Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Original, Attractive & Reusable ChicoBag!

I have to truly say, this is my favorite reusable bag I've come across yet! Not only does it squish up into a little pouch so that it easily fits in your purse, it can actually act as a shoulder bag too & comes in attractive colors. I carry the ChicoBag with me everywhere & get compliments on it whenever I pull it out at the store. It's ultra-compact, super durable, eco-friendly, & you can even customize the logo. Buy extras & hand them out to friends! Read these wrenching facts for inspiration & a no excuse attitude when it comes to plastic bags: "Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion single-use plastic bags are consumed worldwide. In the U.S. alone, the average citizen uses between 300 and 700 plastic bags per year. Currently, 97% of these bags end up in either a landfill or littering our planet's fragile eco-systems."

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Raise Your Voice (and your Concsiousness!)

Join Beth Miller of Park Slope Yoga Center/Devi for an early evening of healing sounds and sacred songs. Her voice is sweetly magic and her sensitivity as both yoga and mantra teacher will open up the gateway for anyone who wants to explore sound. As a group you will find freedom in your voices through toning, mantra, melody, and rhythm. These ancient vocal arts bring peace and power to body and mind.

Raise Your Voice, Raise Your Consciousness
When: Saturday, July 26, 5:15-6:45
Cost: $25
Where: Devi (across the street from Park Slope Yoga Center)
837 Union St, 2nd FL.
Register: 917.753.2242

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Do U Yoga?

Grab your sunscreen & your yoga mat! If your looking for an easy to get to, affordable, & uniquely adventurous yoga retreat experience this summer (& beyond), Kelly Dwyer's 'Do U Yoga' offers one-day excursions & multi-day retreats to lovers of yoga & outdoor sports. She's genius at creating trips right outside of the city, often times even coordinating a van to schlep city folk out of town! Her retreats include swimming in waterfalls, hiking, wine tasting, surfing, apple picking, (to name just a few), all combined with the healing & strengthening effects of yoga specifically designed to compliment the themed retreat. 'Do U Yoga' excursions are open to all levels, beginners are definitely welcomed. Check out her website for updates &'s just a few highlights to excite your senses!

Upcoming Day Trips:
Hudson Views Yoga Hike
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
Enjoy gorgeous views of the Hudson River & surrounding valleys with hiking & yoga.

Beach Yoga & Surfing or Beach Yoga & Sun Lover
Sunday, July 20th, 2008
Salute to the sun & sky with a delightful morning yoga session on the sand followed by a 2-hour surfing lesson or a relaxed day on the beach.
For more info & online signup:

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Jill's Cafe

Nestled in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, Jill's Cafe on Gold Street offers an alternative to fast food and bus fumes. Inside the peaceful, dimly-lit joint, clean wooden tables sport eco-friendly table settings, and helpful deli-counter employees guide you through a menu of mostly living food (that's raw vegan fare if you didn't know) and a few cooked veg. items. Try a zucchini pesto "pasta", a dehydrated falafel plate, or a a delicious coconut-based smoothie. And don't forget to leave room for dessert - it took me about an hour to decide between the caramel-pecan "blondie" and the nectarine crumble with almond cream. I chose the nectarine, but it's almost impossible to make a bad order here. In addition to being a much-needed health-spot in Brooklyn, owner Jill Pettijohn offers a three or five day juice-based cleanse, which can be delivered to your doorstep - a great way to transition into summer!
Jill's Cafe
Vegan Organic/Wild Crafted Cafe
A fusion of raw and kindly cooked food
231 Court Street (at Baltic)
Apps: $5-9
Deli: $7-9
Entrees: $12-15
Desserts: $4-8

Parashakti's Dance of Liberation: 7/11

Next Friday, join shamanic healer Parashakti as she and her crew guide soul-seekers through a movement-based vision-quest at Union Square's Jivamukti yoga studio. Using Native American traditions as well as modern modalities, Parashakti asks each participant to make an intention and sport a blindfold for their free-form dance journey. Don't worry about your sight - a tribe of gatekeepers keeps you safe, while live musicians provide a soundtrack to guide you. Feel free to move and make noise in any way that calls to you, intuiting ways to heal your mind, body and spirit. After closing the ceremony together, you'll feel rejuvenated and relaxed, and blissed out to last 'til next month's dance.
Parashakti's Dance of Liberation
Friday, July 11 @ 830pm
Jivamukti Yoga School
841 Broadway 2nd Floor (btw 13th/14th st)
New York
212 995 1313
$18/$22 day of dance
Upcoming Dates:
August 1, September 12