The San Diego Opera Experience: Part 3


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Hello Fellow Yogis and Lovers of Movement!

It has been a while since I last blogged but I just wanted to share my latest experience (and what a wonderful one it was) to once again be a part of a fantastic and dynamic group of dancers in San Diego Opera’s A Masked Ball! Giuseppe Verdi’s poignant score along with an intriguing story will turn anyone into an opera fan!

Here are some photos from this last San Diego Opera experience! Enjoy! :D (more…)

The San Diego Opera Experience Part 1: Samson & Delilah w/The Girls

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Hello All! It has been a long time since I have blogged, but I am starting up again. I recently finished performing in San Diego Opera’s production of Samson & Delilah. What an amazing experience with amazing dancers! I will be performing with San Diego Opera again in April in their production of Aida.

To purchase discounted* tickets for Aida please click here.samson lift*Please note that discounted tickets only apply to Tuesday and Friday evening performances.

Let’s Get Talented Underprivileged Youth On Stage!!!



I apologize for the recent absence of posts. I have been incredibly busy with teaching ballet and performing. For upcoming performances click here.

As the holiday season quickly approaches, I implore you to please check out the City of Angels Ballet’s campaign by clicking here to get talented inner city youth on stage. CAB is an incredible organization that provides FREE ballet training and performance opportunities to talented young people from under served communities in Los Angeles. Our goal is to raise $50,000 by Christmas Eve. In exchange for your generosity, CAB will offer “perks” for the various donation levels.

Please help us in this very important mission to preserve the integrity of classical ballet here in Los Angeles and to continue inspiring talented youth!!!

Relax is a Verb!

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“Let go,” “release,” and “undo,” are terms loosely thrown around by many yoga instructors. Are we really spending $20 per class to have someone tell us to relax? No wonder I can’t get rich! The theory goes that if you are able to momentarily step away from the outside world placing it on hold and turn your attention inward that you will finally tap into that inner child that you so dearly miss. As a yoga instructor I agree with this theory only somewhat because then there are those of us who “do” in order to “be.” Somehow through all of this “doing” or “undoing” (which is still doing something) you will supposedly find your true creative spirit.  Isn’t going to your local yoga studio and practicing yoga in and of itself doing something, even if you are laying in Savasana (Corpse Pose)? My point is we cannot NOT do. (more…)

Feedback for a Brilliant Mind and Its Groundbreaking Accomplishments

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Brilliant minds unlock invaluable information that you and I take for granted. One of those brilliant minds is Stephen Hawking. The man needs no introduction.

Several months back I blogged about the nature of existence in Existence, A Verifiable Reality.  A few days ago a team of people building a graphic dedicated to Mr. Hawking and his achievements approached me and asked to me for my feedback on this graphic (see image above).

If you are reading this post, then I would also like to ask you for your feedback on this graphic. If anyone is a shining example of “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you deal with it…” its MR. HAWKING.


Politics of Yoga…Yea Buddy!

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Don’t think for a second that yoga instructors are some ethereal form of human. We are just regular people engaging in regular people behavior. The yoga industry is booming here in the Yoga Mecca we know and love as Los Angeles. A surplus of yoga instructors pervades this town, many of which have no business teaching and molding bodies in the first place. If you add up all these variables you get something very “unyogic” : COMPETITION. Competition is good just like Darwin said because it eliminates the weak and the talentless from the strong and talented. We are not all created equal in all respects. Some people are better than others at certain things. A yoga instructor who relies only their yoga teacher-training education program and their passion could be a good instructor. However, when a lifetime dedicated to training for a career in professional dance, athletics, sports medicine, etc… is coupled with a yoga teacher-training education program the end result is a first-class instructor! Any regular Joe can sign up for yoga teacher-training courses, pay the money, and take the classes. It’s not rocket science. What is a science is having a solid understanding of how to apply movement principles into action and who better to teach these principles than people who move FOR A LIVING! I call these people, myself included, Movement Specialists. (more…)

When Nature Gives You A Lemon, You Think: “Buddha?”

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Why search for inspiration anywhere else other than nature. This is an actual lemon from a tree in my backyard. Only nature could design something as awesome as this!!!! To me it looks like a mother with her child in her lap… or does it sort of look like Buddha?

What does it look like to you? Tweet your answers to @SYTYCY or post them to our Facebook page!!!!!

Support the City of Angels Ballet and Keep LA’s Youth “On Their Toes!”

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Dear Yogis, Dancers, and Lovers of the Movement Arts,It is my pleasure to personally extend this invitation to all of you. I have been involved with the City of Angels Ballet for almost two years and what a truly remarkable experience it has been. Since the inception of City of Angels Ballet nearly 20 years ago, Artistic Director Mario Nugara has been providing selected youth from underprivileged communities in Los Angeles with professional level ballet training, shoes, leotards, and tights at no cost to the children’s families. I am on the faculty at CAB in addition to being a dancer with the company. After two successful Nutcracker seasons under Mr. Nugara’s artistic direction (and under the name California Riverside Ballet) we are hopeful of adding a Spring repertoire. This would provide professionals like myself with a quality repertoire in Los Angeles and allow the children from our school more opportunities to perform.