Customer Service makes the world go ’round, so why not cut us some slack? K n’ A process the history of restaurant culture, experiences working retail, server woes and, well, manicotti.
Adrianna and Kelli make a pressing argument as to why all humans of this earth should work in customer service for a well-rounded experience in life. Dark humor and plumes of smoke help us process the best and worst working experiences we had when we were younger, alongside our classic commentary. Become introduced with BLUNT HISTORY, a bit we integrate when we storykeller our way through facts. Hint: it’s worse than drunk history, but we’re working on it.
Yoga Teacher- Kelli Corder is a local San Diego yoga teacher that would love to bring more accessible yoga to your community. Large public events, mic-savvy, playlist queen and sequencing magician, Kelli loves all things yoga and serves classes to private families, corporate offices, apartment complexes, high schools and studios. You can click here to read more about the services Kelli offers.
Kelli works on a sliding scale for class pricing; if you or your school cannot afford yoga classes, yoga mats, or props, please reach out. I have a deep love and network of yoga teachers that will always work together to make sure your community has access.
Well aren’t I a quarantine crafting queen! What have you been doing to keep busy? I know many have their hands full with working at home and having littles, so I am appreciating the luxury of being able to knit and already having so many extra supplies so that I do not have to spend any money. All situations are different and all are suffering, so I am doing my part and trying to stay sane in the meantime. Aren’t we all?
Some of my favorite crafts that have been keeping us busy:
1. Knitting beanies and plant sleeves with a KNITTING LOOM
2. Finally putting all those puzzles together that have been stacking up in our game cabinet
3. Bake a recipe that requires more than one step- I made cinnamon streusel!
4. Rearrange the entire house to remove stifled and stagnant energy. Bonus points if you are able to bring some of your outdoor plants into the house!
5. Notice things that you haven’t before, like your book titles that are put in upside down in the shelf. Ha- it took being upside down in yoga practice for me to notice this!
6. Check on our free little library! Using safe social distancing and sanitization practices, we have loved being able to walk outside, get some fresh air, and see how many people have been reading a little bit more than they are used to! The collective is appreciative of these libraries as resources because all city libraries are closed
7. Love on your fur babies- letting our dog stay in our bed a little bit more than he usually is allowed. I think he is getting fat!
8. Making and watching YouTube videos- my favorite past time, as I have a few months of catching up to do with Jenna Marbles.
Happy reading and viewing friends! Stop drop and stretch right now!
Greetings OMies! What a post I have today. I started writing it 3 Tuesdays ago, and rescheduled it each Tuesday. Real Talk- I procrastinate on doing things I really want to do, and often postpone until I feel ready and shoved in that direction. Not with everything, but always with something!
About 4 years ago, I heard the call to learn the Tarot. I have been patiently and diligently studying ever since, and have enjoyed it as a hobby. Learning Tarot starts with incredible intimidation, and I have YOGA to thank for noticing this. I felt the same way about learning Tarot as I did about becoming a yoga teacher, and look where I am now! I put the pedal to the metal and began my svadhyaya, self-study.
At first, I was only pulling a full Celtic Spread once very few months. I would write down each card, spend time reading through their various meanings, and revisit my notes as my life would unfold. This process was suggested to me by an incredible Tarot Card Reader, and looking back, I agree. The story unfolding in the Celtic Spread comes in many lengths, and the life questions that I had were long and tedious. As years went by, her musings and predictions came true, falling into place the best way she was able to describe.
I feel empowered knowing where I am and what my next steps can be, and so Tarot works for me. I do pull cards when friends ask me to, and I am working towards being able to pull cards comfortably at any time, to any one. Thank you Yoga! Just like being a yoga teacher, I started with a small population. I only taught friends I knew. It took me years and thousands of hours of practice for me to understand different bodies, limitations, boundaries, perceptions, and myself. Now, I am comfortable that I can serve and support anyone with Yoga needs, and I know that one day I will feel this way about tarot.
My OMie Sabrina and I were sitting on the floor, shooting the shit, having a grand ole time cackling like old hens, when we pulled out my Tarot deck. I learned a new pull, a 7 card set up that speaks to me, and I was explaining to Sabrina how it works and pulled the cards for me. I explained their positioning, I pulled the Tower.
