Steampunk Wonderland

OCD Costumes

The time is upon us. Off Center Dance is performing there next show and Friday is opening night! Above is a preview of the costumes I created for the piece Through the Looking Glass. Hope to see you there.

In Your Face is an evening of provocative modern dance highlighting six local and national choreographers. Held at the Boise Contemporary Theater:

March 8 at 8pm
March 9 at 2pm
March 9 at 8pm

In Your Face promises to bring you athletic movement, quirky choreography, humor and contemplation.

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Choreographers include:
Katie Ponozzo
Julie Petry
Stephanie Hope
Savannah Michelle
Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill
Artistic Director: Kelli Brown

Guest Artist and Costume Designer: Angela Rockefeller Bryson

Dancers: Annalise Bowman, Heidi France, Melynda Fischer, April HIll, Sarah Hackwith, Cheyanne Howell, Rachel Lyons, Sarah, Uehling, Jem Wierenga, Lisa Whitwell, Teresa Vaughan

Published in: on March 4, 2013 at 3:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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Everyday Beauty Everyday

Bill Cunningham

“Those who look for beauty will find it.”

~Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham is a street fashion photographer for the New York Times. He has such a passion for his work that he is still doing it at age 83. Even if fashion has never interested you, Bill Cunningham will interest you. He is a man who followed his heart (even when people balked him) and lived his passion. I tell you about Bill because I believe he is a shining example of the truest form of yogi, one who lets his spirit and conscience guide his life every minute of every day.

Published in: on February 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Wonder Woman

Be careful about channeling the powers of Wonder Woman and wielding a pink hammer. 

You never know what may happen! A whole new take on Goddess Squat!

Wonder Woman quotes retrieved from, click to check out more great quotes and interesting posts:

“Go in peace my daughter. And remember that, in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman.” Queen Hippolyte

“Please take my hand. I give it to you as a gesture of friendship and love, and of faith freely given. I give you my hand and welcome you into my dream.” -Wonder Woman #167

“If it means interfering in an ensconced, outdated system, to help just one woman, man or child…I’m willing to accept the consequences.” -Wonder Woman #170

“What was it that John Lennon said? ‘Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.’ Let it grow already, and quit trying to legislate it!”  -Wonder Woman #200

“Of all people, you know who I am…who the world needs me to be. I’m Wonder Woman.” -Infinite Crisis #1

Published in: on May 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm  Comments (3)  
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Going with the flow…

Two weeks ago I finished packing for an adventure to Panama. We would be flying standby.  It is kind of like hitchhiking, but with airplanes. We knew that we may spend days in airports to get to our final destination therefore we decided to only pack one carry-on each.  This way we would at least have the luxury of brushing our teeth and changing our cloths whenever we needed.  Also our luggage wouldn’t end up in a destination beyond our reach. From a previous post you may know that due to our own fault we missed our first flight, but were able to hop onto the next flight going in the right direction. Unfortunately, our first delay was only one of many.  We weren’t able to get on a midnight flight out of Salt Lake City and spent the night in the airport.  We practiced a bit of yoga before curling up on the floor for a few hours of sleep.

Yoga in the SLC airport

Sleeping in the airport is a skill.

It was a relief to board the 6:30 am fight to Atlanta.  We were even rewarded with first class seating…from sleeping on the cold floor to heated moist towels and mimosas is quite a jump.We landed in Atlanta with tons of excitement about our final plane into Panama. Five hours later as we sat at the airport gate we discovered the standby list had eighteen people on it and we were numbers sixteen and seventeen.  When the plane took off we were numbers seven and eight.  Since the flight to Panama only leaves once every 24 hours we decided to get creative.  Three flights a day leave for Costa Rica, so we figured we had three times the chances of getting into Central America via Costa Rica.  Once there we could cross over the border into Panama via a bus.  This plan is evidence of our unwavering positive attitude and the effects of eating too much airport food.

The Delta gals, in Atlanta, were amazed by our friendly disposition in light of our travel challenges.  They even got us a hotel for the night.  The bed was outrageously comfortable and I awoke with new hope.  I knew I would never make a living as a fortune teller as I watched yet another missed flight disappear into the distance.  Mid-day we were still grounded and we decided to reevaluate our options after refueling in the food court.  Between Stu and I we downed coffee, a fruit smoothie, veggie wrap, squash soup and of course donuts!  OK, now we were primed for clear thinking.

It was time to make some drastic decisions….we were in Atlanta, if we rented a car where could we go?  As we discussed the possibilities we realized several realities. One, we were not going to make it to Central America in 2011. Two, we were going to have to forfeit our deposits to our Panamanian accommodations. Thirdly, and most important, we had all our luggage with us, the sun was shining and our time was our own for the next two weeks!  We just couldn’t get too down in light of that grand reality!

Then it hit us, our close friend Louie moved to Florida almost two years earlier and we hadn’t seen him since.  Keep in mind when Louie lived in Boise he was a part of our daily lives. So we jumped on a flight to Tampa with no hitches.  We walked out of the Tampa airport and breathed unfiltered air for the first time in three days.  Less than an hour later Louie greeted us with open arms and tears in his eyes.

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The days that followed were full of sunshine and true friendship.  We biked through the Florida jungle, kayaked in alligator swamps (we saw one way too close) and went sailing on the bay.  Best of all was seeing our friend so happy in his new life and being welcomed with such love and generosity.

