This week, Lauren talks about wanting to "quit the internet" again. Should we all quit social media? What about the "bots"? Is getting Insta-famous the only way to make any money at this gig? She gives her hot take on all that internet drama and includes a little about the latest lawsuits Alo Yoga/Cody app … Continue reading Episode 3 – Internet Overlords
Around three years ago, I had just finished my first yoga class at a women's shelter in New Hampshire. I had meticulously planned a "trauma-informed" yoga class for the women there. I used all of my knowledge and training with the TIMBo program, plus some additions that I found helpful to me in my own … Continue reading Trauma-sensitive yoga isn’t a style. It’s a skill set.
Episode 2 is all about the Yoga Police...I mean, the Yoga Alliance. Mostly I talked about how I rage quit the new Yoga Alliance standards review survey, but after some settling down, I get into my thoughts about conflicts of interest, horrible member perks, and their delivery (or lack thereof) on their promises. Should we … Continue reading Yoga People Problems Podcast – Episode 2: Danged Ol’ Yoga Police
This is episode 1 of Yoga People Problems, a podcast dedicated to advice, etiquette, and opinions on American yoga culture. It's for spiritual folks in the material world. And this week, I'm talking about pants and the Honor Jones article in this Sunday's New York Times called, "Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women." Speaking … Continue reading Yoga People Problems Episode 1 – Pants
"You will ultimately have to let go of all your self-images to be free." - Christopher Wallis Yesterday, I went for a run, and when I arrived back to my apartment my hands, arms, and legs began to shake. Exercise-induced anxiety is what they call it. Supposedly, it's fairly common. We over (or under) breathe, … Continue reading Your yoga teacher is mentally ill
"Gain and victory to others. Loss and defeat to myself." - Buddhist proverb "I don't want this shirt to be too fitted. Nobody wants to see this." She pointed to her belly and laughed in a self-deprecating way. I looked at her body, and I was perplexed at what was so disgusting that she needed … Continue reading I’m working on it.
"America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!" - Katherine Lee Bates A few weeks ago, I was in Colorado teaching at a yoga festival, and I've been trying to find a way to write about how amazing it was. Considering the current political climate and the … Continue reading American Yogi
There's this old story I've heard a few times that goes like this: A person asks a master (of yoga, meditation, or a martial art depending on who is telling the story), "How can I find a good teacher?" And the wise master says, "The more important question is, "Where can I find a good … Continue reading Willing to Learn
Depression is a motherfucker. Yeah, I could have thought of a more eloquent adjective, but the thing about the blues is that you are so busy trying not to succumb to feeling low that you don't have time for thesauruses. You might get distracted from your original purpose and spend two hours down an internet … Continue reading Depression is a motherfucker.
“I stand in the way of the things I can be.” ― Moby This week I drove to Lake Fayetteville for a run, and as I pulled out my phone to start my running playlist, I saw an email notification with the first few words of a message. In the few seconds I took to read it, … Continue reading Unhooking Yourself