Do Not Pass Over This Passover Playlist

PassoverIt was a fun and full class tonight! As promised, here is the playlist with Title Artist Album:

Under African Skies Paul Simon Graceland
Slave Driver [Jamaican Version] Bob Marley & The Wailers Catch A Fire (Deluxe Edition)
Have A Talk With God Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life
Exodus Bob Marley & the Wailers Exodus
The Weight Aretha Franklin 30 Greatest Hits
Seed Of Memory Terry Reid Seed Of Memory
Freedom Richie Havens Resume: The Best of Richie Havens
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free Nina Simone Anthology
Border Song Elton John Greatest Hits
I Want To Be Free Ohio Players Funk on Fire: The Mercury Anthology
People Get Ready Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions People Get Ready!
Someday We’ll All Be Free Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection
My Opening Farewell Bonnie Raitt Road Tested
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right Bob Dylan The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Freedom In The Air Bernice Johnson Reagon Give Your Hands To Struggle
Obiero [From en Mana Kuoyo] Ayub Ogada African Angels

Enjoy your freedom!


Tapas – Hungry For Yoga

Jocelyn in TapasThis week we’re discussing the yoga principle tapas and people keep getting hungry during class. The definition we’ve been working with in class is commitment, dedication, and passion. And while all of these capture the essence of tapas, making a commitment to one’s self and one’s yoga practice, there is something to the experience of hunger that illuminates the practice of tapas.

When there is a hunger to practice yoga, there is tapas. Too often we silence the inner hunger to do what is best in exchange for what is easy or expedient. Tapas is an honoring of our best selves. It is a practice of listening to our need for effort in the direction of progress and growth. So when you are at the moment of internal decision: “I could go to yoga class, or I could go run these errands, or check my facebook page, or….” call on tapas to support your best self.

When there is a hunger to practice peace, there is tapas. The definition of peace as a noun misses it’s true nature. Peace is a practice that requires strength, courage, determination, and consistency. Peace is best practiced with the full intensity of our being and this is what tapas brings to our yoga practice.

Bring tapas to your yoga practice. With tapas you will find the support you need when there is adversity and inspiration to be your best in every moment.


NOURISH’s First Friday Art Tour

NOURISH's First Friday Art our flyer You have probably noticed the recently erected art hanging up around the studio. It is the work of NOURISH member, Hilary Scardino, and is featured as part of NOURISH’s participation in the First Friday Art Tour in Santa Cruz.

For those of you not familiar with the Art Tour, it is a fantastic local event held on the first Friday of each month. Various businesses and organizations in and around downtown Santa Cruz display art by local artists and hold receptions. Locals and visitors are then encouraged to walk around Santa Cruz ,taking in the art and generally having a fun old time.

Here is what some one lovely lady said about the art tour in a local paper recently:

What an amazing experience I had last Friday night in downtown Santa Cruz. I’ve been a critic of downtown in letters to this paper and the iffy element that is effecting a change to the overall ambiance of the downtown we have known and loved. This past Friday, the First Friday Art Tour, transported, elevated Santa Cruz to urban magic, the likes of which one usually only experiences in San Francisco or the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

Not wanting to miss out on such a positive and inspiring movement, NOURISH participated in First Friday for the first time on Friday, March 5th. It was huge success with the studio attracting many visitors to appreciate Hilary’s brilliant art and take in the NOURISH ambiance. There was fizzy fruit wine, a delectable platter kindly donated by our friends over at Asana Tea House (they really rock and there food is awesome) and of course, lively liberal discussion.

We would like to thank Hilary for sharing her truly unique work with us. Having received a number of compliments about what her art brings to the studio space, in addition to enjoying supporting and celebrating local artists, NOURISH will certainly be participating in First Friday again.

Unfortunately we will be skipping April – as we will be focusing on the exciting task of celebrating our 1 year anniversary with our friends, family, members and clients on Friday, April 2nd – but we do look forward to bringing in some new art in May and participating in this great event again. We hope to see lots of our members and clients there and if anyone in the NOURISH community is interested in collaborating with us for First Friday then we would love to here from you! Contact us at