Animal Lover · Animal Medicine · apple podcast · cacti · California Hiking · Creature Comforts · Desert Travels · Karma San Diego Podcast · Kumeyaay Land · podbean · San Diego · San Diego eat & drink · Season 2- 2021 · spotify

S2E3: Mission Suspicion – Uncovering the Histories of Kumeyaay Land

Have you listened to last week’s episode?

Grab your backpacks, because we are taking you to school! What’s a flume? What’s a Trumper Tantrum? Let’s putz no longer; greetings, ya lil poods! We are so excited to call you Lil Poods from here-on-out. Maybe it’s because we are scared and anxious poodles, maybe it’s because we are professional poodcasters…it’s tough to say. You have been named, and you can sigh a sweet relief that we will not call you Lil San Deezies as often as before. Ya Welcome…
We kick off each week with our local business/artist first, because we are adamant about supporting local. Not sponsored, just the real deal. Spoiler alert: these artists don’t know we are selecting them until our launch date!!!

Adrianna introduces us to an amazing artist for this week’s Business Feature: Carlos aka Primo Dirty! Carlos is a singer, songwriter, rapper, philanthropist and San Diego Native that leaves a beautiful fingerprint on this place we call home. We love our community philanthropists! Carlos is very active in our community with consistent outreach, activism, and events in support of Black Lives Matter. Vida Negra Importa! His curated events keep the collective alive and conscious with thought-provoking art and emphasis on anti-racism work. What a dream! Wait til you hear his music…

Saturday January 16th, join Carlos for Vida Negra Importa Music Protest for the people. Support your local black and brown artists in the heart of San Diego. In addition, Carlos will putting on a future (2021) community events that includes awareness of the Kumeyaay land and peoples, the very emphasis of our episode. It will include music, artists, local vendors, and a clothing/food/supply drive for those in need. Beautiful, we’ll be there. 

For more information on Hopes for Homeless, visit hopesforhomeless.org

Find Carlos a few different ways: 

Instagram: @dirty_619

Primo Dirty on Spotify

We love you, Carlos!This week is a heavy one! Adrianna and Kelli are born and raised San Diegans with nary a glimpse into the history of the place we call home. In support of #kumeyaayNation, A & K look into the real and gruesome roots of San Diego. We aren’t happy! Our Catholic upbringing glorified the monuments that celebrated the genocide of indigenous, Native peoples, and it isn’t sitting well. Unearth with us, as we give a blunt history on something our direct, white community needs to know about. 
Some of the websites we referred to during our podcast:viejasbandofkumeyaay.org
Listen up, SD whiteys. Adrianna and Kelli come from Catholic schooling, so we have a few experiences that offer context to the colonization of SD:-our 4th grade ‘Mission Project’ glorifying the invasion of Mexico, Kumeyaay Land, and California-the glorification of Juan Diego, Cabrillo, and fellow colonizers of this territory-education with the impression that our relationship with the Native peoples was peaceful (using words like ‘Resolutions’ and ‘Peace Treaty’ does not negate genocide)
Creature comforts this episode? Thanks for normalizing cannabis with us! Adrianna rolls us up some Eagle Scout! Thanks, merm. In addition, we love rice cakes, cucumbers, Baba Roasted Garlic Hummus, and some Blueberry Lemonade Bubbly. Yaaaas.
We love you, lil poods! Join us on IG, we’d love to hear from you @karmsdpodcast

Book Suggestions · California Hiking · Desert Travels · Hiking San Diego · Well Read Wednesday

Into the Wild with Chris McCandless- Well Read Wednesdays

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SUS FIRE! True Sagittarian, fingers swollen from the desert
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VRKSASANA: This red/god tree is so similar to the 8 limbs of yoga in many ways. Who would care to compare the two over a cup of coffee? #callme
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My two best friends 🙂
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A messy mess. There are many stray cats that live here and roam the property, leading you to freaky caves
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I resonate with Chris so much #burnmoney
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An enlightened and free gypsy, riddled with society

An avid lover of Into The Wild- both the book and the movie- I begged and convinced my besties to drive out with me to Brawley, CA and visit this freaky site! It had always been on our bucket list, as we are native San Diegans and need to get out more. Hard to do when you live in paradise! Our roadtrip was 2017, during my yoga teacher training. Love you Age and Lyd ❤

Rather than inundating you with words, I leave you with a photo montage of our time together. Watch the movie, read the book, and visualize yourself here on sacred travels. A sight unseen!

Pro tips:

– NO BATHROOMS at Salvation Mountain. None at all! It is a very windy site, ladies, so mindful of how you pee in the wind. Godspeed 🙂 pun intended. The safest place we found to pee was 20 miles before Salvation Mtn, at a Starbucks inside of a Vons.

