Bring Bibi McGill to Wanderlust Festival 2012

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I created this Facebook video with my good friend Bibi McGill. Bibi lives here in Portland, Oregon and is a health food evangelist, master yoga teacher, and world renowned musician (playing for the likes of Pink, Paulina Rubio, Le Re, and Beyonce). The purpose of the video is to enter Bibi in Wanderlust Festival’s Teacher Competition. Click this link and show some love to a my good friend, mentor, and constant source of inspiration, Bibi McGill.

Volunteering with Street Yoga

For those of you who may not know, I love to volunteer. Volunteering has proven to be an amazing way to meet new people, participate in amazing events, and get involved in positive causes. One of my more recent volunteering adventures has been with Street Yoga.

Street Yoga is a non-profit yoga foundation with a mission to spread Yoga to at risk-youth. With a chapter established here in Portland, Oregon, I’ve been fortunate to link up with Street Yoga on several occasions. Most recently, Street Yoga hosted a pot-luck style picnic infused with a bit of acro-yoga and music. The picnic was the first of many that will be happening this summer in the aim to spread awareness about Street Yoga. Enjoy the short I put together from the event and look out for Street Yoga chapters in an area near you. If you have any volunteer recommendations in mind, please do share below. Cheers & Namasté -George-

Yoga on the Road

Good Day Friends! As of today, I’ve been traveling across the United States for just over six weeks. Keeping up with a regular yoga practice has been a humbling, yet joyous, learning experience. One of the biggest lessons I have learned (and am still working on) is that not having a studio for practice is not an excuse to skip practice.

Between Capoeria classes, pot-lucks, and trail runs, my yoga asana practice has slowed down a bit. I am enjoying a break from regular practice and allowing my body to be challenged through other physical endeavors. In the attached video, I demonstrate one of the ways I try and squeeze in some yoga whether I’m on the road or off. Have a great day! Namaste -George-

Yoga Practice-A Gentle Hip Opening Sequence…

I have recently been intrigued in hip stretching postures (pun intended). The hips are a notoriously tight region on most anyone’s body. Many yogis claim that the tightness in one’s hips is a reflection of holding onto past emotions and experiences. Stretching the hips can cause a release of emotions. Tightness in the hips mirrors stagnant emotional attachment in that the both take time for one to let go of. Mindful breathing (pranayama) helps release both physical and emotional tension.

The attached video is a gentle vinyasa yoga sequence I enjoy practicing and teaching. The postures (pigeon & modified downward dog) featured in this video are intended to help open the hips in several different directions. Enjoy the practice and only go as far in the posture as the breath and your body allow. Namaste! -George-

This blog post is part of the “Yoga Practice” series. “Yoga Practice” blog posts include a yoga inspired video with some light content.

Yoga Practice-Headstand & Forearm Stand

I have recently taken a love for Yoga. One of my favorite postures is headstand (also known as Sirasana). Headstand is known by most Yogis and Yoginis as the king of all postures (asanas). The physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of a regular headstand practice are plentiful.

The brain in the control center for thought, action, and emotions. The practice of headstand allows for healthy blood flow to the brain cells as well as the pituitary and peneal glands. These two glands are important for health, growth, and vitality. Continue reading

Keeping to the Essentials-A Review of Lululemon’s Yoga Shorts

In lue of an upcoming move to much warmer climate, I have been reducing the amount of my clothes that I own (among other possessions).

Keeping a small inventory of clothes is essential for both short and long term travel. One obvious benefit of having few clothes is the simple fact that the less you have to wear, the less you have to wash. A small chocolate stain on your favorite t-shirt is a great conversation starter and a fun reminder for you to eat more chocolate! (raw and organic of course).
The clothes that have stood the test of to keep or to donate, are all clothes that I love and wear often. When I traveled Thailand this past January I had three shirts and I wore one of them more than 80% of the time (I was abroad for 34 days). With this rant on clothing, I want to talk about some new yoga apparel that I recently introduced into my possession and intend on using often (washing when needed-clean clothes do make a nice first impression). Read on for a review of some great new yoga shorts by Lululemon Athletica.
A Review of the “Response Short” by Lululemon Athletica
  • I recently acquired a pair of Lululemon Athletica “Response Short” yoga shorts. Being that I spend anywhere between 10-25 hours a week in the yoga studio, I have become pretty picky about my practice attire. If had to use few words to describe my overall impression of these shorts thus far…these shorts are great.
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Have you got too much stuff?

When thinking about the trip that I’m planning for the end of this month (never driven cross-country), I am faced with the dilemma that plagues any would be road tripper-What do I do with all my stuff?
Since incorporating yoga and some its’ values into my life, I have come across the principal of non-attachment on several occasions (one of the Sutras of Patanjali). When thinking of non-attachment, one can apply this ideology towards relationships, diet, and…stuff!
Material possessions can burden an individual just as much as anything immaterial. Old clothes, antiques, furniture, sporting equipment, and plenty of other stuff can hold onto feelings that are no longer a part of your life. When I started to eat primarily raw foods, I donated all the cooked food stuff I had. This was a great way for me not to constantly be temped to eat the stuff I decided I no longer wanted to consume. Stuff holds associations to the type of person you were when you decided to bring that stuff into your life (this can be good or bad depending on your perspective).
While deciding what stuff to get rid of, there are two common excuses that run through people’s head:
  • Just In Case-The “just in case excuse“, also known as I “you never know when you might need this” is the most common of all. Tattered t-shirts, worn out shoes, old newspapers…are all possessions that fall victim of this “someday” scenario. Continue reading