This is Beauty

To love my own flesh, the dimpled skin and sinuous, stretch-marked paths… does this exist? There are bodies, smooth and svelte, women with limbs like art. And I have this: five feet plus two inches, breasts that drip and splay, dark knees like onion skins. I have seen shapelier legs, creamy and flawless, whispering beneath ...

Here’s What Happened When I Got a Yoga Wheel

You see them on social media-- the glossy pics with hard bodies balanced on the curious circular devices. Some are hot pink, others are hand-carved, made of cork with lovely embossed chakra designs. They are yoga wheels -- the newest yoga props making their way into workshops, Youtube tutorials, and yoga studios everywhere. So of ...

Here’s Why You’ll Never be Good at Yoga

I remember when I started my yoga journey, with VHS tapes, a few beginner classes under my belt and a kid-in-the-candy-store grin. There were so many asanas to explore, Sanskrit names to learn and elegant angles in which my body would eventually contort. Eventually -- as in when I got “good” at yoga… good like ...

5 Empowering Thoughts That Will Get You Fit

I have good news and bad news. The good news is, you don’t need a super swanky health club membership, a pricey piece of cardio equipment, or even an exoctic bootcamp butt workout to get fit. But that’s also the bad news. Because many of us want so desperately to believe that if we just ...

The 5 Best Blog Posts for Yoga Beginners

Are you making the leap from yoga pants wearer to yoga practitioner? Why the hell not-- you've already got the uniform, am I right? It can be intimidating being a newbie, watching other yogis draw their toes to their ears with all the ease and grace of a dancer. Meanwhile, you're still struggling to stay grounded in Mountain ...

The Dirty Truth That Changed My Mind About Dairy

I am (was) an ice cream connoisseur -- or better yet, an addict. That old saying, "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream" adequately describes my obsession with the creamy cold stuff. I have always wondered about, but never really investigated the vegan trend as far as it goes with dairy. In ...

How to Kick Your Yoga Class Intimidation

As a yoga blogger, yoga junkie, and occasional instructor to fearless friends, I’ve had many conversations with yoga enthusiasts and aspiring yogis. Some have discovered, as I have, that yoga is a game-changer, as it helps us gain confidence, personal power, internal peace, and a life that feels bold and inspiring. But for those who ...

How to Rock Your Day with Simple Sun Salutations

Simplicity, grace, and a good flow of energy -- these are the elements that make an amazing morning ritual. So if you’re sick of starting off on the wrong foot, try planting those tootsies on your yoga mat before you get into the grind. Sun Salutations can take you from frenzied to feeling free, and ...

5 Steps to a Successful Yoga Home Practice

“If you build it, they will come.”...Okay so that was true for the Field of Dreams folks, but it’s not always the case when it comes to creating a successful yoga home practice -- or so I’ve heard from many aspiring yogis. They say making mat time a priority is tough, and many have asked me how I ...