In case you forgot, as I often do, breathe completely and consistently. Be mindful and aware in every moment. Breath is prayer. Breath is life. To be mindful of our breath at all times is to be in prayer twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. To be in prayer 24/7 is to love. To love is to truly live.
There was a storm a comin’ and Whimsy J. D’Clown & I ran south in search of dry land! There just HAD to be some somewhere. Through the pouring and dreary rain we tread with humungous hunger for bright and vibrant life! What was that up ahead? YES!!! We had outran the storm!
After resting a bit, Whimsy found a beaaauuuuutiful flower patch and picked a little yellow flower and then she sniffed it over and over again!!! It must have smelled really good!
We found this old, abandoned shack and Whimsy then sat on a dead tree next to some balls of barbed wire!
Whimsy made lots of cute faces and thought lots of funny thoughts. I know this because she would then relay her thoughts to me with her beautiful voice!
Ya see??? >;o)
It wasn’t ants. Whew!!! We decided to go explore the inside of the shed anyway. It was dark and kind of scary in there, but Whimsy maintained a bright and optimistic attitude nevertheless. She’s cool like that. Fear who? And the light shined upon her smile…
It was getting kind of late, so we went outside to say hi to the tree. He said, “Hello. Lean on me.” He seemed like a nice enough tree, so, Whimsy did just that. He seemed kind of lonely. I hope we cheered him up a good bit.
Food sounded amazing, so we went and ate some Mexican food! (Sorry, no pics!)
Story & Photography by Anthony Rodriguez © Emancipated Soul Movement 2013
This Saturday, December 1st, at Ecclesia Church is the Elder Street Art Market and AREXPRESSIONS was asked to organize the musical aspects of the art that will be presented. A blessing indeed! The event is a benefit to provide clean water in developing countries, sponsored by Ecclesia, Advent Conspiracy and Living Water International. There will be art, music, food and handmade goods and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the previously mentioned organizations. Great causes indeed!!! Any vendors that would like to set up shop are asked to register here.
The musical line up is as follows:
10am-12pm, DJ SaBa
12-1pm, Anthony Rodriguez
1-2pm, Chenoa Farrell
2-3pm, Emancipated Soul Movement (A special improvisational set by Jessica Zweback Zoller, Frank Zweback, DJ SaBa and Anthony Rodriguez.
We are grateful and honored to play a part in this awesome cause and hope to see you there!
Peace & Blessings~
Hello! Have you heard? Yoga Is So Much More Than Just The Asanas! This two hour workshop at Joy Yoga Center, led by Loraine Frow of Anahata Yoga and myself, Anthony Rodriguez, of AREXPRESSIONS will open you up into deeper knowledge and experience of yoga. Loraine will discuss with you The 8 Limbs of Yoga, guide you through an All Levels Vinyasa Asana Practice and close out with fifteen minutes of Guided Meditation. I’m grateful to be providing live music that will assist in breathing you through this fine journey.
AREXPRESSIONS also performs live music for Loraine’s Sunday 10:15am All Levels Yoga Class and Natalie Fox Maisel’s Thursday 7:30pm Beginner’s Class. We’d love to see you there!
Joy Winkler, owner at Joy Yoga Center, also has online yoga classes available for streaming and download at My Universal Joy for those of you who cannot make it to a studio! Awesome, huh? I’ll be providing live music in select online classes in the near future as well! <3 Gratitude~
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you this Saturday, October 20th from 2pm`4pm!
So, who’s pumped up for the Breakfast Yoga Club event this coming Sunday, October 7th??? If you haven’t experienced a BYC event, you simply must. It’s an amazing gift of complete awesomeness. October BYC will be held at the beautiful Asia Society Texas Center. Each month, BYC features a different non-profit organization for you to show your most appreciated support of. This month it is One Significant Act. One Significant Act was formed by yogis to make yoga accessible to everyone in every Houston community by raising funds for community yoga classes and yoga scholarships in neighborhoods and communities in Houston without access to affordable yoga. Please RSVP HERE and also feel free to INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
I’m so thankful that the new Kirtan project I’ve been playing in, Yatra, has been asked to provide the music for this event. Yatra is Jeff Newton on harmonium, bass and vocals, Emery Lauten Meadows on percussion and vocals, and myself on guitar, vocals and electronics. The melodies are a flyin’!
Please take a visit to learn the goings on, and show your support, at the Asia Society Texas Center as well.
We so look forward to seeing you on your mats!!!
Thank you and peace out~
I’d like to tell you about the happenings in my life from March this year and up to the present day. It’s simply another example of how we work with God…The Universe, Love, whatever you want to call this unfathomable existence…to create our lives with our thoughts. I hope that it inspires you in one way or another.
On Saturday, March 3, 2012, I went to a Yoga Flash Mob at the Houston Rodeo. I’d RSVP’d via Facebook in reply to an invite from the instructor, Loraine Frow, whom I had not yet met in person. I didn’t know anybody that was going to be there. I just decided to step outside of the box and go. A couple of days before the event I’d seen a post from Loraine asking anyone about supplying music of some sort. I commented that I played guitar and would be happy to bring it, an offer which she so very gratefully and openly accepted.
