Acknowledging Privilege in the Yoga Community

Note: Before reading this piece, you may find it helpful and contextualizing to read my previously written article on social justice in relation to yoga. Scrolling through my Instagram feed one day, I came across an image that read: Maybe you manifested it, Maybe it’s white privilege. It’s the kind of image that’s phrased in…

Where Does Our Body Shame Come From?

I speak to a lot of women in the process of eating disorder recovery who feel a lot of emotions about the weight gain suggested by their recovery team: anger, sorrow, fear, guilt, shame. I’ve felt all these things, and I know how real they are. None of what I’m about to say is meant…

Your Yoga Practice Serves You, and it Prepares You to Serve.

When I first started yoga, I came to my mat every time asking what it could do for me. It was necessary at the time. I was 14, fresh out of the hospital, recovering from an eating disorder, and desperate for change. I was tired of feeling lonely in the world, and tired of feeling…

Speak Your Struggle: Why Young People Are Afraid to Ask For Help.

Recently, I was reflecting on some of the experiences I had during my teacher training. It was what now feels like a million years ago. So much has happened to and around me since then: graduating high school, starting college, the documentary…my life is entirely different. And, in fact, I am an entirely different person than I…

The Privilege of Eating Disorder Recovery.

I want to say something right off the bat: my recovery was not easy. I will never pretend that any part of living with and overcoming mental illness is effortless. My journey out of the heart of an eating disorder began many years ago and continues, albeit in a different form, to this day. My…

Racism, Ahimsa, and Yoga in the Face of Inequality.

This past week has been one filled with heartbreak. On Saturday, August 12th, white nationalists rallied in Charlottesville, VA. White A car slammed into a group of counter-protestors, injuring 19 and killing one woman. Her name was Heather Heyer. She was a paralegal, who wanted to fight injustice and sought equality for all. The riot,…

Evil is Created, Not Born

It has been a sad few weeks. I feel like every time I look at the news, or turn on the radio, or scroll through the internet, I come across another report of another shooting, rape, or other heinous and devastating event. From the UCLA shooting, to the Stanford rape controversy, to the Pulse Nightclub…

Changing the Conversation on What it Means to be a Strong Woman

This past week was all about women for me. It was the first ever week-long Women’s Strength Summit, curated by Stephanie Gaudreau, which I was lucky enough to be a speaker in. It also, by pure coincidence, fell on the same week as International Women’s Day, which my talk happened to coincide with! It truly felt like the…