The Courage of Satya

The five Yamas are part of Pantanjali’s eight limbs of yoga. Each limb represents an aspect of yoga to help you discover a deeper connection to your highest Self. The Yamas, as a group, represent the first limb. All the Yamas build on and relate to each other. They are interconnected, yet each presents an area to delve deeper into …

The Yamas Part 1: Your Kindest You – Exploring Ahimsa

The five Yamas are part of Pantanjali’s eight limbs of yoga. Each limb represents an aspect of yoga to help you discover a deeper connection to your highest Self. The Yamas, as a group, represent the first limb. The first Yama, Ahimsa means non-harming. I prefer stating things in the affirmative rather than negative, so I like to think of …

A Tiny Gratitude Practice for the Next 7 Days

As we approach Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it’s natural to reflect on what we’re thankful for.  In yoga, the closest concept to gratitude in Santosha – contentment.  This is one of the eight limbs of yoga – yes, yoga is so much more than our movement through asanas. One way to practice Santosha is to focus on what we’re …

Finding Calm in the Chaos

Friday morning was enlightening. Not Nirvana enlightening. Eye opening enlightening. On my day off, right before getting ready to go into meditation at a yoga workshop, I checked to make sure my phone was off. And there it was. A text. From my boss. Her boss, the Queen of Chaos, was in crisis mode – again. I spent the first …

Brave Bunny and Believing in Yourself

I love bunnies. I was born in the year of the rabbit. I’ve been told my spirit animal is a bunny and I can wiggle my nose like one too. I was taking a walk through my neighborhood the other day and saw this little bunny pestering some wild doves. He would playfully run at them and it felt like …

Does Kindness Extend to Your “Self”?

Yesterday, I was posed two questions,”Do you tell lies?” and “Do you keep your word?”  It wasn’t that I was being accused of dishonesty or mistrust with others. In fact, I try very hard to keep my word and share my truth, while of course, being kind to people in my life. It’s of utmost importance to me. The questions …

Why Do We March?

In yoga, we talk often about the divine feminine and sacred masculine, how we all have both aspects within us – the Yin and the Yang, Shiva and Shakti. And how we need both within us to remain balanced and strong. In ancient times, people revered both gods and goddesses. For every masculine deity or concept, the feminine counterpart was …

Roots Grow in the Winter – Nourish Today What Will Flourish Tomorrow

Did you know roots continue to grow in the winter? The erie and empty trees are still busy nourishing themselves, even when we can’t see anything changing above ground.  Our roots are growing too. I remember my dad saying, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Even though it seemed so silly to hear – a penny – really? But …

Have a Spacious New Year!

In Yoga, we talk about creating space. Space within a joint or muscle, space within the asana, space in our lives for practice, quiet and meditation. Space to just be with that universal presence. Ah…the joyful feeling of space! So why is it that too often, we tend to overload our life so there’s almost zero space left?  I think …

Stuck with Trucks – a Little Life Lesson

  Driving in to work today, I listened to Gregg Braden and his message on using positive intentions and feelings to create a better world. I was feeling full of love and possibility; life was good. I could help change the world. Then  I got stuck. Literally. I work at a warehouse where trucks are loading and occasionally there are short …