Why Having a Strong Centering Point Amidst the Storms of Life Makes a World of Difference: Yoga Life Lessons

11 years ago I suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  A few life saving, and plastic, surgeries later, the medical staff warned my family and friends the recovery would be LONG.  While they were spot on about that, they were mostly wrong in saying I'd reemerge foul-mouthed, angry, and confused.  Though I was certainly … Continue reading Why Having a Strong Centering Point Amidst the Storms of Life Makes a World of Difference: Yoga Life Lessons

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Feeling ALL the Things with a Joyous Spirit and Content Heart

Do you ever stop and check in with yourself?  You know, a slow down for a moment, take a few deep breaths, and pause to notice what's going on inside type of deal.  In doing that this week I realized my heart was sobbing and my eyes wanted to water my face ... but my … Continue reading Feeling ALL the Things with a Joyous Spirit and Content Heart

“Disabled” but Not Different or Diminished

Since my eyes became crooked from slipping off a cliff and smashing my face into a boulder 11 years ago (you should see the rock!), I've noticed kids who are too young to know "better" will often stare at me without shame for a laughably long time.  While I'm definitely disabled, when I live into … Continue reading “Disabled” but Not Different or Diminished

How to Defeat a Feeling of Failure and Funkiness

What do you do when you feel defeated or deflated?  While the positivity I generally radiate is 100% authentic, I occasionally wonder/think: "Why do I even bother?  Why do I spend hours writing posts and blogs to encourage and increase Love when it seems like barely anyone cares?  What's wrong with my yoga teaching when … Continue reading How to Defeat a Feeling of Failure and Funkiness

Angels are Dancing Around Us

One of the thing's I cherish the most is tucking my daughter in at night.  After we share what we're grateful for and pray, she rolls onto her side, closes her eyes, and we begin a sacred ritual we've been practicing for 10+ years.  While I hum "Go to Sleep My Little Baby", I caress … Continue reading Angels are Dancing Around Us

Don’t Just DO Something, SIT There – Calm, Collected, Grounded, Connected, & Centered Makes Us MUCH More Effective (Yoga Life Lessons)

Over just a few short days, the tranquility of our peaceful little suburban community was broken by an ambulance pulling up just outside our house … THREE TIMES!  As we’d guessed, and later confirmed, our neighbor’s husband with dementia had had some medical/health “adventures”.  After she told me about it the other day, I expressed … Continue reading Don’t Just DO Something, SIT There – Calm, Collected, Grounded, Connected, & Centered Makes Us MUCH More Effective (Yoga Life Lessons)

A Few Reminders to Brighten Your Day

No matter what faces you, YOU are enough! Regardless what the mirror says, You ARE beautiful! Amidst whatever feels fractured or incomplete, You are WHOLE! Whenever you feel or are rejected, You belong, just AS you are! Did you make a mistake or mess up? It's okay.  You're human. We ALL do! As insecurities, doubts, … Continue reading A Few Reminders to Brighten Your Day

The Freedom of Shifting from a “Got to” to a “Get to” Mentality

Growing up, and as a young adult, giving money/time to charity, church, or to help others was like pulling teeth.  I did it ... reluctantly.  My now teenage daughter, though, gleefully had a garage sale to raise money to get 25 Christmas presents for less fortunate kids.  My sister and brother-in-law are joyous foster parents.  … Continue reading The Freedom of Shifting from a “Got to” to a “Get to” Mentality

A Letter to My Daughter as She Starts High School

Since 2014, when Lara starts school I've written her a letter to encourage her, remind her what matters in life, and assure her she's extravagantly Loved exactly as she is.  I don't know about you, but the messiness, stresses, and hurts in life make it easy to forget kindness, courage, worth, vulnerability, our own unique … Continue reading A Letter to My Daughter as She Starts High School

We are What We “Eat” (Mind, Body, & Spirit), Let’s “Feast” Upon Beauty & Goodness

You know the saying, "you are what you eat"?  The further I adventure in life, the more I realize this is True on pretty much ALL levels.  What I'm saying is: Spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally, and relationally we become who we spend time with, the types of images we gaze upon, the ways of behaving we … Continue reading We are What We “Eat” (Mind, Body, & Spirit), Let’s “Feast” Upon Beauty & Goodness