You Can Be That Person

In one of my classes, we read an article about students who fail to complete college. In the article, they followed the journey of one young girl who was the first in her family to go to college. Raised by a single mother who wasn’t able to go to college after becoming pregnant in her teenage years,…

I’m Afraid to Admit That I’m Happy

It’s no secret that I do things differently. It’s different to be a yoga teacher at 16. It’s different to start a blog about your deepest secrets. It’s different to live in a single dorm at college and openly admit that you aren’t seeking the “normal” college experience.  Clearly, I have no qualms about living…

Balance: Don’t Look at Your Feet

The first arm balance I ever learned was bakasana. Bakasana, or Crow Pose, is most people’s first arm balance, in fact. You’ve probably seen it in a million yoga pictures: only your hands touch the earth while your knees are pulled up into your armpits so you look like a balloon floating above the earth only…

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset: A Greyscale Interpretation

  Something I’m realizing more and more is the power of mindset. As someone who’s struggled with specifically mental ailments, I’ve come to realize that changing the way our brain operates and performs is just as important- if not more important- than exercising and increasing our physical capabilities. I’ve come a long way physically from my weakest: through yoga…

Missteps in the Right Direction

I’ve finally made it to Santa Cruz. On Saturday, I drove down with my family bright and early, got all my things unloaded and unpacked, and started to settle into my new home. Everything was going far smoother than I expected: my room felt homey and personal already, filled with pictures and objects that are filled…

Being an Introvert in College

I’m embarrassed to tell people I’m living in a single dorm in college. I’m afraid people will think I’m spoiled, or that I’m anti-social, or that I’m weird. But my blog has always been centered around one rule: talk about the shit you don’t want to talk about.

On Being a Student

I’ve been practicing yoga for awhile now. One of the beautiful things about the practice is that you’re never quite done. There’s no endpoint, no final destination where you can say, “Well, I mastered yoga! Glad I can finally check that off my list.” There’s always something more to work on, always a new variation or a…

Who Am I?: Letting Go and Identity

It is no secret that Just Be Yoga changed my life. When I walked through the doors of Just Be for the first time, I was fourteen, anorexic, anxious, and completely devoid of excitement. Getting out of bed in the morning was a struggle- not just because my body was weak, but because there was nothing I…

On Leaving Home

There’s something special about finding a home. A real home, not just the place you happen to leave. Somewhere that draws you back in, that fills you up and makes you bubble over with inspiration and contentment. Somewhere that is as soft and comforting as it is challenging and evolving. When I found Just Be,…