April 24, 2019

This book club has been a long time coming both for me and the Love Hive community. We've spoken about it in class for years, how a book in common would unify the conversation and continue to expand our vision for a community rooted in study, as well as broaden our collective knowledge base and persepctive. And--bonus!!--I pretty much feel like I'm living a childhood dream right now. Being able to offer our community both a unifying resource and a jumping off point for conversation, while continuing to place books in the center of my life and work feels extremely fulfilling.

As a child, books were an escape route, an entrance to another world, another place, another person, and another time. I would read a book a day. I was disciplined and weird about it. It wasn't always healthy because I used reading as an acceptable way to completely and utterly avoid and check out. Reading was a way to connect with facets of myself that as an extremely shy child, I was...

March 12, 2018

I hear this all the time when people talk to me about being too intimidated to try yoga. "I would do it, but I'm just not good at it." The idea of being "good" at yoga is like trying to be good at breathing. We all have full capability of doing it. Sure, you can breathe more

slowly, more mindfully than someone else, but still, every single person can do it. 

Step one: simply showing up is being "good" at yoga. If you are willing to show up for yourself, sit, breath and be present in your body and human experience then you are doing the good work. 

As anything goes in life, consistency is key. No one walked into their first yoga class nailing every single posture, responding to every single queue and having the most peaceful savasana ever. It all takes time, patience and consistency. It is called practice for a reason. You have to continue to show up in order to grow. My most honest advice is to be gentle with yourself. 

I know it can be intimidating to not be able to do certain poses...

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...

January 5, 2018

Finding time to develop a consistent practice is one of the biggest challenges a student faces as they being to travel down the path of yoga. It takes discipline to step on the mat every single day for any length of time. Once your practice is established, there is a multitude of events that can occur and derail it temporarily or indefinitely. One of the most common is an injury.

Over the course of my 15 years of practice, I have injured myself many times—mostly when off my mat. I’d love to say that these injuries didn’t disrupt my dedication, but the truth is that several times I let their occurrence keep me from doing asana for weeks and even months at a time.

The ways in which injury can disrupt a yogi’s journey are many but the two most common are:

  1. Fear of pain or aggravating the injury keep you from engaging in any physical activity and take you completely out of your practice.

  2. Your ego gets involved and you try to “muscle your way through” your asana without adjusting inten...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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