March 2, 2018

We have all felt it.

The frantic turning and spinning. Searching for solutions. Rushing from one place to the next. Feeling overrun, overdue, underfunded, and out of answers. There’s breathlessness, nervousness, irritation, lashing out, hiding out, sleepless nights, and crabby mornings. At some time or another, most everyone has felt this way. Maybe it was a big life transition like a new baby or a new job. Maybe its planning your wedding or your parents are ill. Maybe you’re ending a relationship. The reasons why we get to the place vary but the symptoms are pretty universal.

--- ANXIETY ---

AKA: stress, stressed out, nervousness, restlessness, agitation, worry (and more)

Let's pause here and differentiate between an anxiety disorder or mental health diagnosis and what I am addressing here. What I am referring to would be categorized as common emotional stress and the challenges that most people experience in living busy modern lives. I want to distinguish this because without defining th...

December 19, 2017

It's dark out. The rains have returned. The sun seems to not ever fully rise as we enter into the darkest week of the year. This is the land of the shadow and as much as it can be challenging to be here, when embraced it can be an illuminating teacher. This is the time to notice where we are sticky, what habits we'd like to change, and in what ways are we keeping our own spirits in the dark. 

I've spent plenty of time this year examining these ideas. On the surface, teaching yoga should be all light, rainbows, and fluffy bunnies. Although there is plenty of joy and blessings in this work, as in all things light there are also plenty of shadows. My own "existential crisis" with my teaching has been about 2 years+ in the making. When I worked for other people as a teacher, I had the container of what was expected and what I was suppose to teach. When I settled into the role of studio owner, I had this new freedom as the expectations had changed. In so many ways this has been such an aweso...

December 14, 2017

“Intimacy is the result of a choice to let someone see into your heart and live there with you. You can love your neighbor enough to rescue him from a burning building, but that doesn’t mean the two of you will ever have an intimate relationship. To experience genuine intimacy, both people must choose to trust, be vulnerable, and invest in each other all they have.”

-Spiritual Intimacy by Alice Smith

My mom sent me this quote. I had been upset because my neighbor had just lost their home to a fire and I wanted to do more than I could and I felt both heartbroken and guilty about passing the baton to friends of theirs who could be supportive in a way only close relationships can offer. My husband had received them and called the fire department on the night their house caught fire and they fled across the street to our home. It was surreal and tragic and traumatic and also a moment of genuine love of another. Them to each other for being alive. Us to them for being able to shelter them in...

August 27, 2016

You will find it time and time again, the people who are really into yoga are the people who have (or have had) a lot of problems. Most of us don't walk around in a light filled bliss bubble and then say "hey, I'm going to go do a bunch of uncomfortable things with my body and see what happens". Maybe the first entry point varies. You got intrigued by yoga because a friend introduced you or you were curious, or you found a book, etc. But as many a yogi story goes, both in ancient mythology and modern times, we get super into our practice when the shit hits the fan. Why? Because yoga works! We practice, we feel more present, more clear, more free, and we can go back to those same problems with a bit more spaciousness and clarity. 

Ok.... so fast forward 5 years, 10, maybe 20 and eventually we land in the place where the rubber hits the road, we gotta put our money where our mouth is or our feet are, or roasters are returning for roasting. Or something like that. We have to see if al...

May 13, 2016

Powerful, sweet, sultry and sensual Svadhisthana chakra or “dwelling place of the self” is the center of fluidity, fertility, and creativity. The 2nd chakra dominates relationships, intimacy, and sexuality and is a potent and crucial component to our daily lives. Involved in how we express our needs, how we give and receive, our emotional health, and our unconscious thoughts and habits, this passionate chakra can help us create a sanctuary of blissful union or wreak havoc in our relationships and inner lives if unbalanced.  This is the container of our literal life force energy, from which we all come from and holds the power of creation within it. Although it is associated with work on fertility, birth, and reproduction, we can broaden those definitions to include all things that we would like to create and grow in our lives. Working with this chakra is a way to become clearer in what you want to manifest in your life and how to create fertile ground for that work to become a reality....

May 5, 2016

I have been wanting to write about this for awhile. I was reminded because of seeing 2 recent social media posts referencing in some way to disagree with the way another yogi is presenting themselves online. Most often I simply read the comment, roll my eyes a bit or huff and move on. But I am feeling more and more concerned with the way that this impacts not only us as a yoga community but as another way to degrade each other and most often, other women. 


Here's the deal. I get it. I am just as much of an internet snob as anyone else. I scoff at photos or blogs or posts that seem too "whatever" for my liking. But when I look at where that judgement comes from. Where it really comes from. It is always from some part of myself that feels insecure or excluded or unlovable or scared. It comes from the place in me that says that resources like beauty, admiration, love, affection, prestige, happiness, joy are finite and that if someone else seems to have too much of it,...

May 4, 2016

 " Okay, okay, ladies, now let's get in formation, cause I slay
Okay, ladies, now let's get in formation, cause I slay
Prove to me you got some coordination, cause I slay
Slay trick, or you get eliminated "


So we are nominated as one of the top 5 yoga studios in Portland, Oregon by Willamette Weekly and we are pumped. The mantra being chanted is we came to SLAY! So get out there and vote y'all (here's the link: Ok. Shameless self promotion done. Now onward to the rest of this blog. 


In all seriousness, even being included on this list means so much to me and Audra Carmine. We have poured our heart and soul into this community and business and would do it all over again everyday because we feel like it is our calling. I love this song by Beyonce for lots of reasons. It may seem like the idea of slaying is not very yogic but I disagree. This idea is not new. This is the entire premise of The Bhagavad Gita, a cal...

April 21, 2016


Our foundation is essential to being able to move in the world with a sense of freedom and peace. If we do not feel safe, grounded, steady, there is not the space or energetic prana available to focus on more in depth practices and the subtleties of living an awake life.

A practice utilizing the Chakra system can be one way to start harnessing our attention and focusing our energy towards connection with earth, our bodies, & the world around us so that we can have a life that is more balanced and easeful.


Muladhara which translates to root chakra, is the first chakra of the 7 located along the spinal column. It is located at the center of the pelvic floor, is associated with the color red, and the bija (or seed) mantra used for this chakra is the sound LAM. It’s main focus in the body is survival, taking care of one’s self and others, and primal instincts. It’s energetic qualities are stability, preservation, sustainability, balance, and awakening. Emotionally it affects one’s confiden...

July 31, 2015

 I am writing this for the me out there that was longing but unsure. The me out there, that 9 years ago ached for something that felt like I wasn't good enough to actually have. The me that was broken and scared and hurting but was also being saved by the practices of Yoga. The me out there who felt discouraged by yogis who seemed to have some sort of supernatural power of calm and grace that I did not even remotely know how to tap into. This is for the me out there who was given the message multiple times that I needed to fill in the blank with some thing that I didn't have or hadn't done first before I could teach yoga. The me out there that thought that I could not possibly deserve a spot in a teacher training let alone actually end up teaching.  


When I finally worked up enough courage to take a training, the common rhetoric was that yoga teacher trainings were not really about becoming a yoga teacher. That they were about all of these other things. I...

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