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How To Leave a Review in iTunes-YoGeek Tips Guerrilla Style

Moving in line with yesterday’s post, that of appreciating podcasters 😉 Here is a great way to do it! We as podcasters (as of this moment in time) get a ginormous amount of our listeners via iTunes. Most of our listeners find us there, and as of this moment, most people are acquaited with iTunes so it’s very easy for us to tell them to subscribe that way.

One way in which podcasters get ‘seen’ more by the iTunes logarithms is by having people leave reviews to podcasts. I have seen that the more reviews I get at any given time, my ranking in iTunes usually goes up! Which of course is totally cool because that means more people can come across my podcast 😉

I decided to facilitate the process by making my first screencast!

Screencasts are hard 😦

Still need a lot to learn (especially about my audio) and yes, I do know that I look all space alien like 😉 But, beside that. I give you a very simple, guerrilla style video to guide you, so that you can take your first step toward giving your favorite podcaster some love!!! It’s a great gift to give 🙂



Podcast Appreciation Day! The YoGeek’s pics

Glancing over at Twitter, I saw a post by PodcastMama that it was Podcaster Appreciation Day. I followed her link and got over to this post on Podcasting News. It seems like this was very impromptu, and somehow it just really resonated with me.

Podcasting has been such a huge part of my life in my 30’s. In fact I can say that podcasting saved my life, keeping the best part of myself steady, making me accountable for who I was and who I was meant to be. Podcasting provided for me the ground that for many years in my life I lacked in ‘real life’, and it was because of my stepping into it 100%, I finally stepped into the life that I was always meant to have 🙂

I know that this is very metaphorical, and it may seem a bit hooky, but at this time, I don’t believe I can give the necessary time to explain this whole thing.

I believe from the bottom of my heart that podcasting helped me Workout me, to the best of my ability.

So given that I’m going to share with you a list of some of my personal favorites. Some of these are new finds that I have got to share! I’m a huge fan of podcasting and the podcasts that I listen to are A LOT, I’m really paring these down. I mean really 😉 I appreciate you podcasters!

  • Pray as You Go-I listen to this podcast sporadically now. When I flew to L.A. recently I caught up on all of my missed episodes. This is the podcast that centers me and always brings the BIG picture into my life. It reminds me to Connect. What’s awesome about it also is that although it is made by jesuit priests, it’s not a specific ‘catholic’ nor even ‘christian’ podcast. Although of course It’s all about the bible, but the application of scripture to the everyday is absolutely phenomenal and applicable to any religion or spiritual path. It’s creative and deeply moving, with great music 🙂
  • Fitness Rocks– Dr. Monte is a very knowledgeable Dr. I tend to gravitate toward people that are not wishy washy. Dr. Monte is the opposite of that. He truly drives the points to your health home. He gives you tangible studies to support (and a lot of the time not) the latest health trends and issues surrounding weight loss and healthful living. He has a very active community where you can ask questions relative to weigh loss, diet and health. I have not deleted any of the past Fitness Rocks episodes because everytime I re listen to one I find that I missed so much info, and I find it still incredibly relevant.
  • The Hollywood Podcast– At first I resisted subscribing to Tim Coyne’s podcast (or even listening to it), not because of Tim by any means, but because I did the whole Hollywood thing and honestly I was sick of it. Once I got into podcasting I found the LA Podcasters and Tim was a member. I decided to do my homework and know what these guys were about, so I listened to an episode. I was hooked. I love this podcast! I believe this is the epitome of an independent podcaster. Tim is a very talented guy, sharing his personal life (the Unkempt series, my favorite) with lots of smart and creative interviews of people in ‘the business’. Often times his storytelling takes me through the gamut of emotions. I laugh hysterically (his has been the only podcast that has made me guffaw out loud while walking down the street 😀 ) I get totally angry at him, and then at the end he makes me cry. Seriously.
  • More Hip Than Hippie– I’ve gotten very serious about environmental, and sustainable issues lately. I want to create a world were my family can live free of all sorts of extra crap that should have never been the in the 1st place, be it trash or pesticides or chemicals. I found this show by chance while working at Wizzard (as part of my job is familiarizing myself with libsyn podcasters). I love it! Dori and Val are awesome. They are spunky, they are opinionated, but at the same time light hearted and crazy funny. I have learned such great hints and tips about all kinds of green stuff, I can’t even tell you. Every week I look forward to listening to what they have to say.
  • Cooking Up A Story– Staying with the environmental topic, this podcast is absolutely fantastic. It’s quality is top notch, very reminiscent of something on PBS. They have the most interesting stories about people, food, lifestyle. I have been riveted by the stories, plus it’s video, so you can see what’s going on! I can do it no justice by trying to describe it. You have to watch one of the episodes. The minute I stumbled upon it I couldn’t turn back. I even had a fellow podcaster (the mighty Average Betty) tell me fantastic things about it. This is a must. Plus, their website is full of great links to other incredible information.
  • The Eclectic Review– I love these guys!!!! OMG. Another one that I found at work. I love the essence of this show. I love the conversation between Glory and Stuart, it’s intelligent, poignant, clear, funny, mundane, and I could go on and on and on. They converse about art, books, movies, science, and whatever pops into their head. This podcast gives my scientist side a treat ;). I don’t get a chance to cultivate that side too much, although it does so want to peak out. This one is my new fave.

