This stuck with me

It’s been busy over here in my world.  I feel like I’ve been surrounded by lots of stressors and stressed out people.  Do you feel me?

My yoga practice has kept up but I find my mind racing to all the other ‘stuff’ off my mat which means that I’m not enjoying my practice as much.

As we all know, More

Share

I was wrong about this

Last weekend I did something to my back.  A good friend injured her leg.  My cousin has her foot in a boot (a medical one, not a Doc Marten).

As a yoga teacher, I’ve always thought (and preached to others) that injuries should be rested so that the body can heal.  Stretching into an injured joint is not a good idea and just didn’t make sense to me.

I remember a few years ago at the beginning of class, when I always ask about injuries and More

Share

It’s not your fault

It’s not your fault that your yoga lives outside of your house.

It’s not your fault that your yoga runs on someone else’s schedule.

It’s not your fault that you’ve been only practicing yoga in your local studio or gym.

It’s not your fault that you think you need to be a part of a bigger group to practice.

It’s not your fault that your yoga is More

Share

This behavior changes everything

As we find ourselves charging through this new year I have found one big mental shift that makes a big difference.

You know how everyone in and out of the wellness industry has been talking up ‘self-care’ the past few years?  How it’s important to care for yourself first?  How you can’t pour from an empty cup?  All that stuff?  More

Share

What better place than here? What better time than now?

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 1.50.15 PM (1)What a week it has been.

If there’s ever been a good time to rededicate yourself to your yoga practice, this is it.  I know I sure could use some deep breaths, strength, and flexibility (in all senses of the word) right now. More

Share

Yoga for tough times

FullSizeRender (2)When times get tough, sometimes it’s best to go within.  Take time for yourself so that you can gather your wits, piece yourself back together, and find a toughness to match your circumstances.  The clouds pass and the sun will shine again.

Here’s how to do this with your yoga practice-

First, find a quiet place where you can either be alone or with a like-minded partner.  Turn on some music.  Find one or two relaxing songs followed by a few ass-kicking ones.

Calm yourself.  Sit tall.  Breathe deep.  Feel your spine extra long and strong as it will carry you forward.  Feel your shoulders More

Share

How to keep it real

How to keep it real peace signYoga is something that has done wonders for my life- physically, mentally, emotionally.  I’ve never regretted practicing or felt worse afterwards.  I try to keep my expectations in check, though, remembering that sometimes a great yoga class can feel like a combination of the best massage, therapy session, and workout combined, and other times it can feel forced and tedious.  But even those times that aren’t so great, they’re still better than not doing it at all.  Some yoga is always better than no yoga for me.

I prefer to keep yoga personal, something that I do mostly alone at home.  I can move however feels good, wear whatever’s easiest to grab, and rock whatever tunes I’m in the mood for.  Yoga More

Share

Where I get my (core) power

IMG_35241When you think of the holidays, what comes to mind?  Cookies?  Booze?  Overcrowded airports?  Last minute shopping?  Sounds pretty stressful to me!  Focusing on yoga poses that strengthen your core can give you the power you need to get through any holiday chaos.  Chiseled abs may be what you aspire to, but in my opinion, possessing a truly strong core is much better (and may have the More

Share

Top 5 yoga terms you need to know

IMG_1502Oh, Sanskrit, the ancient and crazy language of yoga.  We’ve all found ourselves deep in the middle of a yoga pose when the teacher calls out some whacky sounding Sanskrit words and suddenly you’re lost.  “Did she just tell us to return to downward dog or remind us of a breathing exercise?”  It takes years of regular practice to begin to feel comfortable with hearing dozens of poses called out by their Sanskrit names, but in the meantime there are just 5 important terms that you need to know to feel at ease and in control during any class-

1. Om– Usually sung or chanted at the beginning or end of class.  It is said to be the sound of More

Share

Not enough time? Here’s your solution.

fullsizerender-2There’s no denying that we all live very busy lives these days.  Unfortunately self-care frequently falls to the bottom of the to-do list.  Why is it so easy to discard your own health?  Yes, you need to do your job, take care of chores, run errands, and care for the kids (or pets or family members).  All of these things do need to get done, so how do you fit in exercise, grocery shopping, recipe research, and some relaxing home yoga time?  If only we could really take advantage of all 24 hours in every day.  No, I’m not here to tell you to sleep less.  Research says that adults should be in bed for 7-9 hours every night, so don’t skimp there (and can someone please tell my kids how delightful sleeping past dawn can be?).  Here’s how to make More

Share
94c2176eef" />