What I Know About An Open Heart

My uncle had open-heart surgery last week. In my good-sized extended family our reunions tend to take place at hospitals instead of at holidays. It’s an interesting dynamic trying to stretch my heart open wide enough to hold both the joy at seeing my family and the sadness or stress because of why we’re at the hospital. … Continue reading What I Know About An Open Heart

Wild Things

It takes a brave soul to love a wild thing. A wild animal, a wild heart, a wild spirit... they all require the same courage. I didn’t start out brave, but I’m ending up brave because loving a wild thing cracks your heart open one day at a time, not all at once. I didn’t … Continue reading Wild Things

Yoga As An Undoing

I recently attended an evening yoga class at a small studio near me that holds classes outside on a large wooden deck. I practiced next to a large tree trunk that emerged through the deck and the ocean air reminded me to inhale fully. At the end of the class as I set up for … Continue reading Yoga As An Undoing

A Different Approach to Postpartum Yoga

The first few weeks and months after having my baby were not what I expected. Initially my body felt like it had been hit by a truck. I had a healthy pregnancy and delivery, but the impact of childbirth and the physical toll taking care of a newborn took on my body blew me away. When I attempted to resume my … Continue reading A Different Approach to Postpartum Yoga

The Metamorphosis of Motherhood

Everyone told me having a baby would change my life. No one told me it would change me. I knew about the physical transformation I would experience, but I thought it ended when I had the baby. Little did I know it was just beginning. The process feels strangely similar to how a caterpillar becomes … Continue reading The Metamorphosis of Motherhood

“You Reading This, Be Ready”

That's the title of a William Stafford poem that contains this powerful question: Will you ever bring a better gift for the world than the breathing respect that you carry wherever you go right now?  I've been contemplating how I hold space for others and how others hold space for me, mostly because I've recently been … Continue reading “You Reading This, Be Ready”

Death & Breath

A friend of mine died this week. She was 41 years old and left behind two small boys and a husband. Some months ago I invited her to come with me to a Yoga for Cancer workshop. She had advanced stage cancer and I was pregnant. Our seemingly opposite points in life didn't seem so … Continue reading Death & Breath

The Art of Shedding Our Shell

Ecdysis is a Greek term used to describe "the art of escaping from the old shell." A shedding, if you will. It's specifically used in reference to lobsters, who undergo a fascinating transformation process throughout their lives so that they can continue to grow. Because their shells are hard, in order for the lobster to … Continue reading The Art of Shedding Our Shell

What It Means to Be Fearless

"Fearlessness is not a state of being without fear. Rather, it is the experience of fully feeling the fear, naming it, getting to know it, taking it by the hand, and even making friends with it." -excerpt by John Milton in Be The Change Over the years I've noticed that the more I attempt to live … Continue reading What It Means to Be Fearless

The Light in You

two motions by A.R. Ammons It is not enough to be willing to come out of the dark and stand in the light, all hidden things brought into sight, the damp black spaces, where fear, arms over its head, trembles into blindness, invaded by truth-seeking light: it is not enough to desire radiance, to be … Continue reading The Light in You