NPR Yoga

I’m an NPR fanatic. I’m a book lover, former bookseller and used to commute hundreds of miles a week. It was inevitable. When I started driving a lot someone suggested listening to an audiobooks. This was the era of Nokia 3210s and iPods were just gaining popularity. As a reader it sort of went against my nature to ‘listen’ to a book, it felt like cheating. When I mentioned this, ‘Well you’re not going to listen to the abridged version, silly.’

No, uh-of course not. Quickly, my ear tuned in to the world of audio books. It’s a delight if you spend many hours in a car or if you just enjoy storytelling. The key? The actor reading the book. Some are naturals. Ken Howard narrated Nelson DeMille’s Up Country and I swear it was like going to the movies.

One afternoon as I was driving between locations for work I turned on NPR and caught The Brian Lehrer show.

NPR has actually coined a term for that moment when you must sit in the car to hear the end of a segment end. Sometimes it’s because you are laughing so hard you have to collect yourself.

This happened when I discovered David Sedaris years ago (his books had the same effect. I’d laugh so hard people would move away from me on the subway. Trying to calm down only made it worse.) It’s called a Driveway Moment…For those of you that are already fully entrenched in the NPR world, I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. More than likely you’ve fallen victim.

What is a Driveway MomentSM?

Maybe it’s happened to you as it has to countless others…

You’re driving home, listening to a story on NPR. Suddenly, you find yourself in your driveway (or parking space or parking garage). Rather than turn the radio off, you stay in your car to hear the piece to the end. It’s a Driveway Moment. (from NPR.org)

Radiolab clip from ‘Mapping the Origins of Tic-Tac-Toe dom’

Radiolab

Credit: MarcoAntonio.com

Radiolab takes a particular topic and researches it in ways you never could have imagined. The sound effects and editing make this show a treat for your ears. Once the show ends I’m always astounded at what I’ve learned and for some who loves to suck information up like a Hoover™, that’s quite a feat. If you love to dive deep into a specific subject this is the show for you.

StoryCorps

photo credit storycorps.org

Every voice matters. That’s the motto of StoryCorps. StoryCorps is a project that encourages people to record the stories of friends and family. These recordings are then documented and logged by the Library of Congress. Weekly, the show’s producers play a story. You laugh, you cry, you sit on the edge of your seat as everyday Americans share what makes them who they are. The best way to find out more is to listen. Check out

StoryCorps #137 Walking With Hope

I didn’t have satellite radio in my car. In retrospect this was a  good thing because I would find places to drive so I could listen to each and every story of every NPR channel.

I could have easily turned on the surround sound at home and listen online to my heart’s content. But there was something about driving and having the car filled with the sound of a story. My mind always makes connections with the words I’m hearing and my environment. Driving home on a rainy night seems a little more omnious (and movie theater thrilling) when you listen to Robert and Jad talk about the nature of being bad. And on the other side of that I swear the sun got brigher when I heard Ann Druyan tell the story of when she fell in love with the legendary Carl Sagan (because it isn’t just enough that he opened our eyes to the universe, he was a romantic too). With radio we have to use our own imagination to see the whole story.

Maybe it’s the dreamer in me. Imagination leads to inspiration and in the end, isn’t that what it is all about?

Namaste y’all.

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Adventures in Yoga Teaching – You Need a Blog.

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I’m a baby when it comes to new media. It’s a wild west of  words in a new world.

It seems that everyone is writing. Social media is becoming literary. I know it may make the more conservative readers cringe, but hey it’s true so get on board because the train has pulled out of the station and you better run pretty damn fast to catch up.

I love it. On NPR last week someone mentioned that if Dorothy Parker were alive in the age of Twitter she’d rock that shit. They didn’t say it like that, I did, but I think my emphasis is better. Her quips would be retweeted and favorited in an instant. It makes me giggle just thinking about it. Aside from being a cool medium, it’s a way to engage an active audience who shares the same interests!

This brings me to yoga. I know you’re thinking, what doesn’t bring me to yoga. This list is short and even then with a glass of wine I could Kevin Bacon my way there with a swallow.

Yoga- social media. Right. I still manage to digress even when I’m racing to type and be ‘ret to go’ in time to make the 6:30 Yoga to the People class.

My friend Stephen is a tech guru. His job is pretty cool, he helps companies find their voice and brand build online with unique apps that connect with their audience.

He asked me when I finished teacher training if I had set up a page that talked about my teaching schedule, rates and availability.

I did want to get hired didn’t I?

Um- yes in fact I do.

Blogs are a great way to talk, vent, muse and pontificate but they also can be your calling card and resume.

I don’t know what I was waiting for but I finally added my google calendar to Oneika’s Teaching Schedule section of the site.

Slap me.

Now when I meet someone and hand them my card- they can see that I’m not foolin’, I do actually teach classes and have clients. It’s also a great way to connect with yogis who bump into me online while on their way to some other site. I mean Oneika has got to be the most popular word searched on Google, right?

I also set up a facebook page for Oneika’s Yoga Life. Twitter and I have been friends for awhile, but I do need to remember to chat more about when I’m teaching and where.

As a new teacher I get to let folks know I’m out here and ready to teach! When my classes grow and change, so will my site.

What a great networking tool too!!!

This is yoga. Wired.

Namaste y’all.

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