The Whole Package

"You can be the whole package and still end up at the wrong address. When this happens, the receiver will mishandle you bc they don’t know what to do with you and they weren’t meant to have you in the first place." ~Unknown When I read this quote last week in my news feed I assumed it to be about relationships, took a mindful pause and kept scrolling. The universe being the universe, I came across this quote 3 times in one week and decided to start listening. What if we applied this not only to relationships but friendships? Or jobs? Or goals? I shared this quote at the beginning of yoga but then I asked the question, how do you get delivered...

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Chronic Low Back Pain

Did you know that one of the number one complaints in this country is low back pain? It makes sense with our jobs demanding us to sit for long periods of time or allowing for poor posture overall as well as long commutes contributing to the same problem. Coupled with a low activity lifestyle or improperly training our muscles no wonder we have become such a mess. Some people have also suffered from the opiate crisis by being given a pill to dull the pain instead of a therapy program. The problem is clear, and the solution?  Just as clear: yoga. A study published by the American College of Physicians shows yoga is as effective as physica...

Building Strength or Holding Tension

What does it feel like when you’re holding tension in your body? I know the minute I start to stress about something I tense my muscles in my neck and back, pulling my shoulders up near my ears and rolling my shoulder heads forward. I either breathe shallow and quick or I hold my breath completely. Whether I’m driving in traffic or stressing about something I hold tension in those familiar places and of course my mind is racing or filling with dread.  What do...

Suspension

“The mind is the king of the senses, but the breath is the king of the mind.”  ~BKS Iyengar This week in our practice we practiced the suspension of breath. That space between the inhale and exhale. Just noticing this space at first. Then gently extending this space yet checking in with the feeling. What emotions, physical feelings happen when you try to extend this space? ❤ Yes, you can feel anxiety, and panic as needing breath or needing to release breath takes over. But stick with this gentle exploration. As you lay on your mat and close your eyes, how does it feel to slowly...

Upside Down

A wise friend once told me, when you’re having a bad day, just stand on your head. Since headstand is not in my personal practice I chose any inversion (where your head is below your heart) to my routine and voilá! Day= Better. Looking at the world from a different perspective, like upside do...

Non Attachment

“I envy the tree, how it reaches but never holds.” Non-attachment. One of the hardest principles for my Italian, loyal heart to learn. Clinging to items, people, places, mindsets only brings further anxiety and turmoil. I remind myself when I am fighting with non-attachment to remember our core. Our center which is love. There is nothing we need outside ourselves to seek. The light in me honors the light in you, and in this space there is no need for attachment.

Comfort Zones

We are living in cages with the door wide open.” George Lucas  I love reading and rereading this quote. Just as a bird who has been caged remains in the cage with door open, we know our availability to freedom yet we hold ourselves back. I know I personally do this to myself especially with the stories I create. I may worry I’ve offended someone and change my behavior next time I’m with them- thus holding myself in a false cage. Where do you find yourself staying in the comfort of your cage?  I love eagle pose to strengthen that heart “backbone” and center us in our freedom.

Busy

Stop. Breathe. Now do it again but slower this time. We live in a culture where our very identity is tied up with our accomplishments. We wear all we have to do like a badge on our shirt. We wear our “busy-ness” badge like a medal for all to see. In fact, if you don’t appear to hold this “busy” trophy you are likely to be gawked at or judged for being “lazy.” Hiding from true connection behind our schedules. Today I invite you to break the norm. Don’t strive for busy but for presence. Look the clerk directly in the eye today. When someone asks how you are, remove “busy” from your answer list. And delight in the appearance of “lazy.” 

Highlight Reel

“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons from within.”  Ursula K Le Guinn I love this quote and it so perfect for the “highlight reel life” perspective. We can pretend that our lives are perfect, post only the happy pictures and the wins on social media. We can also never talk about our problems and pretend that everything is perfect, and stay POSITIVE. But where there is light, there is dark. If you deny the presence of darkness you will be consumed by your own darkness. Of course I’m not saying go out and be negative or point out everything that is wrong, but acknowledging the bad is just as important as the good. This human experience isn’t for us to perfect, or get “right” it is for us to live. ...

Practice

“Practice is the effort to attain steadiness in the suspended state.” ~ The Yoga Sutras Practice. I often remind myself yoga is a PRACTICE not a mastery. When you look in a yoga magazine or even a yogi’s instagram (including myself) you will only see the peak pose. The highlight reel of our practice. Not often does it show the boring strengthening sequences or the work it takes to get “up” to a pose. The sweat, the humility, the cuss words, the self judgement, the pain...

Workout Rituals

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche  🎵🎵🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎵🎵 What’s your favorite pre-work ritual? For any of my students who have come a bit early to class they can find me blaring music as I tidy up the studio and DANCE. My favorite way to prep before I teach a yoga class is to arrive early and turn my playlist up LOUD and just dance. Music has always been a divine connection for me, whether I be pushing for a workout, dealing with a heartache or looking for inspiration. Self care doesn’t have to be about bubble baths and affirmations statements, sometimes, it’s turning the knob to the right and letting your self mov...