On the Move Back to Bhutan

At 4:15 am in Dubai I had been awake for a while when the first call to prayer from the nearby mosque reverberated in my hotel room. Familiar, I recalled this powerful ritual from my travels in Morocco and Egypt, while pondering that the following day the Buddhist chanting and drumming in Kathmandu would be […]

Downward Dog Anyone? Yoga in the Jungle!

Downward dog anyone? Let’s get our yoga on! Here at the Tailwind Jungle Lodge, Athleta girl Carri Uranga is hosting her first yoga teacher training with co-leader Sarah Walsh. This pair is truly a yoga dream team! Ready for a dose of jungle yoga inspiration? Yoga Wisdom from the Jungle Dog In Carri’s yoga classes […]

Facing Fear

The perspex cylinder cage was suspended above the pool by three thick metal chains. Goggles in hand, I climbed down the shiny silver ladder and planted my feet at the bottom of the cage, where it skimmed the top of the water. Only five feet away was a monster of a saltwater crocodile, eyeing me. […]

Starting From Scratch

If there’s a theme to my athletic pursuits this year, it’s that I’ve had to let go of any proud visions of myself as a master of any one sport. That doesn’t mean that I’m not satisfied when I’ve had a particularly great day outdoors. I’ve just had to let my expectations take a back […]

Yogini Groundhog Day: 15 Women, One Month of Yoga

What happens when fifteen women agree to meet at a Mexican villa in a small, discrete fishing village on the warm Pacific Ocean in the middle of summertime? What happens when these same women agree to meet for an entire month, with people they don’t know, to learn and practice an ancient art called yoga […]

The Magic of Bali

This entry dedicated to women everywhere who push the envelope and assert their worth in the marketplace, on the sports courts and off. May you continue to rise above, protect yours, and amaze the world. I was neck deep in contract negotiations. My time investment of the last 8 months to build a business relationship […]

What I Brought Home from Bhutan

While meeting with His Royal Highness, Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, prior to leaving Bhutan, I shared that we came to his country with a naive and vague concept of documented Gross National Happiness. And that what I now peruse after seven weeks of immersion, is a vastly-layered, multi-colored view of happiness. Bhutan showed me that […]

“My People, My Country”

Festival Love:  My mind lingered on the twirling colors, still enamored of the captivating Buddhist Festival staged in the spacious courtyard of the Tashigang Dzong. As we prepared to set out on two more days of biking and several more days of hiking to our final eastern destination, Sakteng, I was giddy remembering this elaborate […]

Raw, Huge Land. Humble People.

Our last two days of this second big section of trekking took us up 4,500 feet over Rodang La (pass) followed by a 7,000 foot drop down an ancient trail built so that the first king’s father could pass through. Our camp tonight is perched on a precipice, similar to most monasteries in Bhutan. I […]

The Visual, Physical & Cultural Intrigues of Biking Bhutan

On any stretch of road one rolls in Bhutan, the cyclist is guaranteed a visual, physical and cultural feast. From views of 7,000 meter snow-capped peaks perched as a backdrop to the seemingly endless foothills, the acres of climbing through alpine forest down to crisp, turbulent rivers—the landscape of Bhutan is abundantly stimulating. And as […]