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”

Celebrate Freedom

As we celebrate our country’s freedom, I challenge us all to celebrate freedom from body shaming! If you live with a voice in your head that tells you that you’re fat, ugly, too short/tall, you need to lose weight, or you’re just not good enough – TODAY is an excellent day to declare your freedom! Ready forContinue reading “Celebrate Freedom”

The ‘F-Word’

I have been thinking a lot lately about the F-word (FAT!). How has it come to take on such a negative connotation that seems to be equivalent with words like lazy, sloth, and worthless? After all, fat is just a description to describe a shape. For example, when I look in my upper cupboard where I store allContinue reading “The ‘F-Word’”

there’s ALWAYS time and space for YOGA

“I don’t have time to fit in a yoga practice” “I’m too tired to practice yoga. I just want to take a nap instead” “I couldn’t make it to the yoga studio this week, so I couldn’t practice at all” Have you heard yourself or others repeating these types of statements? Here’s the thing – yoga is soContinue reading “there’s ALWAYS time and space for YOGA”

Little ‘t’ Traumas – continuing the journey to AYBW

The teacher shaming you in front of the class. Being told you can’t eat breakfast in the morning if you don’t eat your dinner tonight.  Your best friends laughing at you – not with you. These are all example of little ‘t’ traumas.  We know that big ‘T’ traumas like car accidents, abuse, and surgeryContinue reading “Little ‘t’ Traumas – continuing the journey to AYBW”

“Hello Fatty, nice to meet you!”

“Hello Fatty, nice to meet you!” “How rude?!! I would never say that to someone!” It would certainly be impolite,  appalling and down right mean to say this to someone else, even a stranger, right? And yet, we say things like this to ourselves all the time! We call ourselves fat, ugly, loser, chubby, and stupidContinue reading ““Hello Fatty, nice to meet you!””

Accepting Your Body’s Wisdom

lf I could scream, “Love Your Body!” from the rooftops, I would! But is anyone listening? I became a yoga instructor and wellness coach to help people, particularly women,  to connect to their body, be comfortable in their body, and to love their body!  I try to lead by example, being comfortable in my own skin, yet alsoContinue reading “Accepting Your Body’s Wisdom”

Strength and Grace

Witnessing beautiful bodies of all shapes, sizes, genders, and abilities, moving creatively, artistically, and passionately. Discovering our own innate body’s wisdom, balancing strength and grace, moving from the heart. Exploring kindness, compassion and inner rhythms. Sharing tears, sweat, and love. Strength and Grace Vinyasa Yoga, April 21st, 2013 Created and Facilitated by Elisa Mott at Downtown Yoga