Hometown glory – JAMS

This past year or so has seen an influx of cool musicians coming into the city. Both touring and local peeps getting their learn on at BIMM or musicians from all across the UK and europe deciding that Brighton, slightly cheaper than London, is the place for them.

I don’t mean that there hasn’t always been sick heads about – there always has been a pretty high level of musicianship…

The motivation level seems to have increased on the whole in the past year. Seems like people are putting down the sessioning of joints and picking up the high vibes.

QM Records keep putting out some strong bills ( personal favourite so far is Lebeaux – CHOPS FOR DAZE )

The Mesmerist hosts some of my fave players ( Vels Trio  who just supported Cory Henry @ Concorde on Halloween) hang about there de temps en temps.

Also, Peter Adam- Hill sets up some pretty sweet ensembles so be sure to check them out when you can – You can head over to my music page to see me sitting in with Pete one night – Alexandra Blue

p.s CORY HENRY @ Concorde 2 was SUCH a good show. He is such a legend and such a nice guy, PLEASE SUPPORT HIM AND HIS APOSTLES to keep it moving and grooving… it’s for the good of the world man!  – musically sound and daaayummmm Concorde sound system still bangssssss tho

August Album & Mixtape RINSE – jmsn & Mick Jenkins

if you don’t know…now you know.

If you love RnB – Think a more intricately produced JT Album!

One thing I do love about being in the UK as oppose to NYC is the amount of new (and interesting) music that is floating around restoring my faith in the Industry. Obviously I LOVE New York and love living in Brooklyn when I can, but in terms of being a bit daring or a bit out of the box with music it doesn’t seem to be as heralded as over here, well Brighton specifically.

GET COMFORTABLE AND DRINK WATER.

DOIT.

I’m Bout it!

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Hometown Glory!! Aug 2015 MIZZAY

This is a special post for my very good friend. Soph is extremely talented and her eye is next to none!

I have been lucky enough to call this lady one of my very best friends in the whole world for about 13years now!!

Not only is she an amazing photographer and person in general, she makes stunning documentaries about her travels and shares them with us to see!

Sophie is always positive, supportive and the life of the party.

I cannot believe how lucky I am to have her at the other end of the phone whenever the time is right!

We are from the same town and speak the same language. She is the best

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Soph –  Thankyou for ALWAYS being there and always being my number one fan!

I hope you know I am yours and look forward to working with you again in the future some time!

Alex and Andrew Parsegian first session JUNE 2015 BK, NYC

Another reason to love Greenhouse Holistic BK

I met this wonderful human being in Yoga class!

Great things will happen!

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PRIDE 25

Happy Monday everyone! 

I am writing this still in recovery from a very successful PRIDE weekend down here in Brighton, UK.

Brighton always comes all the way out in full force to support the LGBT community.

My home City shuts down main roads, parks, fountains, buildings, shops, houses, roofs and everywhere else in favour of partying and celebrating freedom to be whoever the freak you feel like. This year was the first year I was around to enjoy the full weekend, and I had an absolute blast.

Everyone comes out, wears glitter, finds feathers, and raves until they fall asleep.

Wanderers come home, Friends who enjoy a homier life come out and about with bells!

I hardly saw anyone I planned to see but just knowing we were all around having a good time carefree was all good 😀

Thankyou to everyone who participated in this amazing show of love, support and humanity.

Long Live Brighton PRIDE!

Fly your flag of Love ❤

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Love that it was PRIDE’s 25th Birthday and I am in my 25th year!

1990 was a gooden y’all!

#justsayin

Fallen Angel’s Delight (Venice Beach, LA)

Funny how I feel at ease down here at Venice Beach huh?

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Beach, Sunsets, Skaters, Yoga, colorful characters, strong sense of community and a genuine feel of love down in these parts. Oh and dispensaries all over the damn place, not my vibe at the moment but still interesting to see how the new capitalist business of weed is booming.

I’ve stumbled on tons of curbside photo-shoots, a commercial being filmed at the skate park starring the skaters I had watched the day before. There is definitely chat of upping their insta games to get these commercials, Big Bucks!

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It seems that everywhere I look the divide between money and broke is becoming more aggressive. Big developers are monopolizing homes on this coast too! All too familiar. London has the same, as does New York. We are all living on this planet so we can’t we just Be? Instead of always trying to make more more more. These same developers are working alongside the police to help ‘clean up the community’ i.e exterminate the homeless population and folks who don’t have a whole lot.2015-06-02 03.34.22

If we just keep moving these people on where do we expect them to go?! Why can’t they live down here by the beach with pleasant surroundings?

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Rant over. For now!

#YogiPost Ahimsa – CHECK. Satya – Here we go…

Last week I kept Ahimsa in mind a lot more than I initially thought I would.

I noticed just by observing others and myself day to day that the internal narration that CONSTANTLY runs my mind started to soften. Tone wise. I realise that the default tone of voice in my head towards myself is preettyyyy aggressive. After all these years of Yoga and travelling and general fun stuff how can my Self still be running the show this way?

Despite all of the inner tellings off I gave myself from both sides of the crazy fence, External stuff started to subside. I am not giving myself such a hard time about what eat and am trusting my inner discernment. I also noticed that my patience with people and life in general improved this week and generally it was a week where I felt comfortable in ‘levelling down’ instead of intensely striving for that ‘level up’ feeling.

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my music of the week.
Don’t understand the language but I trust that it’s saying something!

I am always anti physical violence, but feel so much more comfortable in expressing that notion as we are now moving into ….

Now… Satya – Truthfulness

This one, to me, feels like it will be easier. (which probably means, I have no idea what I am talking about haha).

