musings

August 27, 2017

The Moon's Shadow

An auspicious, brief encounter 12 years in the making.

March 27, 2017

Homebody's Home Practice

Sharing part of my story to inspire students to not come to class. Yes, I’m encouraging you to stay home and be alone with yourself.

February 23, 2017

Everyday Aum-ing

Simple meditation to help you experience more calm and presence.

November 16, 2016

Practice Makes Perfect

Guest blogging over at Table450.com on living a life structured by and deeply immersed in a discipline.

October 28, 2016

Autumn 2016 Making Contact

Fall has settled in. Each ray of sun that we take in feels like total nourishment. A little going such a long way. We know these moments are no longer in majority. We start to grip tightly to the covers at night.
Here are some thoughts and reflections on practice and study of yoga for autumn.

October 2, 2016

Am I Even Teaching Yoga Anymore

Matthew Remski is a gem of intellect and inspiration. His writing is so clear and thought provoking no matter the topic. However, this one hits home.

May 16, 2016

Bring it on Ohm

The Chicago Reader attended my Led Zeppelin tribute class in May. Good times, bad times. It’s an honor even if what actually gets the public’s attention is the times I steer from traditional asana classes.

May 15, 2016

Peacocks and Peril

This week’s classes are nestled around core, backbends and getting on the other side of your experience.

January 10, 2015

Home Practice Sequence

Got a wall? I’ve drawn out a balanced sequence that is pretty staight-forward but also has room for upgrades. Props needed: block, strap and wall.

December 2, 2014

Paripurna Navasana vs. Ardha Navasana

A recent visitation to Paripurna Navasana and Ardha Navasana in class has sparked much interest in what actually separates these two classic forms.

October 16, 2014

Fancy Footwork

Get on the good foot in your yoga practice. Your feet and your head are more connected than you think.

October 13, 2014

Noah is spot on

Inversions- Better Not Done Than Done Poorly, a repost of my teacher’s blog because I couldn’t agree more.

September 1, 2014

B.K.S. Iyengar 1918-2014

An offering of dedication to a pioneer, an inspiration, and a lion, BKS Iyengar.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
- Sir Isaac Newton

May 9, 2014

Astavakra

This weak’s peak is Astavakrasana. This is the lovely Sarah Richelle Starnes in the pose.

March 11, 2014

Building Bakasana

How Sara Got Her Groove Back. This is a story of how 12.5 hours of yoga with my teacher Noah Maze in 3 days helped reset my fire for teaching yoga.

Bonus: Bakasana sequence

February 20, 2014

Vasishtasana - The Pose, The Sage

Ever wonder what your teacher is saying in Sanskrit and how it actually may be relevant to the experience you are having in your pose? This week our class focus highlighted one of yoga’s sages, Vasishta, and the poses named in his honor. Vasishtasana is a hand balancing posture that includes the feet as a foundation. Take a deeper look and the pose holds much more than your hips in the air.

February 5, 2014

Mantra Yoga + Health spotlight

Rare opportunity to give my 2 cents to women for a magazine that focuses on yoga and health. Mantra is on news stands now!

January 8, 2014

Desiree Rumbaugh

After many classes with this woman my body has been forever transformed. The secret to that transformation wasn’t easy. Turns out it was the hardest yoga I’ve ever done.

December 18, 2013

Presents from Presence

Happy Winter Solstice! The sun will stand still this weekend. What will you be doing?

November 12, 2013

Sequencing Primer

After concluding a 3 week workshop series for teachers some emails have come rolling in with further inquiry on some of our discussions. This week’s musing gives you a peek into how I’ve answered and offers advice to teachers struggling with sequencing.

November 5, 2013

Starting in the middle

You’ve learned Ganesha is the lord of beginnings. Learn from his mythology to begin exactly where you are. This week in class Ganesha symbolism may help ease the transition of daylight savings and “falling back” in time a truly swell idea.

October 16, 2013

Discipline...again, the message comes loud and clear.

Most anything I read by Iyengar directs me back to the roots of Classical Yoga. Being a tantrika, this is no mere detour but an opportunity to check in with my ethics, spirituality, and ultimately my chosen path of yoga.

September 26, 2013

What's your bhav?

The old adage, “consciousness flows where energy goes”, has taken me on a trip lately. This week’s classes are a reflection of a recent home practice revelation and the fumes I’m still riding from the 3 weeks of teaching Contemplate to Elevate. Dig it.

September 2, 2013

Matsyendra...good thing he was thrown out by his parents?

This week in class we’ll be covering a series of postures aimed at getting us into variations on Matsyendra’s poses. Just who exactly is the Lord of the Fishes and why did his parents throw him in the ocean as an infant?

August 16, 2013

Yum Universe is out of this world!

By far I look most forward to the eye popping images, the straight-forward recipes, and all the bright ideas Heather Crosby is cooking up at Yum Universe. This is your one-stop go-to for all things plant-based, gluten free, soy free, and darn right delicious.

July 31-August 3, 2013

Gambling

Take a gamble, roll the dice in life/yoga practice. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose! There are many ways to enter into the symbolism imbedded in Shiva and Parvati’s game of “strip Parcheesi” and interpret it where it meets you.
The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe is a great companion read to this week’s classes.

July 31, 2013

Battle of the Yogis: Hot vs. Not

Love to sweat in yoga? Think you are doing your body good? Check out Chicago’s very own Jessica Wilson’s research and weigh in on the matter. Jessica is a medical student, neuroscientist, yoga student and teacher. Her blog post caught on fire over the past week and since then she has written a rebuttal. It would behoove you to read the blog if you are convinced sweating = detox.

June 2013

Leslie Kaminoff, you are my hero.

Leslie’s candor is very easy to follow and he excites the student in me that yearns to learn about the body from different perspectives. This video is an example of something that I’m thinking when I’m instructing you but can’t possibly take the time to share in our 90 minute classroom experience. Watch to gain insight not only about the knees specifically but to get a more in-depth explanation about muscle engagement and stabilization.


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