The Yoga Teach Recommends: How I Spent My 4th of July Weekend

I am rarely in the city on July 4th (and yes, I am one of those painfully self-aware obnoxious New Yorkers that refers to this one tiny city as the city). Yet this summer, I had so much travel planned before and after the holiday weekend that I knew I’d need to spend this holiday weekend at home…and it was just so fabulous! Walking around New York and simply living my life minus the massive crowds in the heinous humidity and work / giving myself the abundant permission to relax…it was just what I needed. I went in with very few solidified plans. It turned out that most of my friends were in town as well and equally excited to take advantage of the manageability of this usually chaotic urbanity. Being patriotic and therefore consuming media and doing activities that encourage critical thinking and deep questioning about the country we live in can – and, I think, should – be done all year round. Take what you like from this post and do it / consume it any time of year.

This Fourth of July weekend,

I ran…

The Rise Up 5K

I’d been training for this 5K for a few months now and am so humbled by and grateful for the process of steadily improving at something with a beginner’s mind (post on why I run forthcoming). I did it with my friend E and we accomplished our one goal: to run the whole way. As we exited Corona Park, we reflected on how great it felt to run for such a good cause (the proceeds / registration fees for the Rise Up 5K go to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Immigration Law Center, the Trevor Project, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. I can only assume that they’ll continue happening across the country and cannot recommend it enough (lots of people walked the whole way as well – it’s a 5K that’ll meet you where you’re at)!

I did yoga at…

Laughing Lotus and taught yoga at Harlem Yoga Studio.

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the lovely Laughing Lotus welcome area

I lounged in…

Central Park’s Great Lawn.

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I ate at…

Community Food & Juice (for that post-run brunchy brunch) and Sweetgreen. I love the summer seasonal menus at both of these spots!

 

I listened to…

This OnBeing episode on the power of telling all of US history, especially the parts white supremacist culture has tried to hide all these years. It blew my heart and mind wide open all at once.

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image by Titus Kaphar / Jack Shainman Gallery, via OnBeing.org

The Hamilton Mixtape. Not gonna lie. I was pretty hardcore about having this playing the entire Fourth of July. The Hamilton Mixtape takes history – a complicated, convoluted, amazing, and often deeply problematic set of narratives – and breathes life and power into it so that we can use a recognition of history on our own terms to understand how to shape the future. BTW, “Helpless” by Ja Rule and Ashanti is my absolute favorite.

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Civics 101 (Podcast). This podcast is amazing! In short (10-15-minute long) episodes, Civics 101 is a podcast from NPR that explains the roles of various jobs in the White House and essentially, how our government functions (both in its intended ways and in the inadvertent roles it takes on).

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How did you spend your Fourth of July weekend? What are the ways in which you stay civically engaged? … What’s your favorite song on the Hamilton Mixtape?!

written at moss cafe while sipping my very first matcha latte

FridayING: EuroTrip Edition

Believe it or not, this post is yet another part of my EuroTrip 2016 series on the blog. I have quite a few weeks to catch up on with this FridayING and, when I was in Europe, I found myself gravitating to all that was European when it comes to reading, writing, and watching. So here goes…a lot’s there because…I HEART vacation!

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  • At the moment, I am planning a memoir unit that I am so excited about! As a result, I am using a Rethinking Schools article for inspiration.
  • I also just wrote a paper about developing student confidence when learning to read, which I would like to think of as a reflection on my own teaching. For inspiration, I used a video from Earl Boyles.

Written from Filtered Coffee in Hamilton Heights.

Friday-ING Week of March 8th

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From last week’s column: About a year ago, I attempted to do a monthly “Link Love” column on the blog. It worked for a while until it got a bit too daunting. Instead, I am moving to a weekly format at Growing Up On OM to share all that I am readING, writING, listenING to, watchING, and teachING. It is my hope that this will help me document these things not only for my own reference, but as a source for constant entertainment and inspiration for all the readers of the blog. So here goes: my second FridayING post. Enjoy!

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  • This American Life #464: Invisible Made Visible (so good!)
  • Writing in Real Life #054: The One Where Leia Watches Law & Order (I really loved what they had to say about prologues)

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  • Downton Abbey Series Finale (Seriously, this one takes the cake; it was every happy ending I would want and more!)
  • GIRLS
  • Scandal

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Friday-ING Week of March 1

From last week’s column: About a year ago, I attempted to do a monthly “Link Love” column on the blog. It worked for a while until it got a bit too daunting. Instead, I am moving to a weekly format at Growing Up On OM to share all that I am readING, writING, listenING to, watchING, and teachING. It is my hope that this will help me document these things not only for my own reference, but as a source for constant entertainment and inspiration for all the readers of the blog. So here goes: my second FridayING post. Enjoy!

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  • The Romemu Now Podcast for some spiritual juice this morning.
  • Indigo Girls

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  • GIRLS (So, so good! I am beyond happy that it is back on!)

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  • It’s chakra / energy wheels month at Harlem Yoga Studio and I’ve been joyfully prepping for my yoga class at 5:45pm tomorrow on the first and seventh chakras!
  • Penguins via Scholastic News + global warming.

 

 

Friday-ING: Week of February 21

df81660a9d208d880973616da07027d0.jpgAbout a year ago, I attempted to do a monthly “Link Love” column on the blog. It worked for a while until it got a bit too daunting. Instead, I am moving to a weekly format at Growing Up On OM to share all that I am readING, writING, listenING to, watchING, and teachING. It is my hope that this will help me document these things not only for my own reference, but as a source for constant entertainment and inspiration for all the readers of the blog. So here goes: my first FridayING post. Enjoy!

