Wednesday, 20 April 2016


I love playing Bonobo in yoga classes. 
That is all. 


Black Sands – Bonobo
Downstream – Ribongia
A Walk – Tycho
Gold – Thelma Plum
Learning For Your Love – Marcus Marr & Chet Faker
Ma Jolie – Abd Al Malik
Plans – Birds of Tokyo
Small Planets – Dragon Baby
The Cello Song – The Piano Guys
The Sea is Calling (Acoustic) – The Temper Trap
Monster Vs Angel – WDL
Chasing Cars – Sleeping At Last
Don’t Panic – Clarity
Someone Like You – James Vincent McMorrow
Near Light – Olafur Arnalds



I love playing Bonobo in yoga classes. 
That is all. 


Black Sands – Bonobo
Downstream – Ribongia
A Walk – Tycho
Gold – Thelma Plum
Learning For Your Love – Marcus Marr & Chet Faker
Ma Jolie – Abd Al Malik
Plans – Birds of Tokyo
Small Planets – Dragon Baby
The Cello Song – The Piano Guys
The Sea is Calling (Acoustic) – The Temper Trap
Monster Vs Angel – WDL
Chasing Cars – Sleeping At Last
Don’t Panic – Clarity
Someone Like You – James Vincent McMorrow
Near Light – Olafur Arnalds


Sunday, 3 April 2016

I used to go hiking often with a girlfriend who, for the purpose of this post, we will refer to as THE PUNISHER. She loved doing the super-hard hikes in Los Angeles, like Paseo Miramar and Los Leones. She would storm on, fit as a fiddle, while I dragged behind calling out the usual complaints; “Are we there yet?”, or “I have a stitch! I’m dying!”, or even “You promised me lobster mac and cheese! When is this happening?!” 


Since THE PUNISHER moved back to London, my hiking schedule has fallen somewhat by the wayside and I have been trying recently to get back into the habit of heading out onto a trail a couple of times a week. Now that I have the shared responsibility of a very large, black and fluffy fur child, I have become interested in checking out as many dog-friendly hikes in LA as I can. This week’s new adventure was the East Sepulveda Fire Road (I know, super-sexy name) in Getty View Park which runs alongside the 405 as you head north into the Valley. 


This is a great hike for Angelenos who, like me, love the idea of hiking but resent the possibility of dying of dehydration and savage cramps on a lonely path in the Santa Monica Mountains. Three miles to the end of the trail and back, it’s a pretty easy hike to do in less than an hour, but it inclines enough all the way to the end that you’ll definitely get your sweat on if you’re not an Olympic athlete – or a Border Collie. 

Said fur baby loved this one because it’s currently covered in spring wild flowers and there are plenty of rocky outlooks to perch upon and sniff the wind. For humans, the hike has a great view of the Getty Centre and the ocean, as well as the Mountain Gate Country Club and a number of pretty amazing Bel Air mansions. It’s also really easy to get to – if you think that driving along the 405 constitutes an easy drive. Simply take the turn off the 405 at Moraga (just before the Getty if you’re driving north) and follow a short, winding road up the hill where there is a lot of free and unrestricted residential parking during the week – I’m guessing during the weekend you may have to compete a little more with residents and their guests.


Check out the Hikespeak page for more info and instructions. Take your fur baby, if you have one. 






I used to go hiking often with a girlfriend who, for the purpose of this post, we will refer to as THE PUNISHER. She loved doing the super-hard hikes in Los Angeles, like Paseo Miramar and Los Leones. She would storm on, fit as a fiddle, while I dragged behind calling out the usual complaints; “Are we there yet?”, or “I have a stitch! I’m dying!”, or even “You promised me lobster mac and cheese! When is this happening?!” 


Since THE PUNISHER moved back to London, my hiking schedule has fallen somewhat by the wayside and I have been trying recently to get back into the habit of heading out onto a trail a couple of times a week. Now that I have the shared responsibility of a very large, black and fluffy fur child, I have become interested in checking out as many dog-friendly hikes in LA as I can. This week’s new adventure was the East Sepulveda Fire Road (I know, super-sexy name) in Getty View Park which runs alongside the 405 as you head north into the Valley. 


