Responsibility What’s That

Before becoming a yoga instructor, I noticed how impactful teachers are and can be to others. What led me to yoga initially was the mindfulness and philosophy aspects and then it opened up to how my body could benefit from it. Back then I read a lot of self-help books that instilled developing a broader perspective and how life isn’t just a bunch of mistakes. I was drawn to the esoteric world at a very young age. I guess it is in part because I was exposed to it with my grandmother, who was in a sense a curandera. I remember she used to cure me of the evil eye with a raw egg, fan parsley over my body, and always have a home remedy for everything. As a child I used to get annoyed at all of the “crazy” things she used to do. Little did I know how much I would grow to love this about her. But yoga was always an action to me and I got turned off by teachers who pushed their views and ideas onto others. For me I focused on how they showed their yoga through actions, how they exhibited it.

As a yoga teacher, I now have a huge responsibility. When I teach, not only do I make sure I keep bodies safe, but I also have to make sure I don’t push my own views and ideas down peoples throats. Being a yoga teacher comes with a platform for which you are given to communicate the beauty and life of yoga BUT this platform can also get tricky. With this platform comes responsibility and humility. Unfortunately more often than not I feel that this platform gets abused. With the rise of social media and free advertising I’ve seen the ego being the forefront of yoga. The ease of followers like never before, doing just that, people out there following without questioning. Following every word, every routine, diet, and philosophy. I used to work at a yoga studio and I witnessed a lot of this. I saw how people quickly accepted everything that came from their teacher they admired and looked up to. Its understandable, you trust this person, you’ve learned a lot from this person and then suddenly your perspective starts to dim and embody someone else’s. Don’t get it twisted, I am not in the least excluding myself of this. I’ve slipped up in classes too, explaining philosophy can get sticky, teaching with conviction can come off as arrogant and so on. Becoming aware of this is key, almost like when teachers say, “Check your egos at the door”, teachers should do the same.

A big myth people hold true is that yoga teachers have it all together. One can even say, that it’s complicated as a teacher having the “I should’ve known better syndrome.” Yoga teachers are still human with judgments, ideals, perspectives, bad days, crappy attitudes, etc. As a yoga instructor I personally have a big problem with this ongoing urban legend. I am not enlightened, I experience struggles, and I make mistakes too. I want to proclaim this from the tops of the mountains and debunk the myth. I share the good, the bad, and the ugly with people. Life is an ebb and flow, we have highs and lows and I feel like authenticity is important. I feel like we need more of the real, raw, vulnerable aspects because people can relate to that. I try to be as authentic as I can and honestly even writing what “I” do bothers me because that’s not what this is about. This is my opinion, and its ok if others don’t have to agree.

At the end of the day my goal as a teacher is to provoke students to go within, to question everything, take that which resonates and make it your own experience.

 

 

The Bates Motel

Recently while mobbing the city of Silver Lake I fell upon the infamous Bates Motel. Vincent Lamouroux turned this deserted hotel where Psycho was filmed into an art exhibit call Projection LA. He painted the entire building white along with its nearby palm trees to show its contrast against the city. It’s painted with biodegradable material and will slowly but surely wear away. The French artist has now turned the already artistic and hip Silver Lake into a well known and “must go to place”, in case fellow LA’ers weren’t aware of it. There are tons of things to do just in that vicinity alone. Check it out of you haven’t already!! Hope you enjoy! 

                

one of many street art walls caught on Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake
  

Flashback Friday

We shot this outfit on the famous 6th St. bridge in the Arts District.  Its a night outfit that makes a statement and stands out, which can be hard especially with the beautiful landscape.  My shirt, is a hand me down from my mom actually, I remember her wearing it when I was a little girl. I paired it with H&M high waisted shorts, over the knee black socks, and Jeffrey Campbells.  I let my hair run wild, I used “Shea Moisture” Curl enhancing smoothie along with “Organix” hydrate + defrizz kukui oil spray. I love the colors the shirt brings out, its a perfect Spring outfit.  It has a balance of both sexy and sweet, not too much showing all at once.  Hope you like it as much as I do!!!

xoxoxo

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Sunday with the guys

So I planned on taking a DJ lesson yesterday by the one and only ReMitch. It was all planned out, first Mitch (The reMitch) and I would venture out to the Beat Swap Meet dig for some records and go back to his place to begin some spinning sessions. Good plan right? Well except we got there to late and the place was closed down because it reached capacity. The Beat Swap Meet is a record swap meet that travels throughout the states. Its full of musicians, artists, break dancers, music lovers, its even a place to bring the family. Its a lot of fun and would have been my first one ever but the fire marshals were not having anything to do with letting us in. Some of Mitch’s friends had a booth inside for their radio station called Vibes and Stuff told us they would get us in through the Exit door but apparently the fire marshal decided to guard the door after seeing others sneak their way in. Usually when the Beat Swap Meet is in Los Angeles its held in Chinatown but this time they held it in a warehouse in the Arts District Los Angeles where the streets are covered with murals upon murals of graffiti art. Its one of my favorite places to be in Los Angeles. Since we weren’t able to get in to the Beat Swap Meet we opted to go to the famous Artform Studio on 3rd St. The Artform Studio is a place where you can buy records but also get your hair cut, get your makeup done all while being in the company of talented professionals who not only know how to make you look good but know their music too. The atmosphere is so unique and electrifying, they come equip with turntables, good music, and great energy. Not only is this place insanely cool but they’ve had a lot of musicians come down and have photo shoots inside. Daft Punk paid them a visit for a magazine article in Wax Poetics. If you decide to go, pay my friend Larry G a visit and tell him Little Tania sent you =) So after we walked around the studio we kept wandering the streets and found some crafty stores where I tried on fun hats, which can drastically change your outfit. (I was dressed in a black in honor of the recent police brutality that has recently occurred.)  We joined the remainder of our friends at Eighty Two Arcade, which is a bar loaded with fun arcade games. This place also has a DJ and has a lunch truck available if you’re hungry. Once everybody showed up we decided to go grub mmmm. We went to Manna Korean bbq. Now if you’ve never been, this is one spot you have to come to experience some authentic Korean bbq.

