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These are the yoga teachers at Blue Yoga Nyla, and they are a fantastic bunch of women. Being their student has been an amazing experience.  They exude warmth, love, and happiness. So you know this shoot was a lot of fun.

After the warm up portraits, we went straight into playing with poses.

We even broke into a bit of acro, just for fun.

Being a part of the BYN family has really helped me grow, not only as a yogi, but as a person. The open accepting atmosphere created by these women has not only opened my heart, but my mind as well. I am not sure I could ever fully express the gratitude I feel. The more I show how much I love the sanctuary they have created, the more they give me reason to be grateful. Just as you would expect love to be, exponential!

Thank you all for the beauty you have brought into my life.

 

Vlog Episode 4

In an effort to organize my life, I’ve set aside time on certain days for the things I love. Thursday is for Thrashin'(a word commonly used in reference to riding the shred sled). This week, to honor the day, I played with my useless wooden toy in the Treehouse.

Yoga has served to help keep me rolling for decades now. So when offered the gift of a new mat, I had to make time for that, even on this day of Thrashin’. At first I thought it was my yoga that put me in position to receive a free Lululemon mat. What I came to find out, is that someone had suggested me for the honor. Either way I am grateful for my sanctuary, Blue Yoga Nyla, which is surely the source of this generosity.

In the process, I was introduced to one hell of a cool cat, Aaron Baka. He is a yoga teacher that works for Lulu, and he has some really incredible talent. That I found out on our hike up Pinnacle. Not only did he master the arm balance rocks with ease, but he showed me a thing or two about hand-standing as well.

Baka recently completed a fifty mile trail run, and Pinnacle is his training grounds. I too love that place, for similar reasons. It was inspiring to be in concert, in one of my favorite arenas, with someone of such ability, humbling in fact. I have worked on my hand stands for months now, and still have to kick in. Aaron, on the other hand, presses up, smooth, and controlled.  I did my best to keep up.

This Thursday turned out to be for more than just Thrashin’, and I couldn’t be happier about it. In fact, I can’t wait for our next adventure.

Flower Moontage

This Moontage is pretty heavy with Emerald Park footage. It is my new favorite place, and with views like this you can understand why.

I also managed to get on the field at War Memorial Stadium. I went to a jewish food festival there, and it was ALL open. So I went out and did a headstand on the fifty yard line.

I also had to edit this Moontage twice. YouTube wouldn’t let me use the original Radiohead song. The copyright had it blocked around the world. That was crushing, because I spent a lot of time (a whole day) working on it. And I felt like they went together perfectly. Luckily Vimeo let me upload it. Check it out below.

I wound up re-editing the Moontage to a different song for YouTube’s finicky ass. I spent more time trying to find a song than actually editing. It was impossible to top Fake Plastic Trees. The footage seemed to be made for that song. In the end Society by Eddie Vedder seemed the closest vibe match. I didn’t really do to much rearranging in the timeline. I just chopped the clips to line up with the music.

Which did you like most?

 

Selfie Silks Test Shoot

I recently started learning a few things on the Treehouse silks, and since I have no one else to shoot at the moment, I figured some selfies were in order. After all, practice makes perfect. The straddle up was the main thing I wanted to capture. I took a screen grab from the Day 43 episode of the vlog and couldn’t believe how good it looked. Also, I have been wanting to try out the black backdrop in the studio. I could picture it in my head, and that inspired me to take that vision to the studio. These other two are just filler. Although, I like how they came out as well. Now I just need to find another subject, or learn some new moves…

Best Friends Birthday Boudoir

My life has come in phases, and I have really close friends from each of them. I met Kevin in my “Party Like a Rock Star” phase. And there are some stories, but unlike the majority of the “friends” I accumulated during those years, Kevin has remained a fixture in my life.

Kevin’s has moved back to Texas, but we still see each other several times a year. He came up this weekend for his birthday. And although we made no attempt to top our youthful shenanigans, we did have a really good time. We always do.

Aside from the drinking, dancing(mostly me), karaokeing(all me), and playing pool, I managed to get him into the Treehouse studio for a couples birthday shoot. We even dressed the alike. Well, I saw what he was wearing and matched it.

