The Time Has Come to Let Your Goddess Out

I will never forget the Tuesday I walked into my coach’s office at 7am, sat heavy on that cream sofa, and said “I just can’t do this anymore. I have to quit. I don’t know what I’m going to do instead, but I have to quit this job.” And I did. I did not pass go. I did not collect…

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Why Change Feels Like Torture and Acts Like Paradox

How often do we pray for change? “Dear God, I’ll do anything, just get me out of here.” “What am I supposed to do now?” “Why does my hair always do this same weird thing?” “I just can’t do this anymore.” We think, “any change at all!” How great if our new job doubles our take-home, a boyfriend who understands how…

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What Hurricane Katrina taught me about yoga

“Purification, Refinement, Surrender. These are the practical steps on the path of yoga.” – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra II.1, (trans. by Alistair Shearer) I’ve gone back to basics lately with my practice, my teaching, and even my thinking about yoga. With over 1,000 hours of teaching, I keep coming back to the same question in my writing and conversation with other teachers:…

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Commencement — What I Wish Someone Had Told Me at My Graduation

I was invited to give the Commencement Address at Herzing University‘s December graduation last night.  It was one of those opportunities that came to me through a  series of unpredictable events (aka divine providence), but it meant I had just a few days to put together my thoughts for these graduates. I might have said something different if I had been given more time,…

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What Ingress Taught Me About Yoga: A Confession

Ingress has been my dirty little secret for the last four months.

Never Without Fear

One of the more common mudras in the yoga tradition is the Abhaya mudra.  Bhaya is often translated as fear, and a- is the negative modifier, so the abhaya means literally “No Fear.”  The gesture means “be not afraid,” or “have no fear.” It’s a welcoming, inviting mudra, and we often see the murtis (statues of hindu gods) with one of…

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Into the Bhav: Bhakti Fest Day 1

The sun wakes me for Day 1 of Bhakti Fest. My bed is positioned perfectly for the sunrise glow to gently wake me — which I love.  One step out of bed says the pain in my knee from yesterday is not temporary.  As my teacher Heide says at home: if the pain lasts for an hour after your practice, it’s probably okay….

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Into the Desert: Bhakti Fest I

The first in a series exploring my experience of Bhakti Fest 2014.

The Yoga of Film: The Wizard of Oz

The Yoga of Film: The Wizard of Oz I am so excited to be teaching this yoga workshop about The Wizard of Oz. In the U.S., our common cultural mythologies often come out of Hollywood.  The epic story of Dorothy lost in Oz, as well as all the archetypal characters, have made it one of the most watched films in…

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Everyday Gods and Goddesses

Things are a little crazy down here in New Orleans. We are hosting one of the biggest parties in the U.S. just a week before Mardi Gras, the other biggest party in the U.S.  Everything is a little out of control.  And now the tourists are coming. And this party is here to watch two teams of grown men aggress…

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