Stuff upcoming and present...and your horoscope!

Begroeting from Amsterdam, Netherlands! 
I’m here doing a teacher training in Kaiut Yoga with my friend Bonnie, who introduced me to this form of self exploration and healing. It has been life-changing, and special to be here learning from Francisco Kaiut, the technique’s founder. 

Many of the buildings here have a slight lean - in all different directions. But somehow they stand, stable. “Because they’re all together,” said Bonnie on a morning walk to class the other day. That’s a metaphor if I ever heard one, and I wrote a blog.

Other Learning 

Otter continuing education: I am also pleased to be enrolled in a two-year certificate program called Karuna Training, which was developed out of Naropa University in Colorado. ‘Karuna’ translates to ‘compassion’ and is a therapy technique rooted in Buddhist psychology. 

Yoga Classes

Thursday Restorative Yoga classes will start again after I get back from Amsterdam, the first one being Thursday, June 20th at the Palisades Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. 

Yoga at the Arts Club of Washington will also start up again. Dates and times will be determined soon.

I will be adding new weekly classes as well, with the goal of a morning class and an additional evening class. I will keep a calendar updated online, and summer and fall schedules should be solidified by the end of this month. 

FABUM Sound Bath at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts 

Good Vibrations: our dynamic little ‘moment-making’ non-profit FABUM presents a Sound Bath with Crystal Ashram at the Smith Center for Healing Arts (1632 U Street NW, Washington, DC) on Thursday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. for an enchanting evening of restoration and inspiration. Come relax and enjoy this uniquely designed sound and meditation program, as we allow the ancient frequencies from a variety of ancient Tibetan singing bowls to wash over us and nourish mind, body and spirit. Event is free; RSVP required - please click here. If you haven’t attended one before, this is a great opportunity and I would love to see you. Please get there early to park and find a good place to sit or lie down inside! 

DTSBDC at the Arts Club

I’m looking forward to a special program featuring Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company at the Arts Club of Washington (2017 I “Eye” Street NW) which will take place on Friday, July 12th starting at 6:30 p.m.  This will be a fun evening featuring special performance excerpts from the company’s repertoire that celebrate the musical era of Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. Email me with any questions. Dana is the Smithsonian’s first ever choreographer in residence, based at the National Portrait Gallery.
Cocktails and program only: $20; program and dinner: $60. You can RSVP to

Other Dance News

Last month, DTSBDC performed Dana’s “Tracings” to standing ovations at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. This piece tells the story of his family’s immigrationto Hawaii from Korea, and was originally commissioned by the Kennedy Center in 2003. The reprisal on May 4th featured an appearance by his mother, visual artist Anna Kang Burgess, who came to DC for the first time since the original premiere. While here, she also gave an interview to the American History Museum, and spoke about working on a pineapple plantation as a child growing up in Honolulu. The performance and her visit were full of magical moments. 

Below is your horoscope. 

“Nothing remarkable has ever been achieved while having low expectations.”
~ Francisco Kaiut 

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” 
~ Thoreau

Afscheidsgroet from the Netherlands’ capital, thank you for reading, and Namaste,

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Sharing from an Ashram in the New Year

Greetings from a yogashram outside Mysuru, India...


“Vast indeed is the scope of the greatness of the creative basis. All things and all beings originate from it, so it sums up the totality of Nature.”
~ #1 from the I Ching (The Book of Change)

It is 2019, I have some internet access, and I wanted to share a blog post from India. And as usual, your (first 2019) horoscope is below.

Recent post to my blog: “An Ace at the Gate”

“We all have our daily Karma Yoga here, which is our assigned chore. I clean the toilets and showers in our dormitory. Admittedly, when our Karmas were announced at orientation, bewilderment was followed by hope that this was a rotating assignment...before I gulped acceptance.” Read the full post here

Family Birthaversary:

Today is my little (now taller) brother’s birthday. Happy birthday, Little Bro. In this life, I’ll always have a higher number of years. 


