Everyday Goddesses: Livia Doporto

Today’s Everyday Goddess is near and dear to my heart. A few months ago, when I ran my Self-Love Toolkit, Livia journaled each and every day on her blog. A family friend of hers approached me at our gym one day and shared with me her writings, leaving me in awe of her thoughtfulness and radiant positivity. Since then, I’ve been grateful to call Livia my friend and inspiration. I admire her in so many ways, and I know you will, too. Here is her story in her own words.

The 19th Year.

As I write this, September 12th, 2017, it is the day before my 19th year begins. It’s truly been a whirlwind of a year, though to be completely honest, it feels as though my life has been a whirlwind for the past three or four years. But in the last 12 months I’ve started and…

Everyday Goddesses: Tea Sloane Smith

Today’s Everyday Goddess is the youngest one yet. Tea and I met through ivivva Walnut Creek over two years ago, when Tea was just beginning her yoga journey and I was still in high school. Tea had an eagerness to learn not only the asana, but the philosophy and spirit of yoga that I deeply…

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,…

Self-Love and Recovery Comes From Within You, Not Anyone Else.

The piece of feedback I’m most proud of receiving from my work and teaching is this: “I love how you coaxed me to find my own reasons to love myself rather than just list reasons why I should.” As someone who exists largely in the eating disorder recovery/self-love world, I see the latter part of…

The Spirit of Recovery is Wildness.

There are some things that just don’t live up to the hype. You know, things that everyone talks about and tells you that you just have to do or visit or eat or else you’re totally missing out. Things like overpriced restaurant meals that you get to the end of and think, “This is so not worth the bill…

The Mantra That Let Me Travel the World

I traveled to Mexico this past week for the first time. In fact, this trip encompassed many “firsts:” my first time out of the country, my first time going on an extended vacation since my eating disorder treatment, my first time saving up my money for a trip that would be all my own and…

Introducing the YogaMaris Self-Love Toolkit

Do you not know where to begin with learning how to love yourself? Do you just need some tools to get you started? Do you struggle with negative self-talk about yourself and your body? Join me for a seven-day “online retreat” wherein you’ll learn the tools I’ve used to improve my self-love and inner dialogue…

Everyday Goddesses: Meg Doll

Meg is many things to me: an inspiration, a teacher, a bright light, and a soul sister. I followed her blog and podcasting ventures for years before we finally connected over our similar paths healing from an eating disorder with whole foods. Since appearing on her podcast this past year and getting to know Meg…

If You Want Things to Get Better, Stop Romanticizing Eating Disorders.

I want to tell you something that may be difficult for you to understand. When someone is desperate enough for some semblance of control in their life, or some semblance of self-worthiness, or some semblance of compliance with the expectations of the world around them, an eating disorder can look like a desirable thing. And…