Lucid Practice

A Blog Featuring Enriching Content on Travel, Wellness, Art, and Yoga

29 Jan

5 Things We Love About Bali

Bali, Indonesia is one of the most incredible places on Earth! Danners and I recently spent a couple weeks on this incredible island. More posts to come in the future but for now, here are a few things that we loved about the special island. 1. The People ►Pure positive energy. For the most part, […]

8 Jul

Yoga and Meditation Music for a Spiritual Practice

Yoga and Meditation Music for a Spiritual Practice Yoga and Meditation music can greatly enhance your practice. In my personal practice, I aim to increase my awareness and to decrease the internal chatter within my mind. Yoga and meditation music helps me. Once I can quiet my “monkey mind,” I feel more connected to God […]

29 Jan

Traveling Ratanakiri Cambodia

Traveling Ratankiri Cambodia was amazing! As many of you know, I was recently in Cambodia teaching English, studying the Khmer language, working with NGOs, and traveling around the beautiful country. We made a trip to Ratankiri, a small province (even for Cambodian standards) of less than 100,000 inhabitants, felt so different from Siem Reap. The population and commerce […]

8 Dec

Move Your DNA Book Review: 10 Key Takeaways

Move Your DNA Book Review In this Move Your DNA book review, I will summarize Katy Bowman’s profound book. My hope is that this Move Your DNA book review serves as a cogent introduction to the unorthodox, highly valuable work of Katy Bowman. Move Your DNA was recommended to me by Danielle after she listened to a […]

20 Nov

Backpacking in Burma: Yangon

Backpacking in Burma: Yangon Really enjoyed my time in Myanmar (Burma) which is an extremely interesting country. Ravaged by decades of dictatorship and war, the country is finally opening up to the outside world. The richest nation in Asia in the 1960s, Myanmar is now among the region’s poorest. With its immense natural resources, sizable population […]

6 Nov

Essential Oils for Autumn — 5 Benefits

Essential Oils for Autumn Essential oils for Autumn are indeed essential as the days become shorter and temperatures become cooler.  The dog days of summer are long gone, but there is no need to feel blue when essential oils have your back! Here are 5 Benefits of Essential Oils for Autumn: 1. Start the day […]

27 Feb

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Del Fuego

Shout out to Rory for the recommendation.  Longing, makes the day seem twice as long, like an endless summer haze, we were wandering, hearts without home, searching for a place. Longing, going on without a plan, yeah, never looking back, Aimlessly, aimlessly, devoted, devoted to the moment, devoted, devoted to the moment.

24 Feb

Urban Monk in Rural Cambodia

Urban Monk in Rural Cambodia For some of us, Yoga is a private communication of who we are and what we are. Meditation is an integral part of this communication. I mostly meditate from home remembering the natural forces of death and destruction. Remembering the force of destruction enables me to note how destruction prevails […]

13 Nov

7 Natural Ways to Get Better Sleep Without Medication

Finding natural ways to get better sleep without medication is important because almost everyone has trouble sleeping at some point in their life. There’s a lot of focus on the amount of sleep (# of hours per night) we get but what about the constitution of that sleep? In terms of sleep, it is not […]

9 Nov

Seven Benefits of Vegan Lifestyle

There are so many benefits of vegan lifestyle. People often focus on what vegans do not eat but it’s also important to consider what vegans do eat! A healthy vegan means consuming vast amounts of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and grains. Be careful with vegan desserts as they can contain high fats and sugars. Sticking […]

6 Nov

La, Paz Bolivia – spending $25 per day in this Andes covered city is cake!

If you are looking for a destination that is full of diverse attractions and activities, Bolivia is a perfect choice for your next adventure. In Bolivia, you can easily spend less than $25 USD per day, eat extremely well and enjoy landscapes that photographs can’t do justice. The Bolivian destination cities that we suggest are: […]

17 Feb

Shenzhen China Travel

Shenzhen China Travel Shenzhen is a vibrant major Chinese southern city neighboring Hong Kong. With a population of 15 million people, the city contains a diverse group of people with a large expat community. There are tons of places to eat, shop, and meet interesting people (including those who speak English)! Chinese transportation is so […]

26 Jan

Backpacking Chongqing China

Traveling Chongqing China Backpacking Chongqing China is the experience of a lifetime. Chongqing has a population of twenty nine million people. Think about that for a moment. That’s over 50% more than the population of the metropolitan New York City area. Yet, nine out of ten Americans (including us before Hesh encouraged us to visit) have not heard […]

19 Dec

Best Gifts for World Travelers

Best Gifts for World Travelers A couple years ago, I received an awesome surprise gift from my cousin and this prompted me to think of the best gifts for world travelers. My cousin Anna had me in our family’s “Secret Santa” or “Chris Kringle” gift exchange. Although I didn’t ask for anything, she knew what […]

6 Dec

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda TRAILER

I was first introduced to Paramahansa Yoganada in 2010 by a friend. He loaned me the Essence of Self Realization which I eventually read and enjoyed. When Steve Jobs died, I read in Walter Issacon’s autobiography of Steve, that Jobs had re-read one book every year; Autobiography of a Yogi. Being inspired by Jobs’s life and being, Autobiography of a […]

3 Dec

Reaching the 2nd half of life – Dying before you die

I’m not always one to share my opinion…because I feel I don’t really know anything. I do spend a lot of time thinking about this life. Why not? Today we were talking about the concept of being at peace and “dying before you die.” I tend to think a lot about practicing death. If I were to die today, […]

