Action Items to Deepen Your Yoga Practice

While many people can say they’ve tried yoga, not many will tell you they have a “yoga practice”. The phrase implies a certain amount of dedication, experience, or, to some, skill. I remember one teacher at Just Be asked her students whether or not they considered themselves to have a yoga practice, and the answers…

30 Minute Home Practice

Want to practice with me? I filmed a quick, 30 minute Vinyasa Flow just for you! It’s suitable for all levels of flexibility, strength, and experience, and offers plenty of options and modifications throughout. The class is the perfect length to start your day, energize you after work or school, or get you ready for…

Beyond the Physical: What Makes a Yogi

When people find out I teach yoga, particularly young people, the first question is almost always, “Teach me something!” It happens all the time, whenever I’m not at the studio or other yoga-centric location. The request almost always comes from someone who’s never done yoga, or only dabbled in it a few times. It always…

Even More Sh*t You Don’t Want to Talk About: Anxiety

For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with anxiety. I remember being very little, and being one hundred percent convinced that I was going to die nearly all of the time. But more than I remember my tangible proximity to mortality, I remember not being taken seriously. When my parents saw me complaining…

Exploring the Yamas & Niyamas: Satya

I was always told that the only thing you have in life is your word. When you commit to something, you commit. When you say something, you mean it. And while it takes time to gather trust from those around you, it only takes a moment to lose any hope of being trusted ever again….

Everyday Goddesses: Misha

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. When I think of women who are strong, I think of Misha McNair. Misha is grounded like no one I’ve ever met, being unapologetically herself in every…

Exploring the Yamas and Niyamas: Ahimsa

Ahimsa, or nonviolence, is one of yoga’s ethical practices. When I first began exploring the Yamas and Niyamas, Ahimsa appeared to be, on the surface, a given. Of course yogis are nonviolent: they’re gentle and kind, they don’t eat meat, they hug trees, they don’t kill bugs, right? I had an almost childlike reaction to seeing “Nonviolence” on my…

Everyday Goddesses: Kelley

Kelley Dennison is one of those people who lights up a room- her smile is bright and sweet, her eyes are glowing, her laugh is bubbling. I’ve been lucky enough to bump into Kelley here and there at the studio, and even have her in my class a few times, but never got a chance to…

Is This Real Life?

Today, September 4th, my picture is on the front page of CNN Health. Don’t get me wrong, it’s small and kind of off to the side, but it’s there. And it still doesn’t quite feel real. I found myself reading the article and marveling at the opportunity to see myself through the eyes of others-…