All People Deserve Paid Sick and Vacation Time: Even Yoga Teachers and Massage Therapists


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Most, if not nearly all, yoga teachers and massage therapists only get paid when they work and even then only when you (the students/clients) show up. In other words, most, if not nearly all, yoga teachers and massage therapists do not have access to paid time off. Most, if not nearly all, yoga teachers and massage therapists have come to accept this system, a system that is not only economically disadvantageous to teachers of yoga and massage therapists, but also disruptive to consistent care, and morally indefensible.

There have been several articles written about the untenable economics of being a yoga teacher. You can read one of them here. While this is an important related issue, it is not the only pressing issue for the professional yoga world. The idea that yoga teachers must save a portion of the already little pay they receive in order to plan for unforeseen illness and injury, family emergencies, vacation time, and even holiday closures that nearly everyone else in the economic system takes for granted is shameful and irrational (based on the already paltry pay that most yoga teachers make).

Most often students have little to no knowledge that their yoga teachers are being burdened with low wages and lack of paid time off. Nor are students aware that this burden is a direct result of policies at their yoga studio or gym. Certainly, students are not directly to blame for this system and once they find out many will be likely to be concerned for the welfare of their teachers. However, yoga students, whether they are aware of it or not, indirectly support this system with their dollars.

In some cases, students find out this information and are either personally offended, but take no action to help create change, or even come up with cleverly cynical rationalizations like “Well, you get to do yoga for a living, so…you know.” I urge all yoga students to ask both their teachers and their studio managers/owners if this is the way teachers are being treated. If they find out that, yes in fact this is what is going on, then I encourage you to demand a change to yoga teacher pay that includes paid time off for illness, vacation, and holidays. I encourage you to follow up and make sure that changes are made, and if changes are not forthcoming to take your business to a studio that is responsive to the concerns of its members and the needs of its teachers.

This issue is so important to us that when we started NOURISH in 2009, we included paid time off for yoga teachers and massage therapists in our model. Teachers and therapists at NOURISH earn 4 or more weeks per year of paid sick and vacation time. One of the reasons we are able to do this is because NOURISH yoga teachers and massage therapists get paid their salary whether or not and regardless of how many of you (students/clients) show up. So the logistics of how much to pay for days off are straightforward.

Furthermore, when NOURISH chooses to close for a national holiday or any other reason, our yoga teachers and massage therapists get paid for their regular work, without losing any accrued sick or vacation days. For those of you who have always received your regular salary on Christmas, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and for others even more, this might be a bit of a privilege shock. Most, if not nearly all, yoga teachers and massage therapists do not get paid on those holidays, unless of course they work on those holidays which most people enjoy as a much needed break. So again, I challenge you to ask your teachers, massage therapists, and yoga studio/gym managers/owners, “What happens on holidays?” And if warranted, demand a change that is fair to the yoga teachers and massage therapists whose job it is to take care of you.

As a wellness center owner, a yoga teacher, and person of good will who believes in fairness and economic justice, I implore all gyms, yoga studios, spas, and wellness centers to reexamine your employment practices with regard to paid time off for yoga teachers and massage therapists. You’ll find that when you provide paid time off, your employees are healthier, happier, and more productive for the short and long term. But more importantly, you’ll find that we’re all in this together and that taking care of the people that take care of others will strengthen your moral bottom line.

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Beastie Yoga


Beastie Boys MixBy request, I’m posting the playlist of Beastie Boys songs I played for classes on Thursday and Saturday. I added a few more to Saturday’s mix, so I’m posting that one here. You can see I padded the last 30-40 minutes of class with less intense stuff pulled from various other playlists from the past.

Enjoy!

Dramastically Different Beastie Boys The Mix-Up
Root Down Beastie Boys Beastie Boys Ill Communication
Pow Beastie Boys Check Your Head
Electric Worm Beastie Boys The Mix-Up
Gratitude Beastie Boys Check Your Head
In 3’S Beastie Boys Check Your Head
The Melee Beastie Boys The Mix-Up
Slow And Low Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill
B For My Name Beastie Boys The Mix-Up
Groove Holmes Beastie Boys Check Your Head
Lighten Up Beastie Boys Check Your Head
Off The Grid Beastie Boys The Mix-Up
Freaky Hijiki Beastie Boys The Mix-Up
Something’s Got To Give Beastie Boys Check Your Head
May-December Mos Def Black On Both Sides
A Tribute To Troy J. Rawls The Liquid Crystal Project (JPN Retail)
Shakti4 Shiva Rae Shakti Rythms
SR1 Shiva Rae Yoga Rythms
Cinderella in India Theme Deepak Ram Beauty in Diversity
LY11 Living Yoga Living Yoga

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Rock the Boat!


