What Is Reality?

  That’s the question one of the students the yoga teacher training program I’m assisting with asked last week. We were having a discussion about the five kleshas — or five causes of human suffering — the first one being misperception of...
Changing How I Think About Food With Whole30

Changing How I Think About Food With Whole30

I was an athlete for more than half of my life. I started swimming competitively when I was 5 and kept swimming well into college. I wouldn’t say I ever “struggled” with my weight, but I’ve always been curvy. I went through periods of...
Headstand: How Consistent Practice Makes Progress

Headstand: How Consistent Practice Makes Progress

A few years ago, I gave up on the traditional headstand because it aggravated a nerve in my neck and shoulder. Instead, I opted for tripod headstand, which one of my teachers said wasn’t optimal because there was no way to relieve the pressure my head and neck....
Embodying the Warrior With an Open Heart

Embodying the Warrior With an Open Heart

It’s funny how the same themes surface over and over throughout a lifetime. For me, it’s always balancing strength with vulnerability. My tendency is to keep people at a distance until life hands me some shit storm and I have no other choice but to...
Downward Dog: Foundation and Strength Building

Downward Dog: Foundation and Strength Building

I’ve been practicing yoga for a long time, but it wasn’t until I started attending studio classes that I did Downward Dog for the first time. Then I quickly realized that Downward Dog was a foundational — but challenging — yoga posture. And it...