26 Nov

Gluten Free Muffins: Orange Almond Coconut

Delicious Gluten Free Orange Almond Coconut Muffins These delicious gluten free muffins are an amazing dessert/snack that won’t leave you feeling bloated or tired afterwards. It’s entirely possible to make good tasting, healthy sweets! Instead of regular white flour which is highly processed and generally unhealthy, in this recipe, we turn to a combination of […]

14 Nov

3 Ayurvedic Cleansing Techniques You Can Start Using Today

3 Ayurvedic Cleansing Techniques to Implement Today Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of life that has been used for over 4000 years. Here are three simple Ayurvedic cleansing techniques that you can begin today. These techniques may seem odd or complex, but once learned, they are easy to understand and execute. These three Ayurvedic […]

12 Nov

Long Weekend at the Beach: Bocas Del Toro Travel Blog – Panama

Bocas Del Toro Travel: Our Third Stop Bocas Del Toro is a province of Northern Panama that is made up of lots of small islands located on the Caribbean Sea. This was our third stop in our four month journey. We arrived here after spending time in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and Boquete in Northern Panama. While […]

6 Nov

11 Surprising Facts About Bob Marley

Interesting Facts About Bob Marley I decided to read the critically acclaimed Timothy White biography, Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley because I was hoping to learn more about the man behind the music that has been so deeply moving to me. I became interested after listening to Bob for a few months straight. Bob’s music has […]

3 Nov

Koh Ker Village Cambodia Travel Week 3

I was recently in Cambodia studying the Khmer language, teaching English, working with NGOs, and traveling around the beautiful country. This is a reflection from my time in Koh Ker Village Cambodia. Koh Ker Village is located deep in the Cambodian Northwest Countryside near the Thai and Laotian borders. Koh Ker Village Cambodia Upon reflecting this week, […]

31 Oct

The Beginning: San Jose, Costa Rica Travel Recap

San Jose, Costa Rica Travel Recap Kate and I decided on San Jose, Costa Rica as our jump off point for our 2014 backpacking trip. We had heard from some friends that Costa Rica was an amazing country and a place ‘we had to see.’ New York to San Jose, Costa Rica Travel Leaving from […]

17 Oct

Our backpacking trip to South America in 5 minutes

This video means a lot to me. The best way, for me, to explain some of the feelings associated with the video is by sharing a message I wrote the day we were coming home from our 4.5 month adventure: Sitting on the plane right now coming home and the word I use to describe the feeling is […]

5 Oct

Photo of a Gibbon at Angkor Centre for Conservation and Biodiversity

I saw this interesting lookin’ fella at the Angkor Centre for Conservation and Biodiversity. ACCB is the first nature conservation centre in Cambodia. The centre features a variety of birds, monkeys, and more. It was established to preserve and breed rare wildlife in Cambodia. It’s a 1.5 hour tuk tuk ride from Siem Reap town and you can enjoy beautiful scenery […]

2 Oct

Lessons from Dananjaya Hettiarachchi’s Story

This is a powerful performance by Dananjaya Hettiarachchi of Sri Lanka. Dananjaya shares a story about his path in life explaining his early troubles including failing out of high school at age 17. He says, “Mothers cry tears of joy, tears of sorrow, and tears of shame. After I was arrested, I saw my mother cry […]

23 Sep

Pop-Up House

Pop-Up House: the affordable passive house from Multipod-Studio on Vimeo.

19 Sep

Finding Your Flow: 6 Steps for a New Morning Routine

Find Your Flow: Suggestions for a new morning routine People talk a lot about “flow.” Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi proposed the concept decades ago—a state of mind achieved when you’re fully immersed in a project or task—but the basic tenants of flow date back to the teachings of Taoism and Buddhism.  As the Buddha tells us, “Do not dwell […]

28 Aug

Amazing Michael Franti Concert in Minneapolis

Michael Franti Concert in Minneapolis Danielle and I recently attended the Minneapolis Basilica Block Party and participated in a Michael Franti concert. It was an amazing show. In today’s world of quick tweets and Instagram photos, I’m writing this longer recap post to share this incredible experience with our readers. I hadn’t heard of Michael Franti […]

20 Aug

In Honor of BKS Iyengar

Words cannot express how much this man has given to others. Thank you, Mr. Iyengar! Please comment with a notable BKS Iyengar lesson/memory in the comments section as a tribute to BKS. 14 December, 1918 ~ 20 August, 2014.

14 Aug

NFL and Yoga: Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell, the NFL, Yoga and Athletics Keith Mitchell talks about his experience of football leading him into the world of yoga and meditation in the attached video made for NFL films. Thoughts on Keith Mitchell NFL and Yoga Video: As a former player I can only agree with everything Keith says. After putting more than fifteen […]

7 Aug

Week 2 in Siem Reap — Ta Prohm Temple and More

Exploring Ta Prohm Temple and Siem Reap I was recently in Siem Reap Cambodia, teaching Art and English and learning the Khmer language. Here’s a reflection I wrote about my second week in Cambodia. Hope you enjoy. 🙂 Upon reflecting on my second week in Siem Reap, Cambodia I feel I’ve settled in more and […]

22 Jul

Plant Life in Cambodia

I found this plant particularly striking because of its radiant color.  What do you think?