The tower stands out to me because I have never pulled it before! YALL I am serious. Don’t we all have certain cards we just never see?! Especially from the Major Arcana. Side note- I always pull the Hermit. Like, like always. I have it tattooed on my forearm, we have a special relationship, we chat often. The Tower? Never met ’em! I read the description, wondered, and we moved on.
We talked about the Lannister tower, from Game of Thrones. Bran, one of our favorites, would not have his gift of sight to save the world if he didn’t get pushed out of the tower. My insides tighten as I think of this forseeable tower in my life.
Sabrina’s turn! We pull her spread of 7. Same position- that gaddamn tower! We wonder what this tower means and are really glad that we both pulled it together, as if we got leprosy in unison and were in this together.
Our day date was March 7th, and the pandemic hit only a week after. We were both drastically affected in the same way, as we work and practice at the same yoga studio.
Why I am explaining all of this? Each card has a story, and it takes life and understanding to slowly comb through the messages that the cards bring. Listen to them, take time to reflect, and find truly awesome friends and loved ones to set the space with.
Grab your OMie, your furry friend, and a clean slate. Set an altar, try pulling a few cards, and reflect on as much as you can retain. When you know the message isn’t clear, be proud of your awareness.
Last tip? Follow tarot hashtags on Instagram. #fiveofswords keeps me humble when I need it most! Love and light my friends,
Greetings, OMies! What a time to be alive. Quarantined for over 2 weeks, and another 4 weeks tacked on a la president, and I am so incredibly grateful for the gift of social media! Because I am a full time yoga teacher, I have been drastically affected by this shift. While at first, this shift seems negative, I am realizing the beauty that is unfolding before me!
This has been such an excellent catalyst for me to step up my game with a Youtube Channel. I have fantasized about having a channel for sooooo long, I can’t even begin to tell you. Like, Jenna Marbles and Kandee Johnson days. I remember when I first started watching YouTube videos, around the summer of 2009 when I was working at a clothing boutique in San Diego. I wanted to learn how to cut my Tshirts just like Kat Von D does in her television shows. I was elated to find a video of Kat teaching the audience on how she does it! I loved the intimate interaction that happens with what we now call vlogging. Needless to say, I have been recording a lot of yoga content for my current student base. I teach over 12 yoga classes a week, in studios, privates, corporate clients and with family. That’s a lot of YOGA! A lot of faces, a lot of Namastes, and a sacred ritual that seemingly was taken from me…
Until I shifted my drishti.
In our Yoga practice, philosophy, and lifestyle, we turn to the Yamas and Niyamas for inspiration on how to act, handle, and access the self. One of the Niyamas is called Svadhyaya and, long story short, we are learning to self-study, as a collective, in REALTIME. We are in a collective shift of awareness during this pandemic. We are studying ourselves, taking notes and research, and modifying as needed to keep our vessels at a steady ease. Self study can be deep, it can be lighthearted, and it can demand all your attention. Some chapters in life, we get to pick what we self study, and let’s just say we will never take this privilege for granted again! As you might be feeling forced into deep self-study in close quarters, I wanted to provide some of my favorite definitions of SVADHYAYA.
I believe that most Westerners that practice Yoga are familiar with a very privileged form of self-study. We get to choose when we want to self study- applying for grad school, taking on knowledge in forms of hobbies, leisure reading, and on our own time. However, this pandemic has forced self-study. Whether you like it or not, everything about your life has completely changed and we need to adapt and grow accordingly. The first step in adapting? Observation! How have you treated yourself and others during this trying time? Some excel, some drown, and some lose themselves before finding themselves. We accept all forms of expression as we are in this together, as one. How will you look back on your time of self-study?
Here are some of my favorite definitions of self study:
What self-study are you working on? For me, I am working on my confidence and camera presence, as well as how I react to my loved ones, and self, that are riddled with Fear. I am also weaving dream catchers a little differently, 8 weeks strong VEGAN today, and trying how the hell to cook tofu.
As you can see by the hysterical still-frame from my youtube, I have a long way to go. Right now, I have needed to upload content quickly and efficiently, so there are no bells and whistles to my videos.
I really look forward to continue my self study has I take this huge leap of faith and put my MUG all over the internet! All feedback, love, support, and special requests go a long way for me. Cough cough, my love language involves words of affirmation.
For this week’s guided meditation, we will be visiting Ocotillo Wells. Let’s get ready to find peace in the Southern California desert!
