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All People Deserve Paid Sick and Vacation Time: Even Yoga Teachers and Massage Therapists

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Most, if not nearly all, yoga teachers and massage therapists only get paid when they work and even then only when you (the students/clients) show up. In other words, most, if not nearly all, yoga teachers and massage therapists do not have access to paid time off. Most, if not nearly all, yoga teachers and massage therapists have come to accept this system, a system that is not only economically disadvantageous to teachers of yoga and massage therapists, but also disruptive to consistent care, and morally indefensible.

There have been several articles written about the untenable economics of being a yoga teacher. You can read one of them here. While this is an important related issue, it is not the only pressing issue for the professional yoga world. The idea that yoga teachers must save a portion of the already little pay they receive in order to plan for unforeseen illness and injury, family emergencies, vacation time, and even holiday closures that nearly everyone else in the economic system takes for granted is shameful and irrational (based on the already paltry pay that most yoga teachers make).

Most often students have little to no knowledge that their yoga teachers are being burdened with low wages and lack of paid time off. Nor are students aware that this burden is a direct result of policies at their yoga studio or gym. Certainly, students are not directly to blame for this system and once they find out many will be likely to be concerned for the welfare of their teachers. However, yoga students, whether they are aware of it or not, indirectly support this system with their dollars.

In some cases, students find out this information and are either personally offended, but take no action to help create change, or even come up with cleverly cynical rationalizations like “Well, you get to do yoga for a living, so…you know.” I urge all yoga students to ask both their teachers and their studio managers/owners if this is the way teachers are being treated. If they find out that, yes in fact this is what is going on, then I encourage you to demand a change to yoga teacher pay that includes paid time off for illness, vacation, and holidays. I encourage you to follow up and make sure that changes are made, and if changes are not forthcoming to take your business to a studio that is responsive to the concerns of its members and the needs of its teachers.

This issue is so important to us that when we started NOURISH in 2009, we included paid time off for yoga teachers and massage therapists in our model. Teachers and therapists at NOURISH earn 4 or more weeks per year of paid sick and vacation time. One of the reasons we are able to do this is because NOURISH yoga teachers and massage therapists get paid their salary whether or not and regardless of how many of you (students/clients) show up. So the logistics of how much to pay for days off are straightforward.

Furthermore, when NOURISH chooses to close for a national holiday or any other reason, our yoga teachers and massage therapists get paid for their regular work, without losing any accrued sick or vacation days. For those of you who have always received your regular salary on Christmas, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and for others even more, this might be a bit of a privilege shock. Most, if not nearly all, yoga teachers and massage therapists do not get paid on those holidays, unless of course they work on those holidays which most people enjoy as a much needed break. So again, I challenge you to ask your teachers, massage therapists, and yoga studio/gym managers/owners, “What happens on holidays?” And if warranted, demand a change that is fair to the yoga teachers and massage therapists whose job it is to take care of you.

As a wellness center owner, a yoga teacher, and person of good will who believes in fairness and economic justice, I implore all gyms, yoga studios, spas, and wellness centers to reexamine your employment practices with regard to paid time off for yoga teachers and massage therapists. You’ll find that when you provide paid time off, your employees are healthier, happier, and more productive for the short and long term. But more importantly, you’ll find that we’re all in this together and that taking care of the people that take care of others will strengthen your moral bottom line.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

VOTE! We encourage everyone to participate in today’s election.

When you’re not out voting, here’s what’s happening at NOURISH today:

Yoga

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. All Levels Roxanne

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. All Levels Roxanne

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. All Levels Victor (Zoe Assists)

5:30 – 7:15 p.m. Intermediate Victor

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Yoga Anatomy Victor (Pre-registration Required)

 

Massage

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tomek

4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Amy

 

Nutrition With Jocelyn

7:30 a.m. – Noon

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Parivrrita Mix

As requested here is the playlist from today’s twist inspired class:

2000 The Time Of The Turning Peter Gabriel OVO The Millennium Show
1992 On the Turning Away Pink Floyd Momentary Lapse of Reason
1968 Revolution 1 The Beatles The Beatles (White Album)
1992 Ain’t Nobody (Gonna Turn Me Around) Aretha Franklin Queen Of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings [Box Set]
2003 Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose James Brown
1959 The Twist Hank Ballard & The Midnighters Say It Loud!
1998 Twistin’ The Night Away Sam Cooke Greatest Hits
1974 Revolution Bob Marley & The Wailers Natty Dread
2007 You Turned the Tables On Me Ella Fitzgerald Love Letters From Ella
1966 Here, There And Everywhere The Beatles Revolver
1968 Circle Round The Sun James Taylor James Taylor
1960 Spiral John Coltrane Giant Steps
 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) Pete Seeger Pete Seeger Greatest Hits
1988 In Orbit Thelonious Monk The Complete Riverside Recordings
1970 The Circle Game Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon
1975 Simple Twist Of Fate Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks
2003 Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Together Again

Victor

Birthday Gratitude

On Saturday, November 20th, we raised $365 for Bounce For Life! Thank you to all of you who donated and for the well wishes from everyone. You all helped make my birthday week so much fun, truly an EXTRAORDINARY celebration.

