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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 […]

A quick guide for using the bandhas

A quick guide for using the bandhas

At some point in your yoga journey, you’ll hear a teacher cue the bandhas. If you are new to yoga, the whole concept of bandhas can be confusing. The Sanskrit names can be intimidating, too, or maybe just weird. I remember nearly laughing out loud […]

A Gentle Story: The North Wind and the Sun

A Gentle Story: The North Wind and the Sun

This morning, still thinking about yesterday’s post on the power of gentleness, I remembered this story. When I was young, my dad would read to me from a big book of Aesop’s fables. This story about the North Wind and the Sun is a good […]

The power of gentleness

The power of gentleness

If you want to make changes, you have to be gentle with yourself. As we lean into this new year, 2018, keep this in mind. If you’ve resolved to learn how to meditate, or take up a yoga practice, gentleness is the way to go […]

Christmas anxiety

Christmas anxiety

Here is my post from last year about holiday anxiety. I thought it was worth reposting! Happy holidays!    This post is all about anxiety. I get holiday anxiety every year. It’s kind of a tradition with me. Ha, ha, get it? Holiday tradition?   […]

Gifts for the yogi in your life

Gifts for the yogi in your life

Welcome to the holiday season, everyone! I’m here today with some gift ideas for the yogi in your life. All my selections can be purchased online, because online shopping is convenient for just about everyone. But I also want to stress the value of shopping […]

mindful dog walking — an update

mindful dog walking — an update

Recently I wrote about how I pledged to walk my dog, Zoey, with mindfulness. I thought I would update you on how it’s going.   I was inspired to try this because I’m reading “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Since I was […]