abahaka explores the asanas: 1-5

•March 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

1. Tadasana: Tada = MountainTadasana 01

First let’s connect with our breath. Take steady breaths in and out. Begin to engage ujjayi (victorious) breathing. Breathe like a lion, inhale loudly through the nose and throat so that the whole room can hear your pride. Then with the mouth open, let it out – hahhhh….VICTORY! Repeat this slowly, and on each exhale imagine the steam of your breath fogging up a mirror. Now, without changing the steady and even pace of your breath, close your mouth and continue breathing the same way. Maintain just a slight constriction in the back of your throat so that on each inhale and each exhale, you continue to fog up that imaginary mirror. Maintaining a slight constriction at the back of your throat so that you sound like waves of the ocean rushing in and out…or like Darth Vader. Try to maintain this breath throughout the entire practice. Most likely you won’t. That’s okay. When you noticed that you’ve lost your ujjayi breath, just bring yourself back. Think of ujjayi breath as a regulator that controls the amount of air coming in and out of your body, allowing time for the oxygen to circulate in your blood stream. The light constriction of the airways also helps to generate heat as the air makes its way into and out of the lungs. A sweaty beast like me can often work up a sweat just by sitting and calmly developing my ujjayi breath. As your breath stabilizes and the length of inhale approaches the length of exhale, maybe start to play with kumbaka – putting a pause in your breath at the top of each inhale and at the bottom of each exhale. I find this very helpful in vinyasa as I try to maintain connection and coordination between my breath and my movement.

Build from the bottom up. Start standing with the big toes together and the heels slightly apart. Lifting all 10 of your toes off the floor, pressing your foot mounds firmly into the ground. Stretch the big toes forward and set them down, followed by your other eight toes.

Continue to breathe evenly. Ujjayi. Victory.

Fire the quadriceps. Tilt the tailbone down to flatten out the lower back and push the frontal hip points up. Draw in the pelvic floor by flexing the Kegel muscle or squeezing your anus tight – like a fist! (Mula bandha / root lock), suck your belly in towards your spine and lift your chest (Uddiyana bandha / flying up lock) as you tilt the chin slightly downward (jalandhara bandha / net flow lock) [All 3 locks together forming the maha bandha / great lock]. Roll your shoulder blades back and down away from your ears and externally rotate the arms so that your palms face the front of the room. Check back in with your alignment points. Toes, Feet, Quads, Tailbone, Pelvic Floor, Stomach, Chest, Chin, Shoulders, Arms. If you’re engaging all these alignment points and maintaining a steady ujjayi breath, you might already be working up a pretty solid sweat.

And you should. You are mountain. You are a geological phenomenon. You mere presence creates its own weather. Your breath is victory!


THE Dr. Bob

•September 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Dr. Robert "Bob" Sloves, Ob/Gyn & Moustache Afficionado

An update for you BoMoLocos out there who are participating in the 2nd Annual Dr. Bob Open. If you play with these PDFs [Doc Bob Article v2 p1 Doc Bob Article v2 p2], you can read a really nice story done on the Doc back in ’03 after his melanoma resurfaced. Don’t worry, it’s not depressing. If anything, it focuses on his relationship with his kickass wife Peggy and his political activism in the arena of women’s health.

Celebrate the Doc — Celebrate Movember — BE A PART OF THE DR. BOB OPEN  [CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP]

Enter the volleyball tourney (all levels), the bocce ball showdown (all levels), AND the moustache competition (all levels, all ages, all genders). You’ll have an awesome time and along the way you’ll raise money and awareness for two great causes – Movember USA and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Or if you’re photophobic, wait for the sun to set and join us at the after party being hosted by The Arbor Collective in their Venice showroom with free booze, food, and bands.

Hasta entonces compas – PAZ, AMOR, Y BIGOTES …!!!

Que pasa gatinha?

•April 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment


In this video we see: 1. tuxedo, 2. full orchestra, and 3. a microphone that looks like a silver pocket rocket (or an improvised “incendiary” device if you’re the Russian bomb squad)

Verdict? Genius x3.

After rediscovering the musical stylings of this famed lyrical lothario, I hereby declare this day to be Day 1 of the Tom Jones Renaissance.

…para un futuro mejor.

El Laker del Dia: Pass the Buck on the Left Hand Side

•April 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Why? Because his impact was transformative and his game remains timeless.

The nucleus of the basketball revolution that was Showtime, Magic led the Lords of Inglewood in their quest to not only win championships but to redefine the concept of “champion”. Keepin his socks high and his Cons tight, Magic’s skill, sportsmanship, creativity, versatility, and class were and will likely remain unparalleled in the sport. As the NBA enters the 2011 Playoffs, I’d like to take a look back at Earv and some of the other iconic figures that helped him to create a Basketball Renaissance in the 1980s.

