Sit. Don’t Rock.

 “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ~Jodi Picoult This morning I got out the check book to pay some bills, and I noticed that my heart rate became elevated.  My hands started to tremble.  Many of us may joke that heart palpitations and … Continue reading Sit. Don’t Rock.

Cat Pose

I've never been a cat person, but when I married my husband, I knew that his eccentric, very talkative cat was part of the package.  And let me start by saying, it's a great package...even with his cat.  I love this plump, cuddly, chatty gal, but she's got issues.  Or as my husband likes to … Continue reading Cat Pose

The Key to Lasting Change? Lower Your Standards

The type A critic within me is dying a little every time I read that sentence: "Lower Your Standards." If you are reading that and you are thinking, "But...but...but," I encourage you to open your mind, take a deep breath, and bear with me.  I am a recovering perfection-a-holic.  I think almost every Monday for … Continue reading The Key to Lasting Change? Lower Your Standards

Your Undivided Attention

Today, I sat down to eat lunch, and I was also catching up on my emails.  I was trying to eat this beautiful leftover pasta dish with homemade pesto from the basil I grew right outside my front door, and I'm fiddling with this electronic device.  I tried to eat and not worry about my phone for a … Continue reading Your Undivided Attention

Doesn’t It Feel Good to Take Care of Yourself?

This morning, I treated myself with a massage.  I cannot afford to do it on a regular basis, but since my shoulder injury is still nagging at me, I decided go ahead and spend the money in hopes of finding some relief.  Afterwards, I felt great.  I was sitting a bit taller.  My neck and … Continue reading Doesn’t It Feel Good to Take Care of Yourself?

Are We There Yet?

“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of … Continue reading Are We There Yet?

…and I Became Fearless

I do not look like your typical power yoga teacher/fitness professional.  There is no one that knows that more than me.  I put off taking a teacher training for years because I was waiting for the day when my body looked acceptable enough.  I waited for the day when I would feel comfortable wearing spandex … Continue reading …and I Became Fearless

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

Make the Choice

I've begun my meditation workshop series, and I'm participating in my studio's 40 Days program.  Not only am I doing my own exercises I designed for my workshop, but I've been upping my meditation sessions to twice a day.  A lot of space has suddenly appeared in my life.  At first, it was energizing, peaceful.  Then, … Continue reading Make the Choice