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27 Feb
2016

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
2016

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
2015

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
2015

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
2015

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
2015

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
2015

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

Pop-Up House

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

19 Sep
2014

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 […]

15 Sep
2014

Giving is Great

Make someone’s day. Hakuna Matata

10 Sep
2014

California Time-Lapse

California dreaming. Hakuna Matata

28 Aug
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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 […]

30 Jul
2014

Mentawai Islands Surf Video

Enjoy some swells on your hump day. Hakuna Matata!

22 Jul
2014

Plant Life in Cambodia

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

17 Jul
2014

Sensual Musique Mixtape

Hakuna Matata

17 Jul
2014

Road to Machu Picchu – Peru in 4K

9 Jul
2014

Why Aren’t We Awesomer?

We change the angle with which we hold the camera.

7 Jul
2014

Lotus Flower in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I recently took this shot of a pink lotus flower in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Hope you enjoy 🙂

5 Jul
2014

Gentle Morning Yoga to Start Your Day Slowly

This is a 22 minute practice for anyone with an injury, a limited amount of time, or a preference to start their day with deep breathing & presence but not intensive asana postures. Take time for yourself. Be kind to your body. Enjoy and let us know what you think 🙂

4 Jul
2014

The Sandlot Fireworks Scene w/ Ray Charles America the Beautiful

This scene depicts the quintessential American 4th of July celebration. Care free summer fun with friends, family, and in this case…. baseball! This is also an amazing rendition of America the Beautiful by Ray Charles. Happy Independence Day to all our American friends and readers!

4 Jul
2014

Ladyboy Show in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Here’s a shot I took at a recent ladyboy show in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

3 Jul
2014

Noah – “It Breaks Your Heart (Marv Edit)”

Originally a song by the Eli Young Band, this edit is a great jam. Hope everyone has a beautiful holiday weekend. Hakuna Matata