At the age of 32, a friend suggested, “sit in the nude & stare into a mirror.” So, I did. And after staring (for 10 minutes) at my face, arms, stomach, eyes, feet and legs, I realized the mirror reflection did not match up with the words pouring out of my mouth. And therefore, I altered my lifestyle to create an individual I would enjoy seeing each morning.
Presently 18 years later, on occasion, I stare into the mirror. And instead of viewing selfishness, vanity, illusions, cocaine, lies, and “Jack,” I see a yoga student of 17 years. I see an Iyengar Yoga Teacher. I see a San Francisco Marathon (Newbie) Runner. I see a road cycling AIDS Activist. I see a 50 yr. old man with a vision & purpose. I see a philanthropist. I see a positive addition to humanity.
Katharine Hepburn once said, “We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change.”
Well, I’ve changed. And thanks to my mirror, I continue to improve myself & my mirrored reflection.
Therefore, in June 2012, for my 15th Year, I will participate in an event to benefit the S.F. AIDS Foundation called AIDSLifeCycle. Each year, I raise my $3,000.00 minimum to participate & bike 575 miles (from San Francisco to Los Angeles). And, I complete the ride knowing I did the right thing.
AIDSLifeCycle is a fully supported, 7-day bike event from San Francisco to Los Angeles, June 3 - 9, 2012. It’s a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California’s most beautiful countryside.
So remember, it does not matter: • Where you came from ... • What obstacles are in your way .... • What others may think of you ... • Why you think it would never work ...... • Or why you want to start tomorrow .......
It only matters what “you do.” – So do what you can do ……. Love to you, tony eason
“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” - Oprah Winfrey
All the Fat Tire Beer you can drink & a food Buffet. $15.00 per person minimum suggested donation (no one refused due to lack of funds). Wanna join the party? Hook up with me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Google Plus. Enjoy the journey! No one is to drive /or/ bike home under the influence of alcohol. [Anyone can spend the night - just bring a sleeping bag]. Can't make it to the party? Sponsor Online at: http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/ynottony
On Saturday morning, with 30 minutes to spare, I rose from my bed with the intentions of riding my bike to my 10:30am yoga class at James Howell Studio. Yet, as I mounted my Soulcraft, I was presented with a flat rear tire. With no time to change the flat, I hand pumped the inner tube & prayed that the inner tube would hold air for my 15 minute sprint to the yoga studio.
After my morning yoga class, I sat at the Church Street Cafe and began to repair the flat. Yet after dismantling the wheel, I realized that I failed to bring my spare inner tube. Therefore, I contemplated the location of the nearest bike shop.
Refried Cycles /or/ "bicicletas refritas" - was founded by:
A 6 year Quake Courier messenger. A man who desired to be his own boss A man who loves bikes (and actually rides a bike) A local San Franciscan.
Refried Cycles owner, Benji offers high quality service; rock-bottom rates; a speedy turnaround time ( so you won't be out of the saddle long); and he promises to keep you informed throughout the entire bike repair process. And more importantly (in the present economic times), his prices beat those of almost every other Bay Area Bike shop (so you'll never be surprised by the bill).
And if you're looking for a road, touring, mountain or track bike and/or just a bike frame, my GOD! Refried Cycles is a purveyor of fine vintage bikes. Depending on the daily inventory, you can find La Rosa, Jack Taylor, Raleigh, Derby England, Motobecane, and Masi (to name a few).
So keep the money within our community by "SUPPORTING & BUYING LOCALLY!"
Years ago, as I was retiring to my bed for a good night sleep, I received a phone call from a fellow event planner. In the phone conversation, she informed me of her upcoming event, the San Francisco's Saint Patrick's Day Parade. And asked me, do you know someone who would be interested in clucking down Market Street in a chicken outfit as the Ragu Chicken?
Well after concluding that $250.00 for "8 blocks of clucking" wasn't a bad gig. I agreed to be the Ragu Chicken in San Francisco's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
And as I paraded down Market Street, I invisioned the woodpeckers in the movie"Stir Crazy." And being that no one could identify me, I felt removed from the social restrictions placed upon adults. I began to feel, walk, cluck, and act as I presumed a chicken would ..... I became reaquainted with the stress free life of a child.
