meditation, wellness

Yoga & Wellness Newsletter October

Happy Autumn!

Below are a selection of upcoming events, including a Wonder Women of UC Berkeley walking tour, sound meditation, and yoga workshops based on the Bhagavad Gita.  As always, I’m sharing a few online bonuses, such as a Wonder Woman yoga sequence, binaural beats listening trial, and the October Happiness Calendar.  

REI Talks about packing for your pilgrimage walk on the Camino de SantiagoAnd if you are curious about the Camino de Santiago (another favorite hobby of mine), I’ll be co-presenting at Bay Area REI stores in Corte Madera (Oct 9), Concord (Oct 23), and Berkeley (Nov 6). See details of Packing for your pilgrimage walk on the Camino de Santiago and more Camino events here.

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief
Friday, October 11, 12:10 – 1 PM
251 Hearst Gym, UC Berkeley Campus

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation.

Reminder: These are the classes I teach for UC Berkeley faculty and staff.  If that’s you, register by clicking the link for each date:  October 11, November 8

All classes take place at 251 Hearst Gym on Fridays, @ 12:10-1pm Read my bio.

Come early and be ready to start promptly at 12:10 and you’ll get to try lavender aromatherapy oil to relieve stress. Please bring your own yoga mat as our supplies are limited.

Optional: Join the Yoga Passport Challenge and get a different stamp for each class to be entered into a drawing for a Clever Yoga prize! Bring your passport to each session you attend and have a square stamped for each date. Fill out the class evaluations for more chances to win. Check out the awesome prize we are giving away to one lucky yogi!

7 Piece Yoga Kit
Yoga Kit includes: 1 Yoga Mat, Yoga Mat Towel, 2 Yoga Blocks, Yoga Strap, Yoga Hand Towel, Carry Case

I have arranged a 15% discount for anyone who shops at Clever Yoga. Just use this link:

Clever Yoga offers yoga clothing, accessories and other props at very reasonable prices.  I just ordered the black super soft no-roll leggings for just $32.30 with the discount.  Free shipping on all US orders!

Wonder Women of UC Berkeley Walking Tour
Sun, October 13, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT

A walking tour to honor the many women who have contributed to the Bay Area’s legacy. One in a series of tours to share the stories of Lady artists, pioneers, revolutionaries, and generally impressive dames who have influenced the Bay Area.

This edition walks through the University of California Berkeley campus and talks about women who shaped the school and beyond. The path spans about 1.5 miles, including some gradual hills (mostly heading down).

FREE – Register Now

The tour starts outside of the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology in front of Kroeber Hall.
View Map

My personal take: My husband and I did this walking tour last month and totally enjoyed it! It was great to learn about the some of the trailblazing women of UC Berkeley, where I’ve been working for 15 years.

Reigh, the tour guide, is passionate about sharing the untold stories of women on these walking tours. Support this movement, it’s a one woman show! Donations are greatly appreciated, and she accepts via cash, credit card, or Paypal / Venmo.

The Big Quiet Sound Meditation @ The Rotunda
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Tuesday, October 15
Doors: 6:30 pm / The Big Quiet: 7:30 pm

On October 15th The Big Quiet is coming to Oakland for a mass meditation experience inside the historic Rotunda Building, under the 120 foot skylit elliptical dome.

What to expect:

  • Mass meditation with live sound bowls and violins
  • Surprise guest performances from some of the Bay Area’s freshest musicians
  • Crowd-powered vocal toning, breathing exercises and break-out convos to get to know the community

Get Tickets

All attendees will be gifted an exclusive take-home Tuft & Needle meditation cushion, kombucha from GT’s Kombucha, essential oils from Saje, Antioxidant water from smartwater and the opportunity to demo the Muse® meditation headband.

A portion of each ticket sale will support our two giveback partners: Kula for Karma in bringing therapeutic meditation to people suffering from trauma, addiction and adverse life circumstances; and Chooose in fighting climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of the event.

My personal take: I’ve done the Big Quiet mass meditation at Grace Cathedral and it was mind blowing. It is different than other sound healings. I’m glad that it’s coming to Oakland so others can experience it too.

The Camino Voyage Film Screening
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 PM
UA Berkeley Cinema

Join us for a special screening of the film The Camino Voyage, October 16th at UA Berkeley. Use code norcal10 to receive a 10% discount. To reserve your tickets, go to:

Unlike a traditional movie showing, Demand Film screening requires that more tickets be reserved in order for the screening to occur.

I’m going to need your help if we’re going to make this event happen! I’d love to see you in the audience, and I’d really appreciate you helping me spread the word. To thank you, find me at the screening and I’ll give you a free Camino Provides sticker.

Tell your other friends and have them join us for this special one-time screening of The Camino Voyage! Share this email or share the event on Facebook.