-at least a 2+ hour drive from San Diego, prepare to stop at Border Patrol w/ Dog Search. Bonus points if you get the sassy, mean, blonde haired Border Patrol Agent that doesn’t believe you are all from San Diego, while holding your licenses in hand that state San Diego addresses 😉 She was really confused and…memorable.

All Things Yoga · Animal Medicine · Curb Your Anxiety · Desert Travels · Healing Modalities · Meditation Scripts · San Diego · Well Read Wednesday

Desert Dwellings and Feathered Friends- a Guided Meditation- Well Read Wednesday

The porch that inspires me everytime we meet

For this week’s guided meditation, we will be visiting Ocotillo Wells. Let’s get ready to find peace in the Southern California desert!


Estimated practice time: 15 minutes


Start practice in: Savasana, Sukhasana, or in a supported Chair


As we get started, begin to close your eyes and scan the body. We must scan ourselves head to toe, removing any future distractions. Feet and toes are unclenched as you start to ground down in your comfortable pose. Let your belly relax, and start to tap into the rhythm of your breath, perhaps for the first time today. If you are able, start to breathe in and out through the nose with steady and even inhales, exhales. You are always welcome to breathe in and out through the mouth, especially if the nose is not an option for you today. Strive to breathe in and out through the nose, as you activate ujayii pranayama.

Face is at peace, as you relax your forehead, unfurrow your brow, and open and close the jaw a few times. You are welcome to yawn…

Swish back and forth your spiritual mouthwash as your relax the cheeks…

Imagine wiggling your ears and choosing clear and conscious communication for the rest of the day. We are ready to begin our visualization. As you keep your eyes closed, take note of any colors or sensations that you start to notice through the eyelids. Bright bursts of color and shapes tend to shine through the eyes as we travel to the sunny deserts of eastern San Diego.

A panoramic view of desert colors unfolds in front of you- soft tans and creams, light yellow flowers, dark brown rocks, and bright blue skies. Soft, fluffy white clouds pass freely in front of you, as you feel the desert breeze brush against your face. You take in more of the colors that surround you- hints of subdued green from cactus and ocotillo branches, light purple flowers dance in the wind, and deep dark black ravens fly overhead. At peace, you start to match your breath the ebb and flow of the wind that surrounds you on this warm, sunny day.


The sun shines down on your face as you feel the warmth of the sun give you a bath. Like a lizard baking in the sunshine atop a rock, you continue to feel sun on your shoulders, your arms, and watch as chills and goosebumps run all down your skin. Enjoy your sunbath. As you slip off your flip flops, set the bare soles of your feet on top of the hot sand. Not too hot, not too cold, you feel its radiating warmth underneath your grounded feet. Sparkles and glimmers of gold specks wink and dance in front of you, as you keep looking down to your toes. A bright Orange butterfly gracefully flutters past you, dancing and bobbing with the wind across the sky.

Up ahead, you see a brown, inviting, primitive and quaint desert dwelling. The porch is old and sagging, the roof is discolored and bare, but the heart of the home calls you closer. As you take a closer look at the porch of this desert house, you notice a large wooden rocking chair, available and waiting for you to take a seat. Underneath the shade of the porch, you hear the creak of your footsteps as you walk across the wooden deck, making your way to this noble, knowing chair.


You find a rhythmic rock back and forth, as you slowly sink into the chair and align your breath to movement. As you slowly rock forward, you inhale through the nose. As you rock backwards, you exhale. Find your rhythm, find your prana flow, and guide yourself through 10 rounds of breath as you sit in your rocking chair.

Inhale- rock

Exhale- roll

Inhale- rock

Exhale- roll x5

Still in your rocking chair, still meditating on your desert porch, you feel and hear the wind start to pick up. As you look out over the desert horizon, you see an eagle, a hawk, and a raven surfing with the winds of change. You watch these three massive birds of prey effortlessly float with the wind. Not fighting the wind, not swimming upstream, these birds are one with the earth. The birds continue to dance and caw, teasing with one another in the desert’s playground in the sky.

One of the birds makes its descent, slowly, to your desert dwelling. Knowing he is safe and welcome, he stops and perches on the stoop of your porch, appreciating the divine connection that you are having with one another.Which bird came to visit you? Of the three birds that danced in the sky, one has chosen to visit you and send you blessings. A message of peace and intuition, this magnificent bird reminds you of how truly knowing and wise you are and have always been.