Below you will find the “Victorisms”, the quotes from last week’s board that were attributed to me. You’ll also find the various playlists from throughout the week. Enjoy!

Victorisms
Enjoy!
Feel free.
Thank you for being here.
OR NOT is always an option.
Take your time.
Nicely done. (variations were: Nice work in that series. Good job in…. Etc.)
As you are ready.
Breathe.
How’s that?
Eventually.
Relax your glutes. Yoga should make you less of a tight ass.
Find yourself as you are.
Shall we flow?
Looks like you’ve had enough of that. (variation: That’s enough of that.)
Indeed.
Is that all you got?
I got nothin’.
Make the ordinary extraordinary. (variation: The ordinary is extraordinary.)
I have a couple of announcements.
Please park only in the customer spaces.

Birthday Week Music Mixes

Monday

11:30

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1994 The Wood Song Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:14
✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 2004 What Ever I Feel Like Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Comedy 0:06
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓ 1975 New York State Of Mind Billy Joel Greatest Hits Rock 6:05
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓  Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams Mike Myers Memories and Boob Fights Comedy 0:21
✓ 1976 If It’s Magic Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life R&B Old School 3:12
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34

12:30

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1994 The Wood Song Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:14
✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 2004 What Ever I Feel Like Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Comedy 0:06
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓ 1975 New York State Of Mind Billy Joel Greatest Hits Rock 6:05
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓  Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams Mike Myers Memories and Boob Fights Comedy 0:21
✓ 1976 If It’s Magic Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life R&B Old School 3:12
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34

5:45

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1994 The Wood Song Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:14
✓ 2000 All I Need Michael McDonald The Complete Blue Obsession Recordings Music 5:41
✓ 2004 What Ever I Feel Like Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Comedy 0:06
✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 1987 Man In The Mirror Michael Jackson Bad Pop 5:19
✓ 1993 Blink Of An Eye Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:56
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 1990 Someday We’ll All Be Free Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection Soul/R&B 4:14
✓  It Tolls For Thee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Books & Spoken 0:49
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 1975 New York State Of Mind Billy Joel Greatest Hits Rock 6:05
✓ 2001 Everything Must Change Quincy Jones 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Quincy Jones Soul 6:05
✓  Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams Mike Myers Memories and Boob Fights Comedy 0:21
✓ 2006 The Heart of Life John Mayer Continuum Rock 3:19
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓ 1976 If It’s Magic Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life R&B Old School 3:12
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34
✓ 1999 Soon Be To Nothing Indigo Girls Come On Now Social Music 4:30

7:30

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1969 You Can’t Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed Rock 7:29
✓ 1994 The Wood Song Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:14
✓ 2000 All I Need Michael McDonald The Complete Blue Obsession Recordings Music 5:41
✓ 2004 What Ever I Feel Like Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Comedy 0:06
✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 1987 Man In The Mirror Michael Jackson Bad Pop 5:19
✓ 1993 Blink Of An Eye Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:56
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 1990 Someday We’ll All Be Free Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection Soul/R&B 4:14
✓  It Tolls For Thee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Books & Spoken 0:49
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 1975 New York State Of Mind Billy Joel Greatest Hits Rock 6:05
✓ 2001 Everything Must Change Quincy Jones 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Quincy Jones Soul 6:05
✓ 1980 Redemption Song Bob Marley & The Wailers Uprising Reggae 3:54
✓  Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams Mike Myers Memories and Boob Fights Comedy 0:21
✓ 2006 The Heart of Life John Mayer Continuum Rock 3:19
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓ 1976 If It’s Magic Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life R&B Old School 3:12
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34

Tuesday

12:30

✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 1993 Blink Of An Eye Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:56
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 1987 Man In The Mirror Michael Jackson Bad Pop 5:19
✓ 1990 Someday We’ll All Be Free Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection Soul/R&B 4:14
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓  It Tolls For Thee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Books & Spoken 0:49
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03