Got to love the Navasana. Hope these songs have helped make the boat ride a little less rocky.

Wednesday 11:30 and 12:30
Wooden Ships Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Crosby, Stills & Nash
Ride Across The River Dire Straits Brothers In Arms
(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding The Dock Of The Bay
The Wild Wild Sea Sting Soul Cages
When the Ship Comes In Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin’
A Sailboat In The Moonlight Billie Holiday Jazz Masters #12
The Water Is Wide James Taylor New Moon Shine
I Be Your Water Be Still Sweet Honey In The Rock In This Land

Tuesday 5:30
Wooden Ships Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Crosby, Stills & Nash
Swallowed In The Sea Coldplay X & Y
Up For The Down Stroke Parliament Greatest Hits (The Bomb)
Come Sail Away Styx Greatest Hits
Ride Across The River Dire Straits Brothers In Arms
I’m On a Boat (feat. T-Pain) The Lonely Island Incredibad (Deluxe Version)
Proud Mary Edit Down Ike & Tina Turner
Black Water The Doobie Brothers Best Of The Doobies
(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding The Dock Of The Bay
Fleet Of Hope Indigo Girls Poseidon And The Bitter Bug
Someday My Ship Will Sail Emmylou Harris Angel Band
Of Time And Rivers Flowing Richie Havens Where Have All The Flowers Gone: The Songs Of Pete Seeger [Disc 1]
Longer Boats Cat Stevens Tea For The Tillerman
10 Exit Oh Great Ocean U2 The Joshua Tree
The Wild Wild Sea Sting Soul Cages
When the Ship Comes In Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin’
Land Of The Sea And Sun Harry Belafonte Very Best Of Harry Belafonte
Washing Of The Water Peter Gabriel Us
A Sailboat In The Moonlight Billie Holiday Jazz Masters #12
River Man Nick Drake Five Leaves Left
The Water Is Wide James Taylor New Moon Shine
I Be Your Water Be Still Sweet Honey In The Rock In This Land

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Yoga Music By Executive Order: Happy Presidents’ Day


Presidential SealThe most popular track has been You’re So Vain. I guess people can relate to their Presidents. Enjoy the tunes:

The Star Spangled Banner (Live) – Marvin Gaye at the NBA All Star Game
Come Together The Beatles Abbey Road
Carry That Weight The Beatles Abbey Road
Born To Run Bruce Springsteen Born To Run
Ask Not John F. Kennedy
Build Upon It Michael McDonald The Complete Blue Obsession Recordings
Money Machine James Taylor In The Pocket
My Country Cornell Campbell Simply Reggae – Roots Legends
Funky President (People It’s Bad) James Brown Make It Funky – The Big Payback: 1971-1975 (Disc 2)
FDR The Only Thing We Have to Fear Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Where You Lead Carole King Tapestry
Use Me Bill Withers Still Bill
You’re So Vain Carly Simon The Best of Carly Simon
Pink Houses John Mellencamp Uh Huh
Rockin’ In The Free World Neil Young Freedom
The Great Pretender The Platters Say It Loud! A Celebration Of Black Music In America [Disc 3]
America Simon & Garfunkel The Concert In Central Park
Perfection Begins Barack Obama
My Country Tis of Thee Mahalia Jackson I Wonder If I Will Ever Rest
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow Roberta Flack Softly With These Songs
This Land Is Your Land [#] Woody Guthrie This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1
Follow Richie Havens Mixed Bag

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Lovely Yoga Music


Music With Heart

 

 

 

 

