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Centering

Centering

Sometimes the hardest part of a yoga class is the first part: centering. As a teacher, I am always second-guessing myself here: Is this too much time? Should I move on? Did I already say that thing about your breath? Should I say it again? […]

“Little Paris Bookshop” and “Crazy Rich Asians”

“Little Paris Bookshop” and “Crazy Rich Asians”

When I started this blog, one of my goals was to create a space to talk about good writing. Books, primarily. But also magazine and newspaper articles, TV shows, movies–anything I felt was worth a discussion. This led me to create the page “What I’m […]

Home remedies for the common cold

Home remedies for the common cold

Ah, the common cold. Recently I came down with a bad one, and it got me thinking about home remedies. Here are the things I do when I feel a cold coming on. These are in no way intended to be a substitute for a […]

Yoga for weary travelers

Yoga for weary travelers

So you’ve been traveling, dealing with airlines and crowds, dragging your wheelie suitcase and lugging a tote bag, eating lousy food and drinking bad coffee. You’re spent. You’ve finally made it to your hotel room. You, my dear, need yoga!   But what if your […]

Friday favorites: Meditation

Friday favorites: Meditation

This has been an incredibly stressful week for me. It started off with us losing our checkbook on an airline flight, moved on to a random tax bill that we know is incorrect, and seems to be ending with me panicking about my role as […]

What I’m reading: The New Yorker on North Korea

What I’m reading: The New Yorker on North Korea

Over the weekend I read an in-depth article on the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea. Doesn’t that sound like a fun, light read? Ha! But stay with me. I was traveling over the weekend, so I had time on airplanes to read, a […]

What is Yin yoga?

What is Yin yoga?

I am excited to announce that I am now certified to teach Yin yoga. “That’s great,” you’re thinking to yourself. “But what the heck is Yin yoga?” Yin yoga doesn’t conform easily to the so-called elevator pitch, but I will do my best to describe […]

Ten things for new yogis to stop worrying about

Ten things for new yogis to stop worrying about

We all have worries, but your yoga practice shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re a new yogi, here are some ways to overcome any worries you may have about starting.    I’m intimidated to go in to a studio because I don’t know anything […]

What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

In July, I became a certified Reiki Level 1 practitioner. I am excited to offer this to my clients. A brief description of Reiki  Reiki comes out of the Japanese tradition. The word “Rei” means spiritual, and “ki” means energy, so Reiki is spiritual energy, […]

An update on my swimming progress

An update on my swimming progress

Interested in an update on my swimming progress? A few weeks ago I wrote a post on how I was trying a new form of exercise: swimming. I bet you’re wondering if I stuck with it.   Last Thursday was my first day back in […]