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. 

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“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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Next restorative yoga is April 18th plus your horoscope


My free Thursday restorative yoga classes will resume starting April 18th at the Palisades Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday morning classes at the Arts Club of Washington will resume May 18th at 10:00 a.m. 

Please email me with any questions.

Tomorrow begins a New Moon, so tonight and tomorrow night the natural satellite of the earth will not be illuminated in the night sky by the unseen sun's light... A good time for meditation and finding your breath. 

"The only thing relevant to me is getting ready to get ready."
-Esther (Abraham) Hicks

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All the best,

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In and around the Spring Equinox

Breathe. Relax. Allow.

Happy March, the first month of the original Roman calendar and named for god of war, Mars. You are invited to the happenings below. You are also invited to pray for peace in the world, or create it in your own life. Breathing is always good. Sometimes chocolate is too. When we vibrate more peacefully, it helps all those we are connected to, and thus the world as a whole. 

Sound Bath and "Room" at the Arts Club

Aligning with an expanded organizational mission, FABUM will be host to a continuing series of healing and awareness-oriented events, as well as creative gatherings and immersive performance art.

About the offering on Saturday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m.:

The Crystal Ashram group will begin the afternoon with their amazing Tibetan singing bowls. As you relax, laying down or seated, you can simply allow the healing vibrations to wash over you - relaxing body, mind and all your energy systems.

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 monkey 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.

There will be refreshments served after the sound bath, and then all are invited to participate in the immersive meditation-performance of "Room" by yours truly.

You are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and a pillow for this afternoon offering. Some extras will be available, but please contact us to reserve them in advance.
Arts Club of Washington: 2017 I (Eye) Street NW, DC, 20006
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
$35 Admission;
$25 for Arts Club Members and Artists
RSVP here

Interview and Book Launch with Lester Hyman

Coinciding with the launch of his book “JFK, The Kennedys and Me”, I am excited to interview Lester Hyman at the Arts Club of Washington the evening Friday, March 22nd.

Hyman has known every U.S. President since Dwight Eisenhower. He was a favorite escort of the famed advice columnist Ann Landers. He was also JFK's mentee as a young man.

Join us for an evening of stories, a book signing opportunity, and more.

6:30 p.m. - Cocktail Hour begins
7:30 p.m. - Talk with Mr. Hyman
8:15 p.m. - Book signing begins and seated 3-course dinner

Originally from Providence, R.I., Lester Hyman first entered politics as the chairman of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts during a pivotal time in political history. Before that though, he was a young, ambitious Jewish lad that was intimately mentored by a senator whose father was (ironically) a powerful and anti-semetic Irish-American patriarch. That senator also became the first Catholic U.S. President, and one of the 20th century's most famous names.

“I came to D.C. for the Kennedy family in 1969,” Hyman told The Hill. After JFK's assassination, he continued meaningful relationships with Bobby, Teddy and other members of 'Camelot'.

A lawyer and longtime political insider, Hyman has vetted Cabinet and Supreme Court picks for President Bill Clinton, as well as Hillary Clinton during her two presidential campaigns. He currently acts as United States Legal Counselor for the British Virgin Islands, where he keeps a home on the island of Tortola.

Program and Cocktail Hour only: $20
Program and Dinner: $60
RSVP here

Yogic Updates

If you feel like practicing with me:

My free integrated restorative yoga-meditation class continues through March on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Palisades at the recreation center (5200 Sherier Place NW). This will likely shift to a Yoga Nidra practice in April, so stayed tuned if you feel like that would also serve you.  
DC residents, please register at this link:
Non-residents can RSVP through my website.
You can also join me for my 'weekend awakening' yoga at 10:00 a.m. Saturday mornings at the Arts Club of Washington. Please make a $10 donation directly to the organization (cash is fine) when you arrive, or when registering.

You can RSVP by emailing; or through their website.

A New Moon

There will be a New Moon on Wednesday, March 6th. During a New Moon phase, the moon is too close to the sun to be visible from earth.

"The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs."

Today's date could be said to have a numerology valuation of 3 3 3: March 3rd - 3/3 - of 2019 (2+0+1+9=12; 1+2=3).

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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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Solstice sharing

Ahead of this Winter Solstice...


Below is info on how to see the visually and emotionally sublime dance "We choose to go to the moon" free this week and next at the National Portrait Gallery, some updates, a meditation, and at the end, your horoscope.

