Trying to summarize Kundalini yoga is tough for me. Let me just say this, in the year and a half that I've practiced Kundalini, I have been more grounded, more creative, and insightfully in touch with who I am—my authentic self. Kundalini is exercise for not just your body, but your mind and heart as well. Of all the kinds of yoga I have tried - Vinyasa, Hatha, Bikram, acro, power, restorative - nothing has tapped into my spirituality like Kundalini.
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A published chapter from my working memoir, Raver Princess. Chapter titled, Supergirl. Page 61!
Clayton was wearing a big goofy smile when he plopped into my white '76 VW Beetle.
“Hi doll face,” he said, leaning in for a kiss. He tasted more like cigarettes than weed this afternoon.
“Hi! So, are you going to tell me where we're going? And what my second birthday present is?”
“We're going to my friend Dave's place. He wants to be a tattoo artist. We've talked about getting tattoos, and I really want you to be there when I get my first one. And if you want one, it's my treat.”
That morning I woke up more nervous for him than me. His first gift was a hand-drawn graffiti piece with my name in a bubble-letter style. All weekend I'd been admiring “Samantha” on thick, fancy paper alive in red, silver, and purple colored pencil. The art was polished, and the gift was thoughtful—I could tell it took him hours to create, and I was planning on framing it. It would be hard to up himself with another (affordable) present; he didn't have the money for the new pair of Adidas kicks I wanted, and Clayton's idea of dining out was a trip to Taco Bell.
“Oh really?” I said, gripping my furry zebra print steering wheel. I stared at the street ahead of us, unsure I wanted to move forward.
Take a look at your workout wardrobe and notice the colors. Are you drawn to certain colors when it's time to motivate? Do you reach for bright, uplifting colors, or classically-colored basics? Maybe for certain workouts, you prefer some colors over others: red for TRX, blue for Pilates, and sporty gray for running. A quick study of your workout wear can hint to your color personality preferences.
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I remember my first rave beauty look vividly: silver Make Up For Ever glitter, mascara, burgundy lipstick and high pigtail ringlets fastened with those plastic-ball hair bands. It was 1996, and I’d been rocking bleached skunk-stripe highlights in my brown hair—an edgy look popular at the time, though I was the only girl at my high school who dared. By the end of the evening (technically, early the next morning) the glitter went from eyes to everywhere, and my pigtails unraveled. But I was blissed out, having just experienced the most thrilling night of my life.
Let's be real: female stoners are better dressed than male ones. Sorry Cheech and Chong. While we wonder how the most famous burner babes stay so fit, they’ll spend today celebrating the green life, especially in the legalized states of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. In honor of 4/20, here are the most stylish—and most high—women in television and film.
Try this professional's ear rub technique at home
It took you forever to find your own trusted masseuse (we love you, Rhonda!), but what about one for your furry friend? Skilled animal masseuses are even more rare, and luckily we've found a local one we love.
Benita Karroll of Paws Massage L.A. comes to your home to discuss your animal's ailments, if any. You review Fluffy’s medical history, and everyone gets acquainted. After some gentle petting, Karroll applies canine acupressure, myofascial release or even hot-stone massage--and soon your beloved pup drools with delight.
“Heroin is coming back in a big fucking way,” says Eric Stoltz’s open-robed Lance in Pulp Fiction. Like everything ’90s, heroin is in again. Is it just a matter of time before we start seeing its glamourized return in fashion and film? Pulp Fiction wowed me (and disturbed my mom) when I saw it 20 years ago. Kate Moss summed up ‘heroin chic.’ Molly, in her furry boots and neon lingerie, is tired. Maybe it’s time for the opiate of all opiates to reclaim the spotlight.
Formed in 1992 in Los Angeles, CA, Weezer is revered for their favorite jams, “Buddy Holly,” “Undone - The Sweater Song,” “Island in the Sun,” “Beverly Hills” and “Say It Ain’t So.” They have released nine full-length albums, six EPs and a DVD. While a few members have come and gone, the current band consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums, guitar, backing vocals), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals, keyboards). In the mid-90s, Weezer was recognized for their stylistic Spike Jonze directed music videos. Weezer has won multiple MTV Music Video Awards and Billboard Music Awards and they nabbed a coveted Grammy for their “Pork and Beans” music video in 2009. Known for their quirky vibe, Weezer’s alternate-rock-meets-power-pop music stands the test of time.
Give your pooch a pop of color
Those who revel in the transformative effect of a new hair color can share that feel-good experience with their four-legged friends at Citydog Club’s Westside style bars.
