“You’re So Tiny!”

You’re so tiny! You aren’t even showing! You’re all baby! Do you even have to wear maternity clothes yet? You don’t even look pregnant from behind! Never has my body felt so on display and such a topic of public discussion as when I announced that I am pregnant. (Oh and if you haven’t heardContinue reading ““You’re So Tiny!””

Om Shanti, Om Peace

If you have ever been to one of my yoga classes, you have probably heard me repeat the phrase, “Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, Om Peace, Peace, Peace“.  I must admit, there are days when I repeat these words and it feels like rhetoric, like something that I say out of habit. But, then, there areContinue reading “Om Shanti, Om Peace”

Trusting Myself

This past month, I have been repeatedly faced with situations that required me to fully trust myself.  While being able to trust myself seems like something I should have mastered long ago, I do still struggle, particular in certain situations. As I have navigated these situations this past month, I realized that my hesitation to trust myself cameContinue reading “Trusting Myself”

Restoring Vulnerability

Restoring Vulnerability This month, I continue to find myself repeating, discussing and reviewing two words: Restoration and Vulnerability. Restoration – the act or process of returning something to its original or improved condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc.  As we begin to transition from winter to spring, I find that I am in need ofContinue reading “Restoring Vulnerability”

Love, Love, Love

Ah, February, the month of Love. I must admit, I am quite partial to celebrating love this month.  My husband proposed to me on the beach in Kauai on February 14th, at sunrise three years ago. We were married the following year on February 23. For me, February has become a month of celebrating and honoring ourContinue reading “Love, Love, Love”

“Everchanging and vital, but never perfectible”

If ever you’ve joined me for practice at Downtown Yoga or heard me speak at conferences, then you know I love an inspiring or thought provoking reading or poem at the end of a class. The last few years, I have thoroughly been enjoying reading The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo, given to me by aContinue reading ““Everchanging and vital, but never perfectible””

Community of Compassion

This past weekend, I had the immense privilege to attend and present at the 25th Annual Renfrew Center Conference in Philadelphia. I could go on and on about the unbelievable presenters and how much I learned about eating disorders, trauma, feminism, and quantum physics  (pretty awesome conference, huh?), but instead I will say simply that IContinue reading “Community of Compassion”

“There is a season – turn, turn, turn”

Fall is upon us. I can feel it when I am driving home at 7pm and the sun is dipping behind the foothills, whereas a month ago it was still shining bright and harsh in my eyes. The evenings are cooler, schools are back in session and even Halloween decoration are already on display in stores. Continue reading ““There is a season – turn, turn, turn””

Heart and Hands

I recently taught a yoga class in which I asked the class to be particularly aware of their hands – more specifically the action and purpose of their hands. I prompted students to consider: “What are your hands doing in this pose?” “What is the purpose and the action of your hands in this pose?”Continue reading “Heart and Hands”

The Body Shaming Trap

I recently had a new student who appeared apprehensive, yet curious about beginning yoga for the first time.  When asked if she had any injuries or pain in her body, she replied that she did not. Soon after class begun, I recognized her body’s natural flexibility. Despite her ease in certain poses, she seemed quite discouragedContinue reading “The Body Shaming Trap”