Stress. We all deal with it. Whether it be our careers (or lack of careers), family drama , finances, or relationship problem, stress is there.
Stress is an emotional and physical response to pressures from the outside world. Today, stress seems more pervasive and persistent. Numerous studies show between 75 - 95% of all visits to primary care physicians are due to stress related issues. Most of us are coping with a great deal of stress and need to create ways to relieve stress.
Last week, while sitting at San Francisco's Church Street Cafe, I witnessed a man riding an ostrich. And as the ostrich ran down the street. I pondered over the question: Is that man insane? And then, I remember the joy I experienced as the Ragu Chicken. And concluded, "perhaps, he is just relieving his stress."
Lube up your bike chain & get your freak on cause Tour De Fat is back for its 11th season! (AND I'm definitely going).
on Saturday, 25 September 2010, New Belgium Brewing Company's traveling celebration of all things bicycle rolls through San Francisco (again) raising money & sharing bike love. And one person will help honor mankind's greatest invention, the bicycle, by handing over their car keys and committing to a year of car-free living. The lucky individual will receive a hand-built Black Sheep Bike
Tour De Fat 11:00am - 5:00pm. 25 September 2010 New Location - Lindley Meadow ,Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
So just "SAY NO TO THE AUTOMOBILE" and submit a video or essay describing your desire to live sans-car for a year. And you, just may get lucky! To submit an application, log on to http://www.newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat.
Proceeds from merchandise and the New Belgium Portfolio of Beer sales benefit these two great nonprofits; last year, the Tour raised ~$30,000 for the Council and SFBC, and over the past 7 years has raised tens of thousands to help complete the Ridge Trail.
Volunteer!! It takes many many volunteers to run the Tour, but all of them have a blast; smiles and laughter are virtually guaranteed. Join the fun; and help raise funds to complete the Ridge Trail.
1. Put no means of transport before thy bike: Come by bike because not only are bikes fun, but they help stave off some of our most wicked ills: Traffic, laziness, and pollution. Tour de Fat has a solution: ride this day, every day, and definitely when Tour de Fat heads your way.
2. Honor all other bikes: All bikes are good bikes, and all those who ride them are good people. This is the one Bike Festival that cherishes bicycle diversity on our Cruise-ade through town.
3. May every generation come forth: This is a family friendly event. Costumes, bikes and a parade? We were thinking like kids when we created Tour de Fat.
4. Thou shall come as a participant not a spectator: It's a costumed celebration of human-powered transportation. Muscles not motors, coasters, v-brakes and rotors. Come in your favorite alter ego, because when everybody's weird, no one is.
5. Thou shalt not bring booze; But enjoy the supplied malted adult refreshments responsibly: Please do not bring any outside alcohol on the ride or into the park. It could result in getting the event shut down...don't be that guy. And when you imbibe in our tasty brews, remember this is a Bicycle Festival with beer, not the other way around.
6. New Belgium shalt not profit: Our goal is to raise money for bicycle and environmental charities. New Belgium Brewing Company does NOT retain any of the events' proceeds. Please think of your $5 beer tokens as donations to a worthy cause. All sales are final; beer tokens do not expire and will be accepted next year (does not include TEXA.
7. Remember the purpose, and bring not your pooches: No canine friends allowed this year. We're a dog-loving Brewery, but sadly not all municipalities and parks are. Please leave your best friends at home for their safety and the safety of others.
8.Keep the day true with thy good juju: The ride is free, but we suggest a $5 donation to the good bike advocates who are putting it on for you (does not include TEXA. If you give more, you will not incur flats, mechanical troubles, or dry skin for a whileâ¦maybe. This is a celebration of the bike, not an anti-car rally. All tools have their place.
9.Thou shall rise early: Since Tour de Fat is a free show, we sometimes get more folks than we can accommodate. Once we're full, we will handle overflow like a restaurant or bar: one in, one out. We reserve the right to determine the appropriate crowd size in the name of safety and enjoyment for those inside.
10. Thou shalt not steal thy neighbors' bike: Don't even think of leaving with a bike that doesn't belong to you. Modern-day horse thieves will be dealt with by angry mob, pitchforks, and torches.
