for the immediate present at hand as well as for what lies ahead.
  • it’s a reminder when we are busy making plans and choices god laughs at us for thinking we have that ability to control anything…. 
  • it’s a hope, that we will listen to the heart-mind, and act from a seat of compassion, not from a seat of anger, jealousy, or fear.

  • it’s a space from which i see limitless possibilities
  • it’s an i love YOU, not who you think i want you to be, and an invitation to be YOU, so i can meet that

my dear teacher Sharon Gannon teaches we can have anything we want in this life, if we are willing first to provide it for others.

this teaching, so rich in it’s simplicity, is the recipe for magic. whatever it is you want, create it, share it, and then there it is in the world.
if you want world peace, act more peacefully towards others, suddenly the world has more peace in it. simply, be what you wish to see in the world.

If we want to be free, then it seems we shouldn’t make a slave of anyone. If we want enlightenment for ourselves, then we must begin to see others as holy, enlightened beings. Through such purification of perception, one becomes enlightened, because ultimately, it will take an enlightened being to see another enlightened being (it takes one to know one).  -Sharon Gannon



staying the path

as a Bhakti practitioner, or in general as a Yogi, or as any human being who has decided to dedicate themselves something with this precious time we are here on Mother Earth, we start by setting goals, that part is easy… and then life happens. inspiration can fizzle out like a bad romance…. 

seemingly it is so easy to find inspiration these days, just do a search for #inspiration and countless articles images and poems will pop up.
or you can be more specific about what kind of inspiration you want,, #fitspo #inspireart #yogainspo even #inspireconsciousness pulls up a few hits….

but does this ocean of inspiring words and images leave us more inspired or simply more overwhelmed.


Krishna as seen floating from my rear-veiw mirror.



i find the great mystics, the enlightened ones who have come before us provide the greatest of inspirations, some of their texts i call upon daily, to inspire my practice, such as the  मधुराष्टकम् Madhurastakam the Song of Sweetness in praise of Krishna, composed by the Bhakti philosopher-poet Sripad Vallabhacharya, and Tulsidas‘s stotra to Hanuman-ji the  Hanuman Chalisa.
reciting texts such as these, written many years before my time, inspires, ignites and works as an access point to the divine mood (click this link to see Shyamdas-ji’s beautiful description of this bhav, divine mood).

but from there where do we go?

an idea recently presented to me (obvious though radical) is what do YOU say. it’s wonderful to learn the mantras, and the prayers, and the protocol to devotion. but as practitioners of Bhakti yoga, the lila, the play comes in with our own mood, our own ras, our own unique flavor and taste.


Yantra to Hanuman including some of Tulsidas’ Chalisa


so i invite you, write your own prayer. your own love letter to the beloved one. devotion is a practice of surrendering, giving yourself completely and with great abandon to something outside of your own ego-ambition. try doing it in your own way, then let me know how it goes!

Jai Shri Krishna


YS 1.23 īśvara-praṇidhānād vā By giving your life and identity to God you attain the identity of God.   īśvara-praṇidhānād vā: By giving your life and identity to God you attain the identity of God. This does not mean you become God, rather, you attain God-like qualities: happiness, bliss and ecstasy. This is your True […]

going back to the begining

some mornings, or evenings, or in-betweeenings

you may ask yourself:

how did i end up here.

when did it begin?

what is the root of how things are the way they are.

perhaps it was when i met you in the dance studio.


maybe it was when mom met dad…

but how did they get there.

you can be a victim, or you can be enlightened. what starts out as a light hearted musing can so easily become a depressing regret-filled pit. don’t go down the spiral, why choose sadness?

Patanjali has some good advice on this.

YS II.33 vitarka-badhane pratipaksha-bhavanam

When disturbed by disturbing thoughts, think of the opposite.

finding happy

our true nature is sat-chit-(but mostly)-ananda:

sat: identity, consciousness

chit: mindstuff, existence

ananda: ecstasy, bliss, samadhi

joy, happiness itself, complete at-easement

it’s been said that your belief in god; that which is the true reality, that which we have come from, will be revealed in our actions the moment before eating, if we take just a brief precious moment to give thanks, to offer back. this practice is beneficial in all things, not just when eating. for example, when beginning a practice. sometimes when i do my home asana practice, i forget to dedicate the practice, i’ll feel rushed, and wonder why i am doing this work.

if i set an elevated intention. generally, by means of the ancient mantra, lokah samastah sukihno bhavantu, the at-easement is instant, as counter-intuitive as it seems, by taking some time, we create more time, steadiness & joy.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu 

लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनोभवंतु

May all beings everywhere, be happy and free.

And may the thoughts words and actions of my own life,

contribute, in some way,

to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

why that moment is important, to dedicate your practice, your life to the enhancement, happiness and liberation of others, why that’s so important is because yoga practices are trying to wake us up to the reality, that we are much much more than our limited body/mind container.  than our limited personality. that we are divine, we are eternal, our nature is satchitānanda, our nature is love itself. our nature is happiness. this is revealed to us IF we are willing, to do actions, which will bring happiness to others, and not be so concerned with getting that happiness for ourselves.

so dedicating our practice with words like this ancient mantra, is the first step, and a very easy step in freeing ourselves from selfishness, and selfishness binds us. in ignorance, avidya, not knowing who we really are. not knowing our divine nature. our eternal nature. so we want to do everything possible to free us from the bind of selfishness, self concern, worry about am i getting enough, am i getting what i deserve. etc. etc. so, that’s the exploration. how to be more free, how to be more happy.

the first three of the twelve gardens of Matrimandir, Existence, Consciousness and Bliss represent Sat, Chit and Ananda , the “ Nature of the divine Being ”, at once the transcendent origin and the divine dynamism.

the first three of the twelve gardens of Matrimandir, Existence, Consciousness and Bliss represent Sat, Chit and Ananda , the “ Nature of the divine Being ”, at once the transcendent origin and the divine dynamism.