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Hospital

  It wasn’t until our third emergency room visit that I thought to do some yoga. The first one went by too fast, a blur of unreality and disbelief I didn’t absorb until we were already home. The second one … Continue reading

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Abandoning Hope and Beginning Again

Last Wednesday, while preparing to step into the bath, I took a quick glance in the mirror. Then I took a second glance. A vein that I had never noticed before had sprung up dark blue on the left side … Continue reading

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Chakras – the Chocolate of Yoga

Chakras have always seemed to me the candy of yoga. In a practice that sometimes seems in danger of becoming chronically virtuous, turning my attention to the chakras always feels like it’s time for dessert. Not to say that the … Continue reading

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Yoga for Holiday Stress

I’m not sure when I fell out of love with the holidays, but if I had to pin it down, I’d say it was the year of the collage magnets. I was in my mid-twenties, living with friends in Seattle, … Continue reading

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A Stress Free Manifesto

Manifestos like the ones pictured here make me so tired. I feel like they’re yelling at me.  “Hey you!” they cry. “Stop whatever it is you’re doing right now and start LIVING YOUR LIFE, for goodness sake! Carpe Diem! Seize … Continue reading

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The Other Closet

Having a mental health diagnosis and not talking about it is a lot like being gay and not coming out of the closet. It’s lonely and frightening. You also hear all the conversations and slurs that, otherwise, people would have … Continue reading

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Save the Date – Yoga and Watercolor

This week’s writing time was dedicated to a piece for teachasana.com – a great resource for yoga teachers to connect with one another and consider the unique joys and challenges of our work. I’ll let you know when it’s published! … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Pretty

I feel guilty about wearing makeup to teach yoga. I am trying to convince people to focus on their inner landscape for an hour, but there I am before class carefully pruning my outer one. If you were to ask … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Being Boring

I spent three years worrying I was boring my therapist to tears. Lord help me, I wanted to be a little nuttier. Instead, I felt I was dysfunctional enough to need therapy, but not enough to be a remotely interesting … Continue reading

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When is a Yoga Teacher Like a Party Planner?

If I weren’t a yoga teacher, I would be a party planner. Throwing a party is a lot like teaching a yoga class – you pick a time, you create a theme, you hold the space – only with more … Continue reading

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