Category Archives: MY WORLD — FEB. 2010

HONEY COLLECTIVE LAUNCHES HONEY LUXE… CELEBRATING MONI’S, LATRECE, IAN, AND PAULS BIRTHDAY

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Me and Monica at Honey Luxe 🙂

Jay Barber and Ms. Monica ...

Me, Tia and friends:)

Me and Tia

Me and the boys!

Justine and Moni

Jabbs and Moni

V Doing the Damn thang!

Timothy Bloom and V!

Me and Brooklyn

Me and Devante from Jodeci

Me, Moni and Ian Coleman

Me and Paul Jabbari!

CAN YOU BELIEVE THERE'S A VENUE ACTUALLY CALLED HONEY?

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DONATION BASED YOGA CLASSES IN SANTA MONICA

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I have a new passion … yoga! Where has this been my whole life!  It’s amazing!  I discovered this studio with my friend Tiffany Bright and I’ve been going back ever since – damn near 3 times a week. The instructors are amazing and completely experienced. These yoga classes have helped me in multiple areas of my life outside of just my health.  I couldn’t keep this treasure to myself – wanted to make SURE I shared it with everyone!

Check out this link: http://www.poweryoga.com/

Info about Brian Kest – The owner of this amazing facility.

About Bryan

Now 45, Bryan Kest has been practicing yoga for more than 30 years. He initially studied in Hawaii with David Williams, the first person to bring Ashtanga yoga to America. He then studied in India with K. Pattabhi Jois, the main proponent of Ashtanga yoga. Kest has been teaching yoga for 26 years. “My primary objective”, says Kest, “besides turning more and more people on to a healthier, more peaceful lifestyle that continually challenges them to grow, is to teach a system of exercise that fully integrates the body, mind, and spirit.

The new trend towards yoga is not surprising, given that the body is limited and the mind is limitless. The combination of body and mind creates an incredibly broad range of fulfillment, including top physical condition and a calm, peaceful, clear mind.”

View our class schedule

The Teacher Within

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 26 years. I started in Hawaii in 1979 with David Williams and Brad Ramsey in the 2nd ashtanga yoga class in the world outside of India. The 1st ashtanga class was another class David Williams started in Encinitas, CA that he disbanded to move to Hawaii (Maui) where I was living and attending his and Brad’s class. This was a great intro to yoga. It seems like the flower children of the 60’s had opened some spiritual doors for western culture and David & Brad and all the people we were hanging out with (all at least 15 years my senior) were all looking to explore the yoga a little deeper. We were all experimenting with something very new.

A new form of exercise which focused more on healthy, clean, organic food that was based on nourishing our bodies first, our taste buds 2nd, not vice- versa. A new lifestyle that focused on quality, not quantity. And also a new view of our relationship with our bodies, our hearts, and our relationships with the people around us, as well as on this planet. This was a very exciting time for all of us. We knew we were on to something very special. Although we definitely were not the first people to experiment with the ideology of yoga, it was very new to us and still very foreign to mainstream America and probably the world. Even mainstream India had put aside these ideas, beliefs and precepts.

The emphasis of the yoga back then was “being connected to something larger than ourselves that we were all part of.” It was about community, hugging instead of shaking hands, cooking not just eating. It was about eradicating the things that separate us all, yet respecting the differences between us. It was all so much more than the physical practice, but the physical practice seemed to be the glue holding it all together.

This to me was an amazing intro into yoga. We all had this opportunity to step out of the rat race and live in this very special manner. So the yoga encompassed our life (every aspect). It wasn’t just a physical exercise done once a day and then back to the rat race. Not long after I moved to Maui (6 years), I then moved to India for a year to get a stronger hit of this yoga. This was not a common practice for a 21-year-old Detroit boy to move to India to study yoga, so it was very exciting. My destination was Mysore, a medium size town in deep southern India. I wanted to meet and study ashtanga yoga with its main and only proponent (of this variety of ashtanga), Pattabhi Jois.

This was not such an easy and fashionable thing to do back then. The nation’s economy was not booming yet, and there wasn’t the Internet that seems to have shrunken the planet. And of course, yoga seemed odd to most people. But yoga not being fashionable yet was a good thing for me. I didn’t have to deal with any trendy energy, and it all seemed very unexplored, strange, interesting and esoteric. I was following my gut into new territory. So new, that when I found the ashtanga teacher, Jois, there was only one other student there practicing. All the better! I had him all to myself and could absorb as much info as I wanted.

As well as practice every morning with Jois and having tea with him and his wife in the afternoons, I immersed myself in the culture and sought out other yogis and teachers. India was an amazing experience, and I still look forward to another journey there.

Once I returned from India, I continued practicing the yoga I had learned from David and Brad and continued to make an effort to study with teachers and instructors whom I heard good things about.