I am leaving for an ashram in Mysore, India on December 13th, returning mid-January. I am going for spiritual learning, and to practice yoga and meditation there. I look forward to sharing some of the experiences.

My father, James Shepherd Freeman III, left his earthly body on the eve of Thanksgiving, November 21st. He was a great teacher, a brilliant mind, and a good and loving father, brother, son, cousin, friend and man. His middle name is apt. I look forward to honoring him with wise choices. 

I know I am quite a trend-setter by doing so, but I am setting some New Year resolutions, and I'm going to share four:

1. Get through resentment - against others, myself and God.
2. Listen to what the body says - about itself and about the world around me - for the body is wise.
3. Create stability and build stamina in order to help others in ways that best serve them and suit my nature. 
4. Be willing to surrender, but never give up my Self.

In addition, I share four prayers for us collectively:

1. May our tolerance for imbalance never be stronger than the weakest among us. 
2. May our acceptance of others be genuine.
3. May we shun those who make it a practice or apply effort into discriminating unjustly against others.
4. May we remember that it is often easier to wage war than maintain peace; that it is often easier to hate or to fear than it is to love; that it is often easier to keep fighting than it is to find common ground; yet the work for good is worth it.


“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Upcoming Happenings:

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company's We choose to go to the moon will close out the National Portrait Gallery’s special 50th anniversary programming tied to the museum’s 50th exhibition, "One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey" exhibition. The program is also in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s kick-off of year-long programming with events honoring the Apollo missions and the country’s future in space. An aside: my father, a sailer at heart who loved looking at the stars and planets - with and without binocs or telescopes, loved this dance when he saw it premiere in 2015 at the Kennedy Center. 

Inspired by the space race and President Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice University (serendipitously my father's undergrad alma mater ;)) entitled “We Choose to Go to the Moon,” Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company developed this performance in collaboration with NASA. The piece explores the connection between humanity and space, touching upon America’s idealism around the space race, the mystery of the cosmos, and the fragility of life.

We choose to go to the moon received rave reviews and standing ovations when it premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2015. The sound score features interviews between Dana and the late astronaut Bruce McCandless (first man ever to float untethered in space), scientists, and a New Mexico medicine woman. Do not miss this opportunity to see this brilliant dance!

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company at the National Portrait Gallery
Dec. 12th, 15th, 18th, at 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
McEvoy Auditorium (enter at G Street lobby)
Select your date and reserve your seats here

Free Thursday Restorative Yoga to continue in 2019 starting January 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center in NW DC. To RSVP: DC residents please create an account with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation here. If you are not a DC resident, you can email or text me. I have so enjoyed practicing with those that have participated in this offering since it launched in October. 

$10 Saturday Morning Yoga to continue in 2019 starting January 19th at 10:00 a.m. at the lovely and historic Arts Club of Washington. Please RSVP through their events page on their website, which will be updated with future classes, or email to RSVP that way. A $10 donation to the Arts Club of Washington (check or cash) is requested.  

FABUM will be hosting a rescheduled screening of the documentary "Magic Pills" by Ananda More early in 2019. Details will be forthcoming.

Winter Solstice Leaves Meditation: 
Clear here to listen aloud on YouTube (voice is yours truly), or read a transcription below. 
(If you were at my free yoga class last Thursday, this is from memory as best I can recall of the guided meditation we did that evening.)

Imagine that you are walking, floating...moving through the woods. Most of the trees have shed their leaves, because they no longer need them. Notice how much sky is visible. Sunlight shines through the branches, touching the ground that it is typically sheltered by them. 

Just as we cannot recount every thought, stress or distraction from the last year, nor can we count the leaves. However, we do not question the trees for shedding them, or the wisdom of the earth for knowing what to do with them. We just know it is correct that leaves fall to the ground. 

Imagine each falling leaf is a thought that no longer serves you. Each leaf on the ground is a thought already shed. You do not need to know which thought corresponds to which leaf, you simply trust the process. You allow what no longer serves you to fall from you, to return to the ground, where it will nourish new life. 

While you are aware of the shedding, thanking the leaves for their service, you also become aware of the genesis beneath your feet. The life under ground that the leaves will feed, and that will flourish come spring.

You begin to become aware of a path through the woods - to a clearing, one that may not yet be visible, covered by the fallen leaves. But you trust that the path will be made clear to you when it is correct for you to follow it. 

In the mean time, breathe in love, and exhale peace and gratitude - for the woods, for the earth, for others and for your Self.

Find your breath, and inhale and exhale fully.

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With love,

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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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