So if you've attended the Tour De Fat or have attended my Fat Tire Beer Charity Fundraising Beer Bust, or just want to send out some love - send a thanks out to Brew Meister Jamie Mastin, Ed Dopman, & the Fat Tire Beer Team for their continued support towards charity bike rides, and charity benefits, and for their product sponsorships by clicking on their logo.
On Friday night, instead of joining the city's peloton of bar crawl go'ers, I bee lined to the Mission District for "an evening of science-fiction themed comedy.
Upon arrival to the ticket counter, I was greeted with fanfare & "southern hospitality" from the most bubbly of women, Erin. And after a few laughs, I seated myself & awaited the show. And after wards, I could only say one thing - "Actor Richie Lillard not only made my eyebrow rise - he made me "LAUGH" (which isn't the easiest thing to do ...).
Actor / Singer /Performer, Richie Lillard has been performing since he was ten years old in drama, musical theater, ballet and opera. And in the film industry, Richie has made appearances on television shows such as Sci-Fi Channels "Scare Tactics," & NBC's "America's Got Talent." And has traveled London, Greece and Las Vegas, Nevada as a tribute arist of Freddie Mercury of Queen.
Richie Lillard is a set designer, interior designer, hair stylist, and costume designer. Sketch comedy is a perfect fit for Richie as it shows off his many talents (and voices) as a performer.
The novice to hatha yoga may attend yoga classes to gain flexibility. Yet after the development of a consistent yoga practice, one may find that the asanas prepares you to become in tune with the physical body, control the breath (pranayama) and stop the sensations of the mind (Dharana).
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (a Hindu scripture & foundational text of Yoga), one can find a detailed explanation of the path of a yogi / yogini. The Yoga Sutras form the theoretical & philosophical basis of Raja Yoga, and are considered to be the most organized and complete definition of Raja Yoga. Hatha Yoga is A door to Raja Yoga.
Since 5000 BC, yogis & yoginis have sprouted in many lands, belonging to various religious beliefs, and varied in economic status, sexual orientations, and personal challenges. Similar to the Noble Eightfold path of Buddhism, the Ashtanga Yoga - Eight Fold Path has provided a guideline for the development of the yogi / yogini.
The eight limbs work together: The first five steps are the preliminaries of yoga and build the foundation for spiritual life. The last three, are concerned with reconditioning the mind.
Yama is social behavior, how you treat others. These are moral principles. Sometimes they are refered to as the "thou shalt nots."
Niyama is inner discipline & responsibility, how we treat ourselves. These are sometimes refered to as the "do's, or the thou shalts."
Asanaprepares the body for meditation.
Pranayama purifies and removes distractions from the mind making it easier to concentrate and meditate.
Pratyaharais removal of the senses. Concentration, in the yoga studio or the streets, is a battle with distracting senses. When you master pratyahara, you are able to focus because you no longer feel the itch on the tip of your nose or hear the bee buzzing by your ear or smell the coffee brewing in the kitchen.
Dharana involves teaching the mind to focus on one point or image (such as a candle flame, dripping water, or a mantra.
Dhyana is uninterrupted meditation without an object. The calm achieved in meditation spills over into all aspects of your life â during a hectic day at the office, shopping for a party, coordinating your vacation in Madrid, Spain.
Samadhi is the ultimate goal of Pantajali's Eightfold Path is samadhi (absolute bliss, utopia , nirvana, heaven, etc.). Those who have achieved samadhi are enlightened.
With my yoga students, I have repeatedly stressed developing the ability to become focused & not be moved by external forces. I encourage them to remove the influences of smell, touch, sound, vision and taste so that "one can see roses where there are roses & thorns where there are thorns." I invite them to develop a state of pratyahara.
And if you've attended one of my yoga classes you know that not only do I teach my students but also, I test my students. Regularly, I test my students on the sanskrit names of asanas. And now, once again,, I invite you to join us (each Sunday in August) as we challenge our minds.
"9,000 members of Unite Here Local 2 have been working without a contract since August 2009. We are the room cleaners, cooks, dishwashers, bussers, bell persons, servers, bartenders, and other hotel workers, who have always been happy to serve you during your stays in San Francisco.
