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Friday favorites: The Big Sick

Friday favorites: The Big Sick

  Summertime movies mean huge blockbusters. But if, like me, you aren’t into action adventure (“Wonder Woman” being the exception) and you just want a clever movie to help you forget your troubles, you’ll like “The Big Sick.” It’s funny (really funny), it’s romantic, and […]

Modifications are good for your teacher

Modifications are good for your teacher

When you take a yoga class, how much do you modify? My post from the other day, about ending up in the “wrong” yoga class, got me thinking about modifications. Many people don’t modify, which frustrates me as a teacher. No matter how often I […]

Yoga props: do you use them?

One of my yoga teacher friends used to say: Yoga props are your friends, and it’s always good to have a friend by your side. I love that saying. But some yogis are resistant and don’t use props. I have helpfully sorted them into categories. […]

Yoga platitudes

I love yoga and I love teaching it. But as yoga has swelled in popularity, there has also been an upsurge in what I think of as yoga bullshit. You know, the pithy sayings that people post on social media. The ones that make it […]

Fun weekend activity! How well can you draw the states?

  I found this link from the Fug Girls‘ website (which is a fun gossipy site, especially on Fridays when they post links to cool websites). The “girls” are Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, and they also wrote a really good, fun novel called “The […]

“I can’t even touch my toes!”

“I can’t do yoga–I can’t even touch my toes!” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that line from someone, I would have a lot of nickels. This seems to be the most common deflecting response when some people hear that I’m […]

Trying something new: Swimming

When is the last time you tried something new? I have started swimming laps at the Y. It’s not pretty. But I’m doing it. And I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I like it. I know you’re thinking, “So, Ellen, what inspired you to start […]

Friday favorites: Daveed Diggs

This one is for Laura, who introduced me to Daveed Diggs by way of the Hamilton soundtrack. We saw him in the show last year, and afterwards we waited at the stage door. Finally he came out, along with some other cast members. Laura passed […]

I’m in the wrong class

What happens when you walk into a yoga class and, after the first five or ten minutes, you realize you’re not in the right class? Maybe you accidentally got gentle yoga instead of vinyasa. Maybe the temperature is too hot or too cold. Or maybe […]

just call me the yoga goddess

After my regular Saturday morning Power Yoga class a few weeks ago, one of my regulars said something that made me think. He said, “Ellen, you’re just the goddess of this class!” I kind of laughed, because that’s my normal response when I’m uncomfortable. “Kind […]