Knowing vs Not Knowing

I hope you are having a great month so far. I was just having a conversation with someone about knowing vs not knowing and the confusion, pain and fear that can result when we are unsure about which way to go. We have so many roles, goals and responsibilities in our lives that we sometimes just go on autopilot and do all the things without really pausing to see if what we are doing is still true to our heart. Then maybe one day we wake up and see that the things we are doing no longer serve us and Read the full article…

Take Steps Now to Avoid Future Discomfort

I hope you are having a great month so far. I am so happy to be back in Burbank and at the Blend! I was up super early yesterday for a full day of travel and was feeling grateful that I am able to be in Nashville with my family and still come to Burbank every few weeks to be with my Yoga Blend family. Although totally worth it, it can be really challenging to travel every few weeks. I will admit, it took me quite awhile to learn how to take care of myself in the process. Yoga Sutra Read the full article…

Gratitude

I hope you are having a great month so far and find yourself surrounded by an abundance of things to be grateful for despite any challenges you may be facing. As humans, we live in a world of duality. Regardless if it is an ‘illusion’ or not, our human life is a constant play between seemingly opposing forces such as light and dark, hot and cold, effort and ease, etc. The practice of Yoga is about guiding us inward to align body, mind and spirit so we are better able to reconcile these extremes for a more sattvic (or balanced) Read the full article…

Change

Happy October! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the transition into Fall! I just arrived back home to Nashville after 2 1/2 weeks and am in awe of the changes that have occurred in such a short amount of time. The weather is getting cooler and the air more crisp, the nights are growing longer, the leaves are turning vibrant colors and falling to the ground. As I was looking around appreciating the changes, I started thinking about the famous quote, “the only constant in life is change.” Some people like change and embrace it with a sense Read the full article…

Prana

I hope all is well and you are enjoying your summer. I just returned from a completely unplugged, four day camping trip in Yosemite. It was absolutely magical in all the ways and it did wonders for my well being. According to yoga, a yogi or yogini is someone who contains their prana or life force. All of the things we are responsible for and all the things we do each day slowly drain us of our prana. It is important for us to do things every day to fill back up. Prana is what gives intelligence to the body Read the full article…

Ahimsa

Happy August! I hope all is well and you are finding the time to do the things you love in the midst of all that is happening in your life! I am always contemplating new ways to enhance my practice and this month it is through one of the 8 limbs of Yoga. The 8 limbs are the foundation for creating a life filled with more discernment which is the ability to accurately understand something. With accurate understanding we are able to make better choices which is very important for living a healthier and happier life in this ever expanding Read the full article…

honesty & kindness

I hope you are having a great month so far. The past month I have been focusing on the discernment we gain from practicing the 8 limbs of Yoga. The first limb, the yamas, has 5 observances for dealing with our outer world or in other words, our relationships. The two that I have spent a lot of time on in my personal and professional work and still have to constantly cultivate in order to maintain balance is that of honesty (satya) and kindness (ahimsa). They are the very first limb of the 8 limbs, and the very first two Read the full article…

Responsive not Reactive

Hello! I hope you are having a wonderful April so far! When life throws us curve balls, often it is the problem we have with having the problem that causes us more of a problem than the actual problem itself. If we can just focus on what has shown up and deal with it the best we can rather than dwelling why it has shown up or wishing it hadn’t, it can go a long way to reduce our suffering around the problem. My practice helps me tremendously with this. When I commit to my practice (which is just doing Read the full article…

Less is More

Hello! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the longer days that come with Daylight Savings. I have been focusing lately on the concept ‘less is more’. I can admit my habit of always feeling the need do more, create more, work more, grow more. And there is nothing wrong with that…until there is 🙂 I love life and always want more of it. I am a huge fan of setting goals and understand the importance of striving towards those self- concordant goals as a key to happiness. However, if it is not balanced with savoring what is here Read the full article…

Peace

I hope your month is going well so far. I have been struggling with what to write for a few days in light of the terrorist attack in Paris and the violence being perpetuated throughout the world. My heart aches with the amount of hatred that exists between humans. I keep wishing I had a megaphone to the world and I could yell “STOP”. Everyone. Just stop. And take a breath. What if we all decided, right here, right now, to end violence? What if we all became deeply compassionate simply by choosing to be so and realized that every Read the full article…

surrender to the now

Happy November! As the season changes, we are changing right along with it so our practices should change as well. It takes our attention, curiosity and a willingness to know what to change and how to go about it. The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, which is the foundational text for the philosophy of Yoga, is filled with reminders and practices for us to have a more balanced mind and therefore, a more balanced life. The practice of the 8 limbs is an integral part of Yogic Philosophy and is a way to develop the quality of discernment which is the Read the full article…

Aloha

I hope you are having a great month so far! It was so great to see so many of you at the studio last week. Currently, I am in Hawaii about to begin our 10th annual Charka Retreat. It is so magical being on the Big Island and I love how easy and natural it feels to drop into the spirit of Aloha. I’ve been to Hawaii many times and I always knew that ‘Aloha’ was a greeting used in Hawaii but up until a few years ago, I didn’t know that ‘Aloha’ meant ‘to share in the breath of Read the full article…

Pay Attention

Happy October! It’s good to be back in LA and seeing so many of you around the studio. A practice that I have been really been embracing, albeit with struggles, is that of paying attention. This quote is on my refrigerator in Nashville so I see it often: “What tools do we need to use? Only one. We’ve all heard of it, yet we use it so very seldom. It’s called attention.” -Charlotte Joko Beck Paying attention is really where the yoga begins and ultimately is what yoga is all about. We practice paying attention to the way our body Read the full article…

Commit

I hope you are have a great month so far! As I mentioned at the first of the month, September is Yoga Month which is a great time to commit or re-commit to your yoga practice. The past few weeks, I have been re-committing to my practice in a whole new way. If you saw my practice from the outside, it wouldn’t look like much. But from the inside, my practice is deepening in ways that I never expected and this is such a great lesson for me. Things aren’t always what they seem and when we attach ourselves to Read the full article…

Cultivating your Authentic Self

I hope you’re having a great month so far! Authenticity is a noble desire that most people can agree is something they try to be or at least would like to be.  Yet, regardless of how bad we want to be authentic and we know in our hearts that we would be happier if we were it more often, it is important to remember that authenticity is a practice and doing something we think is authentic can feel anything but. For example, if someone has been negative and pessimistic their whole life, that is what will feel authentic to them. Read the full article…

Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows

Happy February!  I hope you are having a great start to the new month.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what I am giving my attention to lately. Where attention goes, energy flows.  What are you giving your attention to?  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about habits and how they define us.  One way to undo a habit that no longer serves us is by doing something else.  When we give our attention to something, energy begins to flow in that direction.  The more we focus in that direction, the more energy starts to build and creation starts Read the full article…

Our Habits Define Us

I hope your year is off to a great start!   Like many of us, I have set intentions for the new year which has had me thinking about my habits. The mind is a habit making machine and what we do over and over again is who we become. Our habits define us. One of the intentions of yoga is to replace old habits that may have served us at one time but no longer do with better habits that bring us more health, happiness, pleasure, meaning and peace.  We are constantly changing and in order to keep our suffering Read the full article…