The Question For Yoga Teachers

How has your yoga teaching, practice or both changed in the last five years? Some of us were taught to spiritualize pain in the postures. That our yoga is about what we can do or what it looks like. That alignment or gurus are unquestionable. The authoritarian system may have made us feel bad, shamed, … Continue reading The Question For Yoga Teachers

Behind The Scenes: The Grief Practice Book

I find myself in an awkward spot these days, a few months out from self-publishing my second book. I am afraid to fail and I am afraid to succeed. That's how I know I'm right where I should be. This book has had a life of its own. There have been major delays, hiccups, crash … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: The Grief Practice Book

Mother’s Day Tribute Practice

“One of the things this society is most deficient in is safe spaces for truth-telling about the condition of our souls.” – Parker Palmer Last Mother’s Day, as an alternative to the typical Mother’s Day celebrations, I offered a commemorative yoga practice at my local yoga studio to honor the mothers who are no longer … Continue reading Mother’s Day Tribute Practice

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time when I was very sad and very alone I would walk a certain stretch of beach for miles and dream of the woman I would like to be and say to myself, over and over: That woman is worth waiting to meet. I did that for years. It kept me alive. … Continue reading Once Upon a Time

My Life Mala

We all wear our stories in some way or another, don’t we? They make us who we are (and sometimes keep us from becoming who we can be if we let them define us too narrowly.) I started making what I call “Life Malas” because each marker is placed for a life event. I used … Continue reading My Life Mala

Restoring the BodyMind Through Yoga

Early on in my yoga practice I would often experience an emotional reaction during corpse pose (savasana). Lying still, I would get a lump in my throat and suddenly find tears quietly rolling down my cheeks. I didn’t know it at the time, but my yoga practice was releasing long-held grief from my body. When … Continue reading Restoring the BodyMind Through Yoga

Stillness.

Stillness is a secret door, isn’t it. Hidden, in plain view. Locked, until you find the key. Plain to the untrained eye. Uninteresting, A dead end, Boring. Until you stumble into its wondrous garden of mind-blowing wonder. What was that? How can I get back there? Call it meditation Or call it prayer Call it … Continue reading Stillness.

If Walking Down the Street Was a Yoga Pose

If walking down the street was a yoga pose, how would we do it? Would we walk more mindfully, consciously, and with attention to how our breath informs our every step? If sitting in a chair was a yoga pose, would we place our limbs with intention, keep our spine lifted and our gaze soft? … Continue reading If Walking Down the Street Was a Yoga Pose

I Don’t Want to Know What Kind of Yoga You Practice

I don’t want to know if you feel strong after yoga. I want to know if you feel softened, receptive, and open to grace. I don’t want to know if you can touch your toes. I want to know if you can touch your heart, my heart and the world with your truth. I don’t … Continue reading I Don’t Want to Know What Kind of Yoga You Practice

The Art of Decompressing

To quote yoga teacher Darren Rhodes: “You’ve got to be able to handle compression.” He likens this concept to the air inside a tire. There’s a lot of compression in that tire, but because of the way it handles it, it isn’t crushed. It can roll with it, if you will. I’m in the midst … Continue reading The Art of Decompressing