We have called for an ongoing customer boycott of the W Hotel. The Starwood Corporation, the company that manages this hotel, made $188 million last year (from continuing operations). By the end of 2009, Starwood opened 60 new hotels and renovated nearly half of their U.S. portfolio. The CEO of Starwood bragged (in an email to works in February) of 'significantly improved top line results.' Hospitality industry experts (PKF Consulting) predict revenues will be up an average of 4% for the remainder of 2010. They predict hotel revenues to go up 12% in 2011 and 14% in 2012.
And yet, Starwood is trying to use the economy as an excuse to force us to accept serious concessions in our next contract. Starwood has made proposals that would force workers to increase their monthly contributions to health care costs by hundreds of dollars a month, over the term of the contract. We simply cannot afford that. If Starwood can position itself to benefit from the economic future, so can the 140 workers at the W Hotel."
As I entered their home, I was bombarded with samples of Scrumptious Smoothies, "mock tuna" romaine wraps, asian sesame kale salad, kale cabbage sea slaw with brazil nut hemp dressing, marinated stuffed crimini mushrooms with brazil nut parmesan, asian peanut broccoli slaw, raw granola, and raw vegan chocolate orange cheesecake.
And as I devoured all the delectable menu items, I asked:
Question: "What kind of preparation does it take to get ready for the Farmer's Market?'
And then we return to our kitchen to produce (depending on our private client's needs & market days):
Create 10qts of "Fresh Organic Almond Milk."
Strip & massage 30 heads of kale (to be placed in the dehydrator for the making of "Kale Chips")
Make 40 smoothies -"Liquid Sunshine," "Cinn-O-Baby," & our latest "A Day at the Beach" (young coconut, pineapple & mint...no mylk or nuts in this one, just pure coconut).
Wrap 70 "Salad in a Blanket" (collard wraps with 11 veggies inside-so FRESH)
Dehydrate several "Peppered Walnut Hemp Zucchini Krackers."
Whip up some "Mac Cashew Cheez."
Soak 15lbs of assorted organic nuts.
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?
Are you fed up trying all the latest fad diets?
Does your outside you reflect the inside you?
Do you wish you had more energy?
Would you like to sleep better?
Are your moods scattered?
Do you feel like there just should be more to life?
Does your life lack vitality, passion and/or purpose?
"If you answered yes to one or more of the above I can relate to what you are feeling.I have been there too."
"You see I felt ALL of these things and more.Ten years ago I was practicing corporate law, earning 6 figures.I was, in the eyes of society, âsuccessfulâ.Yet, in my personal life I was a disaster.Looking at myself in the mirror I constantly marveled that the outside did not match the inside.
I was 200lbs (at 5â4â, often sick and hospitalized 2-3 times a year.I never felt well just "not as sick as usual".This became my norm. I turned to alcohol and recreational drugs to numb the sensation of emptiness that I felt on such a deep level yet had no name for.
And then a sequence of events happened and I found myself on the other side of law (no, not in jail but no longer a practicing lawyer).
After nearly dying in a house fire two days before September 11, I decided to leave the practice of law to pursue a life with more meaning. I did not know what that life looked like at the time but I did know that it did not look like the one I was living.And then I had the faith that anything had to be better than that and took the leap.
I went from six figures one year to $19,000 the next.Lawyer to nanny.From inside an office to outside in the park.From sick and tired to inspired and vibrant.From financially rich to financially challenged. From sad to gloriously happy. AND I LOST OVER 60LBS and 60â on my body!
I finally had time to breathe. I was inspired by the beauty with which I was surrounded.I stopped trying to work from the outside in and decided to try something new (that stuff was NOT working for me!).I trained to be a Kundalini yoga teacher, the following year I did my massage certification.I spent time reading and talking with friends.I gave up the tv and took up life.
A friend inspired me to start cooking differently.Growing up in England I was a meat kinda girl (I did not care for the vegetables at all other than potatoes and mushrooms).I did not know how to cook vegan even though I no longer wanted to eat meat. I now want to be that spark for others.