Estimated practice time: 15 minutes
Start practice in: Savasana, Sukhasana, or in a supported Chair
As we get started, begin to close your eyes and scan the body. We must scan ourselves head to toe, removing any future distractions. Feet and toes are unclenched as you start to ground down in your comfortable pose. Let your belly relax, and start to tap into the rhythm of your breath, perhaps for the first time today. If you are able, start to breathe in and out through the nose with steady and even inhales, exhales. You are always welcome to breathe in and out through the mouth, especially if the nose is not an option for you today. Strive to breathe in and out through the nose, as you activate ujayii pranayama.
Face is at peace, as you relax your forehead, unfurrow your brow, and open and close the jaw a few times. You are welcome to yawn…
Swish back and forth your spiritual mouthwash as your relax the cheeks…
Imagine wiggling your ears and choosing clear and conscious communication for the rest of the day. We are ready to begin our visualization. As you keep your eyes closed, take note of any colors or sensations that you start to notice through the eyelids. Bright bursts of color and shapes tend to shine through the eyes as we travel to the sunny deserts of eastern San Diego.
A panoramic view of desert colors unfolds in front of you- soft tans and creams, light yellow flowers, dark brown rocks, and bright blue skies. Soft, fluffy white clouds pass freely in front of you, as you feel the desert breeze brush against your face. You take in more of the colors that surround you- hints of subdued green from cactus and ocotillo branches, light purple flowers dance in the wind, and deep dark black ravens fly overhead. At peace, you start to match your breath the ebb and flow of the wind that surrounds you on this warm, sunny day.
The sun shines down on your face as you feel the warmth of the sun give you a bath. Like a lizard baking in the sunshine atop a rock, you continue to feel sun on your shoulders, your arms, and watch as chills and goosebumps run all down your skin. Enjoy your sunbath. As you slip off your flip flops, set the bare soles of your feet on top of the hot sand. Not too hot, not too cold, you feel its radiating warmth underneath your grounded feet. Sparkles and glimmers of gold specks wink and dance in front of you, as you keep looking down to your toes. A bright Orange butterfly gracefully flutters past you, dancing and bobbing with the wind across the sky.
Up ahead, you see a brown, inviting, primitive and quaint desert dwelling. The porch is old and sagging, the roof is discolored and bare, but the heart of the home calls you closer. As you take a closer look at the porch of this desert house, you notice a large wooden rocking chair, available and waiting for you to take a seat. Underneath the shade of the porch, you hear the creak of your footsteps as you walk across the wooden deck, making your way to this noble, knowing chair.
You find a rhythmic rock back and forth, as you slowly sink into the chair and align your breath to movement. As you slowly rock forward, you inhale through the nose. As you rock backwards, you exhale. Find your rhythm, find your prana flow, and guide yourself through 10 rounds of breath as you sit in your rocking chair.
Exhale- roll x5
Still in your rocking chair, still meditating on your desert porch, you feel and hear the wind start to pick up. As you look out over the desert horizon, you see an eagle, a hawk, and a raven surfing with the winds of change. You watch these three massive birds of prey effortlessly float with the wind. Not fighting the wind, not swimming upstream, these birds are one with the earth. The birds continue to dance and caw, teasing with one another in the desert’s playground in the sky.
One of the birds makes its descent, slowly, to your desert dwelling. Knowing he is safe and welcome, he stops and perches on the stoop of your porch, appreciating the divine connection that you are having with one another.Which bird came to visit you? Of the three birds that danced in the sky, one has chosen to visit you and send you blessings. A message of peace and intuition, this magnificent bird reminds you of how truly knowing and wise you are and have always been.
You spend a moment, at one with the bird and the shade of the porch, listening to the gentle creak of your rocking chair. Finally, you find stillness, and close your eyes as you firmly press the soles of your feet down onto the ground. As you lightly bow and tuck your chin in towards the chest, the bird knows that our ritual is complete. Slowly crouching, ready to take flight, the bird lifts off the porch, gives you a gentle CAW, and leaves you in solitude on your desert porch.
You are welcome to stay here, as your desert house is always available to you. At any time, you can close your eyes, settle into the body and mind, and take yourself on a creative vision quest to your dilapidated house out in Ocotillo wells, where the wind whistles gently through your hair and the birds always notice lifeform. As you prepare yourself to leave your house, for now, you thank it and wish it well. Bless your home, and remind yourself how grateful you are to have this house to rely on. To protect you from wind, from prey, from sun, and from dark thoughts. A safe space tucked away in the desert, farewell abode and thank you for your offerings.