I could go and on and on, but I’ll stop at these 6. There is such good content out there. I’ve been a loyal listeners of podcasts that I don’t mention here. So much, so much! These are the ones that at this point in time, I’m fired up about 🙂

If you have any that you are a fan of, please share in the comments! Podcasters deserved to be appreciated 🙂

Virtual Yoga Teaching

I met Mr. Nick Schmidt when I commented on his blog post for Techie Diva. By ‘met’ I mean he contacted me after the posting and we kinda began to email back and forth, forging a virtual friendship. As we continued our conversation, videos and getting in shape surfaced, and I thought how cool would it be to send him a video so that he could do yoga! He’d never done yoga before. So I kinda got something simple done, it was really meant just for him, so he could feel comfy at doing the practice. I thought, how cool would it be if he could send me a corresponding video, so that I could watch him to see how he was doing. Well, lo and behold, he did such a good job at it! So good in fact that I gave him permission to use the video on his site and all. Here it is. check it out.

Yep. The mighty Nick got my name wrong. That kinda sucked. He called me Elise. I have nothing against all the fantastic Elise’s out there, but my name is Elsie. Kinda gave Mr. Nick some crap about that, but hey, what’s done is done, and I know that his heart was in the right place 🙂 enjoy the video!

Marc Holzman (Part 1) and Children’s Fitness and Technology

Inge’s Blog

Yourself Fitness

Dance Dance Revolution

The Role of Media in Child Obesity

Fitness Magazine


‘cute’ Bell Stopwatch ( I don’t think that it’s cute at all)

Kombucha this is the drink that exploded 😀

Marc Holzman Guerrilla Yoga LA

Bryan Kest Power Yoga

Naime Jezzeny

Noah Maze

mitral valve prolapse

Knees in the Mirror: Alignment and Engagement

Can we bring our knees to anatomical neutral? Can we in very simple ways begin ( for this is just the beginning), to engage in new ways to align our bodies.
Using your muscles and making active choices with them can help stabilize and strengthen joints and connective tissue.

Just a simple video to delve into the most basic anatomical alignment for the knees.

Please let me know what you think!

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YoGeek Chillout after a Setback: Back to Basics and Breathe

So I had it all planned, this weekend I was going to get lots of footage for this show! Lots of it, thought it would be easy.

Not so much 😦

I was so disappointed and quite defeated, but really that’s what it’s all about, allowing yourself to step in fully and whatever happens is part of your yoga. How do we then make the best choice, to the best of our ability. The time that I had at the studio was truly almost over and I felt that nothing that I had shot was remotely what I wanted to offer. It was at that moment that I decided that I just needed to breathe and chill out, so here it is…5 min of movement a little bit of quiet time to pay attention to the basics and breathe.

Once I opened my eyes and once again stepped into the world, I felt so much better, knowing that perfection lies in the imperfection, and that it’s there that we are given the Grace to be the best that we can, all the time, even if it’s not what you imagined it would be!

Check it out!

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It’s about 8 min long 🙂


It’s all about the Vastus Medialis

I pondered what running for 12 min, that’s all, 12 min would feel like in my body. I bike about 40 miles a week, for biking around LA is my only form of transportation. Well, actually I also walk and take public transpo. Anyway, given that info, I was so amazed that the one and only muscle that was really, I mean really sore was the mighty vastus medialis, a quadriceps muscle.


Why the quadriceps? I mean I use the heck out of that muscle every single day, but goes to show that the muscle itself has parts that are not used. The quadriceps femoris is broken down into 4 fantastic muscles, the vastus lateralis, the vastus medialis, the vastus intermedius and the rectus femoris. They are primarily knee extensors (or stretching the leg straight.) They are incredibly important towards maintaining structural stability of the knee joint.

Given the fact that I am in constant awe of the human body and it is my business to observe the body so closely to facilitate alignment, I’ve come to a very simple conclusion: any movement that is repetitive in any way builds habits in our body that at times may not be completely in balance. Certain muscles that we use daily, get stronger, daily. Those that we happen to gloss over, maybe not even consciously only see the light of day when we attempt to do something new.

Something new, regardless of what it is, physically, is necessary to maintain our health. It can be as simple as walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, jumping rope, sprinting instead of jogging, yoga instead of tae bo, boxing instead of yoga, leading with your left leg instead of your right.

Simple. I’m sure nothing new, but it’s oh so nice to remember 🙂

May we always be surprised by the beauty of our bodies, and may we continue to use them in ways that really show how truly divine they are.