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Teacher(s) Of The Month

May 17, 2011

It was just too hard to pick one so we picked two of your favorites! Emily Moore & Jen “Hurricane” Nordhem. Come to any class taught by the Teacher(s) of the Month and pay just an $8* DROP-IN RATE!

Jen “Hurricane” Nordhem

TEACHES: Cycling

Mondays “Metal Mondays” 5:45 PM

Wednesdays Beginner Cycling 5:45 PM

See the schedule to reserve your bike today! Jen’s classes always fill up quickly! You can also download her latest kick ass mix tape “SUMMERTIME IN THE SADDLE”! Awesome way to get your ride on this summer. Thanks Jen!

Jen “Hurricane” Nordhem hails from the city of Chicago, bringing thunderous energy to Breathe. She has cycled professionally for four years as a courier in Chicaco and Denver. She is an experienced champion racer and is very active in the urban cycling community.

Emily Moore

TEACHES: emPower Yoga

Mondays 7:15 PM

Thursdays 7:15 PM

Saturdays 12:30 PM

UPCOMING WORKSHOP: Arm Balance & Inversions on June 4th at Studio Shakta, in partnership with Studio Shakta. See “Workshops” on the schedule for more details.

Emily’s yoga journey started about 3 years ago after a long mental and physical struggle. She tried yoga as just another way to exercise and found that the practice saved her life. She strives to create a personal connection with Earth through her practice.


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Music is what feelings sound like.

March 18, 2011

Music is what feelings sound like.  ~Author Unknown

On a blind date I was once asked, “Do you like music?” I remember thinking that was a ridiculous question because music moves us all. No matter what, we all have a connection to it in some way. It reminds us of special moments, inspires us to move and allows us to let go. Music can set the tone and alter our mood, breaking down barriers we erect without conscious thought. These very reasons are why I never teach a class without it.

Many students ask me where I get my music and how they can start their own yoga music library. In this current day in age when we can create ringtones out of songs we hear in crowded restaurants, it seems like no sweat getting new music. There are websites I couldn’t live without like Pandora, iTunes and a plethora of other downloadable music websites, but they don’t help at all if you have no idea how to search for them. But let’s start with something easy…

My favorite way to build a playlist is to begin with songs everyone knows. From there, it becomes less of a challenge to weave in sacred chants, healing vibrations and devotional music. Two of my favorite well-known and mainstream artists to compile a yoga playlist around are Moby and Devotchka. They bring lyrics most people know or can at least hum along with. The next step is to begin to throw in some more unconventional music like Israel Kamakawiwo’ole or “IZ” who puts a sweet hawaiian flair on oldies but goodies everyone knows like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Once we have these songs peppered into a playlist, it is time to search for “yoga” music. This is where most students get stuck. How do you search for a song when  you don’t even know how to say the Sanskrit title, let alone search for it? My favorite place to start in this category is Sounds True. This multimedia publishing company is the mecca of spiritual wisdom, whether you seek books on meditation, stories of inspiration, DVDs of your favorite yoga teachers (well, I’m not in there yet!) and of course, MUSIC! The beauty of this site is that you can find compilations already completed, like Immersion or Om Deeksha to help you out in your first few mixes and as you get the hang of it, start to mix your own playlists. Below you can find a list of my top five favorite artists to flow to. If you like one of the below artists, then go ahead and create a Pandora station so you can find other music with the same sound.

1. Deva Premal

2. Krishna Das

3. Jai Uttal

4. Stevin McNamara

5. Shaman’s Dream

And before you know it, you have your very first yoga playlist.