This is a great hike for Angelenos who, like me, love the idea of hiking but resent the possibility of dying of dehydration and savage cramps on a lonely path in the Santa Monica Mountains. Three miles to the end of the trail and back, it’s a pretty easy hike to do in less than an hour, but it inclines enough all the way to the end that you’ll definitely get your sweat on if you’re not an Olympic athlete – or a Border Collie. 

Said fur baby loved this one because it’s currently covered in spring wild flowers and there are plenty of rocky outlooks to perch upon and sniff the wind. For humans, the hike has a great view of the Getty Centre and the ocean, as well as the Mountain Gate Country Club and a number of pretty amazing Bel Air mansions. It’s also really easy to get to – if you think that driving along the 405 constitutes an easy drive. Simply take the turn off the 405 at Moraga (just before the Getty if you’re driving north) and follow a short, winding road up the hill where there is a lot of free and unrestricted residential parking during the week – I’m guessing during the weekend you may have to compete a little more with residents and their guests.


Check out the Hikespeak page for more info and instructions. Take your fur baby, if you have one. 






Monday, 28 March 2016


Years ago, I went to the Isle of Wight festival with my friend Sam. It was the year the Rolling Stones headlined so everyone was super excited about being subjected to the Jagger Swagger, but I was more interested in seeing Paolo Nutini who, back then, was only 19 and a superstar in the UK after the release of his first album. What I distinctly remember about his performance was that, apart from being very, very good, he was very, very drunk. He was so drunk he could barely keep his eyes open. It was exceptionally entertaining. I had never really been that interested in Paolo after his first album, but recently came across the most wonderful cover he did of The Beatles’ Don’t Let Me Down. It’s been on heavy rotation in class ever since.

This playlist is named Tired So Tired because I was so very tired of all of the music I had on rotation in class. 

Straumnes – Sigur Ros
Short Change Hero – the Heavy
Ishq Mush – BC Smith
My Guru – Dan the Automator
Welcome to Bombay – BC Smith
Lost – Coldplay
Time to Run – Lord Huron
Iguazu – Gustavo Santaolalla
All I Need – Radiohead
Staralfur – Sigur Ros
No Surprises – Regina Spektor
Don’t Let Me Down – Paolo Nutini
Solomon – Nathaniel Ratecliff
Spiegel im Spiegel – Arvo Part
All Right – Sigur Ros




Years ago, I went to the Isle of Wight festival with my friend Sam. It was the year the Rolling Stones headlined so everyone was super excited about being subjected to the Jagger Swagger, but I was more interested in seeing Paolo Nutini who, back then, was only 19 and a superstar in the UK after the release of his first album. What I distinctly remember about his performance was that, apart from being very, very good, he was very, very drunk. He was so drunk he could barely keep his eyes open. It was exceptionally entertaining. I had never really been that interested in Paolo after his first album, but recently came across the most wonderful cover he did of The Beatles’ Don’t Let Me Down. It’s been on heavy rotation in class ever since.

This playlist is named Tired So Tired because I was so very tired of all of the music I had on rotation in class. 

Straumnes – Sigur Ros
Short Change Hero – the Heavy
Ishq Mush – BC Smith
My Guru – Dan the Automator
Welcome to Bombay – BC Smith
Lost – Coldplay
Time to Run – Lord Huron
Iguazu – Gustavo Santaolalla
All I Need – Radiohead
Staralfur – Sigur Ros
No Surprises – Regina Spektor
Don’t Let Me Down – Paolo Nutini
Solomon – Nathaniel Ratecliff
Spiegel im Spiegel – Arvo Part
All Right – Sigur Ros



Wednesday, 20 January 2016

(via)
One day after he passed away, I blasted a trusty old Bowie playlist during an evening class. Afterward, one of my students told me how much she had loved it and began to cry.

The power of music is phenomenal and, as I always argue, any emotion it generates within you has the potential to enhance your yoga practice. I’m not saying that Heroes or Diamond Dogs are always going to be appropriate for everyone during a class …but they’ve been a hit the past week.

