After Gym Class: Learning to Love Movement via Yoga

A few weeks ago, I read an article in the New York Times entitled “How You Felt About Gym Class May Impact Your Exercise Habits Today.”  This is something that feels so obvious to me I was kind of surprised that it merited an article, but then again, I think way more about my traumatic lifeContinue reading “After Gym Class: Learning to Love Movement via Yoga”

A Long Post About How I Made it to Yoga Despite Ridiculous Social Anxiety

Sunday (two days ago) I received a really nice email from geoYoga, the studio that I manage. It was an automated email (it would have to have been, since I didn’t send it to myself), but I liked it anyway. “Dear Laura,” it said, “It’s your anniversary with geoYoga!” How exciting. I love this kindContinue reading “A Long Post About How I Made it to Yoga Despite Ridiculous Social Anxiety”

Enough is (Never?) Enough. Brahmacharya, Take 2

You’ll never believe it, but I had an actual real-life request from someone the other day to write about Brahmacharya (the law of yogic moderation). I felt, for one heady moment, as though I’d hit “the big time.” A blog request! For me! The idea that anyone was interested in hearing my blogged opinion aboutContinue reading “Enough is (Never?) Enough. Brahmacharya, Take 2”

The Lion’s Roar! (In Which The Author Abandons Hope and Allows The Present Moment)

I have abandoned hope. Not to worry- I’m not despairing, and I’m not like, “giving up on life,” or anything like that. It’s just this: I’m forsaking hope, and its cousin, fear, and its nerdy cousin, obsessive planning (he wears a pocket protector, I think). You’re shaking your head. What’s wrong with hope? Don’t we wantContinue reading “The Lion’s Roar! (In Which The Author Abandons Hope and Allows The Present Moment)”

Beauty in the Broken Shell: Self-Love, Self-Acceptance, and Late-Night Nachos

I found this shell on the beach today. Perfect in its flawed, worn and broken beauty. This shell isn’t looking in the mirror and wishing it were younger, less worn. It’s not regretting the tides that dragged it. It’s just itself, as it is. Enough.  It’s been an interesting year for self-revelation. An exhausting one,Continue reading “Beauty in the Broken Shell: Self-Love, Self-Acceptance, and Late-Night Nachos”

Satya Will Set Ya Free!

Have you ever told a white lie for what seemed like a good reason- and then got caught up in layer after layer of complication? Or found yourself talking with some friends about an acquaintance in a way that you knew was unkind- and then felt bad, after, when you saw that person? Have youContinue reading “Satya Will Set Ya Free!”

Even Yoga Teachers Get The Blues: A Happy Ending

UGH. If you’ve ever been down, depressed, unhappy for no real reason, you know how it feels: Sluggish. Heavy. Tired.  You might be snappy, cranky, irritable, annoyed, or maybe you’re crying, whining, or otherwise acting out. And the physical element is just exhausting. I haven’t been down this particular road for a while, but todayContinue reading “Even Yoga Teachers Get The Blues: A Happy Ending”

Hey, Athletes: Five Reasons to Add Yoga to Your Training Plan

I was inspired to write this article while creating a “Yoga For Runners, Spinners, Cross-Fitters” type class that I’ll be teaching next week. Yes, all of this has been said before- but I felt it was worth saying again. If you or someone you love is an athlete- yoga is for you.* Strength + Flexibility:Continue reading “Hey, Athletes: Five Reasons to Add Yoga to Your Training Plan”