5:30

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1969 You Can’t Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed Rock 7:29
✓ 1995 Epilogue (Nothing ‘Bout Me) Sting Ten Summoner’s Tales Rock 3:42
✓ 2006 I Choose India.Arie Testimony: Vol.1, Life & Relationship R&B 4:46
✓ 2004 Golden Jill Scott Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2 Neo-Soul 3:52
✓ 2004 What Ever I Feel Like Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Comedy 0:06
✓ 1994 One to Grow On UMC’s Wild Pitch Classics Hip Hop/Rap 4:44
✓ 1993 Blink Of An Eye Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:56
✓ 2010 Soul Singing The Black Crowes Croweology Rhythm & Booze 4:15
✓ 1987 Man In The Mirror Michael Jackson Bad Pop 5:19
✓ 1971 Border Song (Holy Moses) Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted And Black Soul 3:19
✓  Boyfriend Cloris Leachman Young Frankenstein Comedy 0:09
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 1990 Someday We’ll All Be Free Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection Soul/R&B 4:14
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓  It Tolls For Thee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Books & Spoken 0:49
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34
✓  Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams Mike Myers Memories and Boob Fights Comedy 0:21
✓ 1972 Lean On Me Bill Withers Still Bill Soul/R&B 4:19
✓ 1975 New York State Of Mind Billy Joel Greatest Hits Rock 6:05
✓ 2001 Everything Must Change Quincy Jones 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Quincy Jones Soul 6:05
✓ 2006 The Heart of Life John Mayer Continuum Rock 3:19
✓ 1976 If It’s Magic Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life R&B Old School 3:12
✓  That’s It Good Night Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Comedy 0:05
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42

Wednesday

11:30

✓ 1996 Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot Sting Mercury Falling Rock 6:43
✓ 1993 Everlasting Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:31
✓ 2002 Our Deliverance Indigo Girls Become You Music 4:12
✓ 1971 Border Song (Holy Moses) Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted And Black Soul 3:19
✓ 1972 Lean On Me Bill Withers Still Bill Soul/R&B 4:19
✓ 2003 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free Nina Simone Anthology R&B Old School 3:09
✓ 2007 You’ve Got A Friend James Taylor One Man Band Music 5:02
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓ 1959 Blue In Green Miles Davis Kind Of Blue Jazz 5:38

12:30

✓ 1996 Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot Sting Mercury Falling Rock 6:43
✓ 1993 Everlasting Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:31
✓ 2002 Our Deliverance Indigo Girls Become You Music 4:12
✓ 1971 Border Song (Holy Moses) Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted And Black Soul 3:19
✓ 1972 Lean On Me Bill Withers Still Bill Soul/R&B 4:19
✓ 2003 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free Nina Simone Anthology R&B Old School 3:09
✓ 2007 You’ve Got A Friend James Taylor One Man Band Music 5:02
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓ 1959 Blue In Green Miles Davis Kind Of Blue Jazz 5:38

5:45

✓ 1996 Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot Sting Mercury Falling Rock 6:43
✓ 1993 Everlasting Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:31
✓ 2010 Soul Singing The Black Crowes Croweology Rhythm & Booze 4:15
✓ 2003 Get On The Good Foot, Pt. 1 James Brown The 50th Anniversary Collection  Soul 3:30
✓ 1970 I’ve Got A Feeling The Beatles Let It Be Rock 3:38
✓ 1990 What’s Going On [Live] Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection Soul/R&B 5:23
✓ 2002 Our Deliverance Indigo Girls Become You Music 4:12
✓ 2003 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free Nina Simone Anthology R&B Old School 3:09
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓ 1972 Lean On Me Bill Withers Still Bill Soul/R&B 4:19
✓ 1987 Running To Stand Still U2 The Joshua Tree Rock 4:19
✓ 1998 Ellis Island Marc Cohn Burning The Daze Music 5:13
✓ 2007 You’ve Got A Friend James Taylor One Man Band Music 5:02
✓ 1962 God Bless The Child Aretha Franklin The Queen In Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965 [Disc 1] Soul/R&B 3:04
✓ 2001 Peace Michael McDonald This Christmas Christmas 3:24
✓ 1959 Blue In Green Miles Davis Kind Of Blue Jazz 5:38

Thursday

12:30

✓ 1993 Everlasting Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:31
✓ 2002 Iwoya Angélique Kidjo/Dave Matthews Black Ivory Soul World 3:48
✓ 2004 Golden Jill Scott Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2 Neo-Soul 3:52
✓ 2003 Get On The Good Foot, Pt. 1 James Brown The 50th Anniversary Collection  Soul 3:30
✓ 1970 I’ve Got A Feeling The Beatles Let It Be Rock 3:38
✓ 1995 This Is Your LIfe (Single Edit) The Commodores Anthology – The Best of The Commodores R&B Old School 3:20
✓ 1973 Lean On Me Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall Soul/R&B 5:48
✓ 1998 Ellis Island Marc Cohn Burning The Daze Music 5:13
✓ 1962 God Bless The Child Aretha Franklin The Queen In Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965 [Disc 1] Soul/R&B 3:04
✓ 2001 Peace Michael McDonald This Christmas Christmas 3:24

