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June 13, 2015
what is yoga?

What is yoga? Is it an experience? Is it a mystical explanation for (the origin of) existence? Is it a collection of practices that help individuals make sense --cognitively or physiologically-- of their humanity (as it is inextricably intertwined with the universe)? Every six months or so, I realize that I'm not really sure I […]

May 16, 2015
cause + effect in the real world

Once upon a time, cause and effect were simply part of math class. As absurd as it sounds, I didn't extrapolate the "if..., then..." lessons of math class out into the "real world". I didn't recognize in math a language that described the natural world (though I hope my teacher were at least trying to […]

April 13, 2015
how I discovered multiple perspectives

I pride myself (humbly, I hope) on being a champion for multiple perspectives. Why? Because it hurts less and heals more. Let me explain. For a brief time, I attended a boarding school that held mandatory "non-denominational" chapel service once a week. Well, as a proud non-believer, and rather bratty anti-religion-ist, I thought this was […]

April 6, 2015
first cultivate compassion where it's easy

Being compassionate with strangers and acquaintances is relatively easy for me. Doing the same with family and close friends is not. Last week, I gave an example of turning irritation into compassion that for me is completely doable. I can see an annoying colleague through compassionate eyes with just a small moment's pause to consider the full situation. If […]

April 1, 2015
why venting won't really calm you

It's great when scientific studies confirm for us what we can easily experience for ourselves. Take venting, about which I learned a little tidbit from NPR's new science show Invisibilia. Apparently when something irks you, venting about it to someone who'll agree with your point of view --validating your reason for venting-- helps to calm […]

February 14, 2015
stress, meet your match in restorative yoga!

Restorative yoga is kinda like napping --but better! I mean, I've always been a lousy napper. I would never fall asleep which, being the point of a nap, used to bug the bejeezus out of me. I'd give up on the nap, now feeling tired and frustrated, and turn to a short-term energy spike provided by the […]

February 9, 2015
the science behind stress

What is stress? Is it some mystical force out to get us? (Feels like it sometimes.) In truth, stress is simply a category for events that evoke an emergency response from your nervous system. Stress is a very real thing and how you "deal with" it makes a world of difference to your nervous system […]

February 2, 2015
align to yourself

Alignment is a bit of a buzz word in yoga these days. More and more styles and studios teach "alignment-focused" asana classes, and yet the physical practice of yoga still varies widely. So what is alignment? Is it whatever a particular teacher or lineage says it is? Well, to put it simply, yeah, it kind […]

January 14, 2015
guide to sankalpa

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions. I've noticed over the years that when I want something to shift or grow in my life, it happens with greatest fruition before I'm compelled to write it down or dwell on it, but instead just believe it and do it. If there's even a smidgen of doubt, […]

January 13, 2015
allow intention into your life

When I first started studying the Alexander Technique, I overdid everything. AT helps students discover unconscious postural habits and then gradually and through a teacher's help, "undo" those habits by not doing them. AT students don't learn to "do" some new thing to correct their habits and they aren't taught how to "fix" their habits, […]

December 30, 2014
recap + farewell 2014!

2014 I hunkered down. I worked tirelessly at my teaching and much has transpired! As a result, my dedicated readers, friends, and even family were not kept up to date. I would promise to post on facebook more often, but I doubt I will manage it. Just once this year, kiddos, that's all I got for 2014! So, as we […]

September 29, 2014
schooled by television

Weeks ago my husband told me about this new show that he thought I'd like, that he'd heard good things about. A time travel show that uses the travel as a pretext for a historical fiction. I wrinkled my nose at it. "But it's got a strong female lead! and romance!" No, thanks, I don't […]


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