How I Got My Om Back: Beating the I-am-not-enough virus with purpose

How I Got My “Om” Back

I tipped the movers and glanced at my watch.  The moving van had not even left the premises before I had to hop in the car to go teach my very first class in San Francisco.  Luckily, I was teaching for the same studio I taught at in Los Angeles […]

Trigger Happy Yoga Teachers by Sarah Ezrin

A gust of cold air hit my face as the door of the yoga studio swung open mid-class and promptly slammed shut. A middle-aged man clomped into the room, running shoes on, dripping sweat, clearly having come in from the middle of an exercise class. 20 pairs of eyes collectively looked back to see what […]

Why I Had To Break-Up With Ashtanga Yoga

Why I had to Break-Up with Ashtanga Yoga

I had to break up with Ashtanga yoga. We were in an unhealthily relationship for nearly ten years. I was obsessed.  Slinking out of the house in the darkness before first light.  Turning down dinners and gatherings with my friends and family. Watching what I ate, because Ashtanga did not […]

Recovering From Myself

Originally posted Nov 8, 2017 on Yogapoetica.com

Once an addict, always an addict, I used my teaching career and practice as if they were drugs. Teaching every waking moment and planning my schedule years in advance gave me a bigger high than a line of cocaine. It gave me the high of feeling in control. My […]

It’s My Marriage I’ll Cry if I Want To

 Imagine this. I’m walking through the aisles of my local super market, an overflowing grocery basket hanging on my arm, when I spy an old friend walking towards me either stealing a cantaloupe or quite pregnant. “Oh, my gosh!” I gush as we delicately hug, “you’re having a baby?!”. She beams in response and as […]

Grief is Good

Grief is Good as featured on Yogapoetica Feb ’17

Between 2008 to 2015, I lost my great-aunt, great-uncle, great-grandmother, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, dog (read child), brother, and mom.  My mum’s nurse used to call our family the Kennedys, so blessed, but also plagued with great loss.  I come from a large family and the cycle of […]

The Yoga Sutras Survival Guide for Political Change

We woke up to a very changed world on November 9th, 2016. The country feels divided, the future unsettled.  People are looking to their yoga practice for guidance.  Luckily, the yoga masters recognized that suffering is a part of being human and left us a guide book for maintaining inner peace even if the world […]

Why Are We So Afraid To Rest?

I lost track of what I just taught, fairly certain I missed a whole sequence on the left leg.  The silence lingered as the students breathed in and out. I interpreted impatience in the room, but the waves of nausea made it impossible to process anything clearly.  “Was it always so hot in here?” I […]

Back to Basics

When I moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco a lot of things changed especially my body. Whereas I used to have energy to do an intense daily practice, I found myself with very different needs.  My life was a whirlwind, I had literally just “moved”, so instead of sweating through vinyasa after vinyasa, I […]

Feel Better Naked

I was nine years old the first time I took diet pills.  I graduated university on the brink of hospitalization for anorexia nervosa.  My life has been a constant struggle with body image and sadly this is all too familiar for many people.

But what if I told you we can feel better naked and it […]