Enter either of the pristine dog-park-and-grooming facilities in Culver City and West Los Angeles and ask for Jamee, who shuttles between both sites. She’s the canine color expert who offers an off-the-menu dye job (from $20) that transforms pooches from cute to Technicolor cute.
Welcome the New Year with a psychic reading
We’re interested in alternative therapies, but while we’ve done juice cleanses and kooky beauty treatments, we’ve never visited a spiritual healer. So we jumped at the chance to visit a psychic who came with friends’ personal recommendations: Chassidy at the House of Intuition.
We climbed steep stairs to a nondescript house overlooking Sunset Boulevard to meet the pretty, dark-haired Chassidy. After saying a nondenominational prayer, she asked for our birthday, which she explained she uses as a doorway to channel the spirit guides meant to be “life teachers.”
Curbside book clubs come to L.A.
E-readers and tablets may be showing up in ever more shapes and sizes, but we think the most exciting new way to read books is even more creative--free curbside lending libraries.
These little wood-and-glass huts stand on dozens of front yards across southern California (as well as nationwide). They operate on the honor system, with people contributing beloved tomes for others to borrow. The Little Free Library system began in Minnesota in 2009; now it’s a national organization seeking to promote literacy by encouraging the building of free book exchanges.
With a mission to bring an organic sensibility to every personal care category, the Founding Formulator behind Marin’s Juice Beauty, Melissa Jochim, takes on intimate care with Blossom Organics.
With subtle, ‘70s Soft Rock packaging replete with daisies and swirls, what’s inside Blossom Organics is entirely modern. The collection is free of harsh petrochemicals, pH balanced for women and is made from 70% organic ingredients. Their site also has a handy guide of healthy ingredients versus harsh ingredients – useful information beyond the bedroom.
Everyone knows that Coke tastes better in a glass bottle. Mexican Coke, as it's most commonly referred to. So it makes sense that water tastes best in a glass bottle too. This was only one idea behind bkr, a San Francisco-born reusable water bottle company that outshines the rest.
Taking the anti-plastic reusable bottle crusade a step further, bkr has fused saving the planet and smart design into one 16 oz silicone wrapped, dishwasher safe bottle. Klean Kanteens and Nalgenes are cute, but bkrs are beautiful.
The Detox Market began with Valerie Grandury, a breast cancer survivor looking to wipe her health slate clean with a vegan diet and non-toxic skincare. She found a partner in fellow toxin-free advocate, Romain Gaillard, who helped Valerie source additional natural products for her clientele. A pop-up shop of detox-inspired products on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach was born, a Beverly Hills outpost followed, and now San Franciscans in search of a “dream team of organic and natural products” can be found on Valencia Street.
The French duo's curation of healthy products includes a tight, diverse selection of hard-to-find local and international brands. From beauty products, including the founding skincare line called Odacite, to tea, chocolate, salts, reusable water bottles, candles and literature, The Detox Market is a complete sensory experience. To add to the PC checklist, all brands are cruelty free and the store displays are built from whitewashed recycled lettuce crates.
San Francisco is a hotbed for technology. But technology is sizzling at CRAVE, a luxury pleasure start-up assembling sensual products for women in SOMA. Led by two product designers combining smart design with quality and environmentally aware materials and manufacturing practices, CRAVE is upgrading sexy time. As co-founder and lead designer, Ti Chang, puts it "If anything deserves good design, it's the things we bring to bed with us."
"I just have a preference for dark and somber, rather than light and serene." The perfect precurser for local artist Aaron Nagel's aesthetic. Nagel's moody oil paintings are created within a small bedroom in the charming area near Grand Avenue in Oakland yet his work speaks volumes. Or rather, whispers in your ear in a sultry voice.
Nagel's backstory should be of interest if you were in the Bay Area punk rock/ska core scene in the '90s. He was the the original trumpet player in Link 80 and didn't graduate from high school because he was busy touring the country. He did independent study and, at some point, switched gears from music to art. The self-taught artist has shown at galleries such as the Shooting Gallery in SF, Thinkspace in LA, Yves Laroche in Montreal and aMBUSH and National Grid in Australia.
A few years ago, after seeing Cirque du Soleil's O in Las Vegas, I pronounced the water-based wonderland my all-time favorite Cirque du Soleil show. Now, San Francisco's in luck; for a few months, the traveling TOTEM has set up tent in AT&T Park. In true Cirque du Soleil form, it is a mesmerizing show that delivers everything the company is known for: extreme acrobatics, dramatic music, muscle-ripped talent, majestic sets, terrific costumes and nature themes. TOTEM transports you back to Pandora to explore the evolution of the human species via acrobatic artistry with hints of comic relief.