Finding your way hOMe

One very cold, very dark, and very early morning in January, I crawled out of my bed and slipped on the clothes I had laid out the night before. I bundled up and walked a hundred feet to a temple.  The temple was crafted of logs and looked perfectly at home in the Rockies of… Continue reading Finding your way hOMe

Living With Intention

Every New Years thousands of people worldwide create a resolution for themselves for the year to come. This “goal” is usually set around health and happiness and may include shedding a few pounds, getting organized, or making time each day for numero uno (that’s you!). As January slips by, many still incorporate their resolution or… Continue reading Living With Intention

A Feather Tipped in Glitter: Teaching Yoga as Creative Expression

I have been saving a particular picture of white feathers with their tips dipped in silver glitter as inspiration for my holiday decorations. I could envision their creation long before I had them dangling from a simple piece of string. I strung them as garland outside the entrance to my yoga studio. I decorate the… Continue reading A Feather Tipped in Glitter: Teaching Yoga as Creative Expression

The Gift of Gratitude: How to Apply a Theme to a Yoga Class

Our teacher started class by placing the heels of her hands together forming a small cup shape. Next she softly brought her fingers to touch leaving the middle space open. She said, “Anjali mudra is like holding a little bird between your palms”. The image was so light and childlike. I could imagine holding a… Continue reading The Gift of Gratitude: How to Apply a Theme to a Yoga Class

A Day in the Life of a Yoga Teacher: Sarit Z Rogers

  I met Sarit at an Eat, Breathe Thrive yoga workshop in Los Angeles. I was immediately drawn to her. She looked so cool, calm and comfortable in her own skin. Throughout the workshop, I continued to be charmed by her honesty, authenticity and welcoming nature that made anyone around her comfortable in her presence.… Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Yoga Teacher: Sarit Z Rogers

Compassion by Example: My Personal Story of Healing

Admittedly, my yoga journey began as an accident or possibly divine intervention. A writer that I admired was co-teaching at a yoga and writing retreat in Mexico and I planned to attend in hopes of practicing wordplay with like minds. It just so happened that my divorce became final two days before the retreat began.… Continue reading Compassion by Example: My Personal Story of Healing

Teaching Compassion for Yoga Teachers: Stage One

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The heart is like a garden: it can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. ~ Jack Kornfield   One of the first questions I ask of my YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) students is: “Why is ahimsa, compassion, the most encompassing of all the yamas?” Students answer with beautiful replies like this one from Jennifer Fogle:… Continue reading Teaching Compassion for Yoga Teachers: Stage One

Teaching Forgiveness: 4 lesson plans for yoga teachers

We need to build a society that is strong enough to fight intolerance ~ Pope Francis This morning I woke to the inspiring words of Pope Francis speaking on the White House lawn. He asked us to step up to this “critical moment of history” to ”build a truly tolerant and inclusive society”. Love and… Continue reading Teaching Forgiveness: 4 lesson plans for yoga teachers

Forgiveness Begins Within

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As I sit on my mat, soles of my feet pressing together, knees floating above the ground, my hips trying to release some deeply-held tension, I bow down over my legs and dangle my head over the soles of my feet.  In this position I feel the tension in my back begin to soften, but… Continue reading Forgiveness Begins Within

A Bump in the Road

After listening to the Buddhist monk Jack Kornfield describe ‘Labeling the Thoughts’ as a meditation, I decided to try it for myself.  As I move through life, I am constantly weeding out the good, the bad, and the bullshit. I realized that this technique of labeling my thoughts aided me in this process. For instance,… Continue reading A Bump in the Road