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
My 6-month-old recently figured out how to roll. He can't get enough of it and rolls everywhere. It didn’t take him too long to start rolling into things, like the side of our blue couches. I would see him run into the couch and I’d think. Okay, now roll the other way! You’re not going to get … Continue reading Navigating the Landscape of Limitation
I stand at the top of my yoga mat and take a moment to notice what’s already happening in my body. My upper back and shoulders are rounding forward and my head follows their lead. Tired, I think. I feel tired. The heels of my feet carry most of my weight and my arms hang … Continue reading Our Practice Reveals What’s Already Perfect
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
My answer has changed over the years. In the beginning the answer was a formless, abstract, unintelligible lump in my throat during savasana that kept me coming back. Yoga was drawing up all the grief I'd been holding in that was dying to get out. I didn’t know how or why, but I knew the way … Continue reading Why Do You Do Yoga?
Meditation has been heralded as a great healer through the ages, and scientists are finally starting to understand why it works. One scientific study found that the relaxation response elicited through meditation, especially in long-term practitioners, is very effective at reducing stress disorders, such as hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, and aging. Meditation has also been described … Continue reading How Long Should You Meditate For?
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
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
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
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