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Water – Part II

In my Yogalates class today I had visions. It was at the end when I was laying in savasana (after an incredible workout). First I had sensations of warmth and tingling all around my heart center and head. I felt so vibrant and happy all of a sudden. I had a vision (one I have [...]

Grateful for Teachers

Yesterday we took back to back djembe drumming workshops with Dibo Camara and our friend Dramane Kone. The workshops were full of challenging rhythms and solo parts. They were both advanced classes and pushed everyone beyond their comfort zone. I had an interesting time participating in and simultaneously observing myself and others – specifically our [...]

Water is LIFE!

Living in Southern California has so many amazing benefits – ocean, mountains, warm weather, healthy lifestyle, great food, art, culture…I could go on and on. But we are also prone to floods, earthquakes, and FIRE. The Zaca fire this summer, and now the fires in San Diego and surrounding areas have really put things into [...]

Ventura Dance Class

Last night was my first Tuesday dance class at Pulse Drumming. It was so fun! We started out with the very aerobic and lively “Soli” and everyone was hot and sweaty after about 10 minutes of dance. We ended with “Djole” and the drummers were on fire! Everyone clapped and cheered at the end and [...]

Full Days – Full Hearts!

For the past several weeks, Budhi and I have been doing an average of 2-3 gigs on the weekends – our record was 3 gigs in one day! While this can seem insane, it has been absolutely wonderful! On Friday night I taught my dance class, lasting 2 hours in prep for our Saturday performance. [...]

Healthy Body for Dance!

During the past few months I have thrown myself into dance, yoga, and pilates will FULL force. I feel so hungry for all forms of movement for inspiration, ideas, and to get my body in “dancer shape”. Well, my body is used to walking and hiking, not jumping, twisting, crunching, twirling, flailing, sweeping, hopping, and [...]

Today’s Inspirations

Greetings! This morning I had fun making a collection of inspiring quotes from some of our greatest teachers of today and yesterday. Here is what I have so far: “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” -Deepak Chopra “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” -Dalai Lama “When one [...]

Weekly Dance Classes!

I have just committed to teaching a weekly dance class in Ventura, and I am so excited! I know that it will attract a great group of male and female dancers – and it already has!! Starting next week, I will be teaching on Tuesdays in Ventura and Fridays in Santa Barbara. If you haven’t [...]

Love of Dance

This week I was so very privileged to take two West African dance classes from the amazing Youssouf Koumbassa and his beautiful wife, Mariama Camara. Youssouf and Mariama brought their knowledge and love of drum and dance to little Santa Barbara and all were blessed by their grace, wisdom, strength, and ENERGY! Drumming was provided [...]