Thanksgiving Day Community Hour

Everyone is invited to our Thanksgiving Day Community Hour, tomorrow, Thursday 8:30-9:30am, after Philippe’s Pranayama. Join us, share your thanks, share your chai/tea/coffee/hot cocoa/wine/martini, share what you feel like, off the mat! Everyone is welcome! See you there :).

To join…
passcode: 326308
OR you can sign up for it on our schedule and receive a zoom link, the usual way too :).

Chai Recipe

This recipe is a modified version of Anne Finstad’s original recipe which she brought back from Mysore, India in 2004.

Here’s a pdf of the Chai recipe.


  • Water – 6 cups
  • Ginger – fresh, two handfuls
  • Cinnamon sticks – 3
  • Cloves – whole, 1 big pinch
  • Loose black tea – 3-5 generous tablespoons (depending on how strong you want it)
  • Cardamom pods – (or powder) 1 big pinch
  • Fennel seeds – 1 big pinch
  • Pepper – ground – ¼ tsp -1 tsp (depending on how spicy)
  1. Boil 6 cups water – set to simmer
  2. Smash ginger – don’t cut or peel. Smash them to about ¼ inch thickness
  3. Put ginger in simmering water and start preparing first bowl

Prepare first bowl of spices: 

  1. Cinnamon sticks – smash in mortar and pestle until about ½ inch long
  2. Cloves – 1 big pinch – grind till powdery
  3. Put cinnamon and cloves into water pot, simmering for 5-10 minutes

Prepare second bowl of spices: 

  1. Loose black tea – 3 (normal) – 5 (strong) generous tablespoons
  2. Cardamom pods – 1 big pinch – grind till they get out of pods
  3. Fennel seeds – 1 big pinch – grind a little
  4.  Ground pepper – ¼ tsp – 1tsp 
  5.  Pour second bowl of spices into water pot, simmering for 10-15 minutes
  1.  Turn off pot and let sit on stove until next morning if possible
  1.  Strain into a large bowl. Compost spices
  1.  Add milk – I like this non-refrigerated vanilla soy milk, 1.5 to 2 quarts depending on how milky you want it
  2.  Pour into (large glass) containers. 
  3.  Store in the fridge.
  1.  When ready to drink, pour into glass and microwave for 99 seconds

Led Primary Indoor This Sunday

This coming Sunday, instead of the outside led primary, I’ll be teaching inside the studio with doors open and masks on for everyone 7 am-8.30 am.  If you’re planning to attend, you have to sign up on the website before tomorrow Saturday – 6 pm. Hope to see some of you there! Have a great weekend everyone!


Anatomy & Primary Series: ‘Mechanism of Breath’ Workshop with Mitchell

Saturday, November 14th8am – 9:15am PT (Pacific Time)
Contact Mitchell ( to Register

This class will investigate the mechanism of breathing, and use this understanding to dive more deeply into the practice of Ashtanga Primary Series.

The session will bring us through ‘standing’, though the pace will be driven by our exploration and attention to breathing. This is not a ‘traditional’ led ashtanga class.

Questions about breath, anatomy, and Ashtanga are welcome.

Neck Strain Workshop with Mitchell

Saturday, November 7th, 9:00 – 10:15  PT
Investigating the soft tissue wrapping from the head through the shoulders which results in daily strain.  Experiential anatomy, fascial release, balancing, and strengthening. 

Email Mitchell to register:

“ This class is an investigation of the soft tissue ‘wrapping’ about the neck and how this relates to tension felt from the head through the shoulders.

To do this well, we will give you a good understanding of how things connect across this area. Then we will focus on re-balancing the neck, requiring us to take a tour from the shoulders to the jaw.

This class includes exercises you can continue on your own for alignment and strength building.”

Vipassana & Meditation History

We recently discovered two short documentaries on Vipassana meditation that I found very interesting. They contain some general history of meditation so can be of interest to anyone, such as me, not just people who practice Vipassana meditation. Each is about an hour long and available on vimeo, links provided below. The first is generally available. The second has its premiere today, 10/25. As such it requires a password to access, provided below with link. It will be generally available after November 8. Both are free. Here are the descriptions of each film and their links.

From Myanmar to the World: Part 1 – Overland to India

This one-hour film follows a few Westerners among the thousands, who traveled the world in the early 1970s, “looking for something.” It’s the story of those hippies and seekers who discovered India, S.N. Goenka and the priceless gift of Dhamma. It’s also the story of a remarkable man who brought Vipassana meditation to the world. And finally, it’s a heartfelt tribute to the land and people of India.

From Myanmar to the World: Part 2 – Caves to Pagodas

Long ago, after receiving guidance from the Buddha, meditators would withdraw to practice in the solitude of a forest or a cave. Fast forward to the 1950s, when Burmese meditation master Sayagyi U Ba Khin was planning his ideal meditation center in Yangon. Inspired by some ancient structures in India, he chose a design featuring concentric rings of meditation “caves,” sheltered under the soaring structure of a golden Burmese zedi, or pagoda. This is the story of how Sayagyi U Ba Khin’s design was re-created first in India by his disciple, S.N. Goenka, and decades later in locations all over the world. For a meditation tradition that claims to have nothing to do with organized religion, some questioned the seemingly religious architecture. But are the pagodas merely decorative, or is there a practical function, something meditators can actually experience and benefit from?

Password: SayagyiUBaKhin