5:30

✓ 1996 Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot Sting Mercury Falling Rock 6:43
✓ 1996 hard to make a stand Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow Rock 3:08
✓ 2004 Golden Jill Scott Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2 Neo-Soul 3:52
✓ 2002 Iwoya Angélique Kidjo/Dave Matthews Black Ivory Soul World 3:48
✓ 2001 Strength, Courage, and Wisdom India Arie Acoustic Soul R&B Old School 4:58
✓ 1993 Everlasting Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:31
✓ 1994 One to Grow On UMC’s Wild Pitch Classics Hip Hop/Rap 4:44
✓ 1970 I’ve Got A Feeling The Beatles Let It Be Rock 3:38
✓ 2003 Get On The Good Foot, Pt. 1 James Brown The 50th Anniversary Collection  Soul 3:30
✓ 2010 Soul Singing The Black Crowes Croweology Rhythm & Booze 4:15
✓ 1995 This Is Your LIfe (Single Edit) The Commodores Anthology – The Best of The Commodores R&B Old School 3:20
✓  Philosophy of Loss Indigo Girls Come On Now Social Music 2:43
✓ 2003 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free Nina Simone Anthology R&B Old School 3:09
✓ 1973 Lean On Me Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall Soul/R&B 5:48
✓ 1970 Woodstock Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon Folk 5:29
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓ 1998 Ellis Island Marc Cohn Burning The Daze Music 5:13
✓ 1962 God Bless The Child Aretha Franklin The Queen In Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965 [Disc 1] Soul/R&B 3:04
✓ 2001 Peace Michael McDonald This Christmas Christmas 3:24

Saturday

10:00

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 2006 See You In The Light Michael Franti & Spearhead Yell Fire! Soul/R&B 4:19
✓ 1996 Lie in Our Graves Dave Matthews Band Crash Rock 5:42
✓ 1968 Birthday The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 2] Rock 2:43
✓ 1991 Why Should I Cry For You Sting Soul Cages Rock 4:47
✓  Espresso Gene Hackman Young Frankenstein Comedy 0:05
✓ 1975 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Rock 5:34
✓ 1977 With A Little Help From My Friends Joe Cocker Joe Cocker’s Greatest Hits Rock 5:05
✓ 1973 Let Us Love Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall Soul/R&B 5:21
✓ 1994 Descending The Black Crowes Amorica. (Remaster) Rock 5:43
✓ 1939 Farewell to Baseball Lou Gehrig Great Speeches of The 20th Century – Volume 3 – the Dreams, Inspirations & Accomplishments Books & Spoken 0:21
✓ 2009 If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out Cat Stevens If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out / Peace Train / Roadsinger – EP Singer/Songwriter 2:46
✓ 1992 Washing Of The Water Peter Gabriel Us Rock 3:52
✓ 2007 Shower The People James Taylor One Man Band Music 4:56
✓ 1973 Visions Stevie Wonder Innervisions R&B Old School 5:24
✓  whenyoudie    0:27
✓ 1989 All That You Have Is Your Soul Tracy Chapman Crossroads Music 5:11
✓ 1970 Woodstock Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon Folk 5:29
✓ 2004 Humble Me Norah Jones Feels Like Home Vocal 4:36
✓ 1994 Fare Thee Well Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:02
✓ 1989 And So It Goes Billy Joel Storm Front Music 3:38

12:00

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1975 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Rock 5:34
✓ 1968 Birthday The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 2] Rock 2:43
✓ 1991 Why Should I Cry For You Sting Soul Cages Rock 4:47
✓  Espresso Gene Hackman Young Frankenstein Comedy 0:05
✓ 1977 With A Little Help From My Friends Joe Cocker Joe Cocker’s Greatest Hits Rock 5:05
✓ 1973 Let Us Love Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall Soul/R&B 5:21
✓ 2009 If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out Cat Stevens If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out / Peace Train / Roadsinger – EP Singer/Songwriter 2:46
✓ 1939 Farewell to Baseball Lou Gehrig Great Speeches of The 20th Century – Volume 3 – the Dreams, Inspirations & Accomplishments Books & Spoken 0:21
✓ 1977 Just A Song Before I Go Crosby, Stills & Nash CSN Rock 2:14
✓ 1992 Washing Of The Water Peter Gabriel Us Rock 3:52
✓ 2007 Shower The People James Taylor One Man Band Music 4:56
✓ 1973 Visions Stevie Wonder Innervisions R&B Old School 5:24
✓  whenyoudie    0:27
✓ 1989 All That You Have Is Your Soul Tracy Chapman Crossroads Music 5:11
✓ 1970 Woodstock Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon Folk 5:29
✓ 2004 Humble Me Norah Jones Feels Like Home Vocal 4:36
✓ 1994 Fare Thee Well Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:02
✓ 1989 And So It Goes Billy Joel Storm Front Music 3:38

Thanks again. Namaste.