Love Songs James Taylor Gorilla
Unchain My Heart Ray Charles Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) [Box Set]
Do Ya Love Michael Franti & Spearhead Stay Human
Love Me Do The Beatles Please Please Me
I Love Every Little Thing About You Stevie Wonder Music Of My Mind
Don’t Mess With Cupid Otis Redding The Dock Of The Bay
I Believe In Love Indigo Girls Despite Our Differences
Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance
Comes Love Billie Holiday Billie’s Best
L-O-V-E Nat King Cole Unforgettable
Love You So Finley Quaye Best Of Finley Quaye
I’ll follow my secret heart Sting I shall be Released 4
Funny Valentine Ken’s Valentine Mix
The Power Of The Heart Peter Gabriel Scratch My Back
Shower The People James Taylor One Man Band
The Promise Tracy Chapman New Beginning
Sacred Love Sting Sacred Love
Break Me Off Some John Mellencamp John Mellencamp
Fool For You James Taylor One Man Dog
If I Only Had A Heart Various Artists The Wizard Of Oz [Disc 1]
I Will The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 1]
All You Need Is Love The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
Could You Be Loved Bob Marley & The Wailers Songs Of Freedom [Box Set]
As Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life
Piece Of My Heart Janis Joplin Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits
Change In Mind,Change Of Heart Carole King Wrap Around Joy
The Heart of Life John Mayer Continuum
Angel [Live] / Better Together [Live] Jack Johnson En Concert [Live]
Love And Happiness Al Green I’m Still in Love With You
Cold, Cold Heart Norah Jones Come Away with Me
Valentine’s Day James Taylor Never Die Young
My Foolish Heart Tony Bennett The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

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Irie Yoga! Happy Birthday Bob Marley


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Everyone seemed to get lively with the Bob Marley birthday music today! Enjoy:

Natural Mystic Bob Marley & the Wailers Exodus [Bonus Tracks] http://youtu.be/DjkYCaSd40M
One Love/People Get Ready Bob Marley & the Wailers Exodus [Bonus Tracks]   http://youtu.be/-Sx7CjJ9_xU
Get Up, Stand Up Bob Marley & The Wailers Songs Of Freedom [Box Set] http://youtu.be/X2W3aG8uizA
Jamming Bob Marley & the Wailers Exodus [Bonus Tracks]  http://youtu.be/OM5J5QeAVZQ
So Much Things to Say Bob Marley & the Wailers Exodus [Bonus Tracks] http://youtu.be/aCVgGc-ZxTQ
Could You Be Loved Bob Marley & The Wailers Uprising http://youtu.be/_i-gcWdBUb8
Lively Up Yourself Bob Marley & The Wailers LIVE! http://youtu.be/xrnxC6etosM
Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Road Block) Bob Marley & The Wailers Natty Dread http://youtu.be/EJvRLlR5-HE
Revolution Bob Marley & The Wailers Natty Dread http://youtu.be/hw3pWWQaHTo
Waiting in Vain Bob Marley & the Wailers Exodus [Bonus Tracks] http://youtu.be/AsBBfqWNkjs
Positive Vibrations Bob Marley & The Wailers Songs Of Freedom [Box Set] http://youtu.be/lmaAp0K9W-o
Three Little Birds Bob Marley & the Wailers Exodus [Bonus Tracks] http://youtu.be/YrBdCghy76A
High Tide Or Low Tide [Jamaican Version] Bob Marley & The Wailers Catch A Fire (Deluxe Edition) http://youtu.be/ageMffudh10
Time Will Tell Bob Marley & The Wailers Kaya http://youtu.be/SQd-ZDuJfYc
Redemption Song Bob Marley & The Wailers Uprising http://youtu.be/VNkr86zZaP4

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The Beatles Under Covers


Beatles in BedEarly this week we enjoyed some great covers of Beatles tunes during classes. Many of you wanted to know, “Who was that?” Well, here you go. Enjoy!