Bowie's In Space

The Man Who Sold the Word – Vitamin String Quartet
Ashes to Ashes – David Bowie
China Girl – David Bowie
Starman – Milky Edwards & the Chamberlings
Diamond Dogs – Beck
Heroes – David Bowie
Sound and Vision – David Bowie
Queen Bitch – Seu Jorge
Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
Sorrow – David Bowie
Rebel Rebel – Seu Jorge
Where Are We Now – David Bowie
Nature Boy – David Bowie & Massive Attack
Golden Years – James Murphy 


I haven't put a playlist on Soundcloud but I will share just one video from the list. I fell in love with Bowie thanks to Seu Jorge and Wes Anderson. This one is my favourite...


(via)
One day after he passed away, I blasted a trusty old Bowie playlist during an evening class. Afterward, one of my students told me how much she had loved it and began to cry.

The power of music is phenomenal and, as I always argue, any emotion it generates within you has the potential to enhance your yoga practice. I’m not saying that Heroes or Diamond Dogs are always going to be appropriate for everyone during a class …but they’ve been a hit the past week.

Bowie's In Space

The Man Who Sold the Word – Vitamin String Quartet
Ashes to Ashes – David Bowie
China Girl – David Bowie
Starman – Milky Edwards & the Chamberlings
Diamond Dogs – Beck
Heroes – David Bowie
Sound and Vision – David Bowie
Queen Bitch – Seu Jorge
Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
Sorrow – David Bowie
Rebel Rebel – Seu Jorge
Where Are We Now – David Bowie
Nature Boy – David Bowie & Massive Attack
Golden Years – James Murphy 


I haven't put a playlist on Soundcloud but I will share just one video from the list. I fell in love with Bowie thanks to Seu Jorge and Wes Anderson. This one is my favourite...


Friday, 20 November 2015

Bhi Bhiman
I’d say that 90% of the time, when I give students my business card in class it is because they want to see my playlists. Some yogis really get into the tunes they practice to - I even have a few students who bring music suggestions into class or email them to me. I have recently become completely and utterly despairing over the music on the radio and have pretty much stopped listening to it in the car (where I spend a disproportionate amount of my life). I love discovering and listening to artists you are not likely to hear on the radio in Los Angeles and apparently my students appreciate the music discoveries as well. I’m really enjoying Cali boys DJ Drez and Bhi Bhiman at the moment, and am super excited to see my lovely Perth gal pal Leure releasing new music.

Bye bye, radio. I do not miss you.

In other fun, frivolous notes of fun, do you know how many ‘covers’ of Regina Spektor’s Us are currently on Soundcloud? Go look. Seriously. It’s ridiculous.

Folky/Anti-Radio Yoga Playlist

Midnight (In India – DJ Drez Remix) – Coldplay
We Don’t Eat – James Vincent McMorrow
When I Grow Up – The Human Experience
Wicked Game – James Vincent McMorrow
Archangel – Chet Faker
1998 – Chet Faker
Mushaboom – Feist
Us – Regina Spektor
Guttersnipe – Bhi Bhiman
You Are My Joy – The Reindeer Section
Empire State of Mind (DJ Drez India Remix) – Alicia Keys
Swim Good – Leure
Tomorrow Will Be Kinder – The Secret Sisters
Shanti (Peace Out) – MC Yogi






Bhi Bhiman
I’d say that 90% of the time, when I give students my business card in class it is because they want to see my playlists. Some yogis really get into the tunes they practice to - I even have a few students who bring music suggestions into class or email them to me. I have recently become completely and utterly despairing over the music on the radio and have pretty much stopped listening to it in the car (where I spend a disproportionate amount of my life). I love discovering and listening to artists you are not likely to hear on the radio in Los Angeles and apparently my students appreciate the music discoveries as well. I’m really enjoying Cali boys DJ Drez and Bhi Bhiman at the moment, and am super excited to see my lovely Perth gal pal Leure releasing new music.

Bye bye, radio. I do not miss you.

In other fun, frivolous notes of fun, do you know how many ‘covers’ of Regina Spektor’s Us are currently on Soundcloud? Go look. Seriously. It’s ridiculous.