Begin to slowly wiggle your fingers and toes, as you start to find consciousness. If you feel naturally guided towards further meditation, I would continue to stay in your restful place. Fall asleep, take savasana, or continue to walk around the inside of your desert home.
If you are feeling invigorated, alive, and reset, it is time to open your eyes and find consciousness. Bring your hands to hearts center, and take a deep breath in. Hold. Take a deep, open mouth exhale.
The light and the teacher in me is honored to guide the teacher and light in you- NAMASTE! -Xo Kelli
Greetings, OMies! It’s Kelli here, surviving the pandemic like the rest of us, in quarantine. I am loving that I have a routine to rely on. As a full-time yoga teacher, I drastically made a shift in the way that I work only one week ago. Last Monday, I had finished teaching two classes, in person, and had to assist my beloved yoga studio close down, for now, for the next few weeks. Wow, what a week in the collective consciousness and in myself!
I always planned on uploading my yoga content to youtube, but sometimes, it takes life-crisis, a pandemic, or the true NEED to be the catalyst. I am a fire sign, and when I have a fire lit under me, I will not stop! I am currently engrossed and invigorated by the practice that virtual yoga is bringing me.
As you can imagine, I am used to teaching dozens a classes a week, and taking a few weeks off of this is not great for my mental health. I have a community to serve!
Many of my Yoga videos are accessible through Hapa Yoga Ohana Online, which is a Facebook group that is designed for our clients and members.
I have also been recording content for my private clients! My office yogis still need their yoga, and my family has been requesting tons of different styles of yoga. It is amazing that despite how tragic this situation can be with COVID-19, we are able to rise together as a community and I have been able to create this avenue.
What can I say? In times of pandemic, I have a little more time than usual to reflect on what’s most important to me.
I wanted to start off my post by saying that my husband, dog and I are doing well during this trying time. We do not have symptoms of this epidemic, we are fully stocked and prepared, and we have one another to depend on.
Financially, we are certainly taking a hit. My computer changed this to ‘taking a shit’, and I find this timely and true! I am used to teaching 12-15 yoga classes a week, in person, with the community that I serve in San Diego. After my predominant employer had to shut down during Corona Virus mandated shut-downs, we have shifted to uploading our content virtually!
Today, I taught our set-sequenced class, Hot as a Mutha, on Instagram live. I have never done this before! It was thrilling and felt similar to teaching on the mat. I can’t even begin to tell you how much the regular students hold us ‘teachers’ accountable to the practice. Can I sustain a 2 week quarantine without 30 NAMASTES of service and gratitude? Quite frankly, no, and so I will continue to upload content for my friends and family to enjoy.
Really, this is an archive and a diary entry for one of the most trying times that I have survived on this planet so far. In my lifetime, I have endured 911, a Type 1 diabetic diagnosis, the San Diego wildfires, and so far, this pandemic, and they all feel similar. Earth shattering, strangely calm, and luckily, we have the rest of our lifetime to process this trauma that has been inflicted on our people. And also, a great healing has been bestowed upon us. I see the beauty in this wake-up call.
May we see this as a time to heal and to love when we need it post! I have been divinely guided to share this meditative script, of which I have written and shared with the past few yoga classes I have taught.
Read this meditative script slowly to yourself, your friends, and your loved ones. Allow 5 minutes.
Begin in a seated posture. I suggest something with back support, such as a chair. Savasana/aying down is always an option.
May you begin to awaken your sense of creativity and you third eye, as you join me on a journey of the breath.
As you inhale, start to close your eyes and ground down. As you exhale, let your eyes gently roll into the back of the head and take yourself to a simple, unclenched, unfurrowed meditatite state.
Before you lies a bench. First thing that comes to mind…imagine sitting down on a bench of solitude that overlooks an infinite body of water.
Ocean, lake, river…you happily sit on your bench and look over the cascading horizon, feeling grounded and at peace in your seat.
Feel the bench beneath you, as your imagination starts to paint a picture of the horizon.
Blue waters, gentle setting sun, and the salty breeze that sways you further into your meditative state.
At peace, you look down and notice a folded piece of paper. As you bend over, you pick it up, slowly unfolding the message that lies before you.
