WeCroak, Day 2: A Touching Career

So, I know in the last post I said that I was doing my WeCroak app inspired writings everyday, and you haven't seen much.  That's because it's all been taking place on my email list.  I'll put them up here on a three day delay.  Just so you know, I tend to take out certain … Continue reading WeCroak, Day 2: A Touching Career

It Has to Be

"When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of.  This is pratipaksha bhavana." -   Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, 2.33,  J. Carrera In 2008, my dad was laid off.  He was just another victim of the economic crunch that year.  His company, involved in cotton trade, laid off a lot of the "old … Continue reading It Has to Be

There’s a Lesson in there Somewhere

The week after my husband's grandmother and our cat died, we started an herb garden.  I know how healing it can be to get your hands in some dirt, and it was something that helped me when my father passed.  It didn't matter how down I felt, or where I was in my own grieving process, being around … Continue reading There’s a Lesson in there Somewhere

Holding on and Saying Nothing

Two weeks ago we had to put down our sixteen year old cat, Milly.  One thing that makes this particular loss hard is my own beliefs about it.  I notice having thoughts like, "Well, she wasn't a person."  I'm trying to talk myself out of grieving for that old kitty.  It's quite possible that trying to talk myself … Continue reading Holding on and Saying Nothing

The Yoga of Outrage

"Anger leads to clouding of judgment, which results in bewilderment of the memory. When the memory is bewildered, the intellect gets destroyed; and when the intellect is destroyed, one is ruined. " - The Bhagavad Gita, 2.63 I am angry.  I am angry because that feels better than being hopelessly sad.  I'm left with the same … Continue reading The Yoga of Outrage

Overexposure

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” -  Rabindranath Tagore For the past five years, the whole month of February I am weepy.  I don't get out much other than to do the essentials like teaching or grocery shopping.  I notice that I spend many hours on the couch watching … Continue reading Overexposure

Love the One You’re With

"Well, there's a rose in a fisted glove..." - Stephen Stills From the age 19 until about 27, I lived alone, and I liked it.  I didn't particularly like being around people for long periods of time, and I was perfectly okay with that.  Around 2011, when my then-boyfriend, now-husband and I decided we should try … Continue reading Love the One You’re With

Make Gratitude Your Broccoli

I feel like shit. I'm just calling it like I see it.  I'm sad.  It is nearing the four year anniversary of my father's death, and I'm finding myself launched head first into grief again.  As a yoga teacher, I usually speak to my current experience in hopes that others may gain some benefit, but … Continue reading Make Gratitude Your Broccoli

Words of Comfort

I'm homesick.  My family is going through some very troubling times, and I can't be there to help. Honestly, if I could be there, I wouldn't really be able to change anything anyway, but my mind says, "Shit, if I could just get down there, we could think of something!" I miss my dad.  I feel he … Continue reading Words of Comfort

Fearless 14: L-Stands (Handstand Prep)

Let's talk about Handstands and Headstands.  If you've been to a Power Yoga class, they are kind of the "cool kid on campus."  Everyone is impressed by them, and wants to be just like them.  Then there's the rest of us:  the still workin' on my upper body strength, got a weird shoulder, being upside … Continue reading Fearless 14: L-Stands (Handstand Prep)