Last week, Yoga teacher Christie Roe wrote an article about her abuse at the hands of teacher Mark Whitwell, and I was floored. While I have never studied with Mark personally, I became aware of him through workshops and podcasts by a teacher I have met personally: J. Brown. While Christie's courageous piece is about … Continue reading A statement
When I first became pregnant, I was a little obsessed with "keeping my practice." I wanted to practice how I always did, because I believed that changing my practice would mean that I would lose muscle tone, and I would never get it back (or I would have to work really hard later for it.) … Continue reading Allow Yourself to Be Moved
Since telling the internet and everyone else that I’m pregnant, I’m getting asked, "how are you?" a lot more than usual. Sure, here in America “How are you?” is like another way of saying hello. We say it all the time, but we rarely listen for the answer. I’ve tried my best to be honest … Continue reading And How are You?
Two weeks ago, I was practicing yoga, and as soon as I arched my back into cow pose, I felt an uncomfortable pull on the right side of my abdomen. Weird. The next week, I was teaching a class and was demoing a forward fold and I felt a huge stab on the right side of my … Continue reading State of Emergency
If you know me personally, you know that I am a gardener. I like it so much that I started a YouTube channel about it. Gardening is a lot like my yoga, when yoga is not my yoga...if that makes any sense. There's something liberating about being pissed off and walking outside to pull some … Continue reading Don’t Mind the Weeds
About two years ago, I was teaching yoga at 5:45 am. I'm not what people would consider "a morning person." I don't naturally get up that early or particularly like it. But at the time, it seemed like a good idea. I felt about teaching early morning the way professional dog poop picker-uppers feel about … Continue reading No One’s Coming for You
I've missed you. I've missed writing. I didn't think I had anything to write about. I did. I was wondering if people even read anymore. I wasn't reading anymore. I took all my opinions over to Instagram. I like videos, but they aren't the same as writing. They don't feel as therapeutic as taking my … Continue reading Return to Form
This originally appeared on my email list, but so many people wrote me about it (and shared their own big yoga failures), I thought maybe more people needed to hear it. There is no shame in that failure game. When I got my first yoga teaching gig, the studio owner emailed me every week to … Continue reading Big Fat Yoga Failures
After all the ups and downs yesterday, it was hard to sleep last night. I was exhausted, but also simultaneously super wound up. I tossed and turned all night. I've been writing this month kind of inspired by contemplating death, and yesterday my autonomic nervous system (the thing that's supposed to keep us alive) was … Continue reading We Croak Day 5: The Adult in the Room
Did you watch "Wild Wild Country" on Netflix? Lauren talks about her Osho Tarot deck that she bought fifteen years ago not knowing anything about Osho. (Does divination and Zen Buddhism mix?) She also talks about some questions the film left her with. Where'd Rajneesh get all that dang money? What happened to the children … Continue reading Episode 5 – Did I join a cult?