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Sunday, September 09, 2007

hip tranquil chick podcast #99: be buddha-ful

Bonjour! Welcome to the 99th edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast: a guide to life on and off the yoga mat.

Today’s menu features a must-have pose in On the Mat, Be Buddha-ful with Brian Sano in Off the Mat, and we’ve got Omwork and Savvy Sources for you too. View our shownotes at

On the Mat: Meditation

Off the Mat: Today’s podcast is an interview with Brian Sano on Being Buddha-ful. Brian is a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, particularly in the Shambhala tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chodron. He encourages others to practice meditation “off the cushion,” as well as on it, by bringing awareness and mindfulness into every aspect of our daily lives. This “meditationess,” as he calls it, can wake us up, inspiring us to appreciate and see the magic in each moment, as it is. Besides sitting on the meditation cushion, Brian’s interests include practicing and teaching yoga, contemplative photography, and playing soccer or squash. Brian leads a weekly meditation class at Tranquil Space. For his “real” job, Brian is a lawyer for a federal agency in Washington, DC, where he lives, sits, and plays.

Omwork: To encourage a sense of diving deeper into today’s podcast, I will post Omwork relating to this segment on our HTC forum. Please connect with fellow HTCs there and play with the following:

1. Practice tonglen and let us know how it goes
2. Share your favorite Buddhist book and why you love it
3. Try a 5 minute meditation daily and share your experience

Savvy Sources:
Girl Seeks Bliss by Nicole Beland
Anything by Pema Chodren

Haute Stuff Shoppe: Shop online for my new retail therapy page complete with the Hip Tranquil Chick book, yoga CDs, and tranquilista gems.

Signature Style: TranquiliT’s tres tunic. 50% off code HTC.

Soirees, Chats, Booksignings & Retreats: Come our next 1-day retreat in DC on Saturday, January 12 and a weekend of all things hip and tranquil in the Catskills of NY in March. I’ll be leading workshops and hosting book signings in Montreal and the Boston area in November; Charleston, WV and Charlotte, NC in February; and back to Denver in April. Details for all special events at I hope our paths will cross.

Join us for our next le chic teleclass chat focused on savvy self-care on Monday, September 10 at 8:30ET. Details here.

Community Corner: A reminder – if you have a product you’d like reviewed by me on the blog – send a sample to me at 2024 p street, nw dc, 20036. sending a sample does not guarantee placement but I’d love to support our burgeouning community!

Mentoring: Interested in diving deeper into hip and tranquil topics 1:1? If so, view all the scoop here.

Au Revoir: Share your hip tranquil chickness with me, request show ideas, or pass along feedback by e-mailing We’re on MySpace and Frappr, so please connect with the community virtually there, too!

To close out the show, we’re playing podsafe music from Podsafe Music Network. Today’s selection is I Feel Love by Derek the Bandit. You can learn more this week's featured artist, including how to get more of his music at

Thanks for joining me for the 99th edition of the HTC podcast. Be Buddha-ful! Namaste.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice post! I tried some Yoga too..