At the top of the page, you slowly read to yourself:
I am rational
I am level-headed
I choose to lead with compassion for the rest of the day.
This resonates with you. You take a deep inhale, exhale, and read this mantra to yourself once more.
I am rational
I am level-headed
I choose to lead with compassion for the rest of the day.
You take this piece of paper, fold it back into its familiar creases, and tuck it into your pocket. knowing that you have infinite access to this bench for the rest of the day, you slowly stand, leaving your bench.
Mantra in hand, you are able to take your moving meditation with you for the rest of the day.
Namaste, OMies! I truly miss all of you on the mat and am joining you in solidarity as we quarantine and connect on a spiritual level.
I love teaching teen yoga! Some days, we practice asana. Some days, we practice meditation and breathing. And some days, we color!
I have ample coloring books at home, and took the time to photocopy the pages that had powerful words of affirmation. Faith, love, and smiles accompanied the coloring pages and pencils that I brought for 90+ teen girls to play with!After a few rounds of breath, intention setting, and card pulling, we had an hour to color. Students were able to decorate the halls with their mandalas, or take them home to gift to loved ones.
Strips of colored (and recycled) construction paper were provided to write letters of gratitude and leave them on windshields, lockers, and purses of loved ones. No one regrets a handwritten note attached to an act of kindness. Moving meditation is powerful. Coloring and connecting with OMies is a great way to team-build, as well as practicing Saucha etiquette of cleanliness and shared tools/space.
I loved coloring with the teens, as well as pulling cards from Thich Nhat Hanh’s EVERYDAY PEACE CARDS. I found this deck at a funky bookstore in Oakland, CA. May you find bliss in the ritual, share it with others, and take time to reflect on why it really matters. This is a great itinerary for a group of 12-18 year olds, lasting us about 65-70 minutes of play.
Two weeks ago, Josh and I had the pleasure of driving to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, to attend their Graduate Program Open House. I recently finished (and submitted, yahoo!) my application to their Yoga Studies Graduate Program and was curious to find out more.
LMU offers a low-residency option for their Yoga Studies program, meaning that 78% of your education is accessible virtually. This is ideal for a San Diegan that is not looking to leave!
Takeaways- the cohort is small. I was the only attendant at the event who had applied to the program, and one of 4 total people that came with curiosities regarding Yoga. I have goals of becoming a Yoga Therapist, and this cannot be accessed with their low-residency format. Food for thought as I make continuing steps with my career!
I do feel disheartened about the lack of communication. I have emailed twice since my attendance of this event and my application, and have yet to hear a response back. I live by a motto of quick draw-McGraw meets gung-ho superhero- I move quickly! I don’t expect the same, but I do respond well to it! 🙂
The campus is gorgeous, and the program is well-structured. While initially sold, I have lost my luster for the program since applying and am curious to hear back from them. However, Josh and I had an amazing day date! This campus and program was my muse from November til February of this year, and I am excited to share the written pieces I crafted for their admissions. This application prompted us to get a new laptop, start daily writing rituals, and seek counsel from friends that I respect the most. What a gift!After giving ourselves our own tour of the campus, we left for Plant Power at their Long Beach location. First timers, we were thrilled to eat our favorite fast food before sitting in the dreaded LA to SD traffic. Only 13 parking spaces at our burger joint made me anxious, but the gods guided us into a skinny spot! Burgers, Yoga, and babe- it was a great Saturday.
Welcome to our hOMe! I am an eternal decorator. Pieces of furniture find US, and I am happy to swallow them whole, turn them into pearls and spit out a new environment for us to occupy.
I have many sacred yoga texts that I reference regularly, and Josh properly showcased them in our new cube set up. I wanted to share 🙂Many of the books were required materials for various trainings, but there are a few gems that fell into my path.
The Inner Tradition of Yoga was gifted to me by a dear friend, thanks Jamaica, and I have loved my journey with it so far! I only need to sip on a few pages, and I have food for thought for the day. I have read a few resonating quotes in asana class and would include this book in my own teacher training, if I had one!
The second book, retro and glorious, was a lovely used bookstore find in Oakland, CA. I was visiting my very best friend, and we have a newfound tradition of ordering lattes, eating chocolate, and shopping at bookstores. That’s a ritual I can easily adapt to! Love you Lydia. I cherish this $6 funky find and have rarely used it as reference. The asanas are advanced, to put it lightly. Cute!