Everyday Goddesses: Shelly Wilcoxen

Shelly is someone you know is special from the first time you meet her. I’ve only met Shelly a handful of times, and have had the honor of having her in my class, but each time she leaves me with a smile and a full heart. When I asked Shelly to be an Everyday Goddess, she responded…

Taken Care Of.

Sometimes I think people believe I have it all figured out. I’ve always been characterized as an “old soul.” I’ve been called wise-beyond-my-years, “the most self-aware teenager” someone’s ever met, and more than a few times been assured that I must be at least 500 years old if we’re counting past lives. When I was…

Everyday Goddesses: Jessica Seid

Today’s Everyday Goddess has a story that a truly believe will change people’s lives, and possibly even save it. I met Jess through the creator of a podcast I was a guest on a few months back, Danni Pomplun. Jess describes herself as being “functional, real, and fun,” and I couldn’t agree more. Her humorous…

Mindful Eating In a Modern World.

There are few things as polarizing as the topic of food. Perhaps part of this struggle comes from the fact that we inherently seek black-and-white answers to things, and food doesn’t fit into narrow boxes very well. Food isn’t just for physical nourishment and it’s not just for emotional joy. Food isn’t just about getting stronger and healthier, and it’s not just about…

Everyday Goddesses: Claudia Edwards

If there’s one person I can always count on to make me smile, it’s Claudia. We met through Just Be Yoga, a space where I’ve met some of the most incredible, awe-inspiring people in my life, and Claudia is no exception. She’s someone I can always count on to make me smile, laugh, and slap…

The Latest on the “I Am Maris” Movie

I’m so beyond excited and grateful to finally update you on what’s been going on behind-the-scenes since our first-cut premiere of the film in June. What you need to know: Ro*Co Films (http://www.rocofilms.com/) is our distributor and executive producer. They’ve been a part of 11 Oscar nominated and/or winning films, and you’ve likely heard of…

Learning to Listen to Your Inner Teacher: Becoming Your Own Guide.

When I was first beginning my yoga practice, one of my teachers would always end class the same way: “I bow to my heart, my inner teacher. Namaste.” For the longest time, I never fully processed what she was saying. Partly because of the end-of-yoga bliss. Partly because I was still acclimating to the- admittedly,…

Everyday Goddesses: Antonia DeMichiel

Today’s Everyday Goddess is someone I feel truly lucky to have in my life. Antonia and I met when I was a sophomore in high school, at the very beginning of my journey into yoga and recovery, when she was volunteering for Challenge Day (one of my most beloved organizations). Antonia has continued to inspire…

Learning How to Heal From Death Anxiety.

I’ve come a long way in my anxiety journey. Not too long ago, my anxiety strangled the living out of my life. My anxiety around other people and crowds of any size made it hard to leave the house; even going to school felt like an enormous task every single day. And yet, my anxiety…

Embracing the Seasonality of Life.

As I write this, I’m sitting in the UC Santa Cruz dining hall, watching new students filter in and out for their first meal away at school. Living in the dorms for a second year, I have a front row seat to the energy and buzz around freshman move-in, something that feels like a blur…