Happy Birthday, Kevin! And thank you, for always being there to catch me when I fall.

Getting Tricky in the Treehouse

The Treehouse was built to serve as a photo studio, in part. The transition of the ramp serves as the perfect seamless backdrop.

This shoot with Maddy, a Yoga teachers at BYN, was the first time it has been used to its full capacity.

Eventually, I made my way into the photos as well. These last two photo I shot selfie style using my phone as a remote. I had been wanting to do some partner yoga forever, but shooting it proved to be a bit difficult, even with the remote.

Originally, Maddy was pressing the remote shutter with a ten second delayed timer. That didn’t turn out to provide enough time for her to get into position. In the end, I set off the shutter with no timer, once Maddy was flying.

Sam and Steph Yoga Shoot

I got an early start as a professional photographer, shooting for skateboard magazines. I then moved to motorcycle mags, and now my passion has shifted once again to yoga.

This shoot was set up to work on my portfolio, and to get a better feel for just how to shoot yoga poses. I approached the shoot pretty much the same as a skate shoot. Only yoga is more static than dynamic, so angle and position are a greater focus than timing.

Working with Steph and Sam was amazing. Hopefully we’ll shoot again soon.

A Post Apocalyptic Skate, Slack, and Stretch Session in the Sunken City

There is a spot in San Pedro where an old neighborhood is sinking into the sea, and it is spectacular! The roads have begun to buckle as the ground beneath them have slowly been swept away. The wasteland left by the march of time offers a beautiful background for all of my favorite things – skateboarding, slacklining, and yoga.

#ComfortinChaos – There is something so pleasing about seeking stillness in the storm, cutting a path through disaster. #SunkenCity in #SanPedro is now one of my favorite spots. Finding a way to repurpose rubbish has always been one of the most enchanting things about #skateboarding, and the ruins of this seaside societal skeleton pose as a playground. The #countercultural appeal of reaping reward from wreckage lends itself to all sorts of #artistry. The grounds themselves are wrapped in the gift of #graffiti. A long time friend @theartofchase showed up as well to showcase his skill. It was really inspiring to see how far he has come in his craft. Nothing like catastrophe to bring people together. *************^*^*^*^****** #theDayinPhotos www.Haneywod.com #linkinbio #aerialphotography @skyecam_la #djiphantom3professional #drone #yoga #slacklife #skatelife #onemanstrash #anothermanstreasure

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Highlining in the Santa Monica Mountains

Saddle Peak is purported to have the most exposure of any highline in the Greater LA area, and that is before Duane Burkhart made it a three-way. His rigging took this line to new heights. It literally looked like you were walking off into the horizon, and surprisingly, the line felt incredibly solid. I am fairly new to slacklining, and I have even less experience highlining, but even staring off into the void, I was able to walk on the longest section of this three-way line.

It was a bit late in the day by the time my brother, JJ, and I arrived. The group gathered had already had their fun, so Jeremiah and I were able to get right on the line for our walks. Then we talked the professionals into showing us how it was done. JJ and SkyeCam took care of the drone documentation, with a little camera help from the Haney brothers, while Duane, Jon, and Zollie managed to all walk at the same time on the individual sections. It was a pretty sensational sight, three marching magicians mastering the mountains – Marvelous!

Paradise in Chiang Mai, Thailand

I have been told for years that I needed to go to Chiang Mai, that I would love it. Still, of the many times that I have been to Thailand, I had never made it to this purported hippie utopia. So, this time, I decided I would finally see for myself this paradise.

After the first couple of days in town I was sorely disappointed. I was expecting Shangri-La, waterfalls and mountains on all sides, with silks and slacklines hanging from every tree, and a sunset drum circle every night in the city center. I found none of that. There were some cool night markets, and the people were very friendly, but even after a day of biking around town, I could barely find a good park to hang my line. Chiang Mai just seemed to be an average Thai town, hundreds of miles from the trademark Thai Beaches. Then I met someone in my hostel that told me of a park that held exactly what I was looking for, and it was only a few blocks away.

