affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

Some of my favorite ways to spring clean:

  1. Attend a clothing swap party. Go with three bags and return with one.
  2. Decide the remaining leaves from last fall make the perfect mulch for spring flower beds.
  3. Pack away everything but your favorite stuff from your main living space and wait a month to see what you miss. If you can’t remember what is in the box you must not need it.
  4. Donate all cloths that don’t fit or are the wrong color. What doesn’t work for one person will be a perfect fit for someone else.
  5. Learn to fix a broken household item rather than replacing it.
  6. Re-pot and fertilize your houseplants. Tell them a good story while you are at it.
  7. Oil all the wood furniture in the house.
  8. Arrange all the books in Dewey Decimal System (only half kidding)
  9. Give the pets a spa day.
  10. Make sure every bicycle in the garage is in riding order. Now ride them.

Suggested reading:

  1. Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (Bk Currents) by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H Naylor and David Horsey (Sep 1, 2005)
  2. Too Much Stuff: De-Cluttering Your Heart and Home by Kathryn Porter (Mar 10, 2006)

  3. Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt & Waste by Cristin Frank (Mar 15, 2013)

  4. Wabi Sabi: The Art of Everyday Life by Diane Durston (Aug 1, 2006)

  5. The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty by Robyn Griggs Lawrence and Joe Coca (Nov 23, 2004)


Bookworm Yogini

I have recently made some updates to my recommended reading list.  Below you will find the most current version.  Remember you can always access this interactive book list from the tab labeled Bookworm Yogini (which is on the right hand side of this blog). Happy reading and don’t forget to use and support your local library.


Yoga and the Science of Living:

  1. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton
  2. The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force by Jeffrey Schwartz, Sharon Begley
  3. Body, Breath, and Consciousness: A Somatics Anthology by Ian Macnaughton and Peter Levine
  4. The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama by Richard Rosen
  5. Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Yoga Journal and Timothy McCall
  6. Yoga for Anxiety: Meditations and Practices for Calming the Body and Mind by Mary and Rick Nurriestearns
  7. Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression by Bo Forbes
  8. Emotional Yoga: How the Body Can Heal the Mind by Bija Bennett
  9. The Art of Happiness (a Handbook for Living) by Dalai Lama

Fuel for the Body:

  1. Esalen Cookbook – by Charlie Cascio
  2. What to Eat When You Can’t Eat Anything: The Complete Allergy Cookbook – by Chupi and Luke Sweetman
  3. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  4. The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

The ‘Way We Were’ and ‘Things to Come’:

  1. A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
  2. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
  3. Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck

The Home as Sanctuary:

  1. The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty by Robyn Griggs Lawrence and Joe Coca
  2. Rescue from Domestic Perfection: The Not-So Secrets of Balancing Life and Style by Dan Ho
  3. The Tightwad gazette: Promoting thrift as a viable alternative lifestyle by Amy Dacyczyn

Covering and Decorating our Bodies:

  1. The Cheap Date Guide to Style by Kira Jolliffe and Bay Garnett
  2. Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store Threads Into Street Couture
  3. Steampunk Style Jewelry: Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings
  4. The Tattoo History Source Book by Steve Gilbert
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Brain Food

Below is a list of the books we discussed during the Shanti Yoga School gatherings Wednesday, January 5th, 2011. All the titles are active links to amazon so you can get the low down on cost, reviews and other related books. If you would like to see an extended recommended reading list of yoga books and more check out

1.      How Yoga Works by Michael Roach

2.      The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Strategies for Managing Your Business and Your Life by Michael Roach

3.      Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By – by Leza Lowitz

4.      Yoga Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice – by Ganga White

5.      The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele

6.      A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn

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Reading List Update

Just a quick ‘Hello’ to let you know I have updated my suggested reading list. If you haven’t checked out my reading list you might take a few moments to look it over. Just click on Bookworm Yogini, it is located just to the left of this text. You will find a current suggested reading list covering topics from yoga & mental health to diet, fashion and home decorating. Each entry is an active link to This will allow you to quickly access reviews, ratings and prices for all the books.

With the weather turning wet, I thought it was the perfect time to update the list. Happy reading!

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Irene Ingle Public Library

Hello to all you beautiful Wrangell, Alaska yogis. Thank you so much for attending yoga classes while I was teaching in Wrangell.  I have sent the following items to the Irene Ingle Public Library: one year subscription to Yoga Journal magazine, Yoga For Every Body (With Over 35 Routines) – J.J. Gorrmley, and Yoga Journal’s Yoga Step By Step – Natasha Rizopoulos. I hope these items will help you and others keep your yoga practice going. Best wishes.

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Best Deals In Town!


Free books, movies and music! If you don’t already use the library, please check it out.  We are so lucky to have such a generous public service.

Libraries Matter….they enrich our lives, promote reading and connection with our culture, instill a lifelong love of reading, nourish our creativity, preserve our past and broaden our horizons.  Now that is Sexy!

Boise Art Museum – $45/year ($35 for students and seniors)

Core BAM Member Benefits

  • FREE admission for an entire year to the Museum for BAM cardholders
  • Free subscription to BAM’s quarterly newsletter and monthly e-newsletter
  • Special discounts on BAM art classes and workshops for children and adults
  • FREE admission to BAM’s monthly education programs
  • 10% discount (plus $5 coupon) at the BAM Store
  • Invitations to exhibitions previews and special events
  • 20% off room reservations at Hotel 43
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