A day to reflect on your “work”

2017-09-04T19:18:04+00:00

Often we begin a yoga class by setting an intention. The teacher may ask us to consider what we want to dedicate our practice to or to work on. I often set an intention of being present. Then, when my mind wanders as I move through the asana practice, as it invariably does, I recall

A day to reflect on your “work” 2017-09-04T19:18:04+00:00

Turning your perspective upside down

2017-08-29T11:24:20+00:00

We all see the world through the lens of our own experience and perspective. It’s human nature. Sometimes, though, we need to consider a situation from the vantage point of another’s perspective. We need to cultivate empathy. I remember a conversation my husband and I had nearly fourteen years ago. We had reunited after a

Turning your perspective upside down 2017-08-29T11:24:20+00:00

The lotus flower — blossoming out of muddy water

2017-08-25T15:07:00+00:00

The lotus is a ubiquitous symbol in yoga.  The beautiful pink leaves blooming in the shape of a mandala, growing out of muddy waters.  The symbolism is clear: we can use the practice of yoga to help us transform the mud in our lives into the beauty of the lotus flower.  How?  First, by paying

The lotus flower — blossoming out of muddy water 2017-08-25T15:07:00+00:00

“I can’t hate a racist the way I used to,” said my teacher Rolf Gates

2017-08-16T14:04:24+00:00

Last month I completed my 500-hour teacher training with the incredible Rolf Gates.  Rolf, of Meditations from the Mat fame, is a an amazing yoga teacher, teacher of teachers, and inspirational leader who turned his life from one of addiction and fighting to one of peace.  Rolf also happened to grow up in Boston around the time

“I can’t hate a racist the way I used to,” said my teacher Rolf Gates 2017-08-16T14:04:24+00:00

Why I’m obsessed with half-way lift (ardha uttanasana)

2017-08-12T18:08:16+00:00

If you practice yoga you probably know the Sun Salutations.  They include a pose we typically call half-way lift, or ardha uttanasana for you Sanskrit fans.  So much of the traditional Sun A sequence is about folding forward.  Which is great - we should be opening up our hamstrings and working flexibility all along the

Why I’m obsessed with half-way lift (ardha uttanasana) 2017-08-12T18:08:16+00:00

Limb #5: Pratyhara (sensory withdrawal) — What’s it all about?

2017-08-04T11:40:56+00:00

On the eight-limb path of yoga, pratyhara is limb number 5.  It is commonly translated as sensory withdrawal.  What does that mean and does it have any relevance for us modern yogis?  As you might have guessed, my answer to the latter question is a resounding yes. Pratyhara is where we go inward, away from

Limb #5: Pratyhara (sensory withdrawal) — What’s it all about? 2017-08-04T11:40:56+00:00

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

2017-07-24T23:44:07+00:00

So many of us modern yogis think the physical practice of yoga (asana, in Sanskrit) is the entire yoga package.  But it's not; not even close.  This practice we know and love called yoga is considered a path with eight limbs.  The asana practice is only one of them.  And it's not even the first

The 8 Limbs of Yoga 2017-07-24T23:44:07+00:00

An exciting new partnership with Get Cleveland Fit

2016-12-03T21:47:06+00:00

It should be obvious that I view the yoga practice as a key piece of the “living your best life” puzzle.  So I was thrilled when I was approached by Get Cleveland Fit, a Cleveland-based company that offers a 100% free online community dedicated to helping Clevelanders get healthy and fit.  Members get access to

An exciting new partnership with Get Cleveland Fit 2016-12-03T21:47:06+00:00

235 Days of meditation: a reflection

2016-12-03T21:47:06+00:00

My 2016 New Years resolution was to meditate every day.  Today is day #235.  Seems like a good time to check in, take stock and reflect.  I set this goal for myself because I've flirted with a solid meditation practice for many years.  I know how good meditation is for me.  I feel better when

235 Days of meditation: a reflection 2016-12-03T21:47:06+00:00

Technology overload

2016-12-03T21:47:06+00:00

I recently had the privilege of taking a course called Teaching Yoga in the Digital Age with Amy Ippoliti of 90 Monkeys.  Amy is a tremendous leader in the yoga world and is spearheading a conversation she feels passionately about, and for good reason.  Our technologically-driven society is having a huge impact on us in

Technology overload 2016-12-03T21:47:06+00:00