Here Comes The Sun Richie Havens http://youtu.be/VBbXKsKXyNU
I’m Looking Through You The Wallflowers http://youtu.be/2Y_B_2cLizo
We Can Work It Out Stevie Wonder http://youtu.be/zB24z00ajU4
Come Together Aerosmith http://youtu.be/pTxuv0w8LnY
I’m Only Sleeping The Vines http://youtu.be/xbaMaMB1fb0
With A Little Help From My Friends Joe Cocker http://youtu.be/nCrlyX6XbTU
Lucy The Black Crowes http://youtu.be/wPyR08QrrgU
Two Of Us Aimee Mann & Michael Penn http://youtu.be/hBgVJMuSh-I
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away Eddie Vedder http://youtu.be/WJwLAxlio9w
Revolution Grandaddy http://youtu.be/9KnBhWwYfEQ
Eleanor Rigby Ray Charles http://youtu.be/1e0iI6k4NHE
Get Back The Main Ingredient http://youtu.be/-DM6I8O6l6s
Help! Howie Day http://youtu.be/1twLkysQ3qg
The Long And Winding Road Aretha Franklin http://youtu.be/e-ExwR4Buks
Strawberry Fields Ben Harper http://youtu.be/oAwRWosmLNU
Hey Jude Wilson Pickett http://youtu.be/0y8Q2PATVyI
Across The Universe Rufus Wainwright http://youtu.be/cAe1lVDbLf0
Mother Nature’s Son Sheryl Crow http://youtu.be/5zn7OCPb7RA
Let It Be Joan Baez http://youtu.be/WDHLNVGvpNs
Don’t Let Me Down Stereophonics http://youtu.be/TQa65jSsRnc
For No One Emmylou Harris http://youtu.be/NIy2Lz_Evio
In My Life Johnny Cash http://youtu.be/HlhcyWLORes
Nowhere Man Paul Westerberg http://youtu.be/jr_eO_5MvKM
Golden Slumbers Ben Folds http://youtu.be/HU8luUZsuLc
Blackbird Sarah McLachlan http://youtu.be/g3VrggQW7tk

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Mystery Instrumental Tracks


Name That TuneFor the past several days (almost a week) in yoga class, I’ve been playing instrumental tracks, recorded by well known popular artists. Some classes and students have been playing “Name The Artist.” When people have guessed correctly I’ve let them know they are right. However, some tracks have continued to be elusive.

The tracks people got right most often are the tracks by Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder. The most challenging tracks were: Sunday Night Buttermilk Waltz, Droned, Over In Love, Season Suite, and the most challenging one of all was the last one, The Nest That Sailed the Sky from Peter Gabriel’s OVO, the Mellinium album.

Here’s the full list of tracks with links to be able to listen to them. Enjoy!

Introduction Nick Drake Bryter Layter
What’s Going On (THE FOUNDATION: rhythm & strings mix) Marvin Gaye Unreleased: What’s Going On (Deluxe Edition)
Aquamarine Santana The Essential Santana (Disc 2)
Pali Gap Jimi Hendrix South Saturn Delta
Sunday Night Buttermilk Waltz (Live) The Black Crowes Live At the Fillmore 12/15/10 (Live Nation Studios)
White Summer/Black Mountain Side Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin [Disc 1]
Wasted Time (Reprise) Eagles Hotel California
Droned Phil Collins Face Value
Flying The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
Black Mountain Side Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Box Set, Vol. 2 [Disc 1]
South Saturn Delta [#] Jimi Hendrix South Saturn Delta
Marooned Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Saint Agnes And The Burning Train Sting Soul Cages
Think (Instrumental) Curtis Mayfield Superfly (Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition)
Bron-Yr-Aur Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Box Set, Vol. 2 [Disc 1]
Song for Guy Elton John A Single Man
Singalong Junk Paul McCartney McCartney
I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (Instrumental) John Hartford O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Over In Love (Instrumental) Tracy Chapman Let It Rain
Easy Goin’ Evening (My Mama’s Call) Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life
Cluster One Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Season Suite John Denver Rocky Mountain High
The Nest That Sailed The Sky Peter Gabriel OVO The Millennium Show

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The 12 Days of Practice


Here’s a little take off on the 12 Days of Christmas song. I wrote this back in 1998 for my yoga classes to enjoy. Feel free to share it with your friends, family, and yoga classes. I highly recommend encouraging everyone to sing it while in a yoga posture! Have fun.

1. On the first day of practice my teacher gave to me: a deep breath in and out.

2. On the second day of practice my teacher gave to me: 2 sun salutes and a deep breath in and out.

3. On the third day of practice my teacher gave to me: 3 bandhas, 2 sun salutes and a deep breath in and out.

4. On the fourth day of practice my teacher gave to me: 4 inversions, 3 bandhas, 2 sun salutes, and a deep breath in and out.

5. On the fifth day of practice my teacher gave to me: 5 minutes in savasana, 4 inversions, 3 bandhas, 2 sun salutes, and a deep breath in and out.

6. On the sixth day of practice my teacher gave to me: 6 pranayamas, 5 minutes in savasana, 4 inversions, 3 bandhas, 2 sun salutes, and a deep breath in and out.