Now here I am, 26 years into this journey, still just a child (maybe a teenager) on this spiritual journey. Where do I find myself? What have I learned? What is the point of this article?! What I’ve learned, I couldn’t find words to explain, although I am always trying, and some people understand.

The point of this article is this. Looking back over my experiences in yoga, any and all of the spiritual information I have acquired has not come from someone else. I am not parroting what a great yogi or saint has said; the teachings, the message and knowledge come from me. I find the knowledge that I have congruent with most of the teachings from yoga philosophy as well as that of many great saints. It makes me feel I am on the right track when my understanding parallels that of great teachers and saints. And the parallels make sense because truth is truth.

What I’ve learned is that my greatest yoga teacher is within! The knowledge I’ve acquired is a direct result of me quieting my mind and being open enough to receive the teachings coming through. The greatest job any yoga instructor can do is create the right environment for the practice of yoga (quieting the mind) and reinforcing the truths being exposed. Yoga practice is my opportunity to quiet my mind. Stepping away from the judgments and labels that separate me from myself and all things. Quieting my mind gives me the opportunity to tap into the universal depository of all knowledge and all things. This is not something I can control (yet) to the degree I can get any info I want. Yet, when my mind is quiet and open, it seems I fill up with understanding, knowledge and love. This understanding is not intellectual. I can’t explain the meaning of life or anything. I simply don’t have to explain it because I know it and trust it.

I walk away from my practice feeling whole, complete, satisfied and full. I don’t believe any other person can give you that. They can only help you to create the environment, so as you yourself can tap into it. Nobody can do the work for you. I have to untie my own knots. I have to develop the strength to disempower my own habit patterns. Nobody can do this for me. And this is what the practice is all about. Quieting the mind means disempowering the habit patterns of thinking, judging, competing and attachment and being open to what I am feeling or knowing. In other words, “the teacher” waits patiently behind the busy mind. And when I quiet my mind (yoga practice) and experience where I am and what I am feeling, the wisdom starts coming through. Real knowledge of whom I am and what I need manifest as it is supposed to. And there the real yoga begins “living my truth.”

So let’s use our yoga classes and our yoga practice to create the most ultimate environment to quiet the mind, so we can access the teacher waiting inside!!

Pertaining to the physical practice “asana.”

The body talks to us in the language of sensation! It says, “that feels good” and “that does not.” The reason for this is to keep us safe. Why would we not listen to what we are feeling? How far we go in a pose should be directly related to how it feels and whether we can breathe free, not holding the breath and straining. Remember there is no proof that looser people are healthier or happier people. So we are not trying to get loose, we are trying to get well or maintain wellness. That will not happen if we do not honor what we are feeling. This is not a sport. There is no proof that athletes are healthier or happier people. In my experience, health is a state of balance brought about by moderation among other things. Moderation is the opposite of being extreme. And happiness is a state of mental balance. Not craving and clinging, but accepting who we are and where we are at, instead of rejecting where we are at in a constant pursuit to get somewhere. Most people bring their craving and clinging mentality into the yoga class, and then the practice is polluted. In yoga class and maybe in life, let the practice be, “I am not trying to get anywhere, I am trying to make it OK to be where I am at” because I love myself and value my process!!
Aloha!

Bryan

GOALS + UPDATES + MARK YOUR CALENDERS

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GOOD EVENING & HAPPY MONDAY!

I hope that 2010 has been treating everyone well and the year begun as healthy, productive and prosperous as can be! For 2010, I’ve steadily created synergistic partnerships and programs surrounding movie releases, live music, the dance community and, of course, the Honey Collective.  I really hope to be able to see ALL of you in the coming days or weeks.  There is a lot to look forward too!
STAY CONNECTED TO ME:
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/shelleyoto
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/shelleyoto

Dates to Remember:
February 28th 2010:  Honey Live @ Bardot in Hollywood
March 27th 2010:  Styles Upon Styles in San Francisco @ 330 Ritch


STYLES UPON STYLES
I’m working collaboratively with Crazy Legs (President of the Rock Steady Crew), Dennis Infante and Red Bull to produce a series of dance events in various cities.   The series will begin in San Francisco on March 27th at 330 Ritch, and will soon after visit cities such as: Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

In the earlier part of the evening — Red Bull will be screening their never-before-seen documentary, “Bouncing Cats,” which will be followed by a Q & A with the film’s talent.

Styles Upon Styles
is a Lifestyle event that occurs in different cities and features a night of quality music, fashion and dance performances/battles etc. The experience is interactive, entertaining and unique.  Styles Upon Styles caters to the music-loving, fashion-conscious dancer community.   It’s a credible forum where all the freshest dancers get down in the circle, as the sounds of the most skilled DJs penetrate the air.  One should expect dance battles, PUMA giveaways, fresh music, interactive experiences, performances and more.