Victor

Sara’s Birthday Mix

By: Victor Dubin

About 5 years ago the Tuesday night intermediate class and I went out to dinner at Olitas. At the time I was using only “yoga” music in my classes, flutes, sytar, chanting, etc. At the dinner the topic of my personal yoga practice came up and Sara asked what kind of music I listened to while practicing. I mentioned Led Zepplin, Mos Def, among others. She suggested I start using that kind of music in class and I began experimenting with different music mixes. Since then many of you have come to enjoy the Martin Luther King Birthday mixes, and the mixes for holidays, and even just encouraging the sun to shine. Thanks to Sara for the encouragement. This one was for you:

Tuesday 5:30 Intermediate
Someday We’ll All Be Free Aretha Franklin
Track 13 MNM One Shot
One to Grow On UMC’s
Come Together F. Zion I (World Premier! Produced By J.Period) J. Period & The Roots
The Weight Aretha Franklin
Staying Alive Wyclef Jean
Food For The Masses Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sunshine Mos Def
A Brand New Me Aretha Franklin
Move On Muneshine, Raks One, Kenn Starr
Feelin’ Alright Jungle Brothers
All Falls Down Syleena Kanye West
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman Aretha Franklin
Got Mos Def
It’s Like That Run-D.M.C.
Been Thru The Storm F. Stevie Wonder (J.Period Exclusive!) J. Period + The Roots
Love Mos Def
Umi Says Mos Def
A Change Is Gonna Come Aretha Franklin
Shoulder Wordsworth
We Don’t Mind Michael Franti & Spearhead
Drinking Again Aretha Franklin
Try A Little Tenderness Aretha Franklin
Holy Holy Aretha Franklin

Sexual Misconduct Among Yoga Teachers

Posted by Valerie Moselle

I was just reading this week’s article in the GoodTimes Santa Cruz titled Yogis Behaving Badly.  The article is written on the subject of yoga teachers and the specter of sexual harassment that has been known to loom in the shadows of the yoga world between teacher and student, guru and disciple.  The article points out the tenderness of the relationship between a student and  his or her teacher, and how that vulnerability can be, and has been, abused.

Certainly, becoming a successful and inspiring yoga teacher should go hand-in-hand with adhering to the moral foundational principals of yoga (the yamas and niyamas).   But it doesn’t always work out that way.  Yoga teachers are human, tempted by all the same urges as everyone else.  Fear of retribution from an almighty and judgmental God did not make Catholic priests impervious to molesting little boys.  There is no reason to think that all yoga teachers would be immune to the same impulses, especially when worshiped themselves by a roomful of women in spandex routinely in the process of opening up –physically, emotionally, and one would hope, spiritually.

It was obvious to me, as I got deeper into the writing, that one of the author’s purposes in broaching the topic of abuse by yoga teachers was to publicly air the events that brought one of our own local teachers under criminal investigation for the alleged rape of one student, and the sexual harassment of two others.  As far as I know, those claims are still being investigated by the Santa Cruz Police Department.

On one hand I appreciated the explicit (and anonymous, as the names of the victims had been changed) descriptions of what actually happened to these women.  These women felt that they had been violated, and they were willing to reveal the actions that made them feel this way.  For a woman who might be feeling weird or unsure about a suspect interaction with a yoga teacher, reading the description of another woman’s experience might help clarify her reaction.  Women, especially with a history of sexual abuse (1 in 3) sometimes get confused.  Some feel they should give the benefit of the doubt to the abuser, and that they must be misinterpreting the event.  A common pattern is to feel they deserved or even invited the abuse.  And then there is just plain old shame and embarrassment.  To read another woman’s account of harassment spelled out for all to see could (and should) give women courage to confront their own experiences, so that they can make appropriate choices around processing and healing the trauma.

