• being human,  embodiment,  writing

    It is Time to Trust

    I've been walking this path for a long time now. I've been trusting (and not trusting) myself for a long time now. It's funny looking back over the years. I wanted to become a yoga teacher, so I did. I wanted to solely teach yoga, so I did. I wanted to write a book, so I did. I wanted to stop writing that book and change direction, so I did. I wanted to stop teaching yoga and focus solely on writing, so I did. I have manifested many things into my life, almost effortlessly, it seems, though I know that's not entirely true. I've worked hard. I've had setbacks, and I'm still here,…

  • gratitude,  prose & poetry,  rituals

    Gayatri Mantra

    A few years ago I learned to chant the Gayatri Mantra with the intention of doing so for my students during Savasana. I did so just before I stopped teaching group classes. Since that time I've continued to chant it simply because I think it's beautiful. To learn the chant, I found a few versions I liked online, learned the lyrics and melody and just started practicing. I thought I’d write a post in case anyone else is interested in learning it. Below are the words, translation and my version of the chant.

  • embodiment

    10 Ways to Practice Yoga without Stepping Onto Your Mat

    You love yoga. You love the way it makes you feel, the way you see yourself through the practice, everything it stands for. Yoga means union; it helps us connect mind, body and spirit. Sometimes un-namable, it makes us FEEL things we never felt before. If you're like me, you want to practice every day, but life says otherwise. I'm a yoga teacher and I don't practice in the typical sense every day. Luckily yoga is so vast, there are thousands of things you can do to practice. These days, my intention is to get on my mat two to three times per week, but I practice every day in other ways. It may be five…

  • embodiment

    8 Step Office Yoga Sequence

    Try this 8 step office yoga sequence whenever you need a break in your day. It's a great moving meditation to bring you back to center. If you'd rather listen to the practice (which I recommend), go here. SETTING THE TONE & INTENTION. Sit at your desk with feet flat on the floor. (If you're able to take your shoes off, spread your toes and evenly distribute your weight throughout your feet, that's great. If not, do your best with shoes on.) Ground your sit bones into your seat. Let your spine grow tall. Relax your shoulders away from your ears. Close your eyes if possible. Notice how you feel. SETTLING INTO THE…

  • being human,  gratitude,  rituals

    Letting Go

    "letting go doesn't mean forgetting; it means we stop carrying the energy of the past into the present" (yung pueblo) Yes, yes and more yes; this resonates deeply but how do we actually DO IT? From my experience, it seems something 'just happens,' a shift suddenly occurs OR we struggle for so long that we eventually must ritualize a new energy into our consciousness ... we must physically do something different, poetic, scary, out-of-character.

  • being human,  embodiment

    Learning to Remember

    We get so busy living that we forget. We never stop. We uphold our importance. We don't see the big picture. We live as though this is the only day, as though this (fill in the blank) is all that matters. We take ourselves so seriously. If we can learn to stop, or at least slow down; widen our experience, recognize that we are a drop in the ocean, a piece of the puzzle instead of the whole puzzle, life will make a lot more sense.

  • being human

    Focus on Healing Over Hurting

    The last part of this week has been hard. I've had a relationship in need of repair and some things came to a head. I can't fix what's broken, not alone anyway. I can't control the other person and we're not seeing life in the same way. To make things worse, this is a primary relationship; we've always been close. I am and always will be invested. The situation has led to deep introspection of self and other, and in looking at things objectively, I recognize that when we are hurt, we project our feelings onto others. Personally, I try to communicate my way though difficulty, but that's not always the answer. Its…

  • being human

    Calling Bullsh*t on the Bullsh*t

    I've always loved this quote by Anais Nin, "and the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." It's a gentle reminder that we are always growing, or should be. I've been thinking a lot lately about who I was, who I am and who I want to be. During my 'yoga decade,' the ten years I taught yoga as a profession, I stepped into my power, but I also now see that I adhered to a certain ideal about who I thought I needed to be instead of really being me. I've lived "tight in a bud" most of…