The benefits of journaling

The benefits of journaling

. Recently I led a workshop on the Art of Journaling. The following is Part I, the introduction to the workshop. I hope it inspires you to start writing!  . Why keep a journal? Let’s talk about the benefits. Write your story. Journaling is creating…

Set an intention that’s bigger than yourself

Set an intention that’s bigger than yourself

Two years ago I wrote a blog post on setting an intention for your yoga practice. You can read it here.  In the post, I wrote about using a positive thought, word, or image for your intention. I suggested that you take your intention off…

Meditation IRL

Meditation IRL

Have you ever wondered about how meditation can help you in real life? Here is my recent experience. I hope it inspires you to begin a daily meditation practice. July 2019. My husband and I were on vacation in France when a medical emergency sent…

What are the Chakras?

What are the Chakras?

The seven chakras are energy centers in the body. Knowing about the chakras can help heal the body and the spirit. Our physical bodies express the truth we carry in our bodies. Sometimes these truths show up as pain, injuries, and unexplained issues. If you…

Aparigraha and attachments to outcomes

Aparigraha and attachments to outcomes

One of the yamas is Aparigraha, which means non-hoarding, non-collecting, and letting go. This yama teaches us to take only what we need, keep only what serves us in the moment, and let go when the time is right. This yama makes me think of…

Act with no attactments, let go of the outcome.

Act with no attactments, let go of the outcome.

I have been thinking this week about attachments to outcomes. One of the principles of mindfulness is acting for the sake of the action, and not for the sake of the outcome. For example, we wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes, not…

I wasn’t always this enlightened

I wasn’t always this enlightened

I wasn’t always this enlightened. That title makes me laugh — as if I am enlightened now! (I am not, but I’m on the path somewhere.) . Back when I was a teenager, I was a mean girl. I was also immature and insecure. I was…

Good Vibes and speaking with kind intention

Good Vibes and speaking with kind intention

Everything in the universe is a vibration. You’ve heard of string theory, right? According to string theory, all particles in the universe are actually tiny vibrating strings. Each type of vibration corresponds to a different particle. . You’ve probably heard the expression “good vibes.” You…

Book Club: The Bhagavad Gita

Book Club: The Bhagavad Gita

This week I am starting a book club at the yoga studio, and our first book is the Bhagavad Gita. I have avoided this book for years. The premise doesn’t appeal to me at all — the book is about a battle, where the main…

Practicing Aparigraha during the holidays

Practicing Aparigraha during the holidays

In this season of excess, how can we practice aparigraha? This important yama teaches us to take only what we need, keep only what serves us in the moment, and to let go when the time is right.  Practicing aparigraha means non-hoarding, non-collecting, and letting go.…