Stu and I flew home without any problems (guess it is harder to get out of Idaho than it is to get in).  We spent the last days of 2011 being as sloth-like as possible.  Our trip may not have gone at all like we planned, but it turned out better than we could have ever hoped.  With every challenge we rose to the occasion with resilience and hope.  What more could we ask for?

Sailing with Stu

Within this restless, hurried, modern world…

Gustav Klimt

This was the first line of an Oscar Wilde poem from the 1800’s. It seems some problems are less about our time and more about being human. This gives me solace as I look back over 2011. I consumed the days of the year as if I was starving for tomorrow. I often caught myself thinking and planning for the next day while barely living the present moment. This is not the natural rhythm by which I thrive and I believe this to be true for most people. It is more nourishing and sustainable when we are able to live solidly connected to the present moment. It feeds our souls to have the time to notice the details within the everyday; to drink tea without checking our email or to watch the shadows change shape upon the foothills.

With this knowledge I have attempted to slow down, but have found it to be a challenge that continuously resurfaces. I have decided to face this challenge head on. I have made some deep cuts in my schedule. Each cut hurts like a physical laceration, but the calm that is already edging into my life is quickly healing the wounds. Many emotions have surfaced during this transition; fear, guilt, shame. Questions arise such as, am I letting people down and am I enough? With each emotion and question that arises I am given an opportunity to learn and grow. All provide lessons I have been avoiding.

As a yoga teacher I regularly ask students to witness whatever arises during the moments of silence. I have become rusty at practicing this myself. As I step back into the practice I immediately feel like I am being enveloped by a familiar old worn quilt. A sense of calm and clarity begins to creep back into my everyday.

Published in: on December 29, 2011 at 12:36 am  Comments (1)  
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One tiny detail…

Stu and I prepared to leave this morning on our grand trip to the mountains of Panama.  We worked into the ween hours of the morning.  We packed, checked the list and repacked.  Everything was in order as we hoped out of the car at the Boise airport adorned with backpacks and smiles.  Minutes later our faces melted with the news that our flight left at 6:30 am and we had missed it by several hours.

Luckily we were able to reschedule to leave later tonight. Only one flight per day flies from the US into Panama, so unfortunately we are losing 24 hours from our itinerary.  Best part we came home and I slept 5 hours.  I now feel like a new person.  I guess the universe knew what we needed or we are both overly busy space cadets. Either way Panama here we come!

OK, one other small detail…after the third time Stu ran into the house to get something he had forgotten, while I waited in the freezing car, I said, “If we miss our flight I am never flying internationally with you again.”  I know this wasn’t very nice and I obviously had to eat my words, but this is not the whole story.  On another trip (our honeymoon) we flew out of Spokane.  I feel asleep in the car.  Stu preceded to get lost and slide the vehicle off the icy road not once but twice.  Long story short…we safely made it to Spokane, but missed our flight.  Our 24 hour venture to Barcelona took several days that included being stranded overnight in Atlanta.  Luckily the hotel had really yummy waffles with the continental breakfast.  I sometimes wonder is the world making fun of my over preparedness.  Telling me, “You know that feeling of control you have right now?  Don’t ever forget it is an illusion!”

Published in: on December 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Be grateful for the power you hold within.

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is in reverse.  You must be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you really want. 

~Margaret Young

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A friend and student of mine recently lent me a book to read,

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
I am about two-thirds of the way through and would highly recommend the book.  I find the way Brene tackles tough topics like love, belonging, shame and connectedness to be very insightful and refreshing.  Whether or not she knows it she is a true yogi.  To help you understand why I say this let me share a short excerpt from her chapter on authenticity:
“Choosing authenticity is not an easy choice. … ‘Staying real’ is one of the most courageous battles that we’ll ever fight.
When we choose to be true to ourselves, the people around us will struggle to make sense of how and why we are changing.  Partners and children might feel fearful and unsure about the changes they’re seeing.  Friends and family may worry about how our authenticity practice will affect them and our relationships with them.  Some will find inspiration in our new commitment; others may perceive that we’re changing too much – maybe even abandoning them or holding up an uncomfortable mirror.”
This short paragraph describes clearly what can challenge an individual when they begin a deep study of yoga.  I have not only experienced this transition myself, but witnessed it in countless students and friends.  It is my belief that yoga has the power to reveal our true natures and in doing so bring us into harmony/homeostasis.  Whether this harmony is Samadi (with a big ‘S’) or not I do not know, but I can say with absolute certainty that with a greater sense of authenticity life will become joyful.  I do not intend to say you will never be challenged, never hit red lights, never feel depressed, or never suffer.  But I literally mean that whatever arises will be seen in a softer light and challenges will help you to grow stronger.  Be grateful for the power you hold within.

The Present Moment

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. Jan Glidewell

We are always getting ready to live but never living. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese Proverb 

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. Coria Kent

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Charles Dederich

Truly Living

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs. ~Euripides

Study as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. ~Isidore of Seville

The past is made of memories, the future a fantasy, experiencing the present moment is truly living. ~anonymous

The moment is now…

Take a deep breath, smile, be yourself.

“Tuck that little piece of enlightenment in your sleeve and keep it close. When you add it to everything else you have learned, it will help you shine. Like a diamond in the making, the more heat and pressure you face, the more brilliant you will grow.”

~Excerpt from Living Wabi Sabi by Taro Gold

Published in: on September 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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