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Oh sweet summer sunflowers in my garden, unintentionally seeded from bird food seed and now taller than anyone else…

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Recently I have been praying to Hanuman for fortitude and strength.

Hanuman has the body of both a human and a monkey. He possesses supernatural physical strength and agility given to him by birth and as a blessing from Lord Rama for his selfless service and devotion. He was actually a god who incarnated as a monkey to serve Lord Rama.

hanuman-550Hanuman exposing his true heart, revealing his beloved Ram and Sita seated together.

Om Sri Hanumate Namah

Lord Hanuman by Manjari Sharma courtesy of Clamp Art

Because of his bravery, perseverance, strength and devoted service, Hanuman is regarded as a perfect symbol of selflessness and loyalty. Worship of Hanuman helps the individual to counter the bad karma borne out of selfish action, and grants the believer fortitude and strength in his or her own trials during the journey of life. source

When you undertake Yoga practice to awaken the healing energies that can guide you forward the only direction to go is inward. To be alone with your self. Yet the path seems so impossible to tread without help. And that is the necessity and appeal of Hanuman, the egoless servant who exists to serve the bent of the Spirit within. To access such an ally within ourselves is vital to our progress. Intimacy with breath and reflection can play a significant role in that connection, in realizing you are compelled to find your unique and original heart and Spirit. When you learn to focus with stamina and access your breath, when you feel fully plugged in to your body by the flow of breath, where breath is the center, where you feel breathed by the breath, then you become Hanuman, born to serve Ram; you become the unswerving, loyal servant and ally whose sole mission is to reconnect your intelligence with your Spirit.
  – More on Befriending Hanuman

Here is a video of Alanna Kaivalya exploring the asanas of Hanuman. Alanna is an incredible yoga teacher and I love the way she incorporates her vast knowledge of mythology into her teachings. She has taught me so much.

Hanuman, is a legendary character from yoga mythology. He has three poses, or asanas, attributed to him: hanumanasana (splits pose), anjaneyasana (lunge pose), and virasana (hero pose). This video illustrates the mythology behind all three and introduces a sequence that incorporates these three hanuman poses.

The story of Hanuman comes from the Ramayana, an epic poem and tale. In this tale, Ram and Hanuman are best friends. Hanuman was a demigod sent to live in the forest with a band of monkeys. When he was young, his name was Anjaneya, named after his mother. That is why we call this kneeling lunge pose Anjaneyasana. This pose named for the baby Hanuman is all about finding an even stretch. Virasana is another name for Hanuman. Ram’s girlfriend, Sita, was stolen by an evil demon so he sent Hanuman to save her. He prayed for the faith to do a seemingly impossible task. He prayed to be filled with confidence and love. The last Hanuman pose is (you guessed it!) Hanumanasana. This video shows how to get into this challenging splits pose through multiple variations and sequences. In this challenging pose, it is super helpful to remember that Hanuman is the embodiment of friendship and happiness – not suffering!

What do these poses have in common? They are all hip openers and involve the stretching of the psoas, the muscle that is most involved in moving through fear. And moving through fear is exactly what this monkey demigod does and what we can do through practicing these asanas. As we start to open these muscles, we begin to relieve our fear and our stress. When we do that, we can do anything.  source

Peyote People Gallery part 1
10.14.13 | No Comments

Oh we found the most lovely gallery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  I was so happy they let me take some photos at their beautiful store. Check out the Peyote People Gallery site. I almost bought every single owl in the shop! Here is the first part… Look at all these lovely animals.








Peyote People Gallery part 2
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Iskon Temple Paintings
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view from our room

morning light



Shopping in Arambol, India
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Until today I have been very conservative about my purchases…. the Jes found a little store that perfectly matches my taste. There were so many affordable pretty printed silk and cotton dresses. It was fun to trying them all on.  If only I could check eight bags!

Don’t worry I didn’t buy these ridiculous pants!

Jes and her personal tailor!

The Bunker: An oral history
01.11.13 | No Comments

Michaelangelo Matos‘ article is finally up on The Resident Advisor site, commemorating ten years of The Bunker’s history. I have been involved in The Bunker for over seven years now, photo documenting most of the events, hosting the party, welcoming artists in our home, and taking care of the flyer design until recently. Needless to say it has been a huge part of my life and also an immense creative outlet.

The Bunker Best of 2006 photos

The Bunker best of 2007 photos

The Bunker best of 2008 photos

The Bunker best of 2009 photos

It’s my birthday!
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stolen from Zoh’s Tumblr

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Mike Servito
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Photographs by Seze Devres, 2012

Happy Birthday Syd Barrett
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Syd Barrett in 1967 by Adrian Boot


Oh where are you now
pussy willow that smiled on this leaf?
When I was alone you promised the stone from your heart
my head kissed the ground
I was half the way down, treading the sand
please, please, lift a hand
I’m only a person whose arm bands beats
on his hands, hang tall
won’t you miss me?
Wouldn’t you miss me at all?

The poppy birds way
swing twigs coffee brands around,
brandish her wand with a feathery tongue
my head kissed the ground
I was half the way down, treading the sand
please, please, please lift the hand
I’m only a person with Eskimo chain
I tattooed my brain all the way…
Won’t you miss me?
Wouldn’t you miss me at all?

Bee Mask mix
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Monday afternoon space out with Bee Mask… listen to this special mix on mnml ssgs.

Performing on Friday at No Way Back.

She Likes Weeds!
11.20.11 | No Comments

She Likes Weeds by Tee Set
Check out the silly video

There’s a longnosed dirty old witch Witchipoo
She speaks a magic word called Shackabadoo
The smell of thousand herbs is hanging ’round the house where she lives in
It’s built on magic ground
There’s an all kind coloured smoke raising up among her stirring red brass magic pot
Her chimney means a lot to her for her coloured boiling brew holding snake tails but just a few
She likes weeds, they’re easy to grow
They are easy to grow, easy to grow in the morning dew
She likes weeds, they’re easy to grow
And they always are there, everywhere when she needs a few

But she also keeps a cat or seven and a miles far hearing screaming raven
A magic stick, a flying broom are just a few things that she keeps in her room
She likes weeds, they’re easy to grow
They are easy to grow, easy to grow in the morning dew
She likes weeds, they’re easy to grow
And they always are there, everywhere when she needs a few…

Photos by Alexandra Valenti