Wednesday, September 29, 2010

And so it begins

Today marks the last day of yoga teacher training and the first day of a journey without a destination. Heavy stuff. I will never forget all of the amazing experiences that I've encountered on the path of self realization. Namaste!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

late night

I started this drawing for a friend of mine who is thinking about getting a robin tattoo on her shoulder. I had her in mind, but I also had Liam Finn on the brain as well. Music has so much influence on my drawings.

I drew this sweet little guy for my sister and I'm happy to say that it has been used as a cover up for a tattoo she has of her ex boyfriend's name. At last!!

The other night I was trying to figure out what to draw and my friend Lou suggested I draw us, and this is what came out. Everyone seems to like it, but I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet. I think it's missing something, I may add a little ink wash to the background to make it feel grounded.

I gathered a few friends at a local boba tea house tonight for a drawing session, and I started this portrait. I'm very pleased with it so far, even though things are a little off, but hopefully I will ink the rest soon.

I'm up late. I left my friend Carrie's house with the intention of going right to sleep, but I'm feeling very inspired so I thought I'd do a little art update. I've been getting down with the illustrations and loving it, but I'm going to try to really dive into painting over the next few weeks. I've been asked to enter a piece into a group show for Dia De Los Muertos, so I'm definitely looking forward to that.

It feels funny to be up so late. For the last 6 weeks I've been going up to bed at about 10 or as early as 9 every night and getting up at 6:30. I love it, I love getting up early in the morning, but for some reason it feels really good to be up right now. I feel mischievous and young, like those high school days where I would stay up and draw and listen to records.

I found myself feeling lonely earlier even though I was in the presence of good friends and now that I am by my lonesome I can feel them here with me. There's no reason to be lonely, just alone.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Today is the last day of my "required" yoga sessions. 66 yoga classes in 6 weeks, leaving 2 more 4 hour theory classes (or circle time as we like to call them) out of 20. It's been more than I could ever ask for, life truly is beautiful when you lead it from the heart. There's no other way!! I can't imagine a life better than this, I really can't. When life is full of love, humility and compassion, only good things will arise.

I am completely stoked for my yoga family and myself to start our new lives. We will be bringing something unique, energizing, introspective, creative and fun to the yoga community where ever we end up, and it will always be with love. Love love love love.

With this training I now have the confidence to pursue art on a different level, before it was for recognition because I never felt good enough just being myself. I felt like I had to have something to show for, some sort of fame. Now I realize that I cannot be anything but who I truly am, and I am more than enough. I'm working on creating a body of work, paintings and illustrations, participating in group shows and in time will be pursuing a career in the tattoo industry.

All the while yoga will be there. I will develop my practice to its fullest and try my hardest to show people my heart and help them find peace of mind through breath.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Time moves fast & time moves slow

Day 33

Yoga teacher training is nearing its end, and I'm amazed at how many opportunities are coming my way. Now I just have to figure out what to do. Give SDSU another try and enroll in painting? Take off to Hawaii and volunteer on an organic farm? Apprentice at FSG tattoo? Take off to Portland? whatever I decide to do, I will live it wholeheartedly, and it will be filled with love and union through yogic teachings.

Mantras to live by:
"My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand."

"Nothing is permanent except impermanence."

Training is so much more than I had previously imagined. I knew I wanted it, and I knew I could not live without it. I thank God that in this life I was brought to the yoga center by energetic forces and have discovered my true nature. I cannot describe how incredibly strong our circle is, I'm blessed to have such an awesome yoga family, and I'm totally stoked to know that they will always have my back in matters of teaching, friendship and family.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

listening to fleet foxes

I've just eaten a backyard banana (thanks ken!) with raw almond butter, a nectarine and my green smoothie. I am ready to take on the world!