 As for Buck and and the crew, I’ll let the Chili Peppers say the rest

l.a. lakers, fast break makers

kings of the court shake and bake all takers

back to back is a bad ass fact, a claim that remains… in tact

m-a-g-i-c, see you on the court

buck has come to play his way and his way is to thwart

m-a-g-i-c, magic of the buck

other teams pray for dreams

but he don’t give a fuck

penetrating the lane like a bullet train

comes the magic blood a telepathic brain

knucklehead suckers better duck

when the buck comes through like a truck

scott stops, pops, and drops it in

on his way back gets a little skin

from the hand of a man named a. c. green

slam so hard break your t.v. screen

worthy’s hot with his tomahawk

take it to the hole, make your mamma talk

i hate to burst your bubble but triple double trouble

is coming to your town and he’s going to make rubble

l. a. lakers, fast break makers

kings of the court shake and bake all takers

back to back is a bad ass fact, a claim that remains… in tact

m-a-g-i-c, see you in purple and gold

you can swim, but you won’t get far so you might as well go home

m-a-g-i-c, in buck we trust

re–storing order to the court and justice is a must

lakers are the team that i watch on the telly

cause they got more moves

that a bowl full of jelly

the buck stops here – pops – then cheers

a roar through the forum

that deafens my ears

the one and only known, of his kind

sits in a throne

not for the records that he holds

but for being bald and bold

kareem abdul jabbar

all time great super super star

i hate to burst your bubble but triple double trouble

is coming to your town and he’s going to make rubble

does anybody want some – magic johnson!

does anybody want some – magic johnson!

l. a. lakers, fast break makers

kings of the court shake and bake all takers

back to back is a bad ass fact, a claim that remains… in tact


The ”Dr. Bob” Late Movember 4-Man Co-ed Memorial Classic

•November 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

"Calling Dr. Bob..."

Buuuuuuenos dias compas! Hace un buen rato que no hablabamos, no? Well, good a time as any to re-enter the shade and cool comfort of our little barraca called ABAHAKA and re-ignite a stimulating dialogue based mostly on… my interests. And this November I’m extremely excited to emerge from hibernation just in time to participate in the glory that is The “Dr. Bob” Late Movember 4-Man Co-ed Memorial Classic.

But perhaps you ask yourself, what in the wide world of cacahuates gigantescos is el Dr. Bob Open?

Let’s begin with el hombre himself – Dr. Bob.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Benjamin Sloves (1932-2006) was an Obstetrician and Gynecologist who practiced in Southern California for almost four decades. If you were born in the South Bay from the late 60’s to the early 00’s, odds are high that this man’s iconic moustache was one of the first things your newborn eyes witnessed as they entered the world. A champion of women’s health and women’s rights, Dr. Bob could always be recognized by his warm smile… and his trademark ‘stache.

What is the Open?

To tip our hats to not only the memory of Dr. Bob but also to the spirit of his life’s work, El Pollo Rico and ABAHAKA formed a strategic partnership with Movember and Movember LA in an effort to combine a good time with the goal of raising money and awareness for health issues that affect men and women but are only in the last several years beginning to be talked about with the candor and concern that they deserve. Accordingly, El Pollo Rico and ABAHAKA teamed with Movember LA’s Stiff Upper Lips to create an event that would bring us all together during the month of Movember to raise funds and awareness for the health issues that are supported by the Movember charity and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center .

The Open takes place at Ocean Park in Santa Monica on Movember 20, 2010 at 9 a.m.

The event will include FOUR competitions:

1. Open Volleyball – The “Tom Selleck” Division

2. BBQ Volleyball – The “Burt Reynolds” Division

3. The Robert Redford Bocce Ball Open

4. The Sam Elliot Moustache Competition

YOU NEED NOT HAVE SKILLS to play BBQ ball, throw a bocce, or grow a stache. In fact, to maximize participation…

YOU NEED NOT HAVE TESTOSTERONE! El Pollo Rico ENCOURAGEs WOMEN TO ENTER THE MOUSTACHE COMPETITION! — use a sharpie, a glue-on, a facial merkin, paint some Rogain on that upper lip… just do what you gotta do!!!

To register, contact Max Sloves via the Facebook page or directly at Max.Sloves@gmail.com .

You will need to provide:

a. Your team name

b. Your individual name

c. T-shirt size (specify men’s or women’s)

d. The competition(s) you will be entering

e. $20/person to Max’s PayPal account (memo/subject: Dr. Bob Movember): BurritoSavant@yahoo.com

I am El Pollo Rico, and I approve this message


Abahaka reissues the Splendido Allstars* “Herve” commemorative shirt

•May 2, 2010 • 2 Comments

El Pollo Rico and abahaka in collaboration with Beynon Design are proud to present a second run of the limited edition remera commemorating the glorious evening circa New Year’s Eve 2006, when a group of musically inclined strangers bumped into each other in a small dark bar in Uruguay and emerged sometime the next morning as the Splendido Allstars. 4 years and 6,300 miles later, en el barrio de Venice, California, the Splendidos continue to welcome new allstars to their ever-evolving quest to achieve the funnest and sweatiest moment of live blues/funk/soul/latin radness. A strictly live project, it’s tough to find bootlegs of their performance… but for those who crave tangible objects to help trigger good memories, EPR reissued what we like to call “The Herve”. As you can see, the front of the t-shirt features an image of the patron saint of all things esplendido, Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize, a man who brought so much happiness to so many people that we invented a palabra para conmemorarlo: “hervear”. Hervear has no direct translation but if you had to put it into other words, it would be fair to say that it means “to be rad”… like Hervé… and Michael Thomas. The design is printed on super soft 50/50 American Apparel tees (Dov Charney may be a sketchy perv, but his gear is hecho en las américas, como abahaka). If you’d like one, Graham and Kim have a few at Shelter or you can always contact El Pollo Rico directly… or even better, go to a Splendido jam. And no, the super pimp couch is not for sale.


Splendido Allstars* at Shelter – 1 de Mayo @ 7 pm

•April 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Splendido Allstars * will hold it down at Shelter tomorrow night for the official opening of Frank Cubillo’s art display and an outdoor screening of Cyrus Sutton’s film on the Alaia renaissance. Graham and his wife always manage to blend a brilliant mix of multimedia at their (semi)monthly soirees. A very healthy and aesthetically stimulating balance of video, music, art, and cerveza.

Go. Enjoy. Be splendido.