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THROAT CHOKED. EYES OPEN. BREATHING NORMALLY.

Remember that time you cursed your yoga teacher out (in your head of course because doing that out loud would just be plain rude and so un-namaste)? Oh yeah? You want to curse them out like every class you take? Or maybe you just plain wanted to murder your yoga teacher? But c’mon, any honest yogi knows that would be totally going against the first yama outlined in the Yoga Sutras which is the principle of ahimsa which basically means to not wish harm to any living creature. And ….you know …. murder is against the law and seems kind of harsh. I mean just because the  ...

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THE ONE THING WE SHOULD ALL BE CELEBRATED FOR; NOT JUST HOLLYWOOD.

I was moved to tears the other night after listening to Oprah deliver her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMile Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. I know I wasn’t the only one. I saw it in the eyes of Hollywood’s finest – the women and the men. The black, the white, the gay, and the straight. I saw what I was feeling in their eyes. The feeling of unity, hope, and love. The most powerful feelings that exist. The feelings that make you shout “Yes!” on the inside and out. The feelings that make you feel completely inspired and empowered. Those words that Oprah spoke;  ...

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ONLY THIS 1 THING WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

There is no person, place, thing, or experience that changes your life. You my friend – YOU change your life. The same goes for saving your life. You hear it all the time don’t you? AA totally saved my life. Yoga changed my life. Nope. It didn’t. Did the yoga do all the work for you? Did AA do the work? Pretty sure it didn’t. You did the work. You are the captain of your ship. You determine what course you will follow. You are the one that takes action that directly impacts your life. You make the decisions, the choices. You, quite frankly, become the change. Or you don’t. You  ...

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THE GOOD THING ABOUT GETTING THE FLU

Have you ever been so sick that your whole body hurt? Like even your hair; down to the follicles and all hurt. Ow. Hell, even your pubes hurt!? Double ow! Yeah that was me about a week after Thanksgiving. I went to yoga one morning feeling fine only to run completely out of gas half way through class and then BANG! A few hours later my body was wracked with the chills. The next 48 hours were a haze of fevers, aches, fatigue, and endless doses of Tylenol and Motrin. It was miserable. But I was determined to “take advantage” of being practically bedridden. I was determined to  ...

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CLOSING THE BOOKS ON 2017

Sitting here in the stillness of the evening, watching the last few embers burn in the fireplace feeling an overwhelming sense of contentment knowing that tomorrow night the books will officially close on 2017. 2016 was a year of digging deep into the earth and then digging it all up. This year, 2017, this has been a year of building a foundation. A simple, strong, and solid foundation to support the house I am building. It is all work – foundation to eventually fixtures. It doesn’t matter what part comes next. The work never stops. If the work stops, the house suffers. When I  ...

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THE TRUTH ABOUT NOT GIVING A F***

This summer I read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK by Mark Manson. Honestly, I had forgotten about the book until today when I realized and admitted I was caught in a moment of not giving a f*ck. But in that startling moment, deep down I really did give a f*ck; I was just pretending on the outside I didn’t give a f*ck in order to maintain the facade of a calm and confident woman. When really inside, I felt like I was teetering on the edge of DEFCON 1 i.e. nuclear war. Does anyone have a f*ckin’ clue what I am talking about?!? We’ve all had those moments, right?! You  ...

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THE TRUTH ABOUT PARENTS

So I’m working on writing a little more “dangerously.” What exactly does this mean? It means telling the truth, being brutally honest, and facing fear of judgement. Ironically, one of the 25 things you don’t have time to read about me is that I am judgmental. This is something I am shameful for. So I have fear surrounding the whole “write dangerously” concept, because I am afraid of judgement. I fear something that we as humans are naturally wired for! I fear something we all do to one another on a daily basis. I can hear the little voice now,  ...

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THIS IS GOOD

Do you ever feel like you have so much stuff swimming around in your head? Like you can’t turn your brain off? Yeah me too! And that’s why I write and why you should too. You can just unload everything onto the page and then voila; all of a sudden you’ve created more space. It’s very much like yoga. You just show up and let your stuff dissipate onto the mat. Sometimes you gain a new perspective or hell; perhaps there’s a moment of clarity. But let’s be real – sometimes it’s just messy and that’s ok too. I’ve done a lot of messy  ...

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THE BEST WAY TO SWEAT

Have you ever needed to blow off some steam? Have you ever gone for a run or hit the gym to help release some stress? It works – right?! Exercise is a wonderful and healthy way to relieve stress. But there’s something better and tomorrow I will begin an intensive month long training so I can teach it. So I can share it. So I can hopefully inspire and help 1 person, if not more, discover the tremendous healing benefits of what is known as Bikram yoga. I came to Bikram because the counselor I was seeing almost five years ago told me I needed to do some yoga. I was a runner and  ...