YogaDotCalm: Streamlining Productivity & Focus
More and more studies show how yoga and meditation can improve brain function, productivity and memory, not to mention help desk dwellers de-stress, focus and stretch their console-curved bodies. Essentially yoga and meditation can help you do your work better! Especially work relying on creativity, clear decision-making, long hours of computer-screen gazing and quick turn around time. But where does one start? This panel is designed to introduce, inform and inspire with a discussion of how yoga and meditation can enhance workflow AND improve work/life balance in today’s world run by technology, social media and constant gadgetry at our fingertips. Panelists Jennilyn Carson, Founder of popular yoga blog YogaDork.com, Kelle Walsh, Executive Online Editor at Yoga Journal, Karl Wente, 5th Gen. Winemaker at Wente Vineyards, and Poornima Vijayashanker, Founder of Femgineer offer their diverse background and knowledge of yoga, technology and the demands of creative professions.
Jennilyn Carson is founder and Editor-in-Chief of YogaDork.com, a popular yoga blog offering commentary on yoga news and culture with wit and wisdom, which has been featured and profiled in the New York Times.
Jennilyn has been an attendee and panelist at SXSW for the past 3 years, teaching morning yoga during the Interactive Sessions and co-leading core discussion: “Taming the Monkey Mind: Yoga and Creative Focus.” Jennilyn has been quoted as a yoga culture expert in several major media outlets such as the New York Times, The Guardian, New York Press and Gawker.com, among others.
Based in NYC, Jennilyn is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of a new women’s website, SaltedScarletry.com launching Fall 2013, and the co-founder of Tascbar a community workspace in East Harlem. She attributes her ability to manage several projects to her regular yoga practice, her drive to move forward and a lighthearted "of course you can" attitude.
Fifth Generation Winegrower and Winemaker Karl D. Wente is responsible for all winemaking at Wente Vineyards. 2013 will be Karl's 14th vintage and the 12th at Wente Vineyards, working with the family’s estate-grown vineyards.
“To me it is a source of pride that my family has been the committed to the soil and climate of Livermore Valley for five generations and Arroyo Seco since the 1960's. And that we have always had a philosophy of delivering thoughtfully balanced, food-friendly wine, with a sense of place,” says Karl.
Being highly educated and experienced in both winegrowing and winemaking, Karl maintains the traditional hands-on approach of previous generations of Wente family winemakers. In the vineyards he nurtures no less than 33 grape varieties while in the winery he takes great pride in making balanced and thoughtful wines out of each of them. “Continued emphasis on innovative farming and top quality fruit are the keystones of winemaking. Great wines truly do begin in the vineyard. ” Karl says.
Since joining Wente Vineyards in the summer of 2002, Karl has overseen the production of the winery’s Estate Grown and small lot wines. His passion for artisanal, handcrafted wines has led to the addition of limited release wines, The Nth Degree series, as well as the development of a small lot winemaking facility within the main winery.
“ Integrity, excellence, sustainability, and respect are truly the values that we share in my family. Integrity is simple. I can almost hear the words of Ernest Wente: 'you’ve got nothing without your word'. And sustainability has just been a part of our DNA since Carl Wente planted his first vine back in 1883,” says Karl.
Along with his interest in the technical aspects of winemaking, Karl is also an ardent viticulturalist. And, thanks to the efforts of the previous generations, he enjoys the benefits of state-of-the-art winemaking facilities and nearly 3,000 acres of vineyard in two premier appellations. “We have a family legacy of innovation and accomplishment,” he says. “It’s a heritage that inspires me and I am honored to be part of this legacy.”
Karl grew up working at Wente Vineyards and he chose to gain experience at other wineries, starting with The Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma. That was followed by a stint at Brown Brothers winery in northern Victoria, Australia, where Karl gained southern hemisphere experience before returning home to Wente Vineyards.
Karl graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, then went to graduate school at the University of California at Davis, where he earned two Masters degrees: one in horticulture (viticulture) and one in food science (enology). Studying winemaking and viticulture at U. C. Davis is another family tradition. Karl’s father and uncle studied there, as did his great-grandfather in 1909, a year after the school was founded.
Karl is an avid skier, telemarker and mountain climber, and he loves playing tennis and basketball. He also has a passion for music, playing guitar, composing and performing with his band 'The Front Porch'.
Exec Online Editor
Kelle Walsh is the Executive Online Editor at Yoga Journal.
Growing up in the age of the personal computer revolution, Poornima Vijayashanker double majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Duke University. After graduating she moved out West to be in the heart of tech, Silicon Valley.
She began her career as an R&D Engineer at Synopsys, eventually becoming enamored by Silicon Valley’s startup scene. Her first experience was as a founding engineer at Mint.com.
Years ago when entering into tech, Poornima thought nothing of it being a male-dominated field. However, she took notice of how it impacted the rate of innovation on teams, success in recruiting and retaining technical talent, and ultimately building companies.
She has since taken her 6 year old blog, Femgineer, and transformed it into an education tech startup focused on helping professionals in tech level up in their careers, and tech entrepreneurs build products and companies.