Music has the power to change hearts, minds and consciousness.   History shows there are messages inherent in music that create peaceful and revolutionary change for freedom and civil rights.  Animal Rights Activists/music artists such as Paul McCartney, Emmylou Harris, Morrissey and Moby successfully use music as the message to speak up for animals.

Every decade or so, an extraordinary artist comes along – who carries us to the newest, important musical frontier. “Sharanam” by our friend and animal rights activist Sharon Gannon, is a CD that gives the listener the direct and powerful experience of healing our emotional, spiritual, psychological and ecological disconnection with ourselves and with the world through Sanskrit Mantras.

Mantra is a Sanskrit word that translates to: Man means “mind”, Tra means to “to protect” or “to cross over.” Sharanam means “Refuge.” By listening to and singing with Sharanam’s mantras, we can take refuge, strength and inspiration to change our perception of our ability to create positive change in our world. Sharanam is a healing mantra and prayer offering for all beings- especially animals.

Today, Wednesday October 27, we are requesting your participation in a special offer for this extraordinary CD called “Healing the World with Mantra – Sharanam -” an online campaign.

TODAY 10/27 only, anyone who purchases a copy of Sharanam through will be eligible to receive an array of gifts. Gannon/dp/B002L1AV78/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1287577495&sr=8-2

Many generous friends and supporters have donated excellent, exclusive gifts and prizes to anyone who purchases Sharanam (on Wednesday October 27th only.) As a thank you for participating, Jivamukti Yoga Schools and some of their friends around the world are offering a wide range of cruelty free gifts. These includes:  FREE yoga classes , downloadable CDs and MP3 songs from artists such as world renowned mantra singers Jai Uttal, MC Yogi, Cheb I Sabbah, Deva Premal and Miten, Sharon Gannon, David Newman, Sura das,  vegan recipes, discount coupons, plus enter your name for a chance to win amazing prizes (such as a one of a kind Yantra painting!) With over 20 cruelty free gifts and prizes, everyone who buys Sharanam via on October 27 (only) is eligible to receive them.  After you purchase the album, simply enter your order number on the gift page to receive your free gifts:

With your participation in purchasing Sharanam via we want to create a tipping point that will change global consciousness, encouraging healing, freedom, kindness and happiness for all beings – animal and human.To learn more about the album, the campaign, or to redeem your free gifts, please visit:

Vegan in Montreal

For July 4th Weekend Michael and I were in Montreal for our good friend’s wedding! It was such a beautiful and delightful weekend full of love and sunshine! We had an amazing time and I was really impressed by the uber veggie friendliness of the city 🙂 which of course always brings an even bigger smile to my face.


Once we got off the plane and checked into the hotel we set off to meet up with some of the other wedding guests. Beyond wonderfully, they were dining at this little cafe called  Olive + Gourmando in Old Montreal. Complete heaven! There was many a meat dish, but of course once my eyes spotted the Viva Las Vegan sandwich and the Herbivore salad I knew we were somewhere special. Of course I couldn’t make up my mind which to get, but my amazing husband suggested we share them both 🙂 SOO delightful!!  YUM!!

Viva Las Vegan! Such Goodness!

The Herbivore!

Then off to the rehearsal dinner that night at Da Emma, a classic Italian restaurant in Old Montreal. Everything was very meat based yet they did not skip a beat to accommodate me. SO sweet!

On Saturday we went for a 30 or so mile bike ride along the water. (Who knew Montreal was an island??) Gorgeous!! What an absolutely beautiful day and city! Afterwards we stopped for lunch at Cafe Sante Veritas. This to me looked just like a simple lunch place, but really once we met the proprietor and had our food I knew it was so much more! He was so sweet and told me that anything on the menu with a carrot was vegetarian and that he could whip me up anything I wanted to customize as well. I was in heaven with my Wrap de tofu à la tapenade d’olives. (especially after biking for 3 1/2 hours) but this sandwich also came with a side salad. I had ordered a celery and melon juice and my meal came with coffee (and soy milk!) all for $12.39, coming from NYC I was a little in shock!

