Today I practice . . . Grief

Today I practice . . . Grief. Though it is filling more than just one day. I was hesitant to post anything on this, but it is where I am, so here I am. Last weekend a member of our family passed, and while the details do not need to be shared here, the sadness …

Today I practice . . . Rest

This week has been quite a year. Needing to reacquaint myself with rest after a tough semester, still in the deep at work. My body has pulled me to rest through pain; told me I was done pushing and need to slow down and remember how to rest. I arrive where I often do, on my …

Today I Practice . . . Strength with Kindness

Today I practice . . . Strength with kindness. It has been a week. I’m tired after migraines (ah dark circles), surgery on my arm (the red swollen stitched area), and difficulty sleeping due to pain. I arrived on my mat with no plan other than to move, to feel strong and practice kindness. I …

Let’s get comfortable with PRACTICE!

If you want to shift a behavior, practice. If you want to grow in skill, practice. If you want to find stillness and space, practice. If you want to grow, practice. Yes, it can be uncomfortable, unsteady, challenging, non-linear, and exacerbating—but we take small steps forward towards mastery. If we want to move towards mastery …

Transitions/Choices/Self-compassion/Reset (Part 2: Do Press This Button)

We choose where we put our energy. We choose where we invest our time. Sometimes those are in alignment, we feel we are in the flow of life—not without challenges—but we feel life is “working.” There are other times when roadblocks pop up throwing a wrench in our flow. These transitional roadblocks can make getting …

Transitions/Choices/Self-compassion/Reset (Part 1 The Set Up)

Minutes to hours. Hours to days. Days to weeks. Weeks to months to years. Seasons. Relationships. Homes. Jobs. Identity. Child to teen to adult. Every cell in our bodies. How we see ourselves. . . . Everything in life is a transition filled with change—beginnings, middles and endings. Some of these transitions happen so subtlety …

Let’s talk about stretching . . .

Our bodies are a wonderful point of entry to awareness, to mindfulness. In our Western culture we tend to live in our heads, moving from one moment to the next on autopilot. I like to say we are so much more than brains on sticks, and if we open ourselves to the possibility, the knowledge …

Finding Comfort, Stability & Ease

After taking a few months off from this site to focus on my day job, training, teaching, and work travel I’m back and ready to go–even if “ready to go” also means “ready to let go.” In yoga classes I’ve been teaching these last several months a couple of themes continue to echo as I …

Breathe In Presence, Breathe Out Expectation

Tuesday was one of those days, and this was the mantra that served. I woke up not wanting to face the world, the tasks, projects and to-do’s on my plate. I felt low and detached. I wanted to hibernate under the covers, in a cave of my making, cuddling with my pup. It was one …

Health: A Loaded Word

I’ve been thinking a lot about “health” and what a loaded term this can be. This view is what I saw when opening my eyes after savasana today, at home nursing migraine pain and all it’s accompanied joys. Health feels a little more elusive in this moment. Health is something personal but also ranges on …