That’s AMORE …

February 10, 2017

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I can’t help but remember how from a very early age I began to dread the inevitable disappointment I’d feel around the holiday.  In school, you could buy little presents for the one you had heart eyes for and have them delivered in class. It was humiliating for those who […]

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READY, SHOP, OM!

December 20, 2016

As we flow into this wonderful gift giving season, staying on track with our monkey minds can often be a challenge. Obviously, stepping onto our mat on a daily basis is an ideal way to beat the holiday madness. However, the moment we step outside of the studio we are sucked right into society’s annual […]

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THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO NAVIGATING THROUGH A HOT YOGA CLASS

December 5, 2016

First off, rest assured everyone around you has been in your shoes at one time or another, so, if you are new to the practice, here are some tips and tricks for making your practice enjoyable. Make sure you are well rested and hydrated throughout the day.  Don’t wait until class starts to catch up!!! […]

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GRATITUDE, EVEN WHEN IT’S INCONVENIENT

November 22, 2016

For this month’s blog post, I volunteered to write about gratitude since we celebrate Thanksgiving in November what better time to discuss feeling grateful. Then as I sat down to write this I asked myself “What were you thinking?!” This is really challenging for me because I struggle with gratitude. I truly have to dig […]

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TRANSFORMATION

October 4, 2016

I’m not a fan of digging into my past. But if going back to look at the lessons learned is done to prevail tragedy and share in the hopes that others might be able to offset such hardships or get there faster … I’m all in. So when I was asked by our team to […]

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DISCOMFORT AND EVOLUTION

September 1, 2016

I was doing a phone interview for a local health and wellness magazine over the weekend and was asked the question … “What would you tell your younger self?” This is not the first time I’ve been asked this question over the years, but until now I never really knew exactly how to reply. My […]

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TOP FIVE REASONS TO DO A YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

August 15, 2016

1. FOR THE JOY OF DOING WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. Teacher Training is an amazing and impactful experience, but not all trainees become yoga teachers. Many of them are students who love yoga and are interested in immersing themselves in yoga anatomy, philosophy, self-care rituals, asana practice, and spirituality. They love the personal growth aspect […]

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Three simple steps to one darn good yoga class.

July 20, 2016

I’ve been on a life-hacking kick lately. So far I’ve downsized my wardrobe, automated my bills, and improved every aspect of my life, including my yoga practice. One of the things I’ve learned through this experience is that the trick to creating massive change is making little tweaks to things you already do. Back in […]

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I choose forgiveness. Not to heal you. But to heal me.

June 1, 2016

Recently I had an astrologer tell me that this past month was going to be like Mardi Gras in all of my relationships. That everyone was going to show their true colors. That all of their masks were going to come off. Because of all the ways that the planets were aligned, I was going […]

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Sometimes the things we can’t change, end up changing us.

May 6, 2016

With Mother’s Day approaching, I think back to exactly one year ago when I was 16.5 weeks pregnant, preparing for motherhood. The call from my doctor came right after yoga class sharing devastating news that the test results confirmed a chromosomal abnormality and within a few days I was no longer pregnant. One year later […]

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Let’s Celebrate

April 1, 2016

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” ? J.K. Rowling I lost my mom exactly one year ago today and one of the many things I learned through that process is that even in the darkest moments, in the depths […]

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Mastery and Failure

March 1, 2016

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” ? Stephen McCranie I heard this quote recently and it really triggered something inside of me. I got to thinking about my own definition of success and failure both on and off my mat. On my yoga mat and in the studio, that’s […]

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Injuries Can Be Our Best Assets

February 1, 2016

When I began yoga in 2003 it was to rehabilitate myself after a knee surgery. I was born with hypo-plastic patella (under developed knee caps)- my left one in particular was the worst. I was diagnosed as a child and told I would need knee surgery by the time I was 18. I never did […]

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Friends are the family you choose

December 7, 2015

It was 2003 and I had just begun my yoga journey. Paige Held was already teaching and a seasoned practitioner at The Yoga College of India (now known as Barkan Method). I was on my way out of bartending, drinking heavily and using drugs while at the same time as I was transitioning into this […]

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Transitions

November 1, 2015

With all the media buzz about Bruce Jenner’s transition into a woman on every news station, magazine cover and even around town, I’ve been thinking a lot about that word “transition.” It’s a powerful word and one that gets used a lot in yoga. There is so much magic that happens in the transitions between […]

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Hot Yoga for the Hot Mama

October 5, 2015

Its 95 degrees and humid. I can feel the sweat and what I can imagine as toxins pouring out of my body. As I move through the steamy vinyasa flow, I can feel my body opening and stresses falling away. It’s like a dance with myself. I pray. I feel strong yet flexible. Theres a […]

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