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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If you knew this were the last moment with a loved one, how would you spend it?
There is nothing harder in the world than watching someone close to you die and I have had the unfortunate experience of seeing my mother, aunt, grandma, and now my dog through this inevitable transition. Yet as painful as […]
“Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde
Nearly three and a half years after Briohny Smyth’s now infamous “The Contortionist”, Equinox released a new video of a yogi flowing seamlessly from advanced pose to advanced pose. It is beautiful. The strength and prowess are astonishing, yet my immediate reaction was one of self-centered deprecation. I […]
One of the more common questions I get at information sessions for trainings is “what if I don’t want to teach?”
Believe it or not, about half the people who take trainings don’t actually want to teach! Some of you may be thinking, then why take a teacher training versus attending workshops or regular group classes?
At YogaWorks we’re […]
I’m a yoga nerd. When I am not doing yoga, I am teaching it. And when I am not teaching it, I am studying it. I love every aspect of the practice: the philosophy, the history, the anatomy, the physical poses (asanas). And being a teacher trainer I actually make a living talking about yoga […]