Saturday Senses

tasting :: coconut poppers (a gluten-free scone-like cookie made with coconut milk)

hearing :: americana radio on pandora

smelling :: freesia without sneezing. {fingers crossed the new allergy meds work}

seeing :: local girlfriends. there is nothing like the support of your girls. check them out: mads, michelle, erin, amy, sacramento fashion bloggers

feeling :: like last week was a lifetime ago.

wishing/hoping :: for peace, ease and kindness.

What about you?

What are your senses this Saturday?

Looking back, how was your week?

Leave a comment and tell me all about it. I’d seriously love to hear about your week. Now’s not the time to be shy.

This weekly tradition inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

Don’t forget to click the links!

The Spotlight Video!

I spent most of last week freaking out about singing in public and about stepping outside my comfort zone.

Truth be told, being on stage was nerve-racking.

The stage was a corner of a room I spend a lot of time in, but not with everyone looking at me. My voice wasn’t as strong as in our practice sessions and I’d never sung into a microphone before {note to self: go to sound check}.

Even though I’ve sung along to this song a million times, for a moment, the words totally escaped me. Good thing I know this about myself and brought them along. I glanced down occasionally to make sure I remembered where we were going.

As I looked out into the faces of my fellow yogis and friends, I really felt the love in the room. People couldn’t have been more supportive – lots of smiles and even a new friend singing along with us.

Plus I was up there with my best guy.

I got over my serious case of nerves pretty quickly. 

How could I not?

Many people have told me they are already looking forward to honing their talents for the next big show.

And there is talk about starting the It’s All Yoga Family Band!

If you’d like to see the The Big Performance, click it.

{While you’re there, please also check out all the other amazing performances by our staff and students}


What’s your secret talent?

How do you share your talent with the world?

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Yoga+Music365 (day13) – Emotionalism by The Avett Brothers

A couple days ago at work someone asked me about how to use blocks in yoga. I quickly rattled off a some answers and then went back to eating my lunch.

Days later I was still thinking about all the ways I’ve used blocks in yoga. Check out the HuggerMugger (yes, I still love that name!) chart above for some ideas.


  • To make my arms longer in Triangle, its evil cousin Revolved Triangle, Half Moon and Side Crane/Crow.
  •  I’ve stood on blocks too make my legs longer in King Dancer.
  • I’ve stood on blocks to help me balance more evenly in Crow.
  • I’ve “massaged” my IT band (Ouch! I’d recommend the foam roller for this)
  • I’ve “massaged” my feet, calves, and hamstrings (Again, ouch. It’s like Thai massage – or self-induced accupressure).
  • I’ve used a block in Warrior 2 and lunge – put it between my knee and the wall for balance.
  • I’ve used a block to strengthen my upper body for inversions like forearm balance and dolphin.
  • To give myself a lift in Bridge
  • I’ve used blocks to support my knees in Supta Baddha Konasana and Sukhasana
  • I’ve sat on blocks in Hero
  • I even use blocks in Savasana. Well, if I put a bolster under my knees, I put my feet on blocks. So comfortable!

 What are ways you use blocks to help you in yoga? What are your favorite yoga props? Please leave me a comment and I’ll give your prop ideas a try.

Remember Saturday is the MUSIC ROUNDUP! I’ll share my thoughts on the music of the week. 

Today’s music is Emotionalism by The Avett Brothers

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