“Giving In” Is Not Giving Up – in Yoga and in Life

I am not the biggest, I am not the strongest. I am not the prettiest and I’m not the smartest. I am successful not because I am a concrete pillar in the rain but because I can stand with my feet grounded in the storm, yet bend with the wind. We grow up learning that if we just try…

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,…

The Art of the Macaron

No, not coconut macaroons. French maracones, macarons, or if you must, macaroons, are a different delicacy altogether! What no one ever tells you is how precise one has to be to bake these little buggers. Or wait, they totally do. That’s why no one ever brings them to parties (at least the ones I go to…). I…

The First Time I Yoga-ed

Starting stories with the word “and” is satiable to me because I believe that it is wrongful to assume that a real beginning even exists. It’s extremely difficult to start from the very beginning of anything while telling a story, so here we are. A piece of a story which tells the first time I…

What You Didn’t Know You Loved About the Airport

When I was nine, had you asked me what my favorite place was I would have said “airports.” Maybe I would have even specified the Chicago O’Hare Airport because of the seemingly endless branches. Perhaps no longer my absolute favorite places on earth, airports still occupy a special place in my world of fascination, and…

Want to Eat Healthier Without the Struggle?

You can whine all you want about how I must eat healthy because you see my Instagram posts of homemade dinners – and yes, I do eat healthy foods for the majority of my meals. But then comes snack time, and all hell breaks loose. I just added the rest of the Nutella I had…

Pinch of This, Dash of That: How to Cook Casually

For those of you who love measuring cinnamon for your pancakes and require a step-by-step recipe for making a milkshake, this is for you. Type-A’s and perfectionists, I will teach you how to drop those ambitions when cooking or baking. Of course, if you’re attempting your first souffle, by all means, use a recipe. Baking…

What Does Yoga Have to do With Eye Doctors?

I have been told that, when the universe (or whatever) wants to tell you something or wants you to learn something, it will give you chance after chance to read the signs it sends you. Have you ever felt like, suddenly, you’re experiencing the same thing over and over again in different parts of your…