Why It’s Okay to Cry In Class

In many yoga classes you will hear hip-opening poses described as times for emotional release. I’m sure I’ve said, “for whatever reason, we seem to store our emotions in our hips.” What a strange thing for someone to say out loud. What does that even mean, and what happened to me that makes me say…

But What Does the Yoga Teacher Do during Savasana?

Just chill? The story of your yoga class, from a teacher’s perspective: I sit on the train, on my way to work. On the back of a sticky-note I write “heart openers, reverse tabletop, let yourself be still for once.” It may seem futile, but without these few words, I’m proven to be scattered and…

Fuck Yoga Mats

I’ve been caught saying it as I teach class – “let your body be supported fully by your mat” or “lay down and love your mat for being there.” Along with mala beads and fancy yoga leggings, our mats are one of the material objects that most yogis allow an innocent obsession over. It makes sense,…

Three Things That Make a TED Talk Worthwhile

Since February, I’ve watched dozens upon dozens of TED and TEDx videos, searching for ones that are interesting enough to post on social media outlets (as part of my job). What do you need to know in order to deliver a successful TED/TEDx talk? Here are my insights thus far:   TED is not a lecture…

A keeper of seeds hopes to save the world from starvation

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:
If you ever find yourself in the northernmost town in the world, look carefully. Built into the side of a sandstone mountain is a glowing blue façade on top of a concrete tunnel; it might be the door to the secret headquarters of a Bond villain. And like Bond’s…

America-Centric

*U.S. citizen writing from Bolivia “I’m from America” While the United States may be in North America, that does not make it America. When you call the U.S. “America,” you’re declining the existence of over a dozen South American countries and about 40 other North American countries/territories. People from those places notice. What gives? Through grades 5-12, every student at my school took…

TEDx Blog

Si estás interesado en una lectura poco fácil, pero interesante, ver el blog de TEDxViaLibertad! El evento TEDx estará en Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) el 25 de abril, y vamos a publicar cosas interesantes, en el espíritu de TEDx, hasta entonces! http://tedxvialibertad.com/blog If you’re interested in some light reading in Spanish, check out TEDxViaLibertad’s…

Less is More (Except When More is More)

Menos es Más (Excepto Cuando Más es Más) As an American can expect when traveling to almost any other country, when in Bolivia it is apparent that this is a culture of less. I don’t mean that Bolivia has less, I mean that they consume less. Oreo packages are smaller, medicines come by the pill not the bottle, and…

Peponi

A cover of Coldplay’s “Paradise” in Swahili. Just in case you were losing faith in modern music.

Always Do What You Are Afraid to Do // Haz Siempre lo Que Tienes Miedo Hacer

**Traducido al español debajo** —————————————— “Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson For my stay in Bolivia, I was told: don’t drink the water, don’t eat fresh fruit without a peel (water issue again), and don’t eat street food. I’m sorry, but if there are two things I do, they…

Cuando Tú Visitas Cochabamba

**Traducido al español debajo** However much I despise the title, I think I fall under the category of typical white suburban girl from Upstate New York.  During my first week in Cochabamba, Bolivia, I have noticed a few things. So have the locals, apparently. Here are some things to expect if you find yourself in the…