March 30, 2019

For much of my life I’ve been told I’m “too emotional”.  The more time that passes, people I meet, books I read, and experiences I have, I am beginning to find what was once a very painful statement to actually be kind of funny (sign of healing for me). I’m starting to...

January 14, 2019

Close your eyes for a moment and think of the word love.  What comes to mind? There is no right or wrong answer.

(Seriously, stop reading and close your eyes for one moment.  I know you didn’t do it yet!)

Many of us associate this word with romantic love - you know cupid...

December 10, 2018

“You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention.

As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” -Upanishads (ancient Sanskrit/Vedic text)

How the heck is it December already!?...

October 7, 2018

My sophomore year of college I was asked to facilitate (what we would now call) a diversity training for fellow student workers of the Memorial Union. Looking back on it, I barely knew what diversity was (I was born and raised in a small, mainly white, rural Arizona to...

September 6, 2018

Have you ever found yourself crying or laughing unexpectedly in a yoga class and wondered why!?

Crying is actually fairly common in yoga.  The physical body has an uncanny way of holding onto and storing emotions (think of it as "issues in your tissues").  When we move...

September 5, 2017

Recently I subbed for one of my teacher’s meditation classes.  Because I had never taught a full hour of meditation before, I did all of the Type A things - ensured I went to his class the week before, stayed after and spoke to him for quite some time on how to best ap...

August 13, 2017

“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy;

then you should sit for an hour.”  Old Zen saying

If you ask 100 people what meditation is, they are likely to give you 100 different answers.  I have heard everything from "thinking about nothin...

May 29, 2017

They say the truth sets us free.  

Think of one thing that you believe about yourself - specifically something that doesn’t support the statement “I am awesome”.  Big or small.  Just the first thing that comes to mind.  Now reflect on why you believe this.  Try to come...

May 18, 2017

In yoga we often throw around the phrase “hold space” but what exactly does this mean?  I believe most people want to be there for others, especially those they love, but we sometimes struggle with how best to do so.  Someone dies and we say, “We’re sorry for your loss...

April 9, 2017

This weekend I attended the Phoenix Film Festival and saw “FUNNE-Sea Dreaming Girls,” an Italian documentary about twelve 70-90-year-old women who live in a small mountain village and dream of visiting the sea, most for the first time. They embark on an epic journey to...

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