Just like that, I found the paradise I was looking for. Slacklines, and yoga, and acro, and hippies abounded. Everyone was warm and welcoming, and I immediately felt surrounded by friends. I spread my mat and hung my line, I was home.

The last piece of the puzzle was the mountain top temple, Suthep. I made the drive up there on my last morning, before my flight back to Phuket. It was a gorgeous drive up winding mountain roads, and the view felt as if you were looking out over the clouds from heaven. This trip will always stand as a reminded to never rush to judgement.

Railay Beach and the Princess Lagoon – Krabi, Thailand

I love those hard-to-reach off-the-beaten path gems that are best found by word of mouth. Not that the Princess lagoon is a place you could only find on a treasure map, but I’d never heard of it. A new friend in Patong told me about a beach that you could only reach by boat, and the lagoon there that was completely cut off from the sea – The Princess Lagoon. It is surrounded by 100 meter sheer rock walls, and the only way in is up and over. But first you have to get there.

So, I took a bus to Krabi, and a boat to Railay Beach. From there you walk the coast of the bay to a paved path that connects to the more scenic side of Railay Beach. Between the two is a muddy landslide of a trail that goes straight up the cliff face. You literally have to climb roots, vines, and ropes to ascend. You are rewarded at the top, however, by a breathtaking viewpoint of both Railay Beaches – East and West. If you are brave, or crazy, you can scale the rock face to a peak that tops it all. Save some energy though. You still have to climb down into the Princess Lagoon, and back out. The path down being even more treacherous than the up.

However, the bounty is beautiful, and the lagoon is incredible! It feels like stepping deep into earths prehistoric past. The surrounding rock faces create a cavernous feel, with stalactites and stalagmites closing in like the jagged teeth of a gigantic jaw. The water is a tranquil blue with banks of deep red clay, and lumbering palms dipping lightly into the lagoon. The majority of the time I was there the deadly decent kept me in relative solitude, despite being dead center of a tourist hot spot.

When you finally do decide to climb you ass out and rejoin the present, one of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches awaits. It is book-ended by monolithic majesty with an island right in the center. At low tide you can actually walk across for a visit. There is amazing rock climbing on all sides. Next time, I am bringing my shoes for a traverse, if nothing else.

And it may be a secluded paradise, but fast food is still readily available. But since there are no roads to Railay Beach you get food boats instead of food trucks.

At the end of the day, I left beat-up, tired, and dirty, smiling the whole way home. From there, I had to figure out how to get to the airport in time for my flight to Chiang Mai, Three hours later…

Thailand’s Elephants, Rapids, Monkeys, and Mayhem

Monkeys are everywhere is Southeast Asia, and well fed they are. En route to our white water rapid adventure we stopped at a temple just so all the tourist on the bus, including us, could fed them some more. Though you would probably have to bring a pizza for the monkeys to be impressed. The hordes of free roaming primates had their pick of snacks, and if what they wanted wasn’t already lying around, they had no qualms about taking what ever they wanted. Best keep a close watch on your valuables.

Elephants, on the other hand, are held in captivity, chained by the ankle.
A pachyderm ride was included in a white water rafting adventure, and though I was excited to be up close to an elephant, actually riding them had me conflicted.

They didn’t seem to be treated poorly, and I am sure our weight isn’t substantial enough for these treks to differ vastly from a horse back ride. These animals were actually chained by they ankle, however, and the guides use a metal hook to train and control them. We made sure to supply treats for our four legged friends, but I am not sure I would do this again.

The actual rafting, and the slider were a hell of a time, though. The video will attest to that!

