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Video Intro to Episode 82: Audio Recorded Outside on my iPhone 4!

11 Aug

Recorded Outside Amongst The Bugs!

I had an opportunity to record some videos this weekend. While I was doing that I decided ‘why not film me recording the audio intro for Episode 82 of my podcast?’

So, here it is!

This was the first time that I used my iPhone 4’s memo feature. The audio sounds pretty good huh? I stripped the original audio for the video with the audio from the iPhone 4, to make it sound as clear as possible.

I gotta say, that I was literally eaten alive by all those bugs flying around there! I’m still suffering a crazy amount of mosquito bites. I may consider doing stuff like this more.

What do you think?

Of course if you want to listen and practice along to the full class, here it is!


Yoga in Pittsburgh: Monday night’s theme- Vasudeva (Video)

17 Jan

I have been toying with providing you guys with more video. My dream is to be able to get some good videos without in any way intruding in the yoga class itself. For the moment I’ve found that the least intrusive way to get the video is to video tape my intro, as it’s just me and I don’t have to put anyone else on the spot. I place the camera on the side, that way it also does not call any attention.

This specific video was shot at my public yoga class on Monday nights at 6pm at Yoga Matrika in Point Breeze. The entire class is available via audio here.

Those of you that live in Pittsburgh and especially in Point Breeze, why not come on by? You can even listen to the class to listen to my teaching style so you already know what to expect 🙂

I hope to do more of this in the future!

What do you think?

Happy New Decade! Thoughts About Owning Yourself and Elephant Journal Feature

3 Jan

Inspired by the need to Express and Share

There were two main catalysts to the creation of Elsie’s Yoga Kula and Elsie’s Yoga Class: Live and Unplugged Podcast. One was my desire to offer my students greater accessibility to practice yoga asana classes without having to go to a studio, either because they were out of town or unable to afford a class. The other was my own need to express myself and have my own ‘way’ of presenting myself to the world as a yoga teacher.

The greatest reason I teach is because of my students. It’s because of y’all people! You all offer so much back to me, simply by your dedication and your desire to become more of yourselves. There have been countless times that I may not have been inspired to go teach a yoga class, but as soon as I saw one of your faces all fired up and committed to the class, it lit me up 🙂 There have also been times when I question whether or not I should continue to record my live classes  and continue to podcast them, and sure enough, the moment that thought comes into my head, one of you fabulous virtual kula members will write to me and share some powerful way in which the classes have helped you, once again lighting up my heart.

Beginning this yoga site as way to express myself, sprinkled with information and a podcast was absolutely self serving at first, and as I delved into it I realized how much more it had become. I’ve gotten the chance to connect with many of you in such incredible ways. I’ve been able to step into the creation of a new way to take the practice of yoga to folks who may or may not have a class nor a teacher available. It’s also kept me accountable as a yoga teacher. I’ve had to stay mindful and true to myself every step of the way.

During the past three and a half years of Elsie’s Yoga Kula, there have been times when I had the desire to write and post and be connected almost daily and there have been times when I haven’t even been able nor willing to log on to the site. At first I reprimanded myself for not keeping up with some predefined way in which you are supposed to run a podcast/blog, and then I realized that every word that I put up, every time that I choose to post something it comes from a deep truth, which honors all of you and myself.

Act From Your Highest Always

If I were to inspire you to commit to something in 2010 it would be to let go of any predefined expectations or limitations in whatever you choose to endeavor.  Who says anyhow? Take action from your highest self, choose to engage from your most authentic place, even if it takes longer than you thought, even if  it’s not the way you thought it would be, even if it’s not ‘perfect’. Again, who says anyhow? Do it your way, and do it truthfully. Remember that every action that you take will at once serve to fuel you and those that happen to come in contact with your expression. Everything that you do matters, and it matters greatly, so be your best and be yourself 😀

This whole post came about because of a recent humbling post featuring me in one of my most favorite sites, written by a magical woman that I ‘met’ via social media (twitter/my podcast/facebook). It’s all about resolutions, (what with the new year and all that jazz 😉 and well, we do take stock of what we desire, what we want to do and be, become, etc.) and so my podcast was offered as a way to step into your ‘yoga resolutions’. This just made me realize how important it is to adhere to your own authenticity and truth, so that whatever you put out into the world is truly a reflection of the best that you can be at any given moment.