On the other hand this article has caused me a fair amount of discomfort since I first read it the other day.  I’ve been chewing on the ‘facts’ I know about our local situation, as they have been revealed to me over time.  I have no personal history with the accused, but am aware of the scandals under which he left my former professional stomping grounds.  I have heard the rumors that have been floating around the yoga community for years, and have internalized the ‘inside scoops’ from people closer to the source of the ‘troubles’ than I am.  None of this is conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, which is why under the umbrella of news organizations, or even the umbrella of Nourish  the dirty laundry cannot be completely hung out to dry.  We won’t name names, we can’t speak openly about what may have happened, to whom, and because of whom.  But by now I am skeptical enough to steer clear of any involvement with the accused.  It’s frustrating that in most cases of this nature the ‘real’ story is never allowed to come out.  These accusations seem to always exist in the realm of rumor and gossip.  I have to say, though it was nice to finally see at least something in print, it’s frustrating that an article inspired by local events had to be so….generalized.

When we are restricted from talking about rape, sexual harassment, or any other kind of violence the offender is protected, not the victim.  I understand that until someone is convicted of a crime that it violates that person’s rights to speak about them as if they were guilty.  The mechanism for protecting the innocent-wrongly-accused has an important role in our justice system, obviously.  I believe in due process, etc… However, in cases like this I find it unfortunate that a potential threat to women is left vague and yet sensationalized.  Without specifics, we keep the issue at arm’s length, as if it has nothing to do with us.   Or worse, the uninformed assume the yoga world is rife with such problems and allow the fear instilled by the media to color their impression of yoga altogether.

As Judith Lasater so profoundly expressed in the GoodTimes article, this problem is not going to get better when someone gets put behind bars.  This issue won’t get better in any facet of our society until women refuse to be victimized, first by the offender and then later by feeling ashamed to raise her voice about it.  That’s a tall order.  (I know the former statement will have a lot of victims of violence perking up, so give me a moment to elaborate).

A quote came to me through one of my own teachers, Colette Crawford.  It is an ‘ancient Chinese saying’, one of those that has no source that I’ve been able to find.  Please correct me if I’ve got it wrong, or if you know something about it’s origins that I don’t.  It goes like this:

“Mountains will move, wars will cease, when women wake up.”

I’m not saying that we can necessarily end rape and sexual harassment.  With things as they are we have no control of what another brings to the relationship we have with them, whether that is the relationship with a friend,  a date, a teacher, a family member, or stranger on a dark street.  What we do have is the ability to overcome shame, heal, refuse silence, and raise awareness with the purpose of creating an environment where inappropriate sexual advances are never tolerated in any way by anybody.  Ms. Lasater’s fantasy about a woman standing up in the middle of class to announce an indiscretion, and then asking for solidarity in a boycott of the class is now my fantasy too.  My greatest disappointment is the gossipy nature of these discussions, when they come up.  Oh, and the fact that this teacher is still teaching.

My first thought was that there should be an organization for yoga teachers through which complaints can be filed and investigated.  That way, even if there are no prosecutions, at least there is a record of complaints.  You see, there very well may not have been a crime committed here.  Making passes at women, after all, is not illegal (except in the workplace).  But I think we can all agree that yoga teachers should not be making passes at students, any more than college professors, police officers, or therapists should be.  If there were some way to log a complaint, Yogis could be left to make their own judgments about teachers.  They would have a place to go to to look for red flags, or to place a warning for future students.

Then I realized that no governing body can protect us from these teachers, both few and far between, by-the-way.   It’s up to us to refuse to be taken advantage of.  Though I understand the purpose of the article, and the assumptions we have been guided to make.  Though I appreciate the interview with Judith Lasater, and the efforts to give voice to this serious issue–we will not see the end of this, as Ms. Lasater points out, until we, as a community start talking out loud.  We know this is happening.  It’s fine to name names and issue warnings.

My own mother was annoyingly over-protective when I was a kid.  She was constantly reminding me of self-defense techniques, talking with me about abuse and what to do if I feel unsafe with someone.  It was one of my least favorite things about being her child.  “Maaaawwwwwwwmmmm.  Cheeeeeeeez.”  But in my early 20s when I found myself suddenly in a violent situation with a boyfriend of two years, I knew what to do.  I got the hell out of there and pressed charges.  Not because I was angry and wanted to get back at him.  But because I didn’t want anyone else to get hurt.  I knew that whatever the outcome of his proceedings that he would have a blemish on his record reflecting what happened to me.  I knew, even then, that that blemish might in some direct or indirect way, protect another woman from escalating harm.

This is one case where I think we should speak up, even if it feels like gossip.  If you are experiencing, or know someone who is experiencing problems with a yoga teacher, (or anyone else for that matter) you owe it to yourself, and all women everywhere to talk about it.  Share it with your friends, a counselor, or a help line.  Share other incidents in your life that have made you uncomfortable.  Heal your own experiences by bringing them into the light and asking those that you love and who love you to take a look at them, even if it’s the last thing you want to do.

