a blog by Ellen Davies

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Book Club: Yoga Beyond the Mat

Book Club: Yoga Beyond the Mat

I am so excited to begin a study of this book! I first met Alanna in 2010, and she has so much wisdom to share. For our first meeting, read the introduction and Chapters 1-4. (Psst: you can come even if you didn’t read the […]

Working through my depression

Working through my depression

I have been feeling depressed these past several weeks. And this depression seemed to come out of nowhere. It was alarming, actually, how suddenly it just washed over me, like a rogue tidal wave.    Usually an episode of depression is triggered by something. But I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 the […]