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…

Everyday Goddesses: Livia Doporto

Today’s Everyday Goddess is near and dear to my heart. A few months ago, when I ran my Self-Love Toolkit, Livia journaled each and every day on her blog. A family friend of hers approached me at our gym one day and shared with me her writings, leaving me in awe of her thoughtfulness and radiant positivity. Since then, I’ve been grateful to call Livia my friend and inspiration. I admire her in so many ways, and I know you will, too. Here is her story in her own words.

The 19th Year.

As I write this, September 12th, 2017, it is the day before my 19th year begins. It’s truly been a whirlwind of a year, though to be completely honest, it feels as though my life has been a whirlwind for the past three or four years. But in the last 12 months I’ve started and…

Everyday Goddesses: Tea Sloane Smith

Today’s Everyday Goddess is the youngest one yet. Tea and I met through ivivva Walnut Creek over two years ago, when Tea was just beginning her yoga journey and I was still in high school. Tea had an eagerness to learn not only the asana, but the philosophy and spirit of yoga that I deeply…

Racism, Ahimsa, and Yoga in the Face of Inequality.

This past week has been one filled with heartbreak. On Saturday, August 12th, white nationalists rallied in Charlottesville, VA. White A car slammed into a group of counter-protestors, injuring 19 and killing one woman. Her name was Heather Heyer. She was a paralegal, who wanted to fight injustice and sought equality for all. The riot,…

Self-Love and Recovery Comes From Within You, Not Anyone Else.

The piece of feedback I’m most proud of receiving from my work and teaching is this: “I love how you coaxed me to find my own reasons to love myself rather than just list reasons why I should.” As someone who exists largely in the eating disorder recovery/self-love world, I see the latter part of…

The Spirit of Recovery is Wildness.

There are some things that just don’t live up to the hype. You know, things that everyone talks about and tells you that you just have to do or visit or eat or else you’re totally missing out. Things like overpriced restaurant meals that you get to the end of and think, “This is so not worth the bill…