Michael's Sandwich à la poire et fromage bleu

That evening was the wedding. The couple looked so great, so happy and so in love! Absolute Perfection! At dinner that night they had already told the restaurant that I was vegan so I knew I would be all set. But still the meal I had was one of the best I had ever had at a wedding. I felt really cared for and very loved! Really it was so sweet! I had a deelish salad to start, a spiralized “pasta” with veggies in a scrumptious sauce and a perfect fruit salad for dessert. It was really very thoughtful 🙂

On Sunday we took a nice long walk through the city with some of our friends. I had a whole list of fabulous places to check out of course. We were walking along and I hear Michael telling me that there is a vegan restaurant across the street! Perfection, it was one of the top places on my list, Aux Vivres. AMAZING! I am still thinking about this place and the vegan blt we had! BLT: coconut bacon, lettuce, tomatoes & vegan mayo and we had it in the homemade chapati! YUM! This was so different from the fakin bacon I have had before, and soo good! We also  shared a deelish polenta, beans, guac and salsa dish. Overall just loved this place!

Serious BLT Goodness!!!

That night we made it date night for just the two of us 🙂 We went to another of the top vegan places on my list. Chu Chai (and their sister place called Church) Awesome! The food was delightful! The service slowed a bit as the restaurant began to fill up with lots of diners, but still it was a super great meal!

Amazing Dumplings and Peanut Sauce!

Yummy Pad Kee Mao

SOOOO good!! "Chicken" and Peanut Sauce with Crispy Spinach!

On Monday we spent the day walking around and enjoying the weather. We enjoyed a light snack and deelish teas at Ming Tao Xuan, a vegetarian tea house in Old Montreal and we needed to make one last stop to Cafe Veritas before heading home.

Vegetarian Buns - YUM!!

There are so many other veggie places that we did not get to check out, but we had such a beautiful long weekend and I’m super happy with everything with did do and saw. Now we have some places left for our next romantic trip to Montreal 😉 On the last day when we were walking around we came across Centre Luna Yoga which looked adorable and had Jivamukti Yoga Classes! Next time I will check this place out for sure!

Free Yoga in Bryant Park TONIGHT! 6pm

I will be assisting Lisa Dawn tonight at Bryant Park. Come on down for a great free yoga class! FUN!!!

July 1st 6:00-7:00pm tonight!!! Avenue of the Americas between 40th and 42nd

Greet July with a rejuvenating class in the park. Join us for a complimentary and open-level yoga class in Bryant Park, courtesy of Lululemon. Yogini Lisa Angerame will leave you smiling and feeling relaxed.



Help heal the Gulf Coast through
31 minutes of Japa (continuous chanting)

The Global Jivamukti Yoga Tribe

*THIS* Friday June 11th

Meditation will be begin at 8amEST and Chanting at 8:30amEST

We will be holding this event in
Dechen Thurman’s 8am EST Meditation class.
841 Broadway, 2nd fl (13 & 14th)

OR Join us via *SKYPE* by emailing
Eamonn Cunnane at for details

Organized with love by
Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training class of 2010.

“May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

Complimentary 5-day Membership to The Sports Club/LA or Reebok Sports Club/NY!

Complimentary 5-day Membership to The Sports Club/LA or Reebok Sports Club/NY!

SO fabulous!! I have only been to Reebok and it was amazing! I def. want to check out The Sports Club/LA too!! ENJOY 🙂

Club Features

  • State-of-the-art Cardiovascular and Weight Training options
  • Expert Private Training
  • Award Winning Group Exercise Classes
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Restaurant and Café
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Hair Salon
  • Basketball, Squash, Volleyball and Soccer
  • Advanced Mind Body including; Yoga, Pilates and Gyrotonic
  • Industry leading Pilates Program
  • Engaging Childcare Programs
  • Social Activities and Events
  • See more of the Club online


This Sunday Morning

February 7

Jivamukti Yoga School



With Jivamukti Teachers Cassandra Rigney, Dechen Thurman, Jules Febre, Matthew Lombardo, Monica Jaggi, Rima Rabbath, and Ruth Lauer-Manenti Musical accompaniment by Kelly Britton