+Food and drink should always be warming when the weather is cold. 
+Relaxation is essential to a stable sympathetic nervous system...physical and mental health. 
+Know that honesty repels fear. 

Om Shant, Shanti, Shanti Om

With sincerity,

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Things I want to share (and your horoscope) November 2018


It feels like a most autumn autumn in Washington. May we nourish ourselves with nature and warming things.   

I hope to see you at some of the events below. Please email with any questions or feedback.




"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities," wrote Shunryu 
Suzuki in his book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, "but in the expert's there 
are few."

FABUM documentary screening: "Magic Pills"

I am thrilled that filmmaker and homeopath Ananda More has authorized me to host a screening of her documentary "Magic Pills" on Monday, November 26th at 7 PM at the Arts Club of Washington. The film explores multiple media campaigns against homeopathy, which propelled More to travel the world and uncover whether homeopathy is truly science-based and effective or a mere placebo that endangers lives.

Conversation will be welcomed and encouraged afterwards and refreshments will be served. More information and RSVP at

FABUM Bossa Nova Party December 2nd! 

On Sunday, December 2nd at 4:30 PM, FABUM will be hosting a cultural event In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Bossa Nova music. Join us for an evening of Brazilian food, music and more, featuring the JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective.

The JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective—spearheaded by drummer Julian Berkowitz— is a new project paying tribute to Brazil’s unique contributions to jazz music. The JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective is comprised of DC’s top Brazilian jazz artists, including bassist Leonardo Lucini, guitarist Dani Cortoza, saxophonist Michel Nirenberg, and vocalist Elin Kathleen Melgarejo.

From the music of Tom Jobim to Vinicius de Moraes, this program will stimulate the senses and highlight the golden age of the Brazilian songbook. Tickets and more information at

Restorative Yoga Thursdays and Saturdays in DC: 

Thursday evenings at the Palisades Recreation Center (5200 Sherier Place NW) from 6:30-7:30 PM, free admission. Please RSVP to . Saturday mornings at the Arts Club of Washington (2017 I (Eye) Street NW) from 10:00-11:00 AM, $10 donation to the Arts Club. Please RSVP to or 202-331-7282

I keep an online calendar at

DTSBDC Brought Silhouettes to Life at NPG...
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company premiered "Silhouettes" at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery October 27th and 30th, a dance inspired by the "Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now" exhibition by Asma Naeem, currently on display through March 2019. The performances and imagery were thrilling, and it is a unique and beautiful dance. Read Arielle Ostry's review in Dance View Times:; and see Jeff Malet's beautiful photos in The Georgetowner:

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Upcoming events, yoga classes, and your horoscope

Happy second Tuesday of Autumn!

"The Self is a circle, whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere." 
- Carl G. Jung

I will be offering yoga classes:

*Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm, starting October 4th at the Palisades Recreation Center, located at 5200 Sherier Place NW, Washington, DC 20016. It is a newly renovated space overlooking the woods and the classes are completely free. Drop-ins welcome. Bring your own mat or email me at least 24 hours in advance if you need a mat reserved for you. I have plenty of extra mats however they are stored at my house, so I need to know ahead of time how many to bring. 

*Saturday mornings at 10:00 am, starting October 13th at the Arts Club of Washington, located at 2017 I (Eye) Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. These classes cost a $10 donation to the organization. Same mat rules apply. 

I am starting to keep a yoga and event calendar here:

Please join me at these upcoming events:

FABUM will be hosting a sound bath with Tibetan singing bowls - an Autumnal gathering for rejuvenation and creativity on Tuesday, October 9th. RSVP here:

The Diplomats of Dance Society will be hosting an evening happy (2) hour(s) from 6:30-8:30pm at the Darlington House in Dupont Circle on Monday, October 22nd ahead of the premiere of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company's "Silhouettes" at the National Portrait Gallery (October 27th and 30th). Mingle with other dance fans and arts-interested Washingtonians. Tickets are a donation to the dance company, (a 501c3 non-profit organization) and include hors d'oeuvres as well as a themed 'Diplomat' cocktail. RSVP here:

Below is your horoscope, and may the changing season bring about the bliss of shedding that which is unneeded and nourishing the ground for what is. 