You spend a moment, at one with the bird and the shade of the porch, listening to the gentle creak of your rocking chair. Finally, you find stillness, and close your eyes as you firmly press the soles of your feet down onto the ground. As you lightly bow and tuck your chin in towards the chest, the bird knows that our ritual is complete. Slowly crouching, ready to take flight, the bird lifts off the porch, gives you a gentle CAW, and leaves you in solitude on your desert porch.

You are welcome to stay here, as your desert house is always available to you. At any time, you can close your eyes, settle into the body and mind, and take yourself on a creative vision quest to your dilapidated house out in Ocotillo wells, where the wind whistles gently through your hair and the birds always notice lifeform. As you prepare yourself to leave your house, for now, you thank it and wish it well. Bless your home, and remind yourself how grateful you are to have this house to rely on. To protect you from wind, from prey, from sun, and from dark thoughts. A safe space tucked away in the desert, farewell abode and thank you for your offerings.

Begin to slowly wiggle your fingers and toes, as you start to find consciousness. If you feel naturally guided towards further meditation, I would continue to stay in your restful place. Fall asleep, take savasana, or continue to walk around the inside of your desert home.

If you are feeling invigorated, alive, and reset, it is time to open your eyes and find consciousness. Bring your hands to hearts center, and take a deep breath in. Hold. Take a deep, open mouth exhale.

The light and the teacher in me is honored to guide the teacher and light in you- NAMASTE! -Xo Kelli

All Things Yoga · Chair Yoga · Curb Your Anxiety · Desert Travels · Muse Monday · Trailer Time · Youtube

Long Overdue Chair Yoga for my OMies – #MuseMondays

And all of a sudden, I started living the life I always dreamed of…

Welcome to chair yoga! 🙂

Greetings, OMies! It’s Kelli here, surviving the pandemic like the rest of us, in quarantine. I am loving that I have a routine to rely on. As a full-time yoga teacher, I drastically made a shift in the way that I work only one week ago. Last Monday, I had finished teaching two classes, in person, and had to assist my beloved yoga studio close down, for now, for the next few weeks. Wow, what a week in the collective consciousness and in myself!

I always planned on uploading my yoga content to youtube, but sometimes, it takes life-crisis, a pandemic, or the true NEED to be the catalyst. I am a fire sign, and when I have a fire lit under me, I will not stop! I am currently engrossed and invigorated by the practice that virtual yoga is bringing me.

As you can imagine, I am used to teaching dozens a classes a week, and taking a few weeks off of this is not great for my mental health. I have a community to serve!

Many of my Yoga videos are accessible through Hapa Yoga Ohana Online, which is a Facebook group that is designed for our clients and members.

I have also been recording content for my private clients! My office yogis still need their yoga, and my family has been requesting tons of different styles of yoga. It is amazing that despite how tragic this situation can be with COVID-19, we are able to rise together as a community and I have been able to create this avenue.

If you would like to watch my YouTube videos, Click this link here.

Desert Travels · Thankful Thursday · Trailer Time

A Very Thankful Thursday

Desert babies! There’s nothing that we love more than a weekend out in the desert. San Diego is such a magical place, and very few travel to the outskirts of town to discover and roam. On a beautiful Sunday during a three-day weekend, Josh and I were the only people out on the trails. No soul to be sighted! The sound of nature and the present moment pulses through our veins. We spent the weekend looking at rocks and ancient plants, hunting down the whereabouts of our dog, and eating ice cream cake!

I had never made ice cream cake before, but Josh has been wanting one forever. The irony of it all is, that I, I alone, really ate all of the birthday cake. I have a much stronger sweet tooth than Josh, and I feel so shameful that I need to make him another one- haha. This one was a gluten free brownie base, Soy Delicious salted caramel cashew ice cream (melted and poured over the brownie), and crunchy brownie bits wedged into the cake after chilled for 30 minutes. It was very easy to make, and even easier to eat. Next time, I’ll be using Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream! It is no small feat to drive 2 hours to the desert with an ice cream cake!

Another great weekend in the books, we have been daydreaming of being in the desert ever since we left. Next time I’ll: make two ice cream cakes, remember to bring my fanny pack, and stay a little bit longer 🙂

Aparigraha · Desert Travels · San Diego · Trailer Time · Upcycle

Meet Darlene 

After avid searching, we finally found our perfect mate! We purchased our newest addition to our family, a 1998 25” Sandpiper. We can’t wait to spruce up the inside; we have been plotting and scheming over laminate tiles, paint swatches and DIY websites. Check out our velour fabric panel inlays, valances and curtain tracks! Yikes.


   
  


We can’t wait to convert the bunk beds into a storage area for cordercollective shenanigans. Time to get our hands dirty 😈