After Love

I couldn’t stop crying because I was so afraid. My already small eyes looked minuscule when surrounded by puffy skin, varying shades of red. I was terrified; of being alone or of being lonely? I was unlovable. The thought of moving to a new city and starting a new job was suddenly the most frightening idea I…

“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…

Need an Attitude Change?

It had been a while since I was able to attend a yoga class without being expected to teach. It was even longer from the last time I had the privilege of making it to a heated power vinyasa class – the style of yoga that forced me to love the practice just a few…

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,…

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…

How to Pack (and how NOT to)

Next week I will begin the 5-flight, 26 hour journey to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Despite my desire to be a low-maintenance traveler, four months in a foreign country that doesn’t have drinkable water or free 2-day shipping from Amazon, brings out the girl who would like to have absolutely everything she owns come with her.  A…

Ready to Change Your Life?

Change your life and save $200? For anyone who is interested in yoga, likes to teach others, or learn about themselves, this is for you! Actually, even if you’re not that interested in yoga right now. You don’t have to be an experiences yogi, or know what utkatasana is. You don’t have to want to teach yoga classes. You…

Yoga is Not a Fitness Class

Well I’ll be damned. I read a post on a yoga blog today that listed things someone should know before going to their first yoga class. Number five was, “it’s not a fitness class.” I forgot that one. Going to classes filled with high school girls on their soccer-practice-day-off can get you into an almost…

Should You Practice Yoga by Yourself?

Many people who practice yoga regularly in a studio would never think to do it at home. I was hesitant too, for a while. I figured it would be better to do yoga with someone who knew the sequences better, or could correct my alignment. I was worried about my attention span at home too….

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…