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Learning new things: Yoga assists and adjustments

Learning new things: Yoga assists and adjustments

I finally did it. I signed up for a 300-hour yoga teacher training. I have been putting this off for years. I waffled on it for several reasons, but here’s the biggest reason: I have never been comfortable giving assists and adjustments in a yoga […]

Working through my depression

Working through my depression

I have been feeling depressed these past several weeks. And this depression seemed to come out of nowhere. It was alarming, actually, how suddenly it just washed over me, like a rogue tidal wave.    Usually an episode of depression is triggered by something. But I […]

Four Ways To Practice Mindful Eating

Four Ways To Practice Mindful Eating

I am always looking for ways to be more mindful. I have written about monotasking, mindful dog walking, and meditation (on a snow globe and in my own life). Here’s another way to bring mindfulness into your life: Mindful Eating.   Mindful Eating helps us to […]

Finding common ground and healing our country

Finding common ground and healing our country

Did you cheer when Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant this past weekend?   I didn’t. The incident left me feeling apprehensive, not vindicated. Because now it just becomes easier for everyone to do that.   Don’t get me wrong — every […]

7 ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

7 ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Today, June 21, is the summer solstice — the longest day of the year. After today, the days gradually get shorter until the winter solstice on December 21, when the cycle turns again. In my yoga community, many studios celebrate the day with a practice […]

My own story about depression and anxiety

My own story about depression and anxiety

I am a yoga teacher who takes antidepressants. Yeah. Those two things just go hand-in-hand like peas and carrots, don’t they?   To clarify, I was taking antidepressant medications for a few years before I started practicing yoga. And I’ve been on them for over […]

How suicide affects us

How suicide affects us

I am in mourning for Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide last week.   Yeah, I loved to hate watch his TV show. I liked him, but I hated him, too. His swagger, his ego, his love of potty humor—all that drove me crazy. I used […]

Teaching Yoga with Intuition

Teaching Yoga with Intuition

Have you ever been to a yoga class and felt great afterwards, and said something like, “How did that instructor know I needed heart openers today?”   Or have you ever had a student say that to you, after teaching a class? Something like, “That […]

What I’m reading in May

What I’m reading in May

Hello readers! It’s been a few months since I updated my reading list. What are you reading these days? Leave me a suggestion in the comments section!   A Gentleman in Moscow   A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. When the Count Alexander Rostov is […]

Is yoga Christian?

Is yoga Christian?

Several years ago, I had a brief conversation with a woman who is a strict Christian. I happened to mention that I taught yoga, and she immediately put up her hands, as if to ward off evil. “Oh no, I don’t want any of that […]