Resources for study + practice
Local sitting groups
Sit with others! Dharma friends are the best support you can have for consistent practice. A partial list of meditation groups in the Bay Area, here.
Handouts, slides, chant sheets
Here’s a variety of handouts I’ve made for chanting & study. Feel free to download and use.
History of Yoga + further reading
Trauma, Somatic Experiencing, Organic Intelligence
Chant sheet for yoga class
Sanskrit chants for kirtan
Gayatri Mantra with melody by Deva Premal
Jaya Jagadisa Hare
Radhe Krsna Bolo Mukhase (bhajan from Calcutta)
Some kirtan chants with sargam and chords
Sargam (scale syllable) exercises
Pali chants for kirtan
Pali refuges and five precepts
Metta chant and sutta
Invitation to the Devas
Setting the Wheel of the Dharma in Motion (whole sutta)
Refuge and Great Protector verses
Chant book from Amaravati monastery
Heart Sutra in Sanskrit and English (tr. by Red Pine)
Centers + Teachers
Here are links to centers, teachers, and peers I work with and have been blessed to know.
Spirit Rock: my Bay Area dharma home. Go on retreat! Go!
San Francisco Insight: Eugene Cash + Pam Weiss. My longtime SF sangha.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley: James Baraz.
Insight Meditation Center: Gil Fronsdal, Redwood City. Now with all-dana retreat center!
IMS: the mothership, Barre MA.
Metta Forest Monastery: Ajahn Thanissaro, San Diego.
Open Dharma: ditch your business suit, backpack in India or Spain, find these brilliant teachers.
Access to Insight: all the Theravada text resources you didn’t know you loved so much, you scholar, you.
Dharma Seed: listen. Stream to cross the stream.
Tibetan + Zen
Tara Mandala: Lama Tsultrim Allione, in Colorado.
Dharmata: Anam Thubten, Rinpoche. Point Richmond.
Pundarika: Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Dzogchen.
Mt Baldy Zen Center: my first intensive training.
SF Zen Center: beat roots to beet roots. Our local treasure.
Yoga Tree SF: where I teach most of my classes. Telegraph Studio.
Piedmont Yoga Studio: Venerable Bay Area studio now under new ownership.
Yoga Garden SF: I teach philosophy and history in their teacher training program.
Loka Yoga: Alice Joanou, a primary inspiring teacher for me. Oakland. Like no other.
David Moreno: my first teacher training. Bihar, Anusara + Astanga influence.
Rachel Shaw: longtime teacher, friend, peer. Also a doula, mama.
Isaac Milder: deepest yoga education of any teacher my age (and he’s younger than me by a bunch!). Beyond his years.
Karen Macklin: wonderful teacher, writer, and dharma friend. Also teaches yoga + writing.