Folky/Anti-Radio Yoga Playlist

Midnight (In India – DJ Drez Remix) – Coldplay
We Don’t Eat – James Vincent McMorrow
When I Grow Up – The Human Experience
Wicked Game – James Vincent McMorrow
Archangel – Chet Faker
1998 – Chet Faker
Mushaboom – Feist
Us – Regina Spektor
Guttersnipe – Bhi Bhiman
You Are My Joy – The Reindeer Section
Empire State of Mind (DJ Drez India Remix) – Alicia Keys
Swim Good – Leure
Tomorrow Will Be Kinder – The Secret Sisters
Shanti (Peace Out) – MC Yogi






Monday, 9 November 2015

 Do you remember the old Paul Frank slogan, 'Paul Frank Is Your Friend'? I never bought a giant monkey face product the entire time Paul Frank was a popular brand, but I still always think of the slogan when I say to students, "Props are your friends." We often bring a lot of ego on to the mat and a lot of students are reluctant to use props because they associate the use of a block or strap with weakness or lack of skill. I love props. When I practice I always have a bolster, block and blanket beside my mat. Props have a few different purposes; they can assist you to achieve a pose safely where physical limitations prevent you from finding the full expression, provide building blocks for more advanced poses, and also offer support for restorative poses. All props have various uses, but blankets are particularly versatile as you can modify their shape to suit your needs; ie you can fold them, roll them, drape them and spread them for a variety of uses.
One of my favourite uses of blankets at the moment is to offer lift and softness for a supported Shoulder Stand, or Salamba Sarvangasana. Some people think that this is an intermediate/advanced pose, but I actually think it's great for all levels as the support offers padding for the back and particularly tight shoulders, and also it makes it a little easier to squeeze the elbows towards each other and prevent the upper arms from rolling in towards each other. I do find, however, that the extra lift means I sometimes come up and over a little quicker than I would flat on the floor, so make sure you move slowly when lifting the hips into shoulder stand or plow.

Supported Shoulder Stand - How to...

1. Place two of three folded blankets half way along your yoga mat and fold the mat over the blankets to create a thick padding for your shoulders and upper back - experiment with the height of the blankets and ensure that it is comfortable for your neck.

2. Lie back on the fold of blankets and mat so that your neck is just hanging off the edge. As you would with regular Shoulder Stand, draw your knees towards your chest and lift your lower arm from the elbows towards the ceiling like little robot arms, ready to catch your hips.

3. Peel your tail bone towards the ceiling, allowing the rest of your spine to follow as  you extend your legs towards the ceiling - remember, move slowly to ensure you don't tumble back and hurt your neck. Slide your hands around your back and spread the fingers wide to support your lower back. More advanced students might walk their hands further down the spine towards the floor to provide more lift for the legs, eventually bringing your hips directly over the shoulders. Actively pressed your shoulders and upper arms into the mat.

4. For yogis who enjoy Halasana/Plow, you can continue to slowly draw your feet down towards the floor above your head. Again, take it easy and avoid simply falling over yourself to ensure there's no sudden pressure on the neck. If your toes touch the floor, you can lower your hands behind the back to press on the mat, or interlace your fingers and press your wrists against the mat.

5. To come out of the pose, move as slowly as you did when you came into it. Return your hands to your hips if you lowered them to the floor for Plow and bend your knees towards your chest. Very carefully roll your spine and then your hips back down onto the mat.