7. On the seventh day of practice my teacher gave to me: 7 yogis chanting, 6 pranayamas. 5 minutes in savasana, 4 inversions, 3 bandhas, 2 sun salutes, and a deep breath in and out.

8. On the eighth day of practice my teacher gave to me: 8 limbs of yoga, 7 yogis chanting, 6 pranayamas, 5 minutes in savasana, 4 inversions, 3 bandhas, 2 sun salutes, and a deep breath in and out.

9. On the ninth day of practice my teacher gave to me: 9 downward dogs, 8 limbs of yoga, 7 yogis chanting, 6 pranayamas, 5 minutes in savasana, 4 inversions, 3 bandhas, 2 sun salutes, and a deep breath in and out.

10. On the tenth day of practice my teacher gave to me: 10 chaturangas, 9 downward dogs, 8 limbs of yoga, 7 yogis chanting, 6 pranayamas, 5 minutes in savasana, 4 inversions, 3 bandhas, 2 sun salutes, and a deep breath in and out.

11.  On the eleventh day of practice my teacher gave to me: 11 left hand side planks, 10 chaturangas, 9 downward dogs, 8 limbs of yoga, 7 yogis chanting, 6 pranayamas, 5 minutes in savasana, 4 inversions, 3 bandhas, 2 sun salutes, and a deep breath in and out.

12. On the twelfth day of practice my teacher gave to me: 12 peaceful actions, 11 left hand side planks, 10 chaturangas, 9 downward dogs, 8 limbs of yoga, 7 yogis chanting, 6 pranayamas, 5 minutes in savasana, 4 inversions, 3 bandhas, 2 sun salutes, and a deep breath in and out.

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Christmas Songs to Yoga By


Christmas is For SingingHere are the past couple of days of Christmas mixes from yoga classes. The first one is from the Monday night beginning level class and the second is from Tuesday night intermediate. Enjoy.

 

An Hour For Beginning

Christmas Time Is Here Again Charlie Brown
Winter Wonderland James Taylor Christmas Album
Joy To The World Three Dog Night
Someday At Christmas Stevie Wonder A Motown Christmas
My Favorite Things Julie Andrews The Sound Of Music [40th Anniversary Special Edition]
The Rebel Jesus Jackson Browne The Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne
Baby, It’s Cold Outside James Taylor Christmas Album
It’s Christmas Time (Part 1) James Brown The Ultimate R&B Christmas
Christmas In Washington Steve Earle Freedom Sings
The Christmas Song Dexter Gordon Dexter Gordon The Complete Prestige Recordings
First Snow In Kokomo Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted And Black
10 Christmas Song Edited Dave Matthews Band Remember Two Things
Grace U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind
Peace Michael McDonald This Christmas
Mondnacht Barbra Streisand Classical Barbra

Intermediate Hour and 1/2
Christmas Time Is Here Again Charlie Brown
Jesus Children Of America Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Joy To The World Three Dog Night
Christmas In Cali P.O.D. Ann’s Xmas 2011
Lady Madonna The Beatles Hey Jude (aka The Beatles Again) [Apple/Capitol, U.S. Pastiche, 26 February 1970]
Christmas Song India.Arie Voyage To India
Christmas Is Run-D.M.C. A Very Special Christmas 2
Jesus Is Just Alright The Doobie Brothers The Best of the Doobies [Warner Bros.]
Money Can’t Buy It Annie Lennox Diva
Peace On Earth U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind
The Rebel Jesus Jackson Browne The Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne
Winter Wonderland James Taylor Christmas Album
It’s Christmas Time (Part 1) James Brown The Ultimate R&B Christmas
Christmas Greeting From Space Edited Astronaut Frank Borman Great Speeches of The 20th Century – Volume 3 – the Dreams, Inspirations & Accomplishments
Christmas In Washington Steve Earle Freedom Sings
She Talks To Angels The Black Crowes Talking To Angels
Merry Christmas Baby Bonnie Raitt & Charles Brown A Very Special Christmas 2
2000 Miles Coldplay Ann’s Xmas 2011
Grace U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind
Peace Michael McDonald This Christmas
10 Christmas Song Edited Dave Matthews Band Remember Two Things
Mondnacht Barbra Streisand Classical Barbra

And to all a good night.

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