If your holiday was anything like mine, there were 10 days of a lot of chocolate and oscillating between a strong buzz and a low-grade hangover. I love wine. Then Holiday Indulgence Regret rears its ugly head. Mulled cider oozes from your pores. Royal icing seems to coat your mouth in the mornings. In the days (weeks, months) … More A Winter Detox? Think Again.
Today is the Winter Solstice. The Return of the Light after the longest night of the year, when we’re supposed to rest, repose, contemplate. I am calling myself out. As yoga teachers and/or spiritual seekers, we talk a lot about surrender and trust. We love to quote Hafiz and Rumi because they talk a lot … More Happy Solstice: I Can Neither Trust nor Surrender.
During my travels in Costa Rica, I met the most amazing people, including the inspirational travel vixen, Lara the Barefoot Blogger. Her light and energy is so uplifting, and her courageousness is inspirational! I was just tickled when she asked to interview me as a part of her Wandering Yogis of the World series, and here’s the … More Interview: Wandering Yogis of the World
Lately, I’ve been all about the Hindu pantheon. Each image of Hindu deities are so beautifully intricate and exotic, sometimes depicted as the fantastic merging of human and beast, each representation loaded with detail and symbolism. There are the biggies like Shiva, Parvati and Vishnu, and we all know and love the elephant-headed remover of … More Opening to Knowledge: A Saraswati Meditation
One of my favorite ways to begin a yoga class or my own practice to with cultivating the witness consciousness. I find a comfortable seat and observe where the breath begins in the body, how it feels, and notice any sensations within the body without judgement or attachment. I imagine that I’m watching myself … More Reflect Yourself: The Practice of Svadhyaya and Self Awareness
I, along with the rest of my fearless Chicago brethren, have just braved the Worst Midwest Winter Ever. Nearly six months full of root veggies, warm soups, lots of beer and whiskey, and that sweet, ubiquitous layer of winter chub. Then one day, I was plopped–bikini-clad, pale and Winter-Bodied–into the tropics.
These past two days have been a battle. I arrived in Puerto Viejo at the beginning of the week, wide-eyed and ready to get to work, so excited to be there and soaking in as much as I could right off the bat. Then, of course, one evening I get sick.
Know who’s pretty awesome? Seane Corn. I got to take her Chakra workshop this past weekend at Moksha, and I gotta say: Good. Stuff.
I’ve been in a funk these past couple weeks. Worrying about a job and money and other miscellanea has made me miss a simpler time when I was traversing Spain and my biggest problem was remembering how to conjugate past present tense on the fly. I was going through the pictures I had taken when … More The Coolest Shop in Barcelona