As a student of yoga, tell your fellow yoginis when a teacher crosses the line and disappoints your sense of morality, and by all means stop going to see that teacher.   Share with your fellow practitioners the teachers with whom you feel safe and respected.  As well as the names of the studios in which you feel supported.  The word ‘guru’ refers to a teacher that brings a student from the darkness of ignorance into the light of understanding.  In speaking about this problem out loud, we become gurus by bringing this uncomfortable subject out of the dark closet in which it has lurked, and into the light of our collective awareness.

It is unfortunate that we have to keep our wiles about us as we venture into the yoga world and subject ourselves to our teachers.  But we do.   I for one, have felt relieved to have been nowhere near the teacher that shall remain unnamed in this post, or the studio that supported him despite multiple complaints.  Instead I remain grateful that I am in the fold of an organization that puts the health and well-being of it’s clientele at the forefront of it’s mission (thank you Nourish) and to be teaching among teachers I would recommend to absolutely anyone who asked, male or female, regardless of their history.   Finally, I am grateful to be able to sit with my boss and fellow teacher, Victor, and discuss this serious issue together.  He and Jocelyn have brought this issue out into the light of Nourish by discussing it openly in meetings, and have asked us to share our feelings and insights about it with our students, and anyone who will listen.  Their message is clear.  Sexual misconduct among yoga teachers should not, under any circumstances, be tolerated.  “We want people to know that Nourish is a safe place to practice yoga.”

Jocelyn + Victor Turn 14

In the summer of 1996 Jocelyn and I were married in La Jolla and 2 days later moved to Santa Cruz. We have been here ever since and have celebrated every one of our wedding anniversaries right here in our adopted home town. On our anniversary this year I put together some new music mixes to celebrate our union during yoga classes. Here they are. Enjoy!

12:30 – 1:15 Beginning
Something In The Way She Moves James Taylor One Man Band
Power Of Two Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia
Boyfriend Cloris Leachman Young Frankenstein
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours Stevie Wonder Crooklyn, Vol. 2
Your Smiling Face James Taylor JT
Beautiful India.Arie Acoustic Soul
Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road
Grace Me’Shell Ndegeocello Bitter
Angel [Live] / Better Together [Live] Jack Johnson En Concert [Live]
She’s Got A Way [live] Billy Joel Greatest Hits
Nervous? Airplane Airplane
Believe It Or Not James Taylor Dad Loves His Work
Beautiful Me’Shell Ndegeocello Bitter

5:45-7:00 Beginning
Something In The Way She Moves James Taylor One Man Band
Power Of Two Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia
Boyfriend Cloris Leachman Young Frankenstein Comedy
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours Stevie Wonder Crooklyn, Vol. 2
Your Smiling Face James Taylor JT Music
Family Man James Taylor In The Pocket
Love Songs James Taylor Gorilla
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) James Taylor Gorilla
Shower The People James Taylor One Man Band
Choppin Brocolli Dana Carvey
Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix
Let’s Stay Together Al Green The Definitive Greatest Hits
Beautiful India.Arie Acoustic Soul
Grace Me’Shell Ndegeocello Bitter
Nervous? Airplane Airplane
Angel [Live] / Better Together [Live] Jack Johnson En Concert [Live]
She’s Got A Way [live] Billy Joel Greatest Hits
Believe It Or Not James Taylor Dad Loves His Work
Beautiful Me’Shell Ndegeocello Bitter

We are so honored to be able to share our continued union with all of you.

Victor

Yoga Unveiled

Yoga UnveiledWhile yoga continues to gain tremendous popularity, there is still often a veil of mystery within which it is shrouded. Particularly the history and variety of expressions that yoga takes are often unknown even to long time yoga practitioners. The film Yoga Unveiled does an excellent job of illuminating the past, present, and potential future of this powerfully dynamic system that we call yoga. From yoga’s roots in India nearly 50 centuries ago, to its spread to the west over the last 100 years, this film explores the depth and breadth of yoga in a clear, relevant, and insightful way. If you get a chance, check it out.

Victor

Chakras

I found myself teaching  mula bandha, the root lock, in class a few weeks ago.   (It hadn’t really been a part of the plan that day.  It just sort of spontaneously emerged.)  I allowed myself to give some very specific physical instructions, which I don’t usually do.  You see, There are some schools of yoga that believe we shouldn’t teach the bandhas or ‘locks’ in the body.  The idea is that as one progresses in the asana practice the bandhas happen automatically, without one having to think about it.  Teaching the bandhas is at best unnecessary, and at worst confusing.   Because of this, I have resisted little more than a mention of  the locks  in an effort to remain true to  my own teachers, especially when I’ve felt I didn’t yet have enough information or experience to warrant making those choices on my own.  Lately I’ve been a little more…well…experimental.