Armed with a couple of recipes I soon developed my own and started devouring cookbooks.I lost weight, my mind cleared, my skin was more radiant, my energy increased, I no longer went to the doctor, I felt competent in my life choicesâ¦over time when looked in the mirror the outside started to look like the inside.
And now 9 years later I am writing this to you on the eve of the launch of our dream: to bring healthy, delicious, vibrant food to people.We are proud to soon be serving at the Haight Farmers Market Livermore Farmers Markets.
Please call by and see our tasty healthy vegan offerings, including Sumptious Smoothies, Inspired Wraps and Rolls, Decadent Deserts and Pantry Favorites.We would love to see you.
The following day after the completion of my 13th 545 mile bike trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles with the AIDS/Lifecycle 2010 Event, I became somewhat sedentary.
Yet yesterday (two weeks later), as I road my bike across the Golden Gate Bridge towards Mill Valley, I had a smile on my face. And then, I had an AIDSLifecycle 2010"flash back."
AIDSLifecycle 2010 - Day #5 -"Red Dress Day?"Traditionally being the shortest daily mileage of the week, "Red Dress Day" usually passes with ease. 67 miles seems like nothing. And one's only contemplation is whether or not to sport something RED in support of those who suffer, those who have died, and for those who presently are affected by the AIDS Pandemic .
However, (with a minor change from the traditional route), this year, the 67 mile trek did not come with ease ... it was a route that 'BROKE THE CAMEL'S BACK!!!!!!!!!"
Departing at 6:30am. (from Preisker Park, Santa Maria), I rode like "a champ"to the town of 84 houses, Sisquoc. Upon entering Sisquoc, I visited 4960 Foxen Cyn to take my morning coffee at the neighborhood Sisquoc Store. As I drank my morning coffee, I contemplated heading straight for the finish line (passing up the lunch stop in Solvang).
Yet feeling social. I took a 30 minute lunch break in Solvang. During this time, I chatted up my favorite volunteer participants - "the CANNONDALE BIKE TECHS!!!"
After eating my humus sandwich, I departed Solvang. And, feeling like a million dollars & with approx 30 miles to go, I traveled on Highway 246 toward River Park, Lompoc, CA. Everything was going well, yet then came the 20 -40 mph winds.
Over the past 15 years, I've been hit by 3 cars, road directly into bushes, fallen over train tracks, "bonked," and even ventured 15 miles off route YET never had I run to into winds of this magnitude ...
As I cursed the AIDSLifecycle Route Planner & bounced from side to side, I wished I was 50lbs heavier. Moving at approx. 8 mph, I diligently worked at stopping the "little man in my head." I focused on the exhalation of the breath & struggled to peddle the remaining approx. 15 miles to camp. And at one point, I contemplated walking my bike. Yet then, I remembered my sponsors, my mother, and my yoga students - so, I trekked on!
Feeling like I had just completed a "double century," angrily, I arrived safely to camp. And as I placed my bike in bike parking, a volunteer suggested that I place my bike elsewhere. AND THEN, my frustrations surfaced, I CHEWED OFF THE HEAD OF THE BIKE PARKING VOLUNTEER.
As I left bike parking and proceeded to the gear truck, I realized that my frustrations had taken over & that I was not practicing "ahimsa." I realized that my actions where far from Buddhism. I realized that I owed the man an apology.
Arriving at my gear truck, I searched quietly for my luggage. I look in front of the truck. I looked under the truck. Yet my bag was no where to be recognized. And then, I saw a pile of clothes which I recognized. (In short, a zipper on my bag had exploded & my clothes where everywhere) ...
Upon glancing at my bag, I stated to myself "that's what you get for chewing off the bike parking volunteer's head ..."
And at that moment, I immediately fell to the ground & set in Padmasana (for 20 minutes) until I regained my Yogic & Buddhist composure.
Question: So what did I learn from this experience?
1. It's not all about the bike. 2. From every experience you have the opportunity to learn. 3. When life throws you a "loop" - then life has throw you a "loop." And although it may be difficult to endure the change of plans (or route) - such is life. Life is always changing. Therefore, it's better to sit quietly in Padmasana and figure out "what is truly causing your frustrations" (and/or ask for help) than to thrash out with negativity at the individuals who are there to support your endeavors.
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