“The deeper we exhale, the greater is our capacity to inhale new, fresh air.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Two years ago, I spent most of my year traveling and teaching yoga. I started to notice that as soon as I returned and stepped back into LAX, the energy of Los Angeles was one of anxiety and chaos mixed with some anger. It is an overpopulated city where a fight over a parking space or allowing someone in your lane on the freeway results in one person hammering on their horn for 10 minutes while the other throws up the middle finger and relentlessly honks back. The city as a whole needs to exhale.

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While producing art works, illusions appear from time to time due to my mental illness. Every day is a struggle for me.”
Yayoi Kusama

I recently had the privilege to see Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at The Broad museum here in Los Angeles. I knew absolutely nothing about her prior to going which is a bit unlike me. I like knowing everything about the person before checking out their work. In this case, her exhibition looked magical and I can always use magic in my life.

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With Thanksgiving taking place this Thursday, I think we can say that the “holiday season” is starting to get underway.

The holidays are portrayed as a magical time full of joy, laughter and family and although this is true for some, it is not the standard for all. It is also a time where people are reminded of loss, triggering unexpected and deep-rooted tough emotions.

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Traveling forces me out of my comfort zone and shows me both my strengths and weaknesses as a human being. I have a burning desire to see the world and experience other cultures but I absolutely hate flying. I find it painful both mentally and physically.

With the holiday season right around the corner, I thought I would share some of the travel tips that I’ve cultivated throughout the years. I’ve had the opportunity to teach workshops in other countries and I’m extremely grateful for these wonderful memories. So I hope you find these tips helpful.

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Lately, while walking Anjali and sitting in traffic, I’ve been listening to NPR’s “How I Built This.” The creation and building of my Ellavate Yoga online platform have required courage, tenacity, and determination,especially in these early stages.

So to keep my anxiety and fears at bay, I’ve been extremely mindful of what I feed my mind. I recall the observations of Maureen and Tony Wheeler, the founders of Lonely Planet. “Our business grew very slowly,” they emphasized. “It was more like the snowball rolling down a hill.

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