November 27, 2017

You may be familiar with that feeling of walking into your favorite yoga studio and immediately being met with a sense of calm and ease. The smell, the lighting, the sounds, the overall energy of the space does something to you. 

What helps a space feel inviting and safe? How can we recreate this at home? Producing a more peaceful environment, that you want to in leads to more self care. Self care comes through in our relationships, we become better friends, lovers, parents, and human beings. Studies show when we feel at ease in our environment, when we can fully relax our nervous system responds to that in a positive way. 

Below we have narrowed it down to what we think could help you create your own yoga sanctuary at home:

1. Simplify - You may have read or come across the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up. This book changed me perception of stuff, things. I started to look at what was taking up space in my home, taking up room, energy.  What...

November 9, 2017

Bone broth is an ancient food that many cultures have made a consistent part of their diet for ages. 

The benefits of bone broth are remarkable and extensive. Everything from being high in amino acids, rich in collagen, helping boost the immune system, aids in leaky gut syndrome and has been shown to help overcome food intolerances. Below are some advantages of consuming bone broth and why you may want to consider saving those bones after Thanksgiving!

1. PROTECTS THE JOINTS -  Bone broth is one of the foods highest in collagen that our body can easily absorb. Collagen is the protein found in vertebrae from animals. As we get older naturally we loose cartilage as it gets attacked by antibodies. As you cook bone broth and it simmers for hours, collagen from the bones is released and more easily absorbed in our own body helping to restore cartilage. 

2. GOOD FOR THE GUT - Bone broth is high in gelatin which studies have shown can help rebuild the lining of...

November 2, 2017

Starting your morning with loving intention is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. It helps to ground and center yourself before taking on all the things life has to throw at you. I personally try to wake up just a little bit early to begin every day with a few simple mindful practices. You only need 30 minutes for the following, I guarantee it will have a powerful impact on your entire day. Give it a try! 



STEP ONE - MAKE A COZY DRINK - (5 MINUTES)

Make your favorite cup of tea/coffee/hot water with lemon and find the coziest corner of your home to write. Find and create a space that feels special to you. 



STEP TWO - 10 MINUTES OF WRITING 

Use a timer and start with 5 minutes of a “brain dump” / free-form writing. Just get words on a page, even if they don't make sense.

After the five minutes, pause to check in with yourself and see if there is anything you need in this moment. Write it down. My teacher taught me a trick called “PIES”. You check in with your Physi...

October 27, 2017

It is happening, it's officially fall. The days are shorter, the nights a little cooler, change seems to be all around us. With this shift also comes a season in Ayurveda that we refer to as Vata. Vata represents the elements of air, and space. When out of balance Vata can come through as restlessness, chapped or dry feeling, constipation, interrupted sleep and bloating. This is a time to create routine in your life and stick to it. 

Try to create a grounding practice, both physically, energetically and with your food. 

A few really great things to incorporate into your life during vata season...

1. Eat warm cooked foods- Stews, soups, steamed root veggies, brown wild rice

2. Broths- Bone broth, veggie broths are both so nourishing for the body. You can sip on these throughout the day 

3. HOT Beverages- Tea, warm/steamed milk or milk alternative, turmeric tea, ginger tea, hot water with lemon.. 

4. Healthy Fats- Coconut oil, Ghee, avocado, sesame oil, olive...

February 27, 2017

When I was a small kiddo, my sister and I were dropped into dance classes. Very quickly I became fascinated at what the human body was capable of doing. These little humans (the same age as me) could flip and twirl and MOVE their bodies in ways I had never even thought of attempting. That fascination has led me by the hand throughout life.

Just recently, I enrolled in a throwing workshop. When I told one of my friends about it, she perked up excitedly and said “Cool! A pottery class?” Nope. A martial arts workshop utilizing physics to throw humans with very little effort. Nevermind that I had absolutely no experience in throwing anything, made of clay or bones. For me, the intrigue was in learning new ways to move my body. It was exhilarating. I’d attempt a throw maybe 3-10 times incorrectly. It would feel awkward, heavy and clunky, like a wheel out of alignment. Then, something would change! All the bones and joints would line up. The mind and breath would line up and the result was...

October 5, 2016

Last week I had a slow, spacious Wednesday afternoon at home. Slow and spacious days are pretty few and far between these days what with the kids being back in school, the 200 hour teacher training in full swing, the work required to open up the new studio next year, let alone the normal day to day business of being alive.

I noticed a few bananas on the counter that were turning to the dark side, which is always kind of sad.  Determined to make something awesome out of them I put them in a bowl thinking I would bake my Wednesday evening yoga students some treats. The banana bread turned out great, and the class was really excited and grateful for the unexpected offering, which, in turn, sparked joy in my heart, and, on a deeper level taped into our actual experience of inter-relatedness. The greatest illusion is that we are disconnected and alone in this world. The work of yoga, and sometimes baking:) is to see the truth that we are indeed all connected. Not onl...

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...

July 27, 2016

I can still remember the day I decided I was going to join the group of teacher trainees at Love Hive yoga. The day was hot and I was rushing to make a morning yoga class (i know…counterproductive), I was having a hard time finding the temporary studio that Audra and Jessica were teaching in and I was seconds away from driving home and crawling back into bed. I was driving in circles when I finally spotted other yogis headed into a back building, I quickly parked my truck and ran into the studio (2 minutes late) where I was met with Audra and her unwavering kindness and gratitude for my being there for her class. What I realized as soon as I entered that studio was that I was one of many people who wanted to be a part of love hive and their special and unique little community that Audra and Jessica were fast building. The class was filled with exactly what you come to yoga to feel, dharma talk that had you thinking for long after class has ended, singing, sweating, laughing, and so muc...

July 11, 2016

Let’s not mince words, the 30 day yoga challenge was hard.  It wasn’t hard to prioritize yoga, that sweet feeling of sitting on your mat and knowing that for the next hour it’s just you and a group of people, in this studio moving through your bodies together, that part was juicy and wonderful.  But it was a 30 day schedule challenge and a 30 day laundry challenge and it was a 30 day challenge of meeting my body where it’s at that day, my body, that same body that I was in yesterday, it’s the same body today, as it will be tomorrow, and forever.  When I was practicing only a couple times a week it was easy to to come into class, do all the poses how they feel the prettiest and then walk out the door, but when I was coming in every day the corrections I had been working on and the feelings in my body were right at the forefront of my mind. Straighten instead of hyper-extend, Caitlin, pull down the low ribs, broaden the shoulders, Caitlin, use your core to support and un-arch your low ba...

June 22, 2016

Before landing in my current grab-bag of a profession--yoga teacher/studio owner/writer/educator--I remember being in complete awe of how yoga teachers seemed to have such a fluid grasp of sanskrit, yogic philosophy, therapy styles, asana, anatomy, and most importantly for me at the time, poetry. There was this beautiful renaissance quality--a true embracing of many modalities and realms of creativity--that really spoke to me.  And, where in the world did they find all of these poems? How did they know about Rumi and Hafiz?  Who was this Mark Nepo?  

The education I received, prior to my yogic education, was steeped in the romantics-- writers like Wordsworth, Coleridge and the two Shelley's.  I wrote an 80 page, passionate thesis, on The Bronte sisters.  I loved the ideas conjured by the word moor, the vast barren landscape, full of possibility yet empty at the same time--naturally inclined toward tragedy and redemption.  There was a certain quality of...

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