Monday, March 17, 2014

Ah balance.  Work, looking for houses, finding a Yoga studio for Yoga Life Society and preparing our home to be shown to renters.  Phew, no wonder I keep forgetting little things.
Tomorrow I wake early and renew my vow to meditate every morning for 20 minutes.
In fact, I'm going to try at night if I don't make my morning sessions.
I have time tonight.

For inspiration, Guruji says to read about the masters of Yoga .  I found this on Facebook today.  Maybe you'll be inspired, yet Swami Satchidananda and Rev. Jaganath Carrera should be on that list and I told the person who posted it.

If you want info on them go to
Sri Gurudev Satchidanandaji and my master Guruji Rev. Jaganath Carrera

Here's the blog I read:

Also I used to take classes from Dharma Mittra back when I lived in NYC.  I remember just starting his classes and he suggested everyone go up in crow pose and I laughed so hard, until I realized no one else was laughing.  They just did what he said.  I was in awe.  Now I can do crow, but I remind my classes that laughing is healthy and that Yoga is a practice-- we need something to practice or it would be called a perfect.

Good night, friends.  May you find a way to balance all that you do whether it is through Yoga or some other mindful practice.  And let me know how it is going for you.  Always good to gain strength from one another.


-- Yoga Girl

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Nora the Piano Playing Cat

Lil Bub, Colonel Meow, and Nora the piano playing cat, have you heard of these guys?  They are online celebrities with hundreds of thousands of online fans across the world.  Lil Bub is now helping PETA promote spade, neutering and adoption.  

Lil Bub with DeNiro-- Wow!
Colonel Meow plotting revenge

So who are these guys' agents?  I need to talk to them.  Maybe next year I could be on Ellen dancing and meditating with her.  Here's to 2014- the year of Swami Cat!

Om Purr,
Swami Cat

Last minute holiday gift wrapping.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Hope you enjoy our new video.  Let us know if you have any questions for Swami Cat.  We'll make a video out of it!  
Happy Holidays!

Swami Cat & Yoga Girl

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner

I've used the same ten Yoga mats for years at school and for two summers for outdoor Yoga events.  I promised myself I'd give them a good cleaning before bringing them back into my classroom.  Well, they have been sitting on my terrace since the summer.  I thought if I brought them into the living room, I'd pop in a movie and I'd clean them.  So I there they sat for two weeks.  They mocked me every time I walked by.  I would try not to look in their direction.  Well no more.  
Tonight I finally sat down (literally) and wiped them down with vinegar, warm water, a touch of soap, and a mix of a few drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus oils.  
J says they smell horrible, but I think the vinegar will evaporate just like when I clean the bathroom mirrors.  This is a no Windex or cleaning detergent household.  We use baking soda, vinegar and Dr. Bronner's soap.

Now they are all over the house, spread open to dry.

I don't smell the vinegar at all, or maybe I'm just used to it.
You might want to try cleaning your Yoga mat as well.  It really doesn't take long.  It was just daunting looking at ten of them and knowing they were not just dirty, but grass-stained and had a few mud stains.  I think yours might be a bit easier to clean.

DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner Spray

1 part warm water with 3 parts white vinegar
  • Add 8-12 drops of essential oils like eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender, mint, or tea tree oil
Mix them up and put them in a spray bottle.

If really dirty (like mine) first wash down with a few drops of Dr. Bronner's soap in warm water.

Then towel off the whole mat as much as you can, to take out the excess water.  It should dry in about fifteen minutes.  If it doesn't wipe it down one more time with a dry clean towel.

Then enjoy your clean, fresh smelling mat.  (Let me know if you still smell the vinegar.  I swear I don't.)

Many Namastes to you,

Yoga Girl