I only say this as I have always been hyper sensitive to participating in things that do not line up with my Dharma or my purpose. I am not someone who believes in the whole ‘non quitting’ thing. If something feels bad or wrong or at opposition to the inner voice get out of there man!

Most recently a change I have implemented out of nowhere is becoming a vegetarian. It slowly came about in the last year completely naturally just from me listening to the inner voice. There are still some things for sure that I am having trouble clearing out, but I know that admitting these things goes a long way so I have hope for me yet!

For a much better explanation of Satya go here!

p.s http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/12/the-damaging-effects-of-an-inauthentic-life-how-to-change-it/

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Smile Yoga – Where? When?

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South Heighton Village Hall

Wednesday – 9.30-10.30 

This location is perfect for Yoga in Sussex. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by the natural wonder of The Downs, and weather permitting, we practise outside. This really helps to keep awareness in the present. Between the birdsong and the Sunshine (like I said, weather permitting – This is still England after all 🙂 ) it really is an enriching way to start your (hump) day.

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Peacehaven

Fridays 7-8

Anzac room in the Meridian Centre (some Wednesdays – see pic)

It is really fulfilling to teach in my hometown in the centre where I have so many memories! From childhood visits to the co-op for the sole purpose of a Thomas the Tank engine gingerbread man, to teenage mischief that included winding up Ricky, the security guard, after school. Come along for this friendly and reflective class, the perfect way to see in your weekend.

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Seaford – Constitutional Club –

Friday mornings (10-11) and Sunday afternoons (4-5)

Now this venue is a bit of a wildcard, but it works!

Generally the room we use for class is utilised for Tea dances and general merriment (Fully stocked bar to the back 😮 ) but we manage to fill the space with our empowering sequences and uplifting vibrations. I tend to focus a lot in this class on mobility of shoulders and neck and the importance of grounding through the feet and the signals that sends to the body they’re supporting.

Brighton – Purple Turtle Wellbeing 

Thursdays 7-8 (Looking to add more classes at PT) 

It really is both scary and exciting to teach Yoga in Brighton. With the multitude of styles, classes and teachers all around it can be a bit nerve racking for me (a new teacher!) to teach in a city that is so particular and mindful in all it offers.

Originally we weren’t going to tackle Brighton classes until the smaller town classes were up and running but I was made aware of the space by a very savvy friend of mine and couldn’t refuse.

Of all my classes this is the one that moves the fastest and I enjoy exploring stronger asanas (postures) with my students.

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If you are interested in offering workshops or classes to a group or organisation through myself or Smile then please get in touch!

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Smile Yoga – It’s a Family Affair

Honouring the meaning of Yoga, My mother and I have come together to build Smile Yoga to spread Yoga all along the south coast.

Me, My Ma and my baby sissy <3
Me, My Ma and my baby sissy

Our classes are affordable, accessible and a safe space to allow Beings to just be.

Be whatever that means in that moment without expectation.

In our classes I offer as many modifications as I can, gently willing you to lead yourself toward whatever your mind or body needs at that moment. From guiding your gaze upward in a baby back bend, encouraging length and to deepen, or serving gentle reminders to be kind and honest in your practise. If you feel like staying in child’s pose for the whole hour to restore and recuperate, that is still very much Yoga. In fact, The best kind of Yoga!

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Through practising quite seriously for 3 years (after a few years of once a week/blue moon classes) I have developed my understanding and appreciation for the complete science of Yoga.

There are many aspects of Yogic life, and the main entry point for us, this side of Europe, is the physical Asana (posture) practise. We can gather awareness and consideration through taking some time for the temples we live in in an honest and careful manner.

We welcome drop ins, continuing students and any person that has a particular pull towards Yoga.

Please do not hesitate to direct any questions my way, and I can do my best to answer or I may have an idea as to where the answer can be found.

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Check out our gorgeous site, lovingly put together by a mixture of my stepdad, my mum and myself.

I am very happy and joyful to share Yoga with everyone, but am particularly blessed to have my family taking an interest and enjoyment from my teaching and guidance. If you attend a class and feel good or have learnt something new I highly encourage you to pass it along to a family member, friend or anyone that is game!

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Me and Moe Moe
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My dance with Vegetables – DIY 1

In the last year or so I have, little by little, fallen into vegetarianism and dipped my toe into Vegan life.

It could be something to do with my attempt at Yogic living, but I haven’t consciously decided, as such, to officially denounce meat. I have, a few times, officially denounced dairy, but I am learning as time passes how difficult it can be to cut that all the way out, especially only having rediscovered custard as an adult in the last month or so. Ha! (i am currently trawling the net for the best non dairy custard recipe so if I find a good one, I will share. Tried and Tested, I can assure you!)

I am having a LOT of fun cooking and being inventive with food choices and spots to eat at. Naturally, I aim for Organic wherever possible and lucky for me in the area I mostly work and live it is very accessible and affordable for me to eat very well. Almost too accessible sometimes!

This afternoon I had a hankering for some pasta so I whipped up a very basic meal but added my trusted spices and coconut oil to zazz it up. I decided to combine with black coffee, because, why not 🙂

Ingredients –

coconut oil

Himalayan pink salt

black pepper

juice from 1 lemon

1x red onion

2x garlic cloves

1/2 yellow pepper

Spinach

Long stemmed broccoli

Vine cherry tomatoes

Wholewheat pasta

All natural sugar free pasta sauce (I chose spicy and locally made)

Cayenne Pepper

Cinnamon

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I will, every now and again, share the kinds of things I whip up quick-style when I am hungry at home.

Also look out for big-ups for my favourite spots around town. So many good food places in Brighton we really are blessed!!