So there I was, walking through the parking lot with a herd of rodeo-goers (…in classic rodeo gear, of course, but who’s judging? If you’re not from Texas, we don’t all dress in cowboy boots and big belt buckles. Haha.) dressed in gym clothes with an acoustic guitar strapped around my back and a green yoga mat under my left arm. I felt right in place. As I approached the intersection where we were all to meet, I spotted a lovely lady walking in the same direction with, you guessed it, a yoga mat. I don’t remember what color hers was though. Sorry, Judy! She spotted me as well, so I waited for her to catch up and we introduced ourselves and walked together. It was a nice walk and talk. Beautiful lady. We came to the intersection where we were all supposed to meet and Judy spotted Loraine across the street. Loraine and her crew came up and we met with the most joyful hugs and smiles. We all agreed on a spot to set up yoga camp and got the Vinyasa party started. It was quite fun. There were trolleys passing by filled with cowboys and cowgirls. Everyone was smiling. I don’t know what they were smiling about, but it doesn’t really matter as long as they were smiling, right? After the class, Loraine and I spoke and she asked me if I’d like to play in her class at Joy Yoga Center the following morning at 10:15. Before allowing myself to think about it too much, I replied, “Yes!” It was a great joy to experience someone so thankful and free.
The class went amazing. We decided on an area and I set up my guitar and amplifier as the students rolled in. This was a first for me and something I’d envisioned for quite some time, so I had a little anxiety, not too much, but it was definitely present and trying to make me feel full on nervous. As the people gathered in and laid out their mats for their practice, my tension pretty much vanished. Their positive energy set me at ease and I was able to be completely present. I began playing and soon after, Loraine started speaking to the class. She led them into pranayama breathing exercises and I began to realize how it was not only me making this music. It was all of us. I could hear their breathing becoming one with the sound of Loraine’s voice and the sound of my guitar. I have trouble describing what that feels like to me. Amazing? Blissful? Beautiful? Nothing seems to do it justice. Heavenly perhaps?
Since then, I’ve been playing in the same class every week except for a few I’ve had to miss. Loraine had asked me, and I agreed obviously, to play in the class every Sunday, ran it by the studio founder and owner, Joy Winkler, and that was that. I’ve made so many new friends and had so many awesome experiences in the last several months. I’ve done a decent deal of yoga too. Not as much as I’d like, but enough to keep me in check and constantly learning new things. It’s been my introduction to vinyasa flow. (My previous experiences were ninety-something percent at Dahn Yoga, which is a Korean-based yoga that focuses a great deal on the human mind as well as the physical body…about 60/40 perhaps, but don’t quote me on that. More on Dahn will come in future blogs, I’m pretty sure.)
Recently, I had the pleasure of playing in a couple of extra classes at the studio and for some new-to-me instructors. The first class was Melissa Riedel‘s Monday night Gentle Flow class and the second, Natalie Maisel‘s Thursday night Beginner’s class. Both classes went pretty damn awesome. The two instructors and their classes were very unique in their styles. Beautiful. It is such an awesome experience to collaborate in such a way. I’ve realized that playing with different instructors and students is very similar to being in a musical band or project with other artists, but simultaneously on another level completely. No other combination of people will create the same sounds and vibrations. Even the same musicians playing the same song for the one-millionth time will never play it the same way twice. This is how our vast universe flows and paints.
After the success of these two classes, and reflecting back on how my regular Sundays had been going, Joy & I discussed and solidified our working relationship to another degree. She put me on staff. I now have a part-time job as a musician at what was recently voted “Houston’s Best Yoga Studio” in the Houston Press. Crazy, right? It’s been a dream of mine in the past few years to somehow use my musical abilities in this way. My recorded music has been used in Dahn Yoga practices, but never had I actually played in a yoga class. I created this possibility by stepping outside of my box and going to that Yoga Flash Mob. Loraine created this possibility by simply being her true self, creating the Yoga Flash Mob event and inviting me to it. The Universe at work.
In addition, I’ll be playing live at Joy Yoga Center for Joy Winkler’s sister company, My Universal Joy. Joy teaches and has these classes filmed for those who cannot make it to a studio, but can subscribe online and take these wonderful classes in the comfort of their own home or office. Sweet, right?
This is all simply one example of the truths that I’ve been learning and reading about…about how we create our own lives by the decisions that we make. The Secret. The Law of Attraction. The Power of Now. Taking action in the current moment with positive intention and faith. Awareness. I’m so thankful that our Creator has so elegantly laid out these road maps for us. It’s up to us to choose to seek and find our truths. Once we take action, in his mysterious ways, he shows us truth.
Hello! Have you heard? Yoga is not just about the Asanas! This two hour workshop by Loraine Frow of Anahata Yoga and myself, Anthony Rodriguez, of AREXPRESSIONS will open you up into deeper knowledge and experience of yoga. Loraine will discuss with you The 8 Limbs of Yoga, guide you through an All Levels Vinyasa Asana Practice and close out with fifteen minutes of Guided Meditation. I’m grateful to be providing live music that will assist in breathing you through this fine journey.
We are extremely grateful to Shamron Johnson and Suntouch Yoga for inviting us into their studio for this special event. Please be sure and register online to reserve your spot. This event will fill up!!! Exciting energy is in the air!!!! Love.
Loraine also teaches at Joy Yoga Center. AREXPRESSIONS also performs live music for her Sunday 10:15am All Levels Yoga Class. We’d love to see you there!
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you this Saturday, Aug. 18th at 2pm!