Thank you to all my students for keeping me accountable and always striving to be the best teacher/student/mother/human that I can be! And an extra special thanks to my beloved The Green Ox for nurturing me by FIRE 😀

Happy New Decade!  and say hello if you get a chance 🙂

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Episode 76: Vasudeva as December Lights, 75 Min Level 2 Yoga Class

30 Dec

A sweetly vibrant house down the street from my home

Casting Light From the Inside Out

I have to be very honest, winter is very challenging for me. I do my best to see all the goodness, I really do, but when winter begins, man does it kick my spiritual booty!

I don’t often have time to sit and meditate on my themes for my classes. I’m working on being more efficient in my themeing and conveying more of the Anusara Principles of Alignment ™ and Philosophy more clearly, but as I’m sure some of you teachers know this requires work, time and study. The clearer and simpler a teacher’s theme is the more skilled and experienced they are (at least that’s my observation). It’s kinda like watching a great dancer, you only see the beauty of the art, you get pulled into the dance itself, not the specifics of the dance, the steps, how many hours the artist had to rehearse in order to make it seamless…

I’m getting more and more adept at allowing nature to guide me into what I teach. This generally happens during my walk to teach my yoga class. I’ve learned to let go of ‘what I have to do’ and simply allow myself to listen and to drink inspiration freely.

Thank God for Christmas lights!

They were so beautiful! They showed me things I hadn’t seen in a while, streets that I walk often shifted and shone in a different way. I was more intrigued by what was going inside the homes that the outside. I saw beautifully decorated houses whose windows shone so bright. I saw shapes and figures all inviting me to step deeper into the homes, into the warmth of the inner dwelling. I realized that the holiday lights where put there in a very strategic way, they weren’t just randomly placed, they weren’t merely thrown out, but carefully thought out and generally speaking, placed in ways that would enhance each individual dwelling. The specificity of the way the light was cast out was a clear reflection of the owners time, thought and commitment. I saw that in order to place these lights optimally the dweller must first be willing to search the closets, the basements, the attics, to get the boxes out and choose what to cast out. What makes this so glorious is that all this beauty wouldn’t be seen if it wasn’t for the shorter and darker days of winter.

The winter serves to take us deeper into the closet of the self so that we may bring out the decorations of light and enhance the world around us by the way in which we choose to cast our own individual light out into the world.


vasu = dwelling place deva = the light

The nature of the universe is how you choose to pour the light of consciousness into the dwelling place of the self. As you do this oh how it shines brightly all around, showing off those mighty beautiful lights. How do you choose to create a dwelling place of light?

Yes, peeps, this are the thoughts that jump in my head as I walk 🙂

Hope you guys enjoy!

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This week’s class is a reflection of the theme that I touched on above. It’s a Level 2 Yoga Class and it was recorded on November 30th 2009 at Yoga Matrika 🙂

The Yoga Asana Sequence

Downward Facing Dog/Open Hip/Square Hip

One legged Downward Facing Dog opening the hipone legged downward facing dog with hips squared

Lunge/Modified Parsvotanasana

straight legged lungeparsvottanasana variation


Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 3

uttanasanaardha uttanasana


plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Surya Namaskar x 2

tadasanaurdhva hastasanauttanasana ardha uttanasana plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing doguttanasana ardha uttanasanaurdhva hastasanatadasana


Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prepParsvakonasana

Vira II

warrior II

Shins in Thighs Out

Widening Parsvotanasana


Salabhasana with arms interlaced behind the back



Vashistasana variation with knee on the floor

Ardha Chandrasana

ardha chandrasana


Pigeon Prep

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

setubandha stage 1setubandha robot armssetubandha

Urdhva Dhanurasana

urdhva dhanurasana

Easy Supine Twist

Knees to Chest