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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 […]

3 Ways to help you teach during a crisis

3 Ways to help you teach during a crisis

Yoga teachers are people too, and stuff happens to us just like it does everyone else. A family crisis, a death, a health scare, a financial mess, whatever — yet you still have to teach your yoga class. What do you do? How do you teach […]

Crystals, incense, mala beads, Sanskrit: what are these things?

Crystals, incense, mala beads, Sanskrit: what are these things?

Walking into a yoga studio for the first time can be intimidating. If you are new to yoga, the studio can seem like a strange place. It may smell weird, because of burning sage or incense. There might be unfamiliar symbols on the walls, maybe […]

Making peace with pigeon, my nemesis pose

Making peace with pigeon, my nemesis pose

I’ve written about nemesis poses before. You know what those are: the poses you absolutely hate. Of course those are the ones that have the most to teach you, so the generally accepted rule is that your nemesis pose is the one you should practice […]