The 6th St. bridge
The 6th St. bridge

To be continued on the DJ session but at least my Sunday was definitely a funday =)

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The massive crowd hoping to get in.
The massive crowd hoping to get in.

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Remember watching him paint as a kid?!! Bob Ross the painter RIP.
Remember watching him paint as a kid?!! Bob Ross the painter RIP.
Poketo (Crafty store on 3rd St)
Poketo (Crafty store on 3rd St)
Jokey hat from Poketo.
Jokey hat from Poketo.
Hat from Alchemy Works on 3rd.
Hat from Alchemy Works on 3rd.
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James Esteban from Durty LA.
James Esteban from Durty LA.
The Artform Studio.
The Artform Studio.

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A shot of the exact same spot Daft Punk stood for the Wax Poetics Cover.
A shot of the exact same spot Daft Punk stood for the Wax Poetics Cover.

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My obsession with turntables.
My obsession with turntables.
I like Baby Bubba's sweatshirt.
I like Baby Bubba’s sweatshirt.
Manna dinner mmm.
Manna dinner mmm.
Once you pop you just can't stop, pineapple j-e-l-l-o.
Once you pop you just can’t stop, pineapple j-e-l-l-o.

The art of turntables

I have this obsession with turntables so here are some pictures I’ve taken while out and about in Los Angeles events. Click on the captions their links to their music pages!!!

DJ Zo @ the Line Hotel
DJ Zo @ the Line Hotel
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Holly Marilyn Solem @ Good Times at Davey Waynes
DJ Frankie Ingliese @ Dirty Laundry
DJ Frankie Inglese @ Dirty Laundry
DJ ReMitch @ the Grandstar Jazz Club
DJ ReMitch @ the Grandstar Jazz Club
A DJ at a party @ The Sky Room
A DJ at a party @ The Sky Room
DJ Peanut Butter Wolf @ Thanks Givends
DJ Peanut Butter Wolf @ Thanks Givends
DJ Jeremy Sole @ Bodega
DJ Jeremy Sole @ Bodega
DJ Jason Bentley @ The Hammer Museum Made In LA Music
DJ Jason Bentley @ The Hammer Museum Made In LA Music
DJ setup @ Tumbe
DJ setup @ Tumbe
Dam Funk @ The Lift
Dam Funk @ The Lift

Soul Sessions Reunion

Catching my shadow
Catching my shadow

I recently attended the Soul Sessions Reunion at the Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown, CA. Soul Sessions is a collective of DJ’s which consist of DJ Plann B, The Remitch, Baby Bubba, and DJ B-Nasty along with the masterminds behind the group, Chad Corros and Jay Villanueva aka Ninja Simone. Each DJ adds their own twist to their music presentation, which also keeps the show diverse and interesting. They play a plethora of music from soul of course, funk, flashback, old school hip hop, and even some electro favorites along with so much more. The energy in the room is like no other. They had guest DJ’s who tore the roof off the place, StarRo from Soulection and Jeremy Sole from KCRW. StarRo was a crowd pleaser making everyone shocked and engaged by his self produced beats. I even caught someone pointing at me because my face showed utter shock at what he was playing for us, he’s genius. Jeremey Sole is always a good time playing afro beats mixed with flavorful Latin music and even throwing in some reggae too. You can’t not dance when you’re in this crowd of show stoppers. I had a great time with these fellas, I know The Remitch and Baby Bubba but I finally got to meet the rest of the crew. We hung out and enjoyed a late night snack we called the “after party”. There are talks about more reunions for 2015, I’ll be waiting!! You can hear these guys on soundcloud/mixcrate too…

The reMitch

Baby Bubba

Plann B

B-Nasty

StarRo

Jeremy Sole

BTS with Jeremy Sole
BTS with Jeremy Sole
Jeremy Sole cutting it up.
Jeremy Sole cutting it up.
StarRo killin' it
StarRo killin’ it
Baby Bubba wearing his epic Easy E .T
Baby Bubba wearing his epic Easy E .T
The Remitch
The Remitch
Lanterns in Chinatown
Lanterns in Chinatown
Little 'ol me, StarRo, and my friend Joanna
Little ‘ol me, StarRo, and my friend Joanna