When I first heard about the Four-Twenty Games, I instantly envisioned a bunch of people getting high and playing games. Well, it turns out, that's not even close to what the event is all about! I was planning to attend, to connect with the community as a representative of Sensi Magazine, as we were one of the media sponsors for the event. A couple days prior, I had agreed to teach the yoga warm-up and cool-down sessions, to fill in for Rachel Carlevale, the founder goddess of Ganjasana, who was called out of town. What an enlightening experience it was!
I came to learn this is a non-consumption, family-oriented event with the mission of de-stigmatizing the cannabis consuming community. It was established to show that cannabis users are not lazy, unmotivated stoners and that millions who use this plant on their journey of life use it within a healthy and responsible lifestyle. To help you envision the experience, picture hundreds of super friendly adults and children, enjoying treats from gourmet food trucks, practicing yoga, taking part in a 4.2 miles run/walk/skate/ride, competing in a kickball tournament with pro-athletes, cannabis and ancillary brands educating and showcasing their products and sampling out CBD topicals/drinks, X-Games BMX stunt riders wowing the crowd, a shaded beer-garden which was a great oasis out of the summer sun, all set within a beautiful lakeside park in Denver with the plushest, greenest grass my feet have stepped upon in quite a while!
I'm pretty sure every single person who took part in the yoga sessions came up to me during the event to express their gratitude. And it was super heart-warming to see and hear the smiles and comments from the police and park rangers stationed at the event :) They too were pleasantly surprised by what they witnessed.
The Four-Twenty Games is on tour around the country. Check out their website and see if there's one coming to your city: www.420games.org
I'm certainly not the only one to be amazed by how perception of time can change so much over the course of life. I remember playing at camp during the summer of '87 having just finished first grade. I had a moment in the field replaying in my mind all the memorable experiences from the previous school year and felt ahead to the next year thinking how looong that year will be. Back then each day felt like an abundance of time...and a hour felt like an eternity.
As I type this, I'm listening to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. The last time I played the album beginning to end, I was a young teenager, laying on the couch in the basement of my parent's house that became a work of art for me. It was a daily ritual for me to go down there and spend hours allowing my create juices to flow through a mixture of music, painting, choreography, and always ending with laying motionless on the couch -- lights off, incense burning, black lights on revealing the glow stars I stuck all over the ceilings and walls to make it feel like I was in space...and I'd lay there bathing in the music, contemplating on what "God" is and how big the Universe really is...and however big it is, what's beyond it's walls...and wouldn't that be the Universe then too? I'd feel the walls of my head pulsating as if my brain wanted to burst out beyond my skull.
Why am I sharing this? That picture above was taken a couple weeks ago, twenty years since the last time I laid on that couch. Twenty years, which feel like the space between the first and last note of that epic album. I asked my super-talented boyfriend to get a yoga-flavored shot of me during a recent shoot. I look at myself here and think to when yoga as a way of life began to infuse my every cell...I was so young and naive, clueless of how life would be unfolding, and it's stuck around as an old-friend who has yet to leave my side.
We've walked together over the years and gratitude overflows from my heart as I think of how many times it's taken my finger and pointed it back to myself. I now realize this is how I practice living harmoniously within myself. The practice of continuously taking ownership of how life reveals itself...recognizing the part I'm playing without taking things personally or creating limiting assumptions. It can be the hardest thing to do...to recognize it's not the other who's at fault for the way I'm feeling...it's me. I feel like this is the work of the Self...unwinding truth from falsehood, teaching the self who it really is.
~~~~~~ Om Namah Shivaya ~~~~~~
Carrot - Daikon - Ginger soup
This soup may make your house smell a bit, well, interesting, but man does it work wonders to help rid the body of excess kapha and ignite the digestion to help transition into the higher and lighter energies of spring.
I received this recipe from my dear ayurvedic lifestyle teacher in Philadelphia, Lilavati Devi. She would have us cleanse every spring and this would be part of the morning ritual within the ahara chikitsa, food practice.
If you've never heard of daikon, you're not alone. It's a white root vegetable used often in Japanese and Chinese cuisine that resembles a carrot. The flavor is very different from a carrot...daikon is spicy and tart with a pungent and sharp tastes. Here's the recipe...
Combine 1/2C grated carrot, 1/2C grated daikon, 1tsp grated ginger, 1C water. Bring to boil, simmer for about two minutes. Optional: add greens or 1tsp miso. Consume the broth first, then pulp.
Upon waking have some lukewarm water with a little fresh grated ginger and 1/2 a lemon. Take 1/2tsp raw local honey and drink with the ginger/lemon water. Then ave the soup sometime after and before eating your first meal of the day.
Enjoy the lightness!
And why not? We are all witnessing absolute absurdity as we approach the 2016 Presidential election, which makes the oddities of everyday life seem completely normal these days. I'm not someone who cares to speak much about politics. Every human being knows how to relate with other beings harmoniously and what kind of person can lead an entire country successfully, even if that knowledge is buried underneath heaps and piles of conditioned, judgmental ignorance. So I ask myself, how can I be a contribution to society at this moment in time? That's when I realize I'm right where I need to be. The changes must come from within each of our
Did you just say "Yoga, Acupuncture, Raw Chocolate, & Aromatherapy"??? A Spring Renewal just for you!
Join Thomas Richardson, Licensed Acupuncturist and I on a sensory journey to detoxify, relax and rejuvenate your mind and body. The journey will begin with an intentional vinyasa and restorative aroma yoga practice transitioning into a detoxifying acupuncture protocol during savasana or seated meditation (you choose!). After the acupuncture, we’ll enjoy a tasting of organic raw chocolates and have time to enjoy tea, explore the grounds, journal and take in the view.
Ease your transition from Winter to Spring by joining us on Sunday, April 3rd, 1-3:30pm at Vista Cielo, a breathtaking space overlooking the valley, located in the north Boulder foothills.
Sign-up early to secure your space! We can only accept 12 attendees. Register by sending in your payment by clicking here! http://www.lianacameris.com/support.html
Investment: $65 if signed up by March 15th, $75 after March 15th
Starting the week of February 15th, I'll be teaching the following classes at Amana Yoga Boulder:
Tuesdays: 12pm all levels vinyasa
5:30pm intermediate vinyasa
Thursdays: 5:30pm intermediate vinyasa
If you are newer to the practice, feel free to come to any of those classes as I have extensive experience in teaching to all levels despite the focus. =) Hope to see you on your mat!
Some have called me a yoga midwife...and I find that most fitting. I feel pure joy in the opportunity to guide someone in their first breaths of yoga, to demystify their preconceived ideas and realign any misperceptions they have about the practice. I can see their being illuminate as they begin to grasp what yoga is all about, and take their first conscious steps on the path of awakening. For these reasons, I'm truly grateful to be offering this very special Beginner's workshop at the top of the New Year in Boulder, CO at Amana Yoga. Registration at www.amanayogaboulder.com
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe,