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F:  Where are you now and what are you doing?

L:  I’m at home in Cleveland sitting at the kitchen table.  Mom and David and I were hanging out for a bit but they both just went to bed.

F:  What are you most excited about in the next month?

L:  I’m most excited to have my days free to structure them however works best for me.

F:  Tell me about your day of travel. What made it so special?

L:  Oh man, what a day!  I flew to Cleveland via Charlotte and struck up a fantastic conversation with my seatmate, quickly realizing we had much in common.  It was super energizing.  Then in Charlotte my flight was delayed so I sat at a bar to have a drink and charge my phone.  Immediately this super eccentric older man on his way to the York Train Show came and sat down next to me.  Had I been in another mood I would have likely tried to avoid a conversation, but I’d just had such a good experience on the earlier flight that I decided to embrace it.  In the course of one beer he told me all about his thirty year career as a biology professor specializing in parasitology, his experience contracting malaria, the worst sunburn he ever had which he got mowing lawns as a young boy, an academic trip to Costa Rica in the ’60s, his current insect collection which includes hundreds of different types of butterflies and moths, and much, much more.  After he left I had a long conversation with this somewhat gregarious guy who was originally from southern Illinois and now lives in Cincinnati.  He was on his way back from a work trip to Las Vegas, and had won at the roulette table the night before.  He bought me a beer and hugged me when he left.  Then I went to the ladies room and the bathroom attendant complimented me on my hat and asked me where I was headed.  We ended up having a really sweet conversation about her upcoming trip to see her mother and her plan to retire to Fort Meyers, Florida next year.  I walked out of the bathroom feeling like my little heart could just burst with all the loveliness of humanity.

After almost five hours in the airport, my flight was finally boarding.  But when I got to the gate, something had gone wrong with my boarding pass and I was bumped off my flight.  I went to the customer service desk and was told that I might not make it out of Charlotte that night.  I was really trying to keep cool after having had such a delightful day.  Then the customer service agent asked me if I was an artist.  I said yes (why not; I took a painting class this summer).  Then I asked him if he was an artist and he also said yes.  I asked him what kind and he said he is a writer, so I asked him what kind of writing he does, and he said inspirational.  I asked him if he puts his writing out anywhere and he tells me to look up mytruedestiny.com.  Turns out he writes all about maximizing your potential and has published a book, “How Do I Reach My True Destiny?: 9 Principles for Authentic Living and Maximizing Your Potential.”  I told him that I’d just left my job of nearly eight years and that the timing was perfect, I will definitely be reading the book.  The whole thing felt surreal!

Roughly twelve hours after leaving NYC, I finally made it to Cleveland, and a day that might have been miserable somehow actually felt pretty magical.

F:  What are your staple items for fall?

L:  I have a black leather portfolio that holds a legal pad with all my life plans, ideas and to-do lists; it goes everywhere with me  these days.  I’m also back to wearing that pair of stretchy, black, high-waisted, acid-washed jeans I bought last year.  They are outrageously comfortable.  Other than that, I have been wearing slight variations on all black outfits almost every day, mostly because I’m not actually sure how I want to look right now.  Give me a week in Cleveland and I’m sure I’ll be adding more color to the mix.

F:  What do you do when you feel sad?

L:  Typically I cry, wallow and isolate.  Being around other people almost always makes me feel better but I find it hard to reach out when I’m upset, even when I know it would be beneficial.  When worse comes to worst, there’s always this 3-step course of action to fall back on.  It’s pretty foolproof.

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“…and that is how I feel about suffering.  When something bad happens, I will not let go of that bad thing until I have discovered the blessing that lies within it.  When my late father died (now I’m in mourning for my late mother), that sense of grief and bereavement suddenly taught me that so many things that I thought were important, external success, all of that, is irrelevant.  You loose a parent, you suddenly realize what a slender thing life is.  How easily you can loose those you love.  And then out of that comes a new simplicity.  And that is why sometimes all the pain and the tears lift you to a much higher and deeper joy, when you say to the bad times, ‘I will not let you go until you bless me.'”

-Jonathan Sacks via On Being with Krista Tippett

 

We hope you all had a nice weekend. Here are this week’s pics:

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Lauren – New York, NY

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Cloudy Saturday, back on my favorite rooftop

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Seasonal sidewalk flower box

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Taking care of business on Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn

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Farrell – Los Angeles, CA

Cooked up some of these guys for the first time in a while.

Cooked up some of these guys for the first time in a while.

Made these cute little pie cupcakes.

Made these cute little pie cupcakes.

Celebrated Caits-giving with all her friends in Downtown LA (Birthday girl on the far right).

Celebrated Caits-giving with all her friends in Downtown LA. (Birthday girl on the far right).

We are super excited to announce the grand opening of our new online store, The Disco Emporium.  Incorporating a shop component to Sister Disco has been a longtime desire of ours and we hope you will like what you see!  As a starting point, the shop will be primarily stocked with hand selected items offered through affiliate programs.  In the coming months, we’ll be expanding to include more unique items from independent retailers.  If you are interested in partnering with us to sell your products through our storefront, drop us a line!

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THE DISCO EMPORIUM

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Monster Rally ~ Return to Paradise – $19

APOTHIA Los Angeles – IF – $40

Cleveland Magnet – $5

Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger, M.D.

White Sage Smudge Stick – $8

Deodorant Cream by Soapwalla – $14

Jade Harmony Yoga Mat – $50-75

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – $55

Lucas Papaw Ointment – $10

Valley Cruise Press Zines

 

A friend of mine recently emailed me saying he was interested in starting to practice yoga but wasn’t sure which style he should pursue.  As you probably already know, there are many different styles of yoga.  It can be overwhelming as a beginner to figure which type will best meet your needs.  Luckily, I don’t really think you need to stress this decision.

Style Seeker

All styles of yoga have the same end goal of focusing & quieting the mind, as well as promoting body and breath awareness.  I primarily practice Vinyasa yoga (sometimes also called Power yoga); it is a style of Hatha yoga.  Bikrim yoga (or hot yoga) is quite popular these days though personally I’m not much of a fan.  Most people I know who get into Bikrim yoga like more of a hardcore workout and are motivated by the challenge and intensity of the heat. Iyengar is a practice that focuses strongly on body alignment.  Ashtanga is a set sequence of poses that you work on at various levels every time you practice.  Kundalini focuses on incorporating breath work and chanting.  Restorative yoga is very passive and super slow moving – fabulous for relaxation and stress reduction.  (This site goes into more detail on some of the different styles.)

Teacher Seeker

My main piece of advice to people just starting yoga is to find a teacher that you like.  And once you do, you will be hooked!  Instructors often incorporate a few different styles into their classes.  But even when a class remains solely one style, the class experience can vary significantly based on the instructor.  Try out a few different teachers and you’ll quickly learn what elements you most appreciate in an instructor and in a practice.

My second piece of advice for people looking to start a yoga practice (which you could somewhat infer from the first piece of advice) is to start by going to an actual class.  I personally love putting on a podcast and practicing at home, but I really don’t recommend that until you’ve spent some time practicing with a good teacher who can make sure you are in safe and proper alignment.  This is so important as you’re learning and will help you develop good habits and avoid injury.

First-timer

When you get to a new class, let the teacher know it’s your first time.  Usually they’ll ask if there’s anything going on with your body that they should know about (injury, etc.).  Don’t hesitate to talk to them about why you’re there and see what individual info or resources they can provide.

Most importantly, don’t worry about doing the poses right!  The whole reason that yoga is referred to as a practice is because it is just that, a continual practice to connect with yourself and your body.  It’s always going to be a little different every day.

Related posts: Eight Limbs | Home Practice Essentials | My Favorite Yoga Podcasts

[posted by Lauren]

We hope that everyone had a lovely October weekend. As fall is starting in in the East Coast, there is another heat wave in the West.

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Lauren – New York, NY

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Day trip to the Roosevelt Estate in Hyde Park, NY

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FDR’s office in his Presidential Library. This is the only Presidential Library to ever be used by a sitting President.

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Monarch on the grounds

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Friends and flowers

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Farrell – Los Angeles, CA

Set up our record player and listened to so Hawaiian Paradise.

Set up our record player and listened to some Hawaiian Paradise.

Put some tender, love and care into our two tomato plants. They have been grown for months and no sign of a tomato on them.

Put some tender, love and care into our two tomato plants. They have been grown for months and no sign of a tomato on them.

Went to the Santa Monica College pool to beat the heat.

Went to the Santa Monica College pool to beat the heat.

Hit up Sweet Rose Creamery after.

Hit up Sweet Rose Creamery after.

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