Everyday Goddesses: Melissa

Everyday Goddesses is a series of posts I’ll be writing here, profiling women in my life who embody strength in everything they do- on and off the mat. Melissa is the Just Be Yogi I affectionately call my “mat mother”. Whenever we’re in class together, our mats are right next to each other (she puts…

I Got a Parking Ticket

Today I went to the Oakland Museum with a friend for a quick day trip. As much as I love my job, I also love exploring different parts of the area. I hadn’t been to the OMCA in many years, and was looking forward to seeing it. The museum is divided into levels, featuring an art gallery,…

I Spend My Days Off Work At Work- Thoughts on Happiness

I’ve mentioned before that I’m preparing to go off to college in a year, and because of this, happiness has been at the forefront of my thoughts as of late. The tricky thing about choosing a college is that it carries with it a multitude of implications that change your entire life’s direction. Where you go…

Everyday Goddesses: Katie

Everyday Goddesses is a series of posts I’ll be writing here, profiling women in my life who embody strength in everything they do- on and off the mat. Katie is best known in the Just Be community as “Kickass Katie”, and for good reason. She’s strong as can be, and unabashedly so. Although she does…

Yoga Is My Boyfriend…Literally

Here’s a secret people don’t always like to share- your relationship with yoga will be just like your relationship with another person. There are ups and downs. You’ll have a honeymoon phase, and then a fight, and then you might break up, but usually things work out in the end. When you first “meet” yoga,…

When You’re a Yoga Teacher, Stretchy Pants Are Business Casual

Confession: I don’t remember the last time I wore jeans. Most of my days are spent in the studio from morning until well into the afternoon, either teaching, assisting, taking, or working the front desk. Days spent out of the studio are my days off, and those usually consist of hikes or other outdoor activities….

I Had My First Walk Out

Saturday morning, I taught my first assisted yoga class with the amazingly inspiring Aislinn. Aislinn subs fairly regularly at Just Be, as well as teaching at several other studios. We connected through the JBY assisting program this summer, and when she told me she owed me a favor after I subbed her class last minute the other week,…

Music- Vinyasa Flow & Gentle Flow

I’ve had a few students ask to peruse my music recently, and love that they’re enjoying my choices. This playlist should get you through a good, hourlong practice, starting with a good build up, motivating peak, and cooling downfall. And here’s something a bit softer, for a good, Sunday morning Gentle Flow.

Yogi Recipes- Salads are Pretty

I love salads, because they’re like beautiful arrangements of all my favorite foods. They’re portable, versatile, and satisfying (my salads are definitely not rabbit food). Here’s a handy guide to packing a on-the-go healthy lunch, or a sit-down meal that will we suited to your preferences. The Base: Choose a variety of greens that will…

Yogi Recipes- Butterflied Roasted Chicken

One of the easiest, fastest, and most economical meals to feed your family is a roasted chicken. Everyone has their favorite version, but I thought I’d share my personal go-to. This meal is a one-pan wonder, with easy cleanup and a rewarding outcome. The great thing about this dish is that there’s something for everyone-…

When the Music Wouldn’t Play

This morning, I had a weird feeling I was going to teach. I’ve had this feeling once before, when I went to work front desk at Just Be on a Wednesday I wasn’t on the schedule. It was a weird morning, right before our studio/tribal leader was heading off to Costa Rica for a retreat,…