The Phi Phi Islands, Thailand’s Best

phiphi-19Koh Phi Phi and its surrounding islands are a tiny sanctuary in the middle of the ocean. There are no cars, and no major airport, so you must arrive by boat. And that is part of the appeal.

phiphi-2 phiphi-3 phiphi-4The trip out takes about an hour and a half from Phuket Town, and it is a pretty social event of its own. There are crowds of people circling the outside of the boat, taking in the sun, sea, and company. I sat, or did yoga, on the bow of the boat, as the rest of the gang slept, or took advantage of those sleeping.

phiphi-5 phi-phi-20On our walk to the hotel, down narrow shop-lined cobble stone roads, Ryan touched every pussy he could find. Once at our accommodations, Billy and Kevin were dissatisfied with our lodging. Ryan and I weren’t too impressed either, but decided to tough it out for the few days we would be there. The two big ballers, however, sought a more luxurious room, using our wifi. Once all that was settled we started into dinner and drinks.

phiphi-6 phiphi-7 phiphi-8Then once that was settled, we started into more drinks. Phi Phi is full of young tourist who like to party, and party they do. Once the sun goes down, the streets fill with people, and the beaches come alive. There are fire spinners, and LED jump ropes, and packed dance floors that spill into the ocean. Just about any vibe you are looking for is available. There are techno bars, mellow mood bars, fun time college bars with beer pong, and shots, but my favorite was the reggae bar. The music was perfect and the dancing was amazing. Plus you can carry open containers any where. So we just bought a bottle of rum(local flavor, of course) and set sail.

phiphi-9 phiphi-10 phiphi-11phi-phi-21During the day things are a bit more quiet. Most are sleeping off that hangover, I’d imagine. Still, there is plenty to do. The main beach is easily accessible, and there are several hiking options as well. A trek up to the view point is highly recommended. Then there are the boat trips that tour the islands. This is a great way to reach those secluded spots that would be otherwise unattainable. The bad news is everyone else took a boat trip too. So places like Maya Bay are jam packed, but the beauty remains incomparable.

phiphi-18phiphi-12 phiphi13 phiphi-14 phiphi-15 phiphi-17 I have been to Phi Phi several times, it is one of my favorite places in Asia, but the boat tour we took this time showed me things I had yet to see. We snorkeled through underwater caves, kayaked into hidden coves, and swam with schools of sharks (little ones, of course, 3-5ft). Plus our three story ship had slide out diving boards on the top. I literally flipped out!

The Waterfalls of Phuket

phuket-waterfalls-5I absolutely love the water, and if it is water falling over rocks, I am in heaven. So, most any trip I take, waterfalls are on the top of the list of places to go. And there are some real gems hiding deep in the jungles of Phuket.

phuket-waterfalls-2 phuket-waterfalls-3After our initial trip to Kathu Falls, the rest of FUBU had little interest in adventure treks.  So Kevin and I set out to see several other locations we had mapped out, just the two of us. What we found far exceeded our expectations. These places were incredible. One was actually a wildlife conservation area, and hiking there was magical.

phuket-waterfalls-4 phuket-waterfalls-14 phuket-waterfalls-8A landscaping cascade greeted you at the entrance, and from then on you were surrounded by moving water.  It seemed to flow from every direction. Paths meandered through the jungle, criss-crossing through the dense foliage, always opening to a new set of falls.

phuket-waterfalls-12 phuket-waterfalls-11 phuket-waterfalls-13 phuket-waterfalls-10 phuket-waterfalls-9 phuket-waterfalls-7 phuket-waterfalls-6We hiked for hours, never finding an end to the wandering water. Instead, the jungle swallowed the path. A huge tree, the kind pictured above, who’s roots alone tower over your head, had fallen blocking our passage. I tried to carry on by climbing onto the trunk and monkeying my way through the bamboo, but they turned out to be less strong than Rush Hour 2 would suggest. The shoot I was hand over handing snapped, and sent me crashing through the canopy. Time moved in slow motion as I fell, first feeling the soft embrace of the thicket below. “Yes, I am saved”, the thought ran through my mind, as my fall was slowed by the mass of greenery. Then I was greeted by the rocks that lurked in the darkness on the jungle floor. Luckily my silly stunt only wound up in a busted elbow and bruised back. I’d like to say that I’ve learned my lesson, and for the day I did. But we all know, the next time a similar situation shows itself, I’ll roll the dice once again.

phuket-waterfalls-15This time around, I counted my lucky stars and settled for a photo shoot at the last pool we came to. I set the camera up on a timer so that both Kevin and I could be in a photo together. Of course a normal pose isn’t enough for me, so I thought I would race the ten second timer to mount a rock and find a cross legged position. Luckily, in that situation, the camera takes three photos in three second intervals. As you can see the first shutter didn’t do me any favors.

phuket-waterfalls-17Still, I managed to recover by the third and final snap, with a little laugh in between. I could have just left out the photos that made me look silly, but what fun would that be. I did, after all, pull it off in the end. And Kevin’s genuine smile, knowing what had just transpired, is priceless.

