200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training | Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Posted on 6th June 2015 in adventure, events, foto story, photojournalism

April, 2015 I was asked to video & photograph a 200 hour immersion yoga teacher training in Maui, Hawaii, put on by the lovely folks at Yoga University (fb, instagram). To be more exact: I was living in an ashram in Haiku, eating, breathing, and practicing yoga in every form of the word with 12+ humans who would very quickly become my ohana (family).

I have created a video to accompany this photo series, which can be found here (or on Vimeo).

Thinking back over the month, the first thing that sticks out in my mind is the intimacy and immediacy of daily check-ins. As we became more open and used to each other, these check-ins would become incredibly powerful, allowing the group to be supportive instead of judging so that each of us could have verbal dialogues with what was going on in our minds. The value of creating this space has exponential returns, both for the giver and the receiver, somewhat similar to reading a blog might: I write and get my thoughts clear and sorted out, you read and share my revelations!

I came back from this journey both mentally and physically stimulated like I haven’t been for years, one might say I was transformed. Every day in Maui I found myself learning, being guided, sharing, and committing to true love; discovering my body through satsangs of anatomy teachings with Alana, cosmic visualizations of chakras and pranayama discussions with David Lopez, Blue Mountain’s blessings, mangoes, and seva. Allowah & Sufey, the two guides on this beautiful journey, were instrumental in provided the space and the teachings for this Journey to Divine. We would typically spend over 14 hours a day in some form of yoga (these are the yoga sutras):

  • yama – ethical guidelines,
  • niyama – behaviors,
  • asana – physical practice,
  • pranayama – breathing life force,
  • pratyahara – detachment from ego,
  • dharana – meditation,
  • dhyana – meditation to god,
  • samadhi – peace, bliss, and happiness without end through the absorption of god.

Like I said, imagine the sense of awe, awareness, inspiration, and beauty when you walk into a sacred space of worship. Now make that a place you live and explore every day for a whole month. Meditate on that for a while.

Ok, fine, there was a lot of fun too.

If you’re interested in learning more about Yoga University, I’d be happy to talk about it, or head over to their site and see when their upcoming 200 or 300 hour teacher training and retreats are.

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Large bunyan tree, Ioa Valley State Park

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Tangoo Night

Posted on 20th October 2012 in events

Tangoo had their official launch on Thursday, October the 18th and invited me to come out to capture it with my camera.

What is Tangoo? Well, in their words

Effortlessly plan your night out. Whether it be with your friends, your significant other, or by yourself, it has never been easier to connect with Vancouver’s people and dining establishments.

The night started for me on my route at Tarracotta in Gastown, moved to Catch 122 across from the W2 building downtown, then off to Taste to conclude the evening. I had a friend, Parvej, who I found out afterwards was also shooting the evening on the other route Tangoo goers could go on. I’m not sure the exact places she went to though, but we all met at Taste in the end.

Great time, great event, great concept. It’ll be interesting to watch Tangoo spread it’s wings. They plan for once a week I guess.


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Dinosaur by Bret Taylor

Posted on 17th October 2012 in events

My good friend Bret Taylor of Howyadoin Graphics is an artist. He pours his soul into what he does, he lives and breathes it [not drinks, I know what he’s drinking], and puts forth some very original and unique pieces of work. His process of layering mesmerizes me.

The art show was entitled Dinosaur simply because all the pieces in the show were dinosaurs. It was held in a space down just off of Cambie and 4th Ave, in Vancouver BC. I liked it because being a Twitter’er myself, the show had lots of the tweepoles there which made it nice for me connecting with some friends I haven’t seen in a while.  Always fun.

I’m happy to see Bret has opened this page in his book, I encourage him to continue what he’s doing frequently. I was also super happy to see that nearly all the work he had for sale, sold, no doubt making Bret a very happy Bret. He seemed pretty excited about it at the show.

I feel weird about not having taken much photographs of his art work directly. Most of the photographs… all of the photographs are of the people enjoying themselves…. it is what it is, I guess. But! Rest assured, you can find a lot of the images on his site.

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Vancouver Burlesque Centre’s 1 Year Anniversary

Posted on 17th October 2012 in events

I regularly photograph the very talented Lola Frost [see painting her, the park, whiskey tracks, and dance studio among others]. As a result I think she’s starting to like me. So, she invited me to the 1st year anniversary of the dance studio she co-owns with Cherry On-Top and Burgundy Brixx called Vancouver Burlesque Centre. This was a very proud moment for the women and a very fun night for all who attended with performances by some of their selected students!

If your so inclined to get into one of their classes, they have a schedule with everything they’re up to.

The event really felt like a family event, everybody was just happy to have made it that far and to be part of such a tantalizing environment within Vancouver. They have every right to be proud!

This is what I saw.

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212 Boutique Fashion Show at Montauk Sofa

Posted on 7th November 2011 in events, fashion

A few weeks ago now, I had the pleasure to be asked to photograph 212 Boutique’s fashion event at Montauk Sofa for their fall/winter 2011 preview. It was especially fun for me because I was able to check out behind the scenes as the models were getting all prettied up, how everything works.

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