The Studio that Made Me

Last Friday I went to my last class at Yogi’s Anonymous. I first found Yogi’s when I moved to LA in 2011. I remember walking into a level 3 class not knowing what to expect and the first pose Brock Cahill put everyone in was handstand. Eeek! Nevertheless he was kind and supportive in getting me through that class where …

21 Day Yoga Challenge

I was 5 days from finishing the Wanderlust 21 day yoga challenge when I decided to stop. I was swamped with my natural tendancy to over-commit to life. I was starting school, volunteering, teaching yoga, seeing Don and trying to take care of myself all at the same time. In addition I was already practicing yoga 2-3 times a week …

Yoga Epiphany

A few weeks ago I attended a workshop hosted by Loyola Marymount featuring Mark Whitwell, a renown yogi. He studied under T. Krishnamacharya, THE father of yoga, and when Mark walked into the room you could feel his calm, wisdom and openness. The room felt light, full and hushed. We were all waiting with wide eyes, holding our breath and …

Made for Yoga

After a week long trek up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, I came home with a skip in my heart. That is literally what it felt like. My heart and lungs had undergone so much strain at the top of the oxygen deprived summit that sometimes it would beat irregularly. I knew when my breath was controlled, my heart …

To give or not to give?

Last week I passed on the key to Heal One World. I’ll no longer be teaching in the Thursday night slot. Who knows how much or how little I’ll be teaching from now on, but I knew that I needed a break. It felt bitter sweet. I was happy to have my Thursday nights free, but sad to be leaving …

The Yoga Selfie

I am at odds with the yoga selfie. First, I don’t like showing off and making a big deal out of something you’re good at. I think it can alienate and intimidate people from doing yoga at all. On the other hand, I follow about 20 yogis on instagram and really gain a lot of inspiration from their photos. Second, …

Yoga for Everyone

This week Facebook brought me this article about Western Yoga and spiritual accountability. It’s an articulate and well thought out article, so if you have time I’d encourage you to read it. If you don’t have time, then I can summarize for you. This author believes that Western Yoga has been so abridged that it hardly resembles its original form, …

Las Cucarachas

La semana pasada enseñé una clase de yoga muy atípica. Mi estudiante, Geetesh, trajo a un amigo que necesitaba audífonos para oír. Entonces tuve dos estudiantes que no podían oír bien y tengo un voz muy suave. Siempre me olvidaba de usar una voz fuerte. El nuevo estudiante se llamaba Sammy y él nunca había  hecho yoga. Fue muy buena …

Gratitude

Thursday class at Heal One World was small. Only two of my regulars showed up. Actually I think it has been dwindling over the past month. I try not to think about the numbers because you never know whats going on in another persons life, so you can’t expect people to always show up at your class. Taking it personally …