I’m Normal

I’ve been told that what makes me unique is that I’m normal. That’s kind of an oxymoron. How can I be unique in that case? Normal is a relative term, and I’ve learned to embrace my normalcy. I’ve learned in my chosen profession, normal is overrated. So often we see fitness professionals that are tall, […]

#ShareYourOm for Yoga Month (Week 1)

For National Yoga Month, yoginis everywhere are sharing their favorite pose, snapping a photo and writing a few words about why they love yoga with the hashtag #ShareYourOM. Each Friday, we’re highlighting a few of our favorites to inspire the worldwide web of yogis. Here’s what this week’s featured yogis had to say about their […]

Confessions of a Yoga Teacher

This October marks my tenth anniversary of yoga teaching. After thousands of classes and individual sessions, instead of Namaste bows how about a round of high fives? Truth be told, during my initial years of teaching I felt like a fraud. I didn’t live up to what I considered a “real” yogi. Here’s my story: […]

I Bought My Guy Yoga Shorts

Yes, I bought him yoga shorts. I was feeling brave. I bought my guy a pair of yoga shorts for his birthday. As he unwrapped his gift I was afraid to watch the expression on his face. For us as a couple, this simple gift had the potential to open a new chapter of our […]

Breath of Life

Sandra Dennis is something of a lifesaver. Not my life, not yet anyway, though I do intend to return to her yoga studio and do some more sessions under her calm and soothing guidance. The life she’s currently working on saving is my mom’s. It’s been a rough road for her lately. See, my mom […]

Target Practice: Core Yoga

When you’re in yoga class and the instructor starts talking about core work, is all you hear blah blah blah core strength blah blah blah? Well, time to tune in to the center of your body’s energy because if you want to improve your practice and its benefits, it all starts with your core. That […]

Expecting Strength: Pregnancy, Fear & Prenatal Yoga

When I started teaching yoga an enthusiastic pregnant student kept showing up. Although she melted into the hip openers and expressed her gratitude after class, she intimidated me. I hadn’t made sense of the prenatal yoga “rules” and I assumed her pregnancy made her fragile. Turns out, my fear was exactly what she didn’t need. […]

One-Pose Wonder: Handstand

Midwinter blahs got you down? Boost your spirits and your energy with a handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana). This pose may be quick – but it’s not necessarily easy. Learn how to get the most from this one-pose wonder that turns your world upside down, in a good way. You can take handstand anywhere. All you […]

Dear Creator

Dear Creator, who travels through the planet, the oceans and the atmosphere which pulsates within the heart of every atom. Make the breath flow throughout the universe with every body of water across plains and plateaus. Through every plant and every tree in constant flow is the river of life. No matter the strength of […]

Reconnecting with Yoga

“Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.” -Robert Brault I’m not much of a New Year’s resolution girl, but that doesn’t stop me from setting short and long-term goals throughout the year. Back in September, Athleta’s month of yoga inspiration sparked […]