 Do you remember the old Paul Frank slogan, 'Paul Frank Is Your Friend'? I never bought a giant monkey face product the entire time Paul Frank was a popular brand, but I still always think of the slogan when I say to students, "Props are your friends." We often bring a lot of ego on to the mat and a lot of students are reluctant to use props because they associate the use of a block or strap with weakness or lack of skill. I love props. When I practice I always have a bolster, block and blanket beside my mat. Props have a few different purposes; they can assist you to achieve a pose safely where physical limitations prevent you from finding the full expression, provide building blocks for more advanced poses, and also offer support for restorative poses. All props have various uses, but blankets are particularly versatile as you can modify their shape to suit your needs; ie you can fold them, roll them, drape them and spread them for a variety of uses.
One of my favourite uses of blankets at the moment is to offer lift and softness for a supported Shoulder Stand, or Salamba Sarvangasana. Some people think that this is an intermediate/advanced pose, but I actually think it's great for all levels as the support offers padding for the back and particularly tight shoulders, and also it makes it a little easier to squeeze the elbows towards each other and prevent the upper arms from rolling in towards each other. I do find, however, that the extra lift means I sometimes come up and over a little quicker than I would flat on the floor, so make sure you move slowly when lifting the hips into shoulder stand or plow.

Supported Shoulder Stand - How to...

1. Place two of three folded blankets half way along your yoga mat and fold the mat over the blankets to create a thick padding for your shoulders and upper back - experiment with the height of the blankets and ensure that it is comfortable for your neck.

2. Lie back on the fold of blankets and mat so that your neck is just hanging off the edge. As you would with regular Shoulder Stand, draw your knees towards your chest and lift your lower arm from the elbows towards the ceiling like little robot arms, ready to catch your hips.

3. Peel your tail bone towards the ceiling, allowing the rest of your spine to follow as  you extend your legs towards the ceiling - remember, move slowly to ensure you don't tumble back and hurt your neck. Slide your hands around your back and spread the fingers wide to support your lower back. More advanced students might walk their hands further down the spine towards the floor to provide more lift for the legs, eventually bringing your hips directly over the shoulders. Actively pressed your shoulders and upper arms into the mat.

4. For yogis who enjoy Halasana/Plow, you can continue to slowly draw your feet down towards the floor above your head. Again, take it easy and avoid simply falling over yourself to ensure there's no sudden pressure on the neck. If your toes touch the floor, you can lower your hands behind the back to press on the mat, or interlace your fingers and press your wrists against the mat.

5. To come out of the pose, move as slowly as you did when you came into it. Return your hands to your hips if you lowered them to the floor for Plow and bend your knees towards your chest. Very carefully roll your spine and then your hips back down onto the mat.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

DJ Drez & Marti Nikko

Thank God for SoundCloud and all the little gems you can find there. So, so good. The DJ Drez reimagining of the oh-so-overplayed Royals has been a big hit with students. I’ve also become a big fan of Amazon Music so between the two services I have a whole lot of new music to share during class.

Nectar Drop  - DJ Drez
Rock on Hanuman – MC Yogi with Krishna Das
We Must Go On – Pretty Lights
Fools (Peter, Bjorn & John Bortlax Cobra Remix) – The Temper Trap
Awake – Tycho
Ashley (Aether Flip) – Yo La Tengo
The Last Day – Moby ft. Skylar Grey
Try to Be – Blue Hawaii
Kill the Doubt – Cactus Channel ft. Chet Faker
Don’t Wait – Mapei
Royal Krisha – DJ Drez & Marti Nikko
Florence and the Machine (Dimond Saints Remix) – Florence and the Machine
So Good – Lucy Peach
September Fields (Acoustic) – Frazey Ford

DJ Drez & Marti Nikko

Thank God for SoundCloud and all the little gems you can find there. So, so good. The DJ Drez reimagining of the oh-so-overplayed Royals has been a big hit with students. I’ve also become a big fan of Amazon Music so between the two services I have a whole lot of new music to share during class.

Nectar Drop  - DJ Drez
Rock on Hanuman – MC Yogi with Krishna Das
We Must Go On – Pretty Lights
Fools (Peter, Bjorn & John Bortlax Cobra Remix) – The Temper Trap
Awake – Tycho
Ashley (Aether Flip) – Yo La Tengo
The Last Day – Moby ft. Skylar Grey
Try to Be – Blue Hawaii
Kill the Doubt – Cactus Channel ft. Chet Faker
Don’t Wait – Mapei
Royal Krisha – DJ Drez & Marti Nikko
Florence and the Machine (Dimond Saints Remix) – Florence and the Machine
So Good – Lucy Peach
September Fields (Acoustic) – Frazey Ford

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