understanding cultural appropriation

One of the challenges that we face in the contemporary wellness/healing/spiritual world is how to share, honor and celebrate the indigenous roots of the practices we love, without engaging in cultural appropriation. The practice of yoga feels especially problematic. The long history of yoga has as many twists and turns as the story of IndiaContinue reading “understanding cultural appropriation”

tolerating big mistakes

I’m reading David Epstein’s book “Range” this week– it’s a fantastic book that talks about how generalists, rather than specialists, are primed for success. I love the book because it tells us that those of us who are “frequent quitters” will end up with the most satisfying careers; that failing a test is the bestContinue reading “tolerating big mistakes”

it’s just your polyvagal pandemic response

This is part 2 of our series on working with the physiology of stress. You can read part one here. In my last post, we learned about the triune brain model and how each layer is responsible for different mental and physical functions. We learned that when we are faced with more stress than weContinue reading “it’s just your polyvagal pandemic response”

Presence in Yoga, Presence in Love

I love to teach yoga to newbies. There’s an almost palpable sense of coming alive in those first few classes. As students learn to move in new ways, it’s not unlike a toddler explore her range of motion- testing out a foot here, or the gaze here, or marveling at what her body can do and how itContinue reading “Presence in Yoga, Presence in Love”

Creating New Karmic Patterns, & Some Crazy Good Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies

In last week’s post, I talked about the self-sustaining karmic energy of recurring habitual patterns. I mentioned that meditation has been helpful in creating the space to identify the pattern and then to create a new pattern. How exactly, though, does the new pattern get created? In the past year, I was lucky* enough to find myself facingContinue reading “Creating New Karmic Patterns, & Some Crazy Good Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies”

Staccato is a Rhythm- Confessions of a Color-Coded Calendar

“I used to be so consistent with my (yoga practice, meditation, eating plan), and then (my job changed, the kids were off school for the summer, I broke my toe)…” “I can’t seem to get into the swing of things.” “I wish I could just get into a good rhythm.”  “I lost my groove.” Does this soundContinue reading “Staccato is a Rhythm- Confessions of a Color-Coded Calendar”

My Big Brother: On the Gift of Compassion and Love

In the back of my closet, under a mountain of dust bunnies, there’s a packet of letters. Not, as you might imagine, letters from an old lover, or anything so romantic. These are letters that I wrote over 20 years ago to my older brother. I was in middle school, or high school, and he wasContinue reading “My Big Brother: On the Gift of Compassion and Love”

Size Banana: Can I Stop Measuring Myself?

Recently, Geneen Roth posted this on Facebook: Almost every woman I know has three sizes of clothes in her closet. Thin clothes, fat clothes and in-between. The fat clothes–what I call the “just-in-case clothes”–keep you frightened of gaining weight, and the thin clothes keep you waiting for your life to begin. Your thin clothes, theContinue reading “Size Banana: Can I Stop Measuring Myself?”

Saucha: Rediscovering Purity

This is the first of (probably) five posts about the niyamas, or moral restraints of yoga. You can get more information on the niyamas and their place in the eight limbs of yoga here.  Love, if it is love, never goes away. It is embedded in us, like seams of gold in the Earth, waiting for light, waiting toContinue reading “Saucha: Rediscovering Purity”