When the Universe Talks, Listen

Here’s something about me- I like to get things done. Keeping a tight schedule, having my ducks in row, always having a plan, keeps me sane. Sitting still is a chore for me, because it feels like I’m wasting time. The amount of times I think “I should…” is far too high, and as a…

Recipe: Fresh Thai-Inspired Dinner

I’ve posted before about my passion for real, nourishing, foods, and about creating a lifestyle centered around conscientious and respectful food choices. I’d like to share some recipes that fit my personal interpretation of what that means! Thai-Inspired Dinner Serves 2, double the recipes for the whole family to enjoy! Easy, fresh, and perfect for…

Yogic Eating- It’s Not What You Think

Something personal that I’ll share is that part of what led me to yoga was my battle with an eating disorder. My freshman year of high school, I was hospitalized for anorexia nervosa, and in my long recovery after, I found that yoga benefited me both mentally and physically. It helped me regain my strength…

Meditation Is For Everyone

When you think of meditation, you probably get images of monks with shaved heads, or sage old gurus, or, if you’re me, Wendy Wu Homecoming Warrior. It’s this elusive, unattainable practice that surely has benefit, but seems really hard, right? But we all know it’s good for us. The science has been all over the…

Yoga 101 & Self-Limiting Beliefs

At Just Be we hold a Yoga 101 workshop every few months, and I usually get to be a part of it. I love assisting this workshop for many reasons, but mostly because it transcends it’s title of “a yoga basics” workshop. I assisted my first Yoga 101 on accident. I happened to be at the studio,…

Tapas- Not Just a Delicious Appetizer

One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was a copy of the Yamas and Niyamas from one of my most beloved teachers and mentors, the owner of Just Be Yoga. The Yamas and Niyamas are the yogic ethical guidelines to life, that create the foundation for a skillful lifestyle. Deborah Adele describes them on her website for…

The Art of Assisting- People Want to be Touched

This past month, Just Be Yoga held a 60 hour assisting workshop that I was lucky enough to be a part of. Assisting is a gift that we want to offer every class at Just Be, because the touch of another person is extremely valuable not just in deepening a practice, but in opening a heart. As…

When I Learned What Yoga Gave Me

Yoga has given me many things. My health. My community. My passion. But it also gave me something more- my confidence. I haven’t always been truly confident in who I am. I spent a long time feeling inadequate: never smart enough, never tall enough, never chatty enough. Much of this stemmed from feeling lost in…

What It’s Like to Be a Young Yogi

“I hope this isn’t rude to ask…but how old are you?“ I hear this all the time at the studio, usually closely followed up with, “You’re an old soul, aren’t you?” after I tell them I’m still in high school. I’m used to it by now…almost. No matter how many times I hear the question, I’m…

It’s a Journey- The Story of the Scorpion

We’ve all seen it. Scorpion, with it’s complex combination of balance and flexibility that simultaneously leaves you in awe and wondering if maybe, just maybe, you could do it, too. After all, every yogi and their brother seems to have the elusive vrschikasana picture plastered on their Instagram that seemingly exudes effortlessness. I’m guilty of it too, don’t…

Anyone Can Crow

My very first yoga class, the teacher cued crow, and I watched a sea of yogis effortlessly float forward into the first arm balanced I’d ever seen with grace and ease that astounded me. From that moment, I knew I’d found a practice that would inspire me to continually grow, evolve, and strive for new…