This is part of a 28-Day Yoga Challenge to follow the guidelines of Mandy Ingber’s new book, Yogalosophy, before I review the book on the Where Is My Guru radio show on May 17th.
I can’t believe my Yogalosophy Project will be over on Friday at 11am! Go on over to Where Is My Guru to read my pre-show blog post here. Since Jess asked about it, I thought I would post some before and after photos on the blog, too. My before photos are a little fuzzy, sorry! I’m cropping people out for their privacy. This is a little nerve-wracking, honestly! I don’t usually post photos of myself on the blog.
Have you heard that old southern expression? It’s a classic, hilarious way of saying you are really really nervous! Which I was, as today was my first Where is My Guru Book Guru radio segment! As I talked about earlier in the week, I reviewed Flora Bowley’s amazing book, Brave Intuitive Painting. You can listen to the show here. Some friends on twitter, including the awesome Roseanne Harvey of It’s All Yoga, Baby, said I sounded “cool and collected.” Totally an illusion, y’all. But when I got home from work, there was another surprise. My next “Book Guru” book! Are you as excited as I am?
It feels like a million things are happening at once. Wait, scratch that: a million fantastic things, including:
- Nick, Jenn, & I were added to the Where Is My Guru About page. I do my first Book Guru radio segment this week. Friday! It’s going to be about a classic book that I love. Just wait, you’ll love the book. And we’ve decided on my second book which is new and exciting and will be released soon. I am trying not to die of radio newbie nervousness in the interim.
- It’s All Yoga, Baby ran my guest post on the Bikram scandal and abuse scandals in yoga on Friday, which is getting a really positive response from readers. Go on over and comment.
- I realized that, because of the Daily Muse’s content sharing relationship with Forbes, my interview with Susan Cain from last year–about introverts at work–was on Forbes’ website. Which is hilarious, as this may be the only time “Forbes” and my name appear in the same sentence (I wish it was the billionaires’ list, but a girl can dream of book sales, right?). Susan Cain was an amazing interview, so if you’re an introvert or know an introvert, you’ll love her.
- You should go vote for one of my favorite yoga blogs, The Bliss Project, by watching Manon’s video. She’s trying to win a contest to fund her yoga teacher training! It looks like fun!
My guest post on yoga and recent sexual abuse scandals is up at “It’s All Yoga, Baby.” Read it here. I’m proud to be a participant in a discussion of yoga ethics with people like Roseanne Harvey & Carol Horton. Especially on such a timely, important topic.
Today’s “Honest Friday” topic on Where Is My Guru? is the difference between the state of being busy and being inspired or driven. Check it out here. How would you answer this question?
Personally, I’m feeling like being “busy” is getting more and more challenging for me–I’m looking forward to the natural slowdown in my schedule after exams in May.
“Stop the glorification of busy,” as they say. Ironically, I was scheduled to be somewhere all day today, but couldn’t make it because of inclement weather–the streets in my neighborhood were flooded with rain–so I was unexpectedly able to listen to Jessica & Jennifer talk about this very issue. Maybe it’s a sign? Here’s a great photo that was up on the #WIMG FB feed today:
I’ve adjusted the header image and color scheme slightly. I felt like the site needed a little pizzazz.
The amazing yoga and spirituality podcast and website, “Where is My Guru?” has chosen to start a new book review program and I am terrifically thrilled to be one of their new “Book Gurus,” along with two other awesome yoga peeps: Jenn Lui of YOGANONYMOUS and writer and yoga teacher Nick Mattos. So, come hang out with us at WIMG!
My last Daily Muse column, “What to Read on the Subway,” is all about perfume. I’m crazy about fragrance and have amassed a collection of perfume-themed books and favorite websites. One favorite book of mine that didn’t make its way into the column is Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’s Perfumes: The Guide, a smart collection of take-no-prisoners reviews. I re-read it all the time, just for laughs. Here’s Sanchez on (the admittedly rich and over-the-top) DiorAddict:
“I liked it very much in Macy’s when I went there drunk one day, and told everyone afterward I had found the perfect bourbon vanilla with orange blossom, as if it had been a life quest. Sadly, the bourbon was all me.”
Other perfume websites that I love:
Here is my last Daily Muse column, focused on creativity. For anyone who hasn’t read Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit, I highly recommend it. As she says, creativity is drawn from being prepared and being open to new ideas:
“Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.”
She encourages readers to develop a habitual routine that will keep them going–in dance, writing, art, any kind of work, actually. It’s an amazing look at creative discipline.