Location: UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94704

Online Freebies

10-Minute Wonder Woman Yoga Workout

Erin Motz is the woman behind Bad Yogi, my favorite online yoga teacher. She offers free and subscription based yoga workouts. Her free yoga videos are around 10-20 minutes, and sometimes she offers a series. When I travel and feel like I need to do some yoga, I can always rely on Bad Yogi for a good workout. I love her sense of humor and playful themes, such as the “Yoga for Hangovers” and “Yoga for When You Don’t Know What to Do.” Subscribe to her YouTube channel where she has a ton of  great yoga videos.

Erin Motz The Original Bad Yogi
Erin writes, “I’m the carnivorous, red wine and French cheese-loving type and I’m based in Tampa, FL where I teach vinyasa flow. My aim is to keep my classes fun and accessible, both in the studio and online.”  Learn more about Erin Motz.

Binaural Medicine: Beats For the Busy Mind

Wanderlust is offering Binaural Medicine series for free listening through Thu Oct 10, 11:59p ET.

Reputed to reduce anxiety, boost creativity, and improve mood, binaural beats are experiencing a big surge in interest. DJ Taz Rashid experienced these benefits for himself, so he set out to create this series for Wanderlust TV. Released today, this Binaural Medicine meditation series offers soundscapes for focus, grounding, relaxation, and more. Watch trailer

Binaural Medicine: Beats for the Busy Mind
Binaural Medicine: Beats for the Busy Mind

What Are Binaural Beats?

Experience Binaural Medicine, a blend of healing music and binaural beats designed to instantly soften anxiety, increase focus, and promote relaxation.

In this unique series, DJ Taz Rashid pairs instrumental meditation music with five elements and intentions in order to target and ease mental stress. Each 20-minute video is designed to help activate specific areas of the brain in just a matter of moments, making it easy to slip one into your daily routine.

Please note: Headphones are recommended, as they use special sound frequencies only achievable with stereo headphones.



Happiness Calendar from the Greater Good Science Center

October Happiness Calendar

Let these science-backed tips and tools be your guide this month. You’ll want to bookmark this calendar and refer to it often because there are links to articles and resources embedded in the PDF. Download happiness calendar for October


Embodied Wisdom— Asana workshops with Noah Mazé
Fri, Nov 22, 2019 1:30 PM Sat, Nov 23, 2019 3:30 PM
Yoga Kula Berkeley

These theme-based asana classes take you on an integrated journey of thoughtful inquiry (mind), courageous engagement (heart), and experiential embodiment (body). Each class begins with a brief exploration of philosophical teachings and/or a mythic narrative of yoga. We then physicalize the teachings in asana practice through choreographed sequences of postures, and internalize the teachings in contemplative meditative practices.

Individual Session Descriptions:

On the Field of Dharma
Friday, November 22nd 1.30pm – 4.30pm
The opening setting and context for the Bhagavad Gita inspires this full-spectrum asana class with an emphasis on standing poses. We will explore the possible meanings of dharma, in body/mind/heart, and what it may mean to lay claim to the field of dharma and to “stand in yoga,” yogastahah [BhG 2.48]

The Yoga of Insight
Friday, November 22nd 6pm – 9pm

The inspired by the teachings of wisdom and knowledge, jnana-yoga, this session sequences forward bends, hip openers, twists and meditation to conspire to bring you ever more deeply into your own embodied wisdom and “yoked intelligence” –buddhiyukto [BhG 2.50]

The Yoga of Action
Saturday, November 23rd 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Inspired by the teachings of action, karma-yoga, this session will build strength and opening in a steady and skillful sequence to backbending peak postures. Krishna will tell us that we are always acting; the question is whether or not we are doing it well. “Yoga is skill in action” – yogah karmasu kaushalam [BhG 2.50]

One session: $55 before October 15th / $65 after
All three sessions: $145 before October 15th / $165 after

Register now

My personal take: Noah Mazé workshops are amazing! I’ve taken a few of them at Yoga Kula and love his down to earth style of teaching, as well as his sense of humor.  I’m interested in seeing how he ties the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita in. I’ve read it thrice, but never done asanas inspired by it! These workshops are an excellent value as Noah is kind of a big deal in the yoga world. Learn more about Noah and the Mazé Method.


Tatra sthitau yatno ‘bhyâsah

Yoga Sutra 1.13

Translation: Practice means choosing, applying the effort, and doing those actions that bring a stable and tranquil state.

Daily life is not always peaceful. So, why restrict tranquility to just your yoga mat? Look for opportunities to find contentment throughout your day.

From: 20 Particularly Relevant Yoga Sutras Translated and Explained

That’s a wrap for October! If you would like to subscribe to my free monthly wellness newsletter, sign up here!  If you’re interested in hikes, check out the events listed at

Please let me know if you have events to consider for future newsletters.

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