Deep Breaths… and Obnoxious Sighs

“Take a big inhale, filling up the belly, expanding the side ribs… and release it with a long obnoxious sigh.” Familiar words to you?  If you said yes, then you’ve likely taken one of my yoga classes.  If you’ve heard it in my yoga class, there is a chance you’ve also heard the logic behind […]

Riding the Wave at Duke Integrative Medicine

“What a long strange trip its been” Jerry Garcia I was fortunate to embark on a learning adventure at Duke University Integrative Medicine in June, completing the Mindful Yoga for Cancer Professional Training course. Lead by Kimberly and Jim Carson, myself and 7 wonderful ladies had the journey of a lifetime.  Seriously – a drool worthy professional […]

Restorative Yoga – The Science Behind the Stillness

“You lie there not doing anything, just being—something most of us feel too guilty or strung out to do on our own. “- Unknown We live in a ‘do’ and ‘go’ world, where we’re always connected, moving, and competing.  Many of us judge ourselves by a list of accomplishments and/or returns.  It’s hard to disconnect or […]

Why Yoga for Cancer?

“Life happens while you’re busy dreaming” A dear friend of mine, Kelly, came face to face with reality, and life, in the fall of 2017.  I remember the day her husband, one of my closest friends, told me they found cancer in her colon, and she was going for more tests.  I will never forget […]

Daily Mindfulness – Why/What/Where/How?

Cambridge Dictionary – “The practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.” Lifehacker – “Mindfulness has many synonyms. You could call it awareness, attention, focus, presence, or vigilance. The opposite, then, is not just mindlessness, but also distractedness, inattention, and lack of […]

How Yoga Has Changed My Life

I found yoga later in life at age 45 in 2012 when I was invited by a friend to attend class and I immediately felt at hOMe. As a previously self-diagnosed type-A nervous nelly, I attribute yoga to the transformation of myself into a place of authenticity, acceptance, self-love, peace, and calm which I always […]

The WHYs of Yoga: The Breath of Life

Some times we need a ‘kick’. Think of WHYs of Yoga to motivate you to yoga class or to practice yoga and meditation at home. This is a series of blog posts with one of the many WHYs that yoga is so beneficial for your mind and body. Allow this WHY, The Breath of Life, to be […]

Restorative Yoga – What and Why

The antidote to stress is relaxation – Judith Lasater You lie there not doing anything, just being—something most of us feel too guilty or strung out to do on our own. – Unknown We live in a ‘do’ and ‘go’ world, where we are always connected, moving, and many times, competing.  Many of us judge ourselves […]

The WHYs of Yoga : Blood is Flowing

Some times we need a ‘kick’. The WHYs of yoga are how I motivate myself to get to yoga class and practice yoga and meditation at home. This is the third in a series of blog posts with one of the many WHYs that yoga is so beneficial for our mind and body. It is my hope that this […]

The WHYs of Yoga: Squeezing and Soaking

Some times we need a ‘kick’. The WHYs of yoga are how I motivate myself to get to yoga class and practice yoga and meditation at home. This is the second in a series of blog posts with one of the many WHYs that yoga is so beneficial for our mind and body. It is my hope that this […]

Yoga and Depression – My Story

For most of my life, I’ve suffered from dysthymic depression, addictive behaviors, and trauma.  One of the reasons I came to yoga was to find relief from my pain and to learn more about my mental landscape. At the time, I probably wouldn’t have used those words. I remember that I was searching for meaning […]

Meditation – why/what/where/how?

Have you ever been frustrated with a piece of technology, like your phone, computer, home wi-fi or cable? And after numerous attempts at trying to ‘fix’ it, you end up shutting it off for a few minutes, walking away… then come back to turn it on and magically, it works? Meditation is similar, but the technology impacted […]

WHY Does Yoga Help You Feel Good? Flexibility and Bone Health

WHY does yoga help you feel good? If you are like me, you wish to understand the science behind how yoga works to improve physical and mental health, heal aches and pains, and keep sickness at bay. An understanding of WHY yoga helps you feel so good can be that motivational kick to step onto […]

“No, for now”

There’s a statement a very wise woman once shared with me that goes something like…”no, for now” If you’re a mama who follows me on Facebook as well as one who has attended one or both of my Sunday yoga offerings you might notice that my classes are no longer available on the Studio site […]

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What if….

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, or know folks who do, for the purpose of improving themselves or learning a new skill.  And as we know, read, or learn via others, most of those resolutions are discarded well before the end of January. Many times the effort is too great, life gets in the […]

1000 Hours of Teaching Yoga

As many of our tribe knows, via social media and/or attending my restorative yoga class on November 30, I recently reached the HUGE milestone of teaching 1000 hours of yoga, advancing my certification to an experienced yoga teacher at the 200 hour level of certification (E-RYT200).   This is yet another certification for me, with many […]

The Relaxation Response and Vibrational Sound Therapy

I truly love giving Vibrational Sound Therapy. It offers instant gratification in the best way. It brings me the immediate satisfaction of having sincerely helped another being. It brings my clients the immediate benefits of deep relaxation of their body and mind. When the 1 hour session is completed, my clients tell me and I […]

Buti Yoga – Get Curious

Stepping out of the comfort zone is scary. Most of us have dreamt about it though. Daydreaming about the what if’s is not enough. We should all step out and experience the unknown. Buti Yoga was that for me a few years back. I came across Buti Yoga through Pinterest. It was a short 11 […]

Desiring Wanted Connection in an Obligatory Season

As the first snow began to fall outside our small-town home outside Bloomington, I thought to myself “how lovely it was to see everything so delicately blanketed in white” and simultaneously though, “here it comes”. The 6-month season Midwesterners know as winter was once again tapping at the door. It would seem that connecting with others […]

The Most Effective and Accessible Yoga Pose for ALL YOGIS

One of the most common things I’m asked as both a yogi and yoga teacher is my favorite pose or ‘what pose will fix xyz’.  Much like when I’m asked which of my 4 cats is my favorite, I just can’t do it (or for yoga poses, just 4!). My go to pose, my duct […]

The Power of a Subtle Smile

If you ever come to one of my yoga classes, be warned, I am probably going to ask you to smile. It’s a simple gesture, and most likely it’s probably something you’ve done before, but it’s also a gesture most of us don’t exercise often enough. Why smile? Researchers tell us that smiling, even when […]