Power Yoga

Power Yoga

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” – BK Iyengar   Nearly 4 years ago, I unfurled my yoga mat for the very first time at Santa Monica Power Yoga. Since then, my passion and commitment to the practice has grown exponentially over the years. The beauty of this practice is that the deeper you move into it, the more it gives back.   To this day, Santa Monica Power Yoga remains one of my favorite studios to practice. Despite a recent split from the umbrella of Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga, the SMPY East studio continues on, with a slate of teachers of unmatched caliber. Jerome, Vytas, Rudy, and Anaswara are among the most- skilled instructors amid the highly competitive yoga landscape of Santa Monica.   We all need a reason to honor certain commitments in our life — make time for the things that matter most to us. This is why I understand that not everybody will fall as deeply in love with the practice as I have. Rather than spout off the usual list of health benefits to maintaining a routine yoga practice, I’d like to share my personal top reasons I continue to return to the mat week after week.   1) Strength & Agility- A great deal of yoga involves weight-bearing asanas, or postures. You use your muscles to hold your own body weight, balancing strength with flexibility as you develop muscles that are strong and in proportion to one another. The increased vitality arising from building physical strength is my most compelling  reason to work out. The...
Cherry Baked Brie

Cherry Baked Brie

Cherries, honey, brie- what more could you ask for in a simple, quick  appetizer? I have been meaning to give this recipe a try after coming across it on a fashion blog, no less. A recent effort to cut back on dairy and cheese in my diet has held me back. After a few weeks of limiting my dairy intake, I have come to realize that quality cheese is far too good to deprive myself of entirely! Moderation proves to be key time and again.   The fresh rosemary sold by Maggie’s Farms at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market is not only the most fresh and fragrant variety I have found on the Westside, but also has those gorgeous little clusters of purple flowers sprouting out from the tips of the branches.     Recipe adopted from Because I’m Addicted Prep Time: 10 minutes Serves: 3-4 Ingredients: 1 wedge, Brie Cheese 1/3 cup, Dried Cherries 1/4 cup, Toasted Pecans 1/4 tsp, Chopped Rosemary 1/4 cup, Honey Preparation: Preheat the oven to 400F In a mixing bowl, combine the cherries, pecans, and chopped rosemary. Drizzle with honey, then stir. Place half of the mixture atop the brie. Flip, and place the remainder on the other side. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until the brie begins to ooze, but not melt. Serve with your favorite crackers and...
New Music Monday: February 2014 Playlist

New Music Monday: February 2014 Playlist

There has been an absolute overload of terrific new music released this past month. I have had the following tracks on nonstop rotation. Without making the conscious effort to do so, this latest playlist of mine emerged as a compilation of highly-instrumental, soulful beats, with vocals of grand proportions. Each of these songs has that  hauntingly beautiful sense of sound and rhythm that serves to reinforce the transformative power of music. Hozier, Banks, Lo-Fang, Sam Smith – these are just a few of the incredibly talented artists that I predict to really blow up this year. 1) Take Me To Church- Hozier 2) Brain- Banks 3) Wandering Eye- Fat Freddy’s Drop 4) Nirvana- Sam Smith 5) The Sound of Everything feat. Alice Russell- Quantic 6) Look Away- Lo-Fang 7) The Fifth Exotic- Quantic 8) When We’re Fine- Lo-Fang 9) Klapp Klapp- Little Dragon 10) Montana- Tycho 11) You’re Not Good Enough- Blood Orange 12) Talk is Cheap- Chet Faker 13) Oh Sailor- Mr Little Jeans 14) Blue Moon- Beck   Follow me on...