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Updates and Upcoming Things

Greetings from Washington, DC!

Below are some updates and events I want to share...and, at the end, your horoscope!


Inspirational Quote:
“Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved.”
—Sri Swami Satchidananda 

A "FABUM Autumnal" will be a creative gathering held on Tuesday, October 9th from 7-9pm at the Arts Club of Washington to announce the FABUM's new organizational focus and its next performance project. The evening will also be the first in a series of mindfulness-oriented events, and will feature Tibetan singing bowls, which have healing frequencies. This offering will be conducted by Annapolis-based group Crystal Ashram. RSVP at, and more info is below.

About the 'offering': 
"Tibetan singing bowls have been used for hundreds of years for their sonic qualities of brain wave entrainment. Since the brain has different types of frequencies that are created during different states of mind, singing bowls allow the brain to cut the 'chatter' and enter into a quiet stillness.
...These benefits have been used from Tibetan temples to western universities to modern corporations for relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, and overall well-being."

We are excited to incorporate this into a FABUM creative gathering. There will be refreshments and a sharing reception following the bowls. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or cushion, if you possess these. Some will be available at the venue, but supplies are limited. Space is also limited, so this will be an RSVP-only event. We look forward to sharing in this experience and I hope to see you there. More info and RSVP here.

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS DANCE COMPANY is currently creating and will be premiering their latest creation "Silhouettes" at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on October 27th and 30th at 6:30pm. The performances are free, but RSVP is required. 

The new dance responds to the exhibition “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” in a poignant modern dance with video by designer Kelly Colburn. After the performance, join Dana and Portrait Gallery Curator Asma Naeem as they discuss the “Black Out” exhibition and Dana’s process in creating "Silhouettes'. Email to secure your seat.

Two weeks ago, I completed a workshop with Sumati Govinda, a gifted teacher and disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda, the founder of the Integral Yoga school and the Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, Virginia. This follows some other trainings I have done in the last year, and has buoyed my desire to practice, learn more about and share meditation and body techniques. In coordination with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, I am excited to be hosting free (free) yoga and mindfulness sessions at the Palisades Recreation Center in NW DC within the next few weeks. These will be for me to learn to teach as much as for others to learn - or just enjoy - to practice, and will be gentle, beginner-level (Hatha) yoga classes with a strong emphasis on breathing, alignment and mind-body awareness. The schedule is still being finalized, so if you're local to DC, plan on passing through, and are interested, send me an email. 

Recent Happenings...

Congratulations to (new) friends and newlyweds Ari Post and Emma Natalya Stein, who held a beautiful ceremony at Muse Vineyards in Woodstock, Virginia on August 11th. Much love and light! 

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS was awarded the 2018 Paul Ré Peace Prize by the University of New Mexico Foundation on May 24th, in Albuquerque. Dana beautifully delivered a speech at the ceremony, which included a number of acclaimed artists and some of his own dance teachers and mentors. He received the award, which traditionally acknowledges those who can bridge the arts and sciences to promote peace, for his unique storytelling and choreography that he has shared with audiences around the world.

The DANA TAI SOON BURGESS DANCE COMPANY presented three dances at the Kennedy Center, created at the National Portrait Gallery during Dana's residency as the Smithsonian Institution's first-ever choreographer-in-residence. The dances, I am Vertical (inspired by the Sylvia Plath: One Life exhibit), After 1001 Nights (inspired by the Faces of Battle: 9/11 to Now exhibition), and Confluence (inspired by an image from the “Dancing the Dream” exhibition, the first exhibition of American modern dance) exemplify his sublime choreography which poetically delves into the emotional terrain of our shared humanity.

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