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”

Permission to Rest

“Just doing yoga won’t ever be enough for me”. I remember saying these exact words when I first started to practice yoga regularly my freshman year of college. I liked yoga, I quickly grew to love to yoga, but it was always something that came in tandem with another activity. It was a cool downContinue reading “Permission to Rest”

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”

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””

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 ‘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”

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”