No One’s Coming for You

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

Your yoga teacher is mentally ill

"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

Willing to Learn

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

5 Reasons You Need Private Yoga Lessons

When you think of the words, "private yoga instructor" what other associations come to mind?  Unaffordable? Only for people that are way fancier and richer than me?  For a long time, I thought private yoga lessons were for people who thought they were too good to "be with the masses" in a regular drop-in class...that … Continue reading 5 Reasons You Need Private Yoga Lessons

NamasDON’T

About a year ago, I had received an Instagram message from Namascray (you know, "the crazy in me honors the crazy in you,") asking me to be a brand ambassador.  I'm sure they send out a hundred of these per week, but in the moment, I felt like Sally Fields accepting her Oscar, "You like … Continue reading NamasDON’T

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

Teacher, Teach Thyself

"Only one who is finely attuned to the inner guide can inspire the awakening of the inner guide in another." - Swami Rama My practice has moved home the past several weeks.  I'm in this strange and unique place of being a part of a group of teachers that will be a part of a studio.  … Continue reading Teacher, Teach Thyself

The Most Intimate

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few." -  Shunryu Suzuki I've always prided myself on knowing a lot.  When I was a kid I participated in Quiz Bowl teams which filled me up with a lot of facts and probably more that one would ever need to … Continue reading The Most Intimate

Prefer the Good

"The wise prefer the good to the pleasant." - Katha Upanishad, 2.1 I love my class of teenagers.  Although, they present challenges not seen in most "paying adult" yoga classes, they are probably my best teachers. They are not afraid to ask questions: "Should I feel a stabbing pain in my knee?" Probably not. When holding Wheel pose … Continue reading Prefer the Good

The Places You Speak From

I had a dream last night that I lost my Southern accent, and no one could understand what I was saying.  My students stared at me puzzled as if they couldn't comprehend one word that left my lips.  While I don't necessarily think dreams have definite meaning or contain predictions, I can't help but notice … Continue reading The Places You Speak From