Talent from past Onecypher.com events has included: The Jabbawockeez and DJ Kool Raul of Supreme Soul (fromMTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew), Soul Sector, Beatz N Pieces, Grammy Nominated Artist Vikter Duplaix … amongst others…
Stay Tuned and mark your calendars for March 27, 2010!

GET INVOLVED: If you’d like to support or participate/support this event, please email: shelleyoto@gmail.com

and cc: Winnie Sui:  shelleyoto_asst@yahoo.com


ONECYPHER

Dennis Infante and I recently re-launched onecypher.com – a credible platform dedicated to everything DANCE. This site will continue to be updated with interesting blogs, articles, interviews, and plenty of media that will aim to showcase the true essence of each dance style.  Only the most credible dance class information will be listed and will be primarily geared towards offering dancers the resources to learn the background of other dance styles as well.

We focus our business towards the dance community, ranging from event planning, talent booking, club parties, dance contests/battles and showcases, as well as business consulting.

STAY CONNECTED TO ONECYPHER:
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/onecypher
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/onecypher


THE HONEY COLLECTIVE LAUNCHES “EVERYTHING HONEY”
We’ve steadily prepared to launch a series of new and exciting programs for you to enjoy.  From live music shows to roller skating, from private “members only” events to seasonal and movie release events … let’s just say … we have a lot lined up!  If you loved our two-year anniversary titled “The Show,” then you will love our upcoming concert series LAUNCHING MARCH 2010. More information to be released on that event at a later date… Hold onto your hats and enjoy the ride – 2010 is going to be a lot of fun with the HONEY COLLECTIVE.


HONEY COLLECTIVE @ THE BRAND NEW JW MARRIOT IN DOWNTOWN LA LIVE
This past Saturday evening … the Honey Collective supported the Langston Bar Association and celebrating Lawrence Hinkle as he was being installed as the 
2010 President of the John M. Langston Bar Association.   We partied on the rooftop and Honey’s very own DJ Eque kept everyone dancing – suit, tuxedos, gowns and all!  It was a beautiful night for a beautiful cause at a BEAUTIFUL venue!  We’ll be back!


HONEY LIVE
HONEY LIVE
is a live music series. As you know, The HONEY COLLECTIVE supports the Arts and will be introducing new and upcoming artists between the hours of 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm at Bardot inside the Avalon. You never know who’ll be in the house. ; ). DJ Eque and DJ Rashida, alongside special guest DJs will be on the 1…’s and 2’s. Bardot is a beautiful venue with an amazing sound system! Please join us on our Sunday night Musical Adventure at Bardot in Hollywood!

Mark Your Calendars:  February 28, 2010 @ Bardot (Inside the Avalon)

If you’d like to submit your group/band to perform at HONEY LIVE – please send all submissions to honeylivetalentsubmissions@yahoo.com

To attend this event RSVP:  honeycollective@yahoo.com


HONEY LUXE
This month the HONEY COLLECTIVE 
is launching HONEY LUXE … a series of private, invite only affairs offered to our VIPs 
in beautiful, intimate, upscale, undisclosed locations…
It’s a private HONEY affair with after hours included …
How do you get on the guestlist? 
ssshhhhh…Stay tuned!
If you’re not there – you’ll definitely hear about it.

FUTURE HONEY PROGRAMS:
As I mentioned before … The Honey Collective is excited about 2010. Everything is in the works. If your company is interested in working with us, please email: shelleyoto@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!
STAY CONNECTED TO THE HONEY COLLECTIVE:
Follow Us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/honeycollective
Subscribe to our YouTube:  www.youtube.com/honeycollective
Become a fan on our Facebook:

That’s the skinny.  I really hope EVERYONE is having a wonderful start to this year and I get to see your face soon!  LIVE YOUR LIFE IN THE SUNSHINE. MUCH LOVE!

HONEY LIVE!

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"HONEY LIVE" FLYER

THE HONEY COLLECTIVE
Launches a Brand New Music Series
HONEY LIVE

February 28, 2010
Join us on our Sunday Night Musical Adventure at Bardot in Hollywood

9:00 pm – 2:00 am
10:00 pm – 11:30pm – Live Performance by Grammy Award Winner Timothy Bloom
11:30 pm – 2:00 am – WE DANCE…

BARDOT
(Inside the Avalon)
1737 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA

DJS
DJ EQUE
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Special Guest Djs

PRODUCED BY
Monica Payne and Shelley Oto

RSVP:
honeycollective@yahoo.com

For bottle service/table reservations contact:  shelleyoto@gmail.com

WORDS FROM COLIN POWELL…

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A close friend of mine … send me the below quote:

“The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you.Consider this:Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don’t follow anyone who’s not going anywhere.With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.”A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.”The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate – for the good and the bad.Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends. Yes…do love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will always be your family no matter what. Just know that they are human first and though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else and will fit somewhere in the criteria above.”In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends.””Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them.””If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude..”

