Eating is Messy

Eating – it’s something we have to do to survive and yet it often becomes so complicated. I remember when I started teaching yoga in the evenings around dinner time. I struggled with “When do I eat? Before yoga and risk feeling too full and uncomfortable in the poses? After yoga when I’m tired andContinue reading “Eating is Messy”

BodyWisdom Coaching

BodyWisdom Coaching Are you ready to lose weight, feel great and make money doing it? I’ll tell you what I am ready for – to stop being bombarded with these questions and false promises.  It’s hard enough to avoid the pressure of weight loss, but now the promise that being thin makes you happy isContinue reading “BodyWisdom Coaching”

“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!””

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””

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’”