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Heart openers for Valentine’s Day

Heart openers for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! To honor the day, here are some simple yoga asanas you can do to help open your heart. These asanas can be done by anyone, and they are especially good for beginners. They can even be done during a break in your […]

Practice Loving-kindness even when you do something stupid

Practice Loving-kindness even when you do something stupid

Recently I did something really stupid, and I beat myself up about it. For a while I forgot that I had made a commitment to practice self-compassion. It got me thinking… when you screw up, do you love yourself anyway? Or do you beat yourself up? […]

A 10-minute practice to ease low back pain

A 10-minute practice to ease low back pain

People often ask me how (or why) I started yoga. I started for the same reason as a lot of people: low back pain. My first yoga class was about 20 years ago, and I don’t remember much about the class itself, but I do […]

Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion

What is self-compassion? Self-compassion is being nice to yourself. Right? Sounds so easy. Are you nice to yourself? Really?   I had a conversation with a friend recently about self-compassion, and it led to new insights for me. I was inspired to make self-compassion a […]

Meditation on a snow globe

Meditation on a snow globe

I have always loved snow globes. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the south, and we rarely got snow. Maybe it’s because I can’t resist the urge to pick one up and shake it, so the snow swirls around, looking so beautiful.   Our […]

Teaching yoga: Do you mirror the class?

Teaching yoga: Do you mirror the class?

Yoga teachers, do you use mirroring? For those who aren’t familiar with the term, “mirroring” is when the yoga teacher “mirrors” the students. She will cue “Raise your right knee,” but really she raises her left knee, so it seems as though the students are […]

What I’m Reading: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

What I’m Reading: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

One of my Christmas presents was this book about Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am kind of obsessed with LIW, so I was eager to read it. As a child, I read her Little House books over and over, and I used to pretend that the […]

How to plan a yoga class: use a lesson plan

How to plan a yoga class: use a lesson plan

Congratulations! You’re now a yoga teacher. How are you going to plan your first class? You may be eager to teach, but unsure how to get started. Below are some tips that I compiled, based on my years of teaching. I still go through these […]

Doing your own thing in a yoga class

Doing your own thing in a yoga class

Today I want to write about a Yoga Teacher Problem. Every so often, you get someone in your class who seems to be doing her own thing. She’s not following your cues. She is in her own little world, moving into Wild Thing when you’re cueing […]

What I’m Reading: China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems

What I’m Reading: China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems

Good news! I’m bringing back my book reviews for 2018!    Sometimes a girl needs her chick lit. I am really enjoying these books by Kevin Kwan. The first book in the series is Crazy Rich Asians, followed by China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People […]