Why I Don’t Talk About Yoga and Weight Loss

Image from the Dove Real Beauty Campaign.  I received an email today from Anna at Curvy Yoga. Note that I am not name-dropping, I’m an anonymous recipient of her newsletter list. Anyway, she just put out a new little seven-minute video that addresses this question: Can You Accept Your Body & Want To Lose Weight?Continue reading “Why I Don’t Talk About Yoga and Weight Loss”

My Knees, Pigeon Pose & Why It’s Good To Have a Teacher

When I first started practicing yoga, it was on my own, with DVDs, and eventually podcasts. It took me some time to get up the courage to actually approach a class- I kept reading that it was important to work with a teacher, but I was so afraid to look stupid, to say or doContinue reading “My Knees, Pigeon Pose & Why It’s Good To Have a Teacher”

Etiquette for the Yoga Studio

This post is for you if: You are new to yoga and want to be feel confident about your first visit You have been going to the yoga studio for ages and don’t “need” to read this article. Go ahead and read it anyway, and if you already know it all, then pat yourself onContinue reading “Etiquette for the Yoga Studio”

This Week’s Yoga Classes: A Look Back

I’m a bit uninspired for this week’s post- I’ve got several half-formed ideas, but nothing that’s really “ready” yet to say. So I thought I’d share with you a few moments of the past week as a newbie “full-time” teacher: Music Challenge #1: Accidentally had playlist on shuffle. Again. Found ourselves listening to MC Yogi’sContinue reading “This Week’s Yoga Classes: A Look Back”

“Day Off” Vegan Carrot Cookies

It has been suggested to me by some good friends and mentors that I ought to schedule time each week to have what is apparently called a “day off.” This is necessary to avoid burnout, re-charge the batteries, etc etc. I totally get it. I’m just not very good at it. I have a hardContinue reading ““Day Off” Vegan Carrot Cookies”

A Sad Tale of Ahimsa and Janu Sirsasana C (Or, Your Yoga Teacher is Kind of a Hypocrite)

So recently I’ve been playing a bit with the Ashtanga Primary Series. It’s more like a flirtation- I’m not ready to commit to a serious Ashtanga practice. To mix metaphors, you could even say I’m just dipping my toe in the water. My incredibly crippled, feeble little pinkie toe. The one that I mashed mercilesslyContinue reading “A Sad Tale of Ahimsa and Janu Sirsasana C (Or, Your Yoga Teacher is Kind of a Hypocrite)”

Better than Video: Capturing the Moment With Your Own Mindfulness.

Or, Six Steps to Daily Mindfulness Plus a Cool Video! If you haven’t yet seen the Lotte Time Lapse Video, it’s possible you may now be in the minority.The video is brief- just 2 minutes and 45 seconds, but it’s become incredibly popular in the last week, with over 2.8 million views.  It was putContinue reading “Better than Video: Capturing the Moment With Your Own Mindfulness.”

Titanic Yoga: Your Ship Is Sinking

Today marked the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. This isn’t the kind of thing I would normally know about. However, due to a silly turn of events (forgot to charge phone last night; had to save battery and so chose not to listen to music on iPhone on way to class, thereforeContinue reading “Titanic Yoga: Your Ship Is Sinking”

How to Establish (and Maintain) a Home Yoga Practice: A Practical Guide

This guide comes from my own efforts, some more successful than others, in putting together a home yoga practice. Like anything worth doing, it is a bit of work- but you’ll love the benefits. Enjoy! 1. Create your space. The first step in establishing a home practice is to work out the logistics- where canContinue reading “How to Establish (and Maintain) a Home Yoga Practice: A Practical Guide”

First Yoga Class? No Worries.

This post was born out of the many questions I am asked about a first visit to a class or studio. It’s information I wish I’d had!  What Should I Wear? This is easy. You can wear anything you’d wear to the gym. Shorts, sweats, etc. Make sure your shirt is fitted enough that it won’tContinue reading “First Yoga Class? No Worries.”