Metropolitan Mindfulness: Part I

Our cities are densely populated, draw ambitious people, and are characterized by intense competition.  Deadlines, long hours at work, and powerful computers that fit in the palm of our hands are beginning to boggle our minds.  It’s become the norm to look ahead and worry about what is to come, or glance over our shoulder at the past and wonder about what could have been.  The average person checks their Instagram feed 34 times per day! The present moment, the sensorial experience of the here and now, is like gold running through our fingers. It slips by, moment after moment, buried under layers of noise.  A personal mindfulness practice is becoming a necessary requirement for anyone wishing to maintain basic sanity in our fast paced and tech addicted society. Read more

5 Lessons Learned from Working with the New York Yankees

During the 2000 and 2001 MLB seasons I worked with the New York Yankees as a Massage Therapist and Assistant Trainer. I traveled with the team full-time and was part of the 2000 championship team, earning a World Series Ring for my contribution to our big win! I was 26 years old when I first joined the team, the youngest staff member in all of MLB at the time. I absorbed many valuable lessons, which reinforced my father’s teachings too. I’m continuously applying these core ideas to the journey and trials of my life, long after baseball.

Develop a Personal Work Ethic – Someone is Coming for Your Spot

Come spring training, Jorge Posada never assumed his job as our starting catcher was a given. He showed up each day ready to go to war with himself to bring out his best performance. He knew that hungry young kids were showing up to spring training year after year, eager to have a shot at the big leagues and earn a spot on the roster. Even though he was already a World Champion and team leader, Jorge never rested on his laurels.  He worked his tail off and practiced with determination. I saw firsthand, that one should never take anything for granted. He was an example of “staying hungry” and a guy who always “put in the work.” Jorge was a true leader, never allowing himself to slack and be outworked for his position.  He was willing to go the extra mile, by not allowing himself to get too comfortable.  Jorge had an incredible, impeccable personal work ethic that defined him as a man. He was always willing to sacrifice comfort to get the job done. Read more

11 Ways to Boost Your Immunity During Winter

New Yorkers share tight small spaces, like subway cars, city buses, yoga classes, and office space.  When winter arrives, germs spread quickly across the city.  I’ve grown to love living in an area with such a sharp change of seasons, where I can appreciate different types of atmosphere. Of the four seasons, winter is most challenging for my equatorial genes, so I always mount a game plan.  A few lifestyle choices and dietary adaptations go a long way. Here are some things to consider when you’re staring down cold and flu season.
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Sharing the Love on Valentine’s Day

Like the “runner’s high” yoga practice can connect us to “the bliss of the self.” It doesn’t happen every day, but when our concentration is good, and even breathing converges with conscious alignment, the inner body locks, and focused gazing, our senses stop pouring to the outer world. We invert the energy of our senses towards the vastness of inner space. Here we can experience a sense of wholeness, the feeling that we are complete as we are, and that there is nothing to add that will make us more perfect. Read more

Mindful Manhood: 5 Status Symbols Every Man Should Possess

            The world has shifted a great deal in a very short time. And our current politics continue to create challenges in the harmony between femininity and masculinity.  We are still stuck with the S.O.B- same old brain. Yes, the same old brain from 300 years ago at the pre-industrial revolution era,  and I would argue, the sob from as far back as 10,000 years ago.  It’s the same brain that sizes up others in relation to oneself, it’s the same ol’ brain that influences our mating behavior, and virtually every single choice we make, from what to eat to where we live. Men are in a peculiar time in history where a grounded understanding of self can be of great service globally.  Read more