“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!””

“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””

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”

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”