Trauma-informed yoga isn’t what you think

I don't like to talk about "issues of the day" on my little space on the internet.  I write about me, because once I start writing about "you" or "them" I travel back to self-righteous indignation town.  I used to be the mayor of that place, and it wasn't pretty.   This will be one of my rare … Continue reading Trauma-informed yoga isn’t what you think

One Whole System

This morning I awoke to some very similar physical symptoms. My eyes and face are swollen, dull headache, and my muscles are sore. I had ten hours of sleep, and I am still very tired. These are all the markers of my particular brand of the "TIMBo hangover." I have finished another four intense days … Continue reading One Whole System

Meet Me On The Other Side of the Street

Last year, I was finishing my facilitator training with TIMBo and preparing to facilitate my first group.  I didn't do much marketing for it other than writing this very long email to the yoga studio about "my story."  Frankly, after I wrote it and sent it out I wanted to hide under a rock.  I just … Continue reading Meet Me On The Other Side of the Street

Outside the Safe Room

"Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them." - Yongey Mingur Rinpoche At the beginning of the year I committed to writing a post once a week.  The good news is that I have been writing. A LOT.  The bad news … Continue reading Outside the Safe Room

When You Don’t Know How to Swim

After my gentle yoga workshop last week, I needed to dramatically change the way I taught my yoga classes at the private school.  I began class with one question. "What do you think yoga is?  This isn't a quiz.  You don't have to tell me what you think I want to hear.  I just want … Continue reading When You Don’t Know How to Swim

The Safety You Seek

During the winter, there's a lot more people poking around my apartment complex.  The landlord has a team of friendly snow removing gentlemen who shovel the stairs and plow the parking lots.   Although, I really appreciate the dudes who make my world much easier to traverse, they make me nervous.  I can hear them plodding up the … Continue reading The Safety You Seek

Live the Questions

A few years ago, a friend of mine told me I needed to rid my vocabulary of the word, "why."  I immediately asked him: "Why?" He said the word was riddled with implication of judgment.  This one word is intended to be a simple information gathering device, but depending on tone we could be saying one would need … Continue reading Live the Questions

It Defined You

I remember sitting in my first TIMBo facilitator training pouring my heart out about my past and making the declaration, "I know that this experience doesn't define me." A trainer stopped me, "But, it DID define you.  You can't have that experience and it NOT shape you...and that's a good thing." My brain recognized this … Continue reading It Defined You