Your Brain on Yoga

I recently overheard a student comment to a teacher before class that “Yoga is the only thing that makes sense right now." It was a simple yet powerful statement that most of us can relate to. We’ve all been there at some time in our lives. Life becomes so busy, overwhelming, crazy, problematic, or stressful, … Continue reading Your Brain on Yoga

The Truth About Yoga Teachers

Not so long ago two of my longtime yoga teachers moved away within months of each other. I felt strangely lost and began looking for a replacement teacher to attach myself to. As I searched I started to practice at home more. I tried a variety of yoga studios and classes. I took a yoga … Continue reading The Truth About Yoga Teachers

A Closer Look at Mindfulness

I jumped on the mindfulness bandwagon about six years ago. I attempt to live mindfully. I call my yoga classes, “Mindful Movement.” This blog is about incorporating mindfulness into everyday life. As you can see, I’m a pretty big fan of mindfulness. So you can understand why I caught my breath when I read (and … Continue reading A Closer Look at Mindfulness

Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind: A Modern Yoga Philosophy

I recently read Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind (A.H.E.M.) by Julian Walker. It’s an expanded version of the manual Walker and Hala Khouri use in their yoga teacher training by the same name. Having just recently finished yoga teacher training myself and keen to learn more about leading people through an experience of yoga and not … Continue reading Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind: A Modern Yoga Philosophy

When Connection Turns into Community

Weeks 7 and 8 of Yoga Teacher Training In our last week of teacher training a quote by psychotherapist Irvin Yalom comes to mind. He said, “It’s the relationship that heals,” and he was referring to the therapeutic relationship between a doctor and a patient as being a powerful catalyst for healing. That it was … Continue reading When Connection Turns into Community

Walk Your Path Patiently

Week 6 of Yoga Teacher Training Patience is my work this week. Being on my mat more than ever before is giving me lots of opportunities to work with this concept. Right now there is not that great yoga session after a few days of no yoga, where my body and mind are craving it. … Continue reading Walk Your Path Patiently

The Beauty of Being Imperfect

Minding the Mind: Week 5 of Yoga Teacher Training Things are starting to get intense. I knew it would get here, but I wasn’t sure how. We’re learning anatomy, new poses, practicing yoga five to six days a week, doing homework, practice teaching, and trying to stay present for all of it, not to mention … Continue reading The Beauty of Being Imperfect

Transition & Transformation

“Life is one big transition.” -Willie Stargell Week 4 of Yoga Teacher Training I’m at the halfway point of this journey, and it’s an interesting place to be. Like any unknown process, you can never tell from the outside what it will look like from the inside. Where I came from is no longer in … Continue reading Transition & Transformation

Learning to Lead by Example

“Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.” Chinese Proverb Week 3 of Yoga Teacher Training The dust is starting to settle. If my yoga was a house getting remodeled, the clearing out has happened and the rebuilding has started, from the ground up. I am … Continue reading Learning to Lead by Example

Breath Meets Body (Week 2 of Yoga Teacher Training)

As I navigate my way through Week 2 of Yoga Teacher Training, it feels a lot like I’m walking through my house in the dark. Walking blindly through a space I know well from having lived in it for years, it seems to change shape. In the dark I can’t walk quickly unless I want … Continue reading Breath Meets Body (Week 2 of Yoga Teacher Training)