Living With Loss

Perspective + Psyche

Yoga + Movement

Seasonal Health

Recipes

Perspective + Psyche

Four Favorite Poetry Books

Four Favorite Poetry Books

...and one poem. Yesterday was a day of poetry. I've been sharing a poem at the beginning and/or end of class on Sunday mornings again recently. Poetry used to be as important to me in class development as the asana, but as happens with the cyclical nature of things,...

read more
The practice of perplexity

The practice of perplexity

"Part of the spiritual tradition is to unsettle us." That's a line from a recent On Being podcast with secular Buddhist teacher and writer, Stephen Batchelor. The discussion is about what Batchelor calls the immediacy of the mystery.  Many traditions have practices of...

read more
It’s Just Yoga

It’s Just Yoga

After selling It's All Yoga last year, I realized that if I were to open a studio now (which I'm not and don't have plans to ever:), I would name it It's Just Yoga. Not that the practice isn't a serious endeavor. Not that our practice doesn't sometimes feel like life...

read more
My sleep test

My sleep test

Tired of being tired For years I have dealt with insomnia. Some of it seemed "normal" -- anxiety over buying my first house, restlessness before an early flight, worried about a meeting the next day. Those temporary and situational bouts of sleeplessness were...

read more
manage your waste line

manage your waste line

This was the clever title of an article in the SF Chronicle this past Sunday. Molly de Vries, from Mill Valley, is a self-described "passionate advocate for living a (nearly) non-disposable life." Though she refreshingly admits, "I'm not a minimalist. I'm even a bit...

read more
memories

memories

Like many people, at the end of every year I do a general review of how things have gone the past 12 months and some dreaming and scheming for the coming seasons. This has been especially helpful in business -- assessing what programs and events were well received,...

read more
new year motto

new year motto

Like many of you, I like to choose a word of the year. Something to use as a filter for decisions, a guiding idea, a reminder. I choose a word that brings a felt-sense of something I want more of in my life. 2018 seems to be a multi-word year, warranting the power of...

read more
winter care

winter care

If you think about winter in elemental or weather terms, our climate here has been cold and dry. Hopefully we're are headed into some wetter months ahead, which will change how we ideally care for the physical body and our overall health. There's a system of health...

read more
long way home

long way home

The most perfect description of the on-going-ness of spiritual practice and the practice of yoga -- or any relationship, for that matter -- comes from Mark Nepo, poet and teacher. Mark's most popular book, The Book of Awakening, was recommended by a friend many years...

read more
winter solstice rituals

winter solstice rituals

You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. -David Whyte Winter Solstice -- the shortest day of the year -- is Thursday. “Solstice” comes from two Latin words: sol meaning "sun"...

read more

two new workshops

Workshops in the works! Two upcoming offerings... Seasonal Care : Winter to Spring Address the unique symptoms that can arise from the upcoming seasonal transition -- colds, mucous, sluggish energy and digestion -- using the accessible tools of Ayurveda and Yoga....

read more
yoga philosophy for today

yoga philosophy for today

You know the phrase, "You get better at what you practice?" The follow up to this truth is the real wisdom: "So be careful what you practice." The spiritual path is hard work, and sometimes it's lonely. But we do it because we want to grow and learn and evolve as...

read more
spread some cheer

spread some cheer

A couple of years ago I had the idea to organize a group to sing carols at a local senior center. This time of year is loaded with baby memories and anniversary dates and ultimately incredible loss. It's also been my favorite season for as long as I can remember. So I...

read more
the magic pill

the magic pill

If you've been in class lately, or seen me in the grocery store for that matter, you know that I can't stop talking about the book How Emotions Are Made by neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett. This book is causing a bit of a ruckus in the psychology world, even though...

read more
we are made of the stars

we are made of the stars

In spite of, or maybe because of, all the things going on in the world -- from political insanity to indefensible misogyny to nature's massive pandemonium with the California fires closest to home -- I found myself slightly obsessed with a recent 60 Minutes segment on...

read more
on being human

on being human

The TV show The Voice is partly responsible for my passion around developing the Living Wholeheartedly with Grief and Loss series. Let me explain. I am a sucker for singing competition shows, particularly The Voice. I love the blind auditions, I love the banter...

read more
two things i got wrong

two things i got wrong

No sure thing I’ve always appreciated the saying you don’t know what you don’t know, but never more than this. I was preparing for the Yoga Philosophy series, and I thought I’d double check the pronunciation of Saucha, our concept of the week, which means purity,...

read more
joy *and* sorrow: santosha

joy *and* sorrow: santosha

“We try so hard to separate joy and sorrow into their own boxes, but the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama tell us that they are inevitably fastened together. Neither advocate the kind of fleeting happiness, often called hedonic happiness, that requires only positive...

read more
get uncomfortable

get uncomfortable

The Discomfort Zone…  It’s not a place we talk about often. Certainly not a place we strive to be. But it is a very important place. It’s possible that our extreme desire for comfort keeps us a little too protected. We successfully avoid situations where we are forced...

read more
why i started doing fitness classes

why i started doing fitness classes

A couple of years ago I decided to add a fitness class to the schedule of the yoga studio. Because It's All Yoga is known for the highest caliber of yoga teaching around, people were curious, to say the least, about why I would add a gym-type cardio class to the line...

read more