The Palm Tree of Yoga Audio Blog

August 22, 2016
In this week's audio blog, I discuss the symbolism involved with a palm tree.

Historically, palm trees have represented victory and peace.

B.K.S. Iyengar relates Pantajali's Eight Limbs of Yoga to the parts of a tree and I summarize these here.
The Tree of Yoga https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1570629013/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=half08-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1570629013&linkId=b1bad095f50f23df508914ef2f0a0b54

Further, Palm Trees are a source of inspiration for many artists, including myself.  Check out my palm tree yoga leggings here:
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Quote from The Art of Travel.
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Finally,  There is still one room available for my upcoming women's spiritual retreat to Palm Springs in which we will deepen our yoga and meditation practice, discuss this book further, paint and palm tree and explore Palm Canyon.  
http://www.halfmoonyogaandart.com/retreats1.html

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Wine & the Balance of Moderation Audio Blog

August 16, 2016
In this week's audio blog, I discuss my personal relationship with wine , the history of wine around the world, the art of wine tasting, what yogis say about drinking in ancient Ayurveda texts as well as tantra philosophy, and what science states is moderation.  

I encourage the reader to drink from a place of consciousness and not listen to your pain body.

More about the pain body in Ekhart Tolle's book, "A New Earth"

Also, check out this week's yoga leggings!

There are 3 more beds left on my Palm Tree of Yoga Women's Spiritual Retreat in October! Sign up before August 21st to SAVE $50!
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Universal Culture in Vancouver

August 9, 2016
In this week's audio blog, I discuss the concept of universal culture as it relates to the Yamas, universal morality.  It starts with the individual deepening his/her yoga practice, then moves into society and the community.  

Yoga is more popular in Vancouver than anywhere else in the world.  I discuss Vancouver's strengths in community through open-door policy, sustainability, and thinking green.

Further, The Yoga Expo is coming up in Vancouver and other cities like Washington D.C.,  Denver, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Portland, Los Angeles, and Philidelphia.  http://theyogaexpo.org/index.php

You can choose from over 100 yoga classes to attend, try healthy sustainable food, and shop in the yoga market.  This is perfect for aspirational yogis as well- people who want to try yoga, but don't know where to begin.

The first 10 people to sign up will receive a ticket to their city of choice.

Check out this week's Vancouver inspired yoga leggings:
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Hot Yoga and Palm Springs Retreat

August 2, 2016
In this Audio Blog, I discuss the concept of heat your yoga practice, including the benefits of sweating, and the different ways to build heat either through a specific type of yoga, or in your own disciplined practice.

This week only, you have the opportunity to win a microfiber yoga mat towel by entering your email address:  http://www.halfmoonyogaandart.com/blog/hot-yoga-palm-springs-retreat
Find out more details about Aurorae products here: AuroraeYoga  (http://www.auroraeyoga.com/yoga-products/yoga-mats/yoga-mat-towel)

We also explore the concept of Pratyahara, to retreat- meditation as a vacation for the mind and control of the senses.  I introduce a helpful app called Simple Habit.  

Try the App for 2 Weeks FREE using this code:  JTRIO. 

You can buy this week's featured pair of palm tree leggings or any other of my 25 styles for FREE Shipping until August 7th with this code: https://society6.com/halfmoonyogaandart?promo=3RKHTF7Q342W

Finally, I relate hot yoga and pratyahara to Palm Springs and describe my upcoming women's yoga and meditation retreat in October.  I read some of the reviews from the previous retreat to Julian.

Find out more here:
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Big Magic in Barcelona

July 27, 2016
In this audio blog, we discuss Elizabeth Gilbert's newest book, Big Magic:Creative Living Beyond Fear, and how living a life of creativity gives purpose even if you think you are not a creative person. 

 I also discuss the concept of ideas, inspiration, and overcoming fear.  I introduce some of my creative friends and their thoughts on the book as well.

Further, in yoga philosophy, we try to cultivate Prana, the life force, through yoga postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), concentration (dharana) and connection with the divine (dhyana).  

I also make connections with the city of Barcelona and the Magic Fountain of Montjuic along with the exceptionally unique, organic, and colorful sculpture and architecture by Antoni Gaudi.

Links to buy Elizabeth Gilberts amazing books or audiobooks:
Big Magic Book:  http://amzn.to/2abySgx
Big Magic Audible: http://amzn.to/2ah7R9h
Eat Pray Love Book:  http://amzn.to/2aeJF6N
 Eat Pray Love Audible:  http://amzn.to/2a4JKai
The Signature of All Things: http://amzn.to/2a4D1gF

Links to my big magic inspired yoga leggings:

Link to TS Designs:
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Be Yogi Guest Blog: Yoga’s Universal Connection Audio blog

July 17, 2016
In this audio blog, I tell my story to BeYogi.com about running for my life from a train.  Hatha yoga is about two opposites working together as a whole.  When you trust in yourself as your front body, the Universe will protect your back body.  

https://beyogi.com/yoga-divine-universe/

Also, check out these new yoga leggings with my paintings now featured on 25 designs:  https://society6.com/halfmoonyogaandart/leggings

You can sign up here to receive a weekly email about my blog, classes, and products:  http://bit.ly/LeggingSpecials
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Concentration in the Park

July 11, 2016

In this Audio Blog, I discuss the Petal or Limb or Dharana in Pantajali's  8-Limbed Path to Enlightenment.  
It means concentration, focus, and stillness.  
This concept is helpful in balancing postures and for quieting the mind.  

George Seurat practiced concentration as he studies the park and these characters for two years before unleashing his Neo-Impressionist style, Pointillism.  
The musical, Sundays in the Park with George also discusses the concept of concentration.  

It is playing in San Diego for one more week at the Museum of Art :

Check out my paintings that are now on yoga leggings: https://society6.com/halfmoonyogaandart/leggings

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Freedom through Red, White, and Blue Audio Blog

July 5, 2016

In this Audio Blog, I discuss the concept of political freedom through the statue of liberty and color symbolism of our flag as it relates to the Niyamas, codes for personal observances.  Further, I highlight some of the important monuments in Washington D.C. and discuss the beauty and dangers involved with fireworks.  I include a mantra for the Niyamas and some yoga poses for the 4th of July.

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Universal Morality (Yamas) in the Amazon Rainforest

June 28, 2016
In this audio blog, I discuss the Yamas (One of the Parts of Pantajali's 8 Limbed Path to Enlightenment) as they relate to our treatment of creatures, people, and land.  I also describe sustainability in terms of products and materials including Iguaneye shoes and paperless books, Audible.com.  Further, I tell the story of a hero in Universal Moarlity, Chico Mendes.

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The Element of Space on Machu Picchu

June 28, 2016

This audio blog explores the element of space along with the 5th Throat Chakra and the temples of the sun, moon, and stars of the ancient Incas of this city in the sky, Machu Picchu.

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