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Summer I Practice Series: Somatic Mindfulness Somatic Intelligence

This summer we will move deeper into our ongoing study of somatic mindfulness with a seven part series using Lama Willa Baker’s beautiful book The Wakeful Body, Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom as our practice text. Look forward to a deepening somatic intelligence and learning practices that set and end your day with intention and awareness. Seven Tuesdays in June & July 2023 … Continue reading Summer I Practice Series: Somatic Mindfulness Somatic Intelligence

Spring II Practice Series

I am about to embark on an epic drive down the California coast from Berkeley to Ojai. Word on the street is there’s a wildflower super bloom and I’m here for it. In the spirit of travel, adventure, gratitude, and freedom I humbly offer an opportunity to join the sangha for Spring II Practice series, a yoga and meditation journey to cultivate balanced, grounded, loving … Continue reading Spring II Practice Series

Rosh Chodesh Nissan—An Ancient Astrological Acknowledgement

This evening is Rosh Chodesh Nissan—the start of the Jewish lunar new year calendar cycle. Not to be confused with the other new years celebrated in Judaism (we have 4, including Rosh Hashanah). This Rosh Chodesh (lunar new month) aligns with the movement of the moon, an ancient astrological acknowledgement of the movement of Earth’s seasons. We follow the light of the spring equinox, a … Continue reading Rosh Chodesh Nissan—An Ancient Astrological Acknowledgement

International Women’s Day

A poem I wrote today to honor, celebrate & acknowledge women today and every day. Slay Sisters by Justine Fanarof Slay sistersSlayWith our wisdom, beauty, compassionAnd peaceSlay with our heartsSlay with our mindsSlay with our bodiesYes our bodies belong only to us! Slay to save the earthSlay to save ourselves Slay the forces of patriarchal misogyny that keep us collectively subjugatedSlay for our sisters whose … Continue reading International Women’s Day

Poema 14: Juegas todos los días con la luz del universo

Magical words from Pablo Neruda. I was first read this poem in my early ’20s while living in Costa Rica (circa 1998), gracias Bets. If you speak a little Spanish I suggest taking your time with it, reading it out loud in the stanzas and feeling the tone of the words. If you don’t speak much Spanish, it’s a really nice exercise for the brain … Continue reading Poema 14: Juegas todos los días con la luz del universo

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BLOOM: Spring I 2023 Practice Series

How do we continue to BLOOM? Spring I Practice Series: BLOOM Spring I is a continuing exploration of the cultivation of connection, peace, and ease…I’m excited to ground and expand with y’all! Practice FocusDeepening our internal awareness/external presence practices with the soft foam roller, bolster, and core work to support a healthy spine, going inside for subtle practices in the pelvic floor and heartspace, and … Continue reading BLOOM: Spring I 2023 Practice Series

Freedom & Friendship

This past week I had the opportunity to hang out with Ndaba Mandela, my brother from another grandfather. Nelson Mandela and Gertrude Gelb, our grandparents, were African National Congress members and freedom fighters in South Africa. My family left South Africa in 1977, nine months after the Soweto uprisings. Born in Johannesburg not far from (and six years prior to) the Soweto of Ndaba’s birth, … Continue reading Freedom & Friendship


OMFG it’s 2023 (say that out loud, it may elicit a smile.) Hineni, here we are, in a new space of creation and contemplation. Perhaps today feels eerily similar to ayer, perhaps it feels completamente diferente. Where do intentionality and action intersect? The range of human experience, simultaneously subjective and objective, is fascinating to bear witness to and behold. And, what and how am I … Continue reading INTENTIONALITY

New Year Intention Setting Practice

Hello out there and happy 2023! May it be a nourishing and joyful year for us all. I’m offering a special One on One New Year Intention Setting Practice to you via Zoom. In the session I will ask you a series of exploratory questions to support you in setting clear and possible intentions for this year. Opportunities for ongoing and follow-up sessions exist. Corporate … Continue reading New Year Intention Setting Practice

Sunday Eve Yoga Nidra Meditation with Justine Fanarof

November 20, 2022 at 6PM Pacific| 8PM Central Perfect Sunday ease into the holidays relax into your body let me tuck you in vibes. One hour of gentle movement, breathwork & deep relaxation. See you in the ether. Fee: $35Payment made via Venmo @justinefanarof or Zelle Please include your email address in your payment note. If you are new to the sangha please also … Continue reading Sunday Eve Yoga Nidra Meditation with Justine Fanarof