What happened that day was that the class evolved to include the principles  of  muladhara chakra; and we continued work with the root chakra for the remainder of the week.   The following week we focused on the second chakra, and we’ve been climbing up the spine ever since.

A couple of weeks ago, when it became time to move on to vishuddha chakra, the energy center located at the throat,  something changed in me.  In the previous weeks leading up to the heart chakra I was feeling inspired, directed, and clear about what to bring into my chakra classes.  I had been looking forward to the classes, and even wished I had more time to delve more deeply into this work.   But this particular week, when I began thinking about vishuddha, I hit a wall.

The feelings that came up for me were not blaring and loud, in fact it took me a while to notice them.  But they were powerful.  When I thought about teaching, I felt lethargic and bored, as if the sound of my own voice was becoming tiresome…bla, bla, bla.  I was also experiencing a mild sense of dread at the idea of getting ready to teach.  I started to have the ‘Monday Blues’.  And found myself approaching my week with a ‘just make it to Friday’ kind of attitude’.   The feelings were so mild, that I could have easily dismissed them.  But I took notice, and went about preparing to teach about the energetic wheel at the throat anyway.

Later it occurred to me that until that week, I had been teaching about concepts I understood relatively well.  I have infinite work to do in my own practice; and by no means do I see myself as an expert in the subtle energies of the body.  However, up until the 5th chakra I was confident in my philosophical knowledge and experiential understanding.  I had what I felt was more than enough fodder to bring to a few hours of teaching on the subjects.  But the throat chakra...

I see myself knee deep in the mud of vishuddha. My everyday efforts as a teacher, a mother, a wife, a woman, and a human are centered in exploring my voice, living my truth, sharing and moving toward my dreams, trusting in our interconnectedness, and channeling the energy of a passionate heart for the good of my family —and ultimately all beings.  This is my daily work —the very seat of my triumphs and failures.  These are my challenges.  This energetic center is where it gets sticky interesting for me.

Caroline Shola Arewa, the author of Opening to Spirit,  explains, “when energy is allowed to remain in the lower chakras, limitation continues.  The beautiful body temple becomes a prison and we cannot see beyond earthly reality.  As energy ascends through the heart into the throat, our horizons broaden.  Our sense of awe and wonder increases, our path in life is illuminated and our direction becomes clear.”  When I read these words, I feel like she is describing my process.  However, I feel like a babe in the woods, at the very, very beginning of this opening.  Looking up towards the sun through the trees and blinking the sleep out of my eyes.  This is my chakra.

Aaahaaa.  The source of my resistance.  My disinterest.  The doldrums of my spiritual ascension.  I am stalled out!  And then I Remembered (with a capital ‘R’):  Slow down, go in, dig deeper.  Because it’s all in there.  This I really do believe.  The answers are inside of us.  We are whole.  And we are wholly connected to every being that came before.  Even, perhaps especially, the ones who spent their lives sitting in caves contemplating the nature of the universe, mapping the chakras and the nadis, practicing coming into full being-ness.  All this comes from within.

Wednesday morning we slowed down.  I knew it was the right thing.  We began class with three oms, we breathed, we held, we focused, we rested, and we ended with om.  Dear students, I’m not sure what your experience was, but the chanting of om at the end of that class was ethereal (get it? throat chakra?  Ether?).  It was as if we were all vibrating together, like tuning forks resonating to the waves of energy enveloping us.  I can’t know how it was for you, but my own experience was of deep peace and complete wonder at the very extraordinary, almost visible energy in the room.  A palpable sense of connectedness, and a delicious,  deep, lingering shift seemed to be present in all of us.  For me, it was one of those magical moments upon which years of practice and a renewed desire to share yoga can rest.  Another layer fell away.  Inspiration.

The purpose of this post?  It doesn’t really matter what is known, practiced, taught, thought about, learned.  Slow down and bring awareness into your body.  Tune into the sensations there, and all the other things that drift into your awareness.  Allow all thoughts, feelings, and sensations to have relevance.  Let nothing go unnoticed, and the nature of that which is within, the fabric that holds us together: bone, fiber, blood, breath, space, light, light, light…. becomes known.  That knowing, sometimes fleeting, sometimes brief, is…Radiant (with a capital ‘R’).

Keep with the practice.  Practice is good.

In Gratitude, Valerie