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Phuket, Thailand

phuket-2Bangla Road and the Thai Nights can get pretty wild. Patong is the most bustling tourist city on the island of Phuket. The streets overflow with people until the wee hours of the morning. And just about every vice you can think of is readily available. Imagine if Vegas and New Orleans had a love child that lived on a beautiful beach.

We never actually made it to the Ping Pong Show, but we still had some wild nights. However, we did much more with our time than party the evenings away.

 

phuket-11The Island of Phuket has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and we made an effort to see them all. We even took in a few temples to culture ourselves.

We even found time to work out, sort of.

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Then, there is the food!

phuket-24Thai food is one of my favorite things to eat. And on top of being delicious, it is super cheap! I could move here for the grub alone.

Add to that the scenery and you are in heaven. We had so many meals in fairy tale settings I had started to questioning my reality. And if mine is having supper at sunset on a secluded beach, I am not sure I want to leave.

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Phuket’s Kathu Falls, Thailand

We have pretty much settled into life in Patong, and my room is right across the street from the beach. One morning, after my daily yoga session, I met a handsome bearded fellow. He introduced himself as John. He said his wife’s sister was into yoga, and that he wanted to introduce us. Shortly after, he escorted her over, and we all hit it off. One sister was a doctor and the other a lawyer.  They were in Thailand with a large group of women celebrating a birthday. I am guessing he needed some male interaction to break up the flood of estrogen he was most likely exposed to. So we all decided to go on a waterfall adventure. They jumped in a tuktuk, and the FUBU Scooter Gang mounted up to ride.katu-falls-6 katu-falls-5 katu-falls-4 katu-falls-3 katu-falls-2 katu-falls-8

katu-falls-9katu-falls-10The creek that fed the falls ran deep into the jungle, and so did we. John and his harem of Rais took flight, but we found some new friends on our walk. The canopy was filled with large eight legged creatures to keep us company.

katu-falls-13 katu-falls-12 katu-falls-11A day full of unexpected excitement, and we still had the evening ahead of us…

FUBU in Thailand

As a teenager I was on a skateboard team with three other close friends. It was nothing official, but to us the team really meant something. We had our own hand sign, symbol, oath, and initiation. You could say we took it pretty seriously. Eventually, however, we drifted apart, and the team faded into obscurity. The name of our little skate gang was FUBU – Four Unrelated Brothers United (well before LL decided to use the same name for his clothing line).

fubu-in-thailand-2fubu-in-thailand-3fubu-in-thailand-4fubu-in-thailand-5fubu-in-thailand-6Now, over twenty years later, Billy, the founder, has gone FUBU once again. This time two new members have joined the brotherhood, Kevin and Ryan. And instead of skateboarding in Arkansas, we are scooter ganging through Thailand.

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The Treehouse

Haneywood is a land of imagination and creativity. The Treehouse is its heart!

heard-of-katz-2-mmheard-of-katz-1When building the Treehouse we wanted to create a space that catered to as many expressive art forms as possible. Fourteen feet floor to ceiling, with an a-frame support, it was built specifically to accommodate silks. heard-of-katz-7 heard-of-katz-6-mmSeveral of the walls are transitioned to allow countless options for skateboarding. While the flat area in between is large enough to accommodate yoga, dance, acro, slacklining, and hooping. heard-of-katz-12 heard-of-katz-11 heard-of-katz-8 heard-of-katz-4Obviously, the Treehouse also operates as a photo studio. This was our first shoot.heard-of-katz-13Stick around and grow with us.