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  • Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
    • This is my “after-work” read. In the morning, when I’m motivated, I devour my graduate school textbooks. But, after a long day of work, I need something a bit more mindless and this book is exactly that: a novel on New York City love and scandal.
  • Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
    • I started this gem this morning after a challenging day not feeling my best at work yesterday. And here’s a nice takeaway gem for some Friday inspiration:

We can reignite the revolution by internalizing the revolution.

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With the 1 Train going out of order over the weekend, I’ve been devouring podcasts like it’s nobody’s business.

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This week, I really developed a much greater understanding of how television and popular culture have a magical way of strengthening interpersonal relationships through providing common ground and fodder for thoughtful conversation. I spent a lot of the week having incredibly conversations about Downton and Transparent. So highly recommended!

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  • Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade by A.B.K Bruno
    • I’ve written about this book before and I am overjoyed that I have the opportunity to teach this book again as part of my main curriculum, and to include within it a project on what my third graders can do to help with climate change!
  • Rosa Parks and Black History Month
  • Confessions of Former Bully
  • The Secret School by AVI
    • The highlight of teaching this book has been having the students teach their own lessons to figure out what it would be like for them to be the teacher, even if just for ten minutes.
  • Bhakti (at my other job over at Harlem Yoga Studio): the yoga of devotion!

What I’m Listening To

I spend a lot of time on this blog sharing what I’m reading: links, articles, books, etc. I rarely reveal that a lot of the media I consume (and if you’ve seen my Twitter, you know I love – and am proud of – consciously consuming media!) is through my Urban Ears headphones. This year in particular, through having a commute to work that is half-walking and desperately wanting to enjoy that time, I have taken all my friends up on their podcasts suggestions to the point where I now always have something to listen to. So, without further adieu, here’s what’s been playing in my ears:

Tranquility Du Jour

This is definitely the podcast I’ve been listening to the longest. I believe I discovered it during the summer I spent in San Francisco. I walked the streets of the Mission listening to every single missed episode (and I believe Wilson was on episode 77 at that point). I’ve listened to some twice and adore the early ones. I highly recommend this fueling every single commute!

Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race

My friend K recommended I listen to this podcast. She was an American Studies major at our alma mater with a focus on education and race relations. I think that one of the core reasons I listen to podcasts is because I want to be able to continue learning in that vibrant, theoretical, big-words and relevant way outside the classroom. The Ph. D’s, authors, and all around cool speakers on this podcasts talk about that which is relevant in race relations and it’s just awesome.

This American Life

I grew up listening to my dad listening to This American Life while he cooked. I grew up with all the adults in my life referencing the latest episodes during dinner party conversations. Well, folks, it looks like I’m an adult(ish) now because I find myself doing the same thing. My favorite episode, which I cried to as I walked from Northwest Portland to a writing class one day this summer? This one on discipline in schools.

Writing in Real Life (WiRL)

My high school writing mentor and her hubby started this podcast because they’re coupling is the cutest thing ever when it comes to writing and literature: they’re both YA authors and she’s also a social media expert in the publishing world…at the publishing company that published his books. You know how it goes…first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage, and THEN comes podcast!

On Being (Speaking of Faith) with Krista Tippet

Another NPR fave of my father’s, Krista Tippet broadens the definition of spirituality by interviewing physicists, rabbis, priests, poets and more. Her voice is calming and questions intellectually stimulating. My favorite episode? Mary Oliver, of course!

Women of the Hour with Lena Dunham

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This podcast just came out about a week ago and I am LOVING it. I began, like most have, as a fan of GIRLS. I can now say that I understand why I love GIRLS: I just totally adore Lena and find her perspective on so many key issues of womanhood to be so refreshing. But this podcast is most definitely not only her perspective. Many people who only know Lena through GIRLS call her narcissistic (I mean, Hannah, her character, is), but this podcast shows that she is anything but. She interviews a comprehensive bunch of women from all walks of the media. It is this effort to listen to a wide range of perspectives that I appreciate most during my morning Harlem coffee runs.

Alright, folks, happy listening / commuting / doing dishes / bragging to your friends about how much new random knowledge you have thanks to podcasts!

Namaste,

Shira

Inaugural Happy College Girl Podcast

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College life presents a lot of challenges – maintaining good grades while managing your social life and taking time for self-care doesn’t always feel possible. The demands can feel endless!

Yet it is possible to be successful in school and in life without loosing your sanity – and I share that as someone who did just that!

That’s why I am so excited to extend a special invitation to hear a story of how yoga helped me to keep my sanity, and even to find peace and productivity in college. My hope is that it will help you, or anyone you know who is in college, to do the same. 

Join me on the inaugural episode of The Happy College Girl Podcast!

Sarah Greenberg is a coach for college women to support them as they navigate the demands of college – and life – with ease.

Sarah started The Happy College Girl Podcast to provide college women with practical tools and inspiring wisdom so that you can have peace while accomplishing their goals in school and in life. 

Tune in for my episode, where I talk about my college experience, how yoga helped me deal with the stress and chaos of college, and how college students can incorporate yoga into their own lives.

If you want to be peaceful AND productive in college, then sign up right here to get access to my episode of The Happy College Girl Podcast. Here’s the link again. 

Peace and productivity await you, college girls!

Love + Light,

Shira

PS – Sarah Greenberg was one of the yogis featured in Yoga U’s Yogi Valedictorians sections! I love it when these things come full circle!