Sunday,  February 7, 2010

9:30 am – 12 pm

“Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”

May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

Haiti’s situation is obviously very dark for all beings as they suffer the aftermath of the earthquake.  It is common during natural disasters for aid to be focused only on human beings as there is a great need for food, water, shelter and medicine.  However, many animal beings who are also in the same situation  tend to be forgotten during a disaster.
Jivamukti Yoga School is joining forces with P.E.T.A  (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and  ARCH (Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti) to relieve the suffering  of animals affected by the earthquake.   P.E.T.A, with the help of funds raised by the Jivamukti Yoga School  community,  will be working to aid as many animals as possible in the shortest amount of time. Check P.E.T.A.’s blog regarding  the Haitian situation by clicking here.dogs

Please join us for this program that will transform this devastating experience into a reason to cultivate compassion, generosity and love towards all beings.

You can never go wrong chanting the names of God.  Whatever names resonate for you. You can never go wrong chanting auspicious words like shantih-peace. Those sounds are like medicine. They can actually dismantle elemental forms or beings that we have created through negative thoughts, words and actions.” – Sharon Gannon

Program Schedule:
9:30am -10am   – Meditation, prayer and chanting for healing and restoration

10am -12pm      – Yoga Asana class

12pm                 – Vegan Brunch starts  at the JivamukTea Café

Program Donation:  $75

Over 20 In class privates will be raffled off  during the program.

Donations can also be made by going to the P.E.T.A.’s website


Free 7 Day Trial to Equinox!

You know I love the deal 🙂 How fabulous is this! Enjoy, expires 2.28.

Click here

Free 3 day pass at Pure Yoga!

More Yoga Loving! Free 3 day pass at Pure Yoga!

Thanks Jennifer at Yoga Deals!!

I love both the East and the brand new West Side locations. This place is plush and fabulous. There are places to chill and read and both location offer every kind of yoga you can think of with amazing teachers. It is membership only, so here is your change to take advantage of this place now.

Email me at and I can send one to you. Hurry, these expire on 2/1.

Get a free week of yoga at Yoga Works!

Get a free week of yoga at Yoga Works!

Thanks Flavorpill for hooking this up!!!

Their new, spa-inspired Soho studio (459 Broadway at Grand St.) is giving away a week of free yoga classes to Flavorpill subscribers!

They offer more than 100 classes a week, from power and prenatal yoga to mat pilates and vinyasa, as well as the post class sauna and complimentary tea.

Act now to get your free week; the offer’s only good through January 31 (but you can use it anytime all year!). Click here

Happy 101 Blog Award!!

I was so happy to find out that I have been chosen for a Happy 101 Blog Award! Yeah!!!! Thanks Heathy! Heathy of Adventures of Raw Goddess Heathy Love her blog!

Here are The Rules:

“List 10 things that make you happy, try to do at least one of them today, and tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day. For those 10 bloggers who get the award, you must link back to my blog!”

10 things that make me happy:
1. The magic in my life!
2. Spending time with my amazing hubby!
3. Having my yoga and spiritual practice in my life, so thankful!
4. Cooking delicious and healthy meals to share with others
5. Travel adventures
6. My fabulous ladies!
7. Playing outside in the fresh air
8. Eating yummy and healthy food
9. Snuggling up on these cold nights with snacks, a movie and of course my husband!
10. Kirtan
There are so many amazing bloggers who inspire me all the time!  I’m nominating:
1. Katie from Chocolate Covered Katie
2. Gena from Choosing Raw
3. Liz from Veggie Girl Vegan
4. Heather from Heather Eats Almond Butter
5. Hannah from Bittersweet
6. Susan from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
7. Joanne from Foods For Long Life
8. Meghan from Making Love in the Kitchen
9. Punk Rawk Labs
10. There are many more out there that I love and would have liked to nominate, but they have already been nominated. But still I would like to give the shout out 🙂 Kristen, Lauren, Carmella, Joyce, and Diana just to name a few.

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