When Yin Dances with Yang

For as long as I can remember I've been a pretty driven dude. Pushing to score higher, run faster, rank better, and so on. And while my fiery side has served me well, it's also been a curse. You see this competitive, yang, or masculine spirit has the unending appetite of a growing teenager, always … Continue reading When Yin Dances with Yang

Being a Peaceful Warrior

What is peace to you? How many people would honestly say they don't want peace? Why is it such a broadly and highly valued virtue is in such short supply in our world, and perhaps our lives? What is the path to peace within us, around us, and across the land? One of my favorite yoga … Continue reading Being a Peaceful Warrior

Crying Our Way to Life

I taught 3 classes in a row where someone cried at the end. What a gift and inspiration!!! You see yoga is a practice of becoming more human and alive, and tears are a sacred and important part of what it means to be fully human. FAR from the cultural conditioning that says waterworks are weakness and … Continue reading Crying Our Way to Life

See, Name, and Speak Goodness

What would change if you woke up each morning believing you are amazing? What would shift if you went into each day trusting others are intrinsically incredible? While I was running the other day, the following thought came to me: What if the solution to all our problems and key to a fabulous world and existence is … Continue reading See, Name, and Speak Goodness

Don’t Laugh it Off, Laugh it In

Sometimes you've just got to laugh at yourself! And not because you're hilarious, tho I totally am! I was listening to a podcast by a philosopher and comedian on my run and they sounded like Dory talking to whales. In other words, they sounded like they were high and talking extra slow. I figured it … Continue reading Don’t Laugh it Off, Laugh it In

Let Go and Let Love

For as long as I can remember, I've measured success by numbers. My score on a test, rank in a class or on a performance report, weight on the scale, speed for a run, number of students in my class, the number of "likes" on a post, the bottles of wine we own, and so … Continue reading Let Go and Let Love

The Path to Wellbeing is Paved with Curiosity and Kindness

While my wife and I were watching TV, as I brought my glass of sparkling water to my lips, I spilled all over myself because it was fuller than I thought and I mistimed the approach. Doh! The worst part, though, is, I instantly grew defensive and reacted with a "someone else is to blame" words … Continue reading The Path to Wellbeing is Paved with Curiosity and Kindness

Spreading Kindness Like Water in a Water Fight

I sometimes wonder if the yoga students think I'm drunk when I'm teaching, as my balance struggles (from my visual disability) frequently have me falling out of lunges, Tree pose, and other leg balancing postures. Plus, I'm usually super joyous and often goofy! Isn't it interesting how things like this lead us to declare "I am ______"; … Continue reading Spreading Kindness Like Water in a Water Fight

Thinking AUM

When I first started practicing yoga I remember being a bit skeptical about chanting "Om" (or AUM). It seemed woo-woo, foreign, weird, and perhaps not okay. YET, I quickly realized sitting or participating in AUMing feels delicious. So, I decided to look up what it's about. One thing that stuck with me is it's said … Continue reading Thinking AUM

Breathing Freedom

Freedom has been a central word for me lately. Finding freedom from my inner critic. Being liberated from the impulse to judge and point fingers. Discovering deliverance from the drive to compete and compare. Breaking the chains of getting my happiness and worth from others. On the last one, Eckhart Tolle says: "The happiness derived from … Continue reading Breathing Freedom