Action Items Toward Revolutionizing Your Health

I spend a lot of time discussing the science of healthy living here (see Yogic Eating, Food and Mood Pts. I & II, and The Science and Body Image of Fat), but I want to delve into the practical application of what I preach. It’s easy to read the facts and understand the science, but sometimes it’s difficult to bring…

Food and Mood Pt. II: Inflammation and Mental Health

I’ve sat down to write this article a few times before, and each time end up winding town a different (yet equally important) path. In Yogic Eating, It’s Not What You Think, Food and Mood Pt. I and The Science and Body Image of Fat, I touched on the importance of a nourishing diet for a healthy, happy, sustainable…

I’m An Introvert, Hear Me Roar

I’m an introvert, I really am. In elementary school, I connected with books more than people. In middle school, I went to school dances with a yearbook badge and a camera in front of my face. Freshman year, I had one friend who had seen the inside of my house. I value alone time like…

FAT: Science and Body Image

Fat. It’s an ugly word, isn’t it? It’s rare that we find it used with any sort of positive connotation- more often than not, it’s an insult (one that is, sadly, often directed not at others, but at one’s self). We associate “fat” with all the things we strive not to be: gluttony, greed, laziness. The…

Everyday Goddesses: Lynette

Everyday Goddesses is a series featuring women who embody strength in every sense of the word. Each interview is a peek into their strength through their writing and words. Lynette Cox seems to be able to do it all- at 17, she balances a job, rigorous class schedule, countless clubs and volunteer opportunities, sports, and…

More Things You Don’t Want to Talk About

I recently posted one of the most authentic things I’ve ever written. It’s one of those pieces of writing that feels like it’s been pulled straight out of a diary, and then published for the world to see. I wrote it off the cuff, sitting at the desk of Just Be after class when I was…

Talk About the Sh*t You Don’t Want to Talk About

School has started. Back to school meant back to the mat, pushing me to brave rush-hour traffic, squeeze into parking Tetris behind Just Be, and squeeze my way into overstuffed classes just for 75 minutes of nothing but breath and sweat. I needed it, a chance to hit the pause button and regroup, like calling together…

Everyday Goddesses: Kara

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. Kara Potts is another powerful healer in the Just Be Community, and one of the residents of the recently brought-to-life Sanctuary in Walnut Creek. Kara isn’t just…

Drop the E and Just Go

How many times have you been in a yoga class, heard the teacher cue an arm balance, and thought, “Yeah, no.“? We’ve all been there. It’s the end of a sweaty flow, your arms are tired, and you couldn’t do one more chaturanga if you wanted to. No way are you going to even attempt that…

Everyday Goddesses: Bryn

Bryn O’Connor brings a little bit of magic to the Just Be Community, serving as an Intuitive Reader, Channel, and Medium. She’s always been highly sensitive to other’s emotions, and originally sought out to be a licensed therapist in an effort to help those who were suffering. Once she began receiving intuitive messages from the…

Say Yes, and Sometimes No

I’m what I like to call a “realistic optimist“. I’m not a pessimist, but I’m not naturally very optimistic. It’s something I’ve always struggled with- seeing the negatives before seeing the positives. Usually I can talk myself into a positive perspective, but it takes time and effort, and usually leaves some lingering negativity in the…

Setting a Theme

Surprisingly, this post isn’t about theming your class. No, it’s about the idea of setting a theme for your life, as a way to guide your decisions and actions in a certain direction in support of a certain goal. I’ve heard this idea a few times, and it always sounded interesting. Theming is a powerful tool, and…