-Colin Powell

RISING TO THE OCCASION…

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What a crazy two weeks I’ve had. Actually, instead I should state … “What A Journey I’ve Experienced.”  One of the bumpiest areas in my life I NOW CLOSE.  There comes a point when “enough is enough” and you have to keep moving through it.  Again … “not everyone is like you.”  People have different hearts, motivation, intention and respect.  This last week I felt like “moving to the beach” and just staying there away from everything.  It’s rare that people disappoint me, but when it happens I really feel it.  I doubt that I will ever forget what’s happened but I hope that I will forgive with time.  I hate the way this situation has made me feel inside.  I realize that change is necessary and that sometimes things don’t always make sense … but you have to accept change and stop resisting the urge to try to control what you just can’t.  Just do the best you can and have Faith in GOD that he will help figure the rest of LIFE out with you … but you HAVE TO SHOW UP for him and yourself!

Life keeps moving regardless of what’s going on.  So I had to tell myself to “RISE TO THE OCCASION.”  3 of my new programs are launching in February and March 2010.  In the next 3 weeks I have 3 events scheduled for the Honey Collective + we are launching two new event series.  A music series and a private event series –Both I’m very really excited about.  Styles Upon Styles is launching in March 2010 and we are moving stead fast through the pre-production for that event.  I have just brought on another assistant to help facilitate the daily “action items” of this crazy operation.  Red Bull just signed on to support a minimum of two events for Styles Upon Styles!  San Francisco/ Los Angeles.  Soon to be in Chicago and New York as well.  So yes … the phone calls went well!

New Dates to  Lock In:

February 24th:  Honey Luxe in Los Angeles
February 28th:  Honey Live in Los Angeles
March 25th:  Launch of onecypher.com &  Styles Upon Styles in San Francisco

I look forward to what’s to come.  More good news is on it’s way!  Whenever there’s a storm there’s ALWAYS a rainbow to follow 🙂

KEEPIN’ IT MOVING-

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Sometimes people will do some really messed up things that hurt, sting and due to the pain it’s caused – become unforgettable moments in your life.   In hind sight I ask myself what can I learn from these extremely painful, annoyingly intrusive moments – we call life?  More recently, I’ve had to remove someone important to me from my life. Why you ask?  I have to “keep it moving.”  I have way too much to do in life – to be stuck in one place because of another person’s choices.  Am I disappointed…yes.  Do I wish I would have been considered and respected … yes.  Has this been an eye opening and painful beyond belief experience? Yes.  I’ve had to make some hard adjustments to move forward and move on.  You cannot control another persons actions – no matter how much you may want to try. With that bei

GOALS:
Styles Upon Styles: is moving forward – Los Angeles + San Francisco are in the books. We are excited and ready to get these events moving. My meetings on Friday went fantastic and I’ll have more information to release in the next week or so in regards to the who, what, where, when and why …
Save the date:
February 25, 2010:  Styles Upon Styles Los Angeles. Specials guests:  Super Cr3w.  Special guest dj: Crazy Legs
March 3, 2010:  Styles Upon Styles San Francisco.  Special guest dj: Crazy Legs
March 27th, 2010:  Styles Upon Styles San Francisco. Special guest dj: Crazy Legs

Whose rollin?  ….

ON FAITH…

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Internal growth has come with sacrifices for me.  Internal growth has come only by having  acceptance that my life may feel extremely uncomfortable at times.  A couple of nights ago, I was having a hard time sleeping because my heart felt heavy.  Yesterday I was feeling anxiety because I have two important meetings today – that I’ve anticipated for over 2 months.  I’ve prepared, I’ve researched … I’ve definitely done my due diligence.  I felt shaky the entire day and then I was reminded … “let go and have faith.”

“Having faith” to me doesn’t mean – that if you have faith – things will go exactly the way you’d like it.  We forget that we are not always in control.  Whatever higher power one believes in – really is in control.  Once you “show up” for yourself – a person has to allow the universe/god/buddha etc. to do for them what’s in store for them.  Some things are outright “blessings,” while others are “blessings in disguise.”

I did everything I could do to make today’s meeting at 10 am go in my favor.  I can only hope for what I’d like to see happen. I have to let go of force, let go of control – and “have faith,” that whatever happens is supposed too. “Let go!”  God works in mysterious ways.  We have to ask ourselves “Why?”  when we put our hearts into something.  A friend shared that when you truly understand “why” you are doing something – that’s where your passion lies for whatever you choose to do in life.

“I believe that anyone can make anything a reality if you really believe in it.”

My meeting begins in 20 minutes. I’m going to take this time to look over my notes and return to this blog with some results.  Whatever the result, the train does not stop here!