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...

December 8, 2017

“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.” The Bhagavad Gita

In the midst of the most recent dissolution of my marriage, to my husband of 13 years, (I’m going to pause you all here and say how terrifying it is to write these words and make them public, but I am doing it anyway, because I love you. More on that another day), I have taken to walking my dog for long periods of time in the cold-windy weather listening to Oprah Winfrey’s Supersoul Conversations podcast. As soon as I press play and hear Oprah’s rich, familiar voice say, “I believe the greatest gift we can give ourselves is time, “ I start to cry. I watched Oprah devotedly as a child, and then again as an adult while I nursed my newborn children. The sound of her voice touches my heart in such a way that I feel vulnerable and immediately undone, which happens to be exactly what I am seeking right now. I am on a quest to keep true to my purpose as a joy...

December 5, 2017

We came across an amazing recipe and wanted to share if with you. Really nice for these short days and cold evenings. A simple recipe that calls for you to throw the ingredients in a crock pot and put it on low for 4-6 hours. This recipe is vegetarian, but I think putting some meat in would be great and tasty.

Let us know what you think, enjoy!


  • 3 cups diced sweet potato (about 1 large)

  • 1 cup diced red onion (about 1 medium)

  • 1 cup diced bell peppers (about 1 large)

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 (15 oz) can organic black beans

  • 1 (28 oz) can of fire roasted tomatoes

  • 3 – 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

  • 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons cumin

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (more or less to taste)

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a crock pot...

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