You Are Maris. You Are Not Your Disorder.

Note: This open letter was originally published on The Invisible Illnesses Project. Dear Maris, You’re only 14, but your soul has been weathered by more years than you’ve seen on this earth. From the time you were old enough to walk, you were old enough to worry. You worried about being smart enough. You worried…

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…

How I’m Making Trash-Free Lifestyle Changes (and how you can, too).

The average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash every single day. Over half (55%) of this trash will be buried in landfills, and much of that will not be decomposed or broken down in our lifetime. 12.5% of trash produced will be incinerated, which produces air pollution in the process. (source) Recently, I’ve become very…

So You Think You Have an Eating Disorder.

I get this email/message at least a handful of times a week: I think I have an eating disorder. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know if I’m sick enough/thin enough/bad enough to get help. I’m afraid. What do I do? Paraphrased, of course. I’m honored to be in a position where people,…

On the Straight and Narrow

When I was in eighth grade, I tried to come out as gay. No, really, you read that right. I cornered a girl after science class and told her I was, like, pretty sure I was a lesbian. And I was totally prepared for my whole life to change. I had been terrified to tell…

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…

I Can’t Do The Work For You.

A few days ago, I stumbled across this poem by Yung Pueblo: In just a few short lines, this poet gave a voice to something I’ve felt in my heart for a long time, and struggled to articulate in a sensitive, empowering way. Over the past few years, it’s been my honor to help support…

“And Now I Speak” Chapter Two: The Loaded Gun.

Listen here. What makes someone “evil?” Are we destined to one, specific storyline? Can we change fate? I want the final point to be one of hope, of autonomy and power over what can feel like a powerless situation. It’s easy to ask why things happen to us, or to want the answer to just…