I have had a good friend since high school who once called me his wing woman. We have laughed over this time for many years now and how I actually failed him on this specific mission of finding love for him in a bar. However, since that day, I have studied the mind and body through yoga, meditation, and yoga therapy and how they are NOT separate. What goes on in one, shows up in the other. So what that means is chronic stress and day-to-day activities deeply impact us. This s
Where there is smoke, there is burning cheese on the bottom of the oven!!!!! It didn’t take me long to notice the smell of burnt cheese emanating from the oven where my homemade pizza was cooking. Small disasters can strike at any time. As I looked inside of my very hot oven, I noticed the cheese had dripped over the sides of the crust and melted onto the bottom of the oven creating a mini fire of sorts and a lot of smoke. Of course, these are small problems in the grand sche
Do you ever feel as if you have a monkey sitting on your shoulder or stressed out AF? We have all been there, especially over the pandemic. Spiritual teachings refer to the mind as a wild monkey swinging from branch to branch and mindfulness becomes not only a practice but a way of actually being when we add meditation to our lives. News Flash!!!! That means that you don’t have to run after every thought or take every darn thought to be fact. In fact, a lot of what you think
I love baking holiday cookies and cakes. I love the different butter cookies with sugar crystals on top, and then my warm, chocolatey chocolate chip cookies. However, this essence of *almost enough but not quite enough to make it a super fulfilling bite means I reach for one more, and another, and I think you get the picture. That idea that I will be satisfied with one more bite is already in the next bite of that other cookie. So I am already thinking about the next cookie a
This morning I was leaving a yoga studio I work at in Morristown and decided to grab a latte. I parked over by the green picked it up and as I ran back to my car, I noticed a homeless man gazing over at me. As I sat in my car taking a moment to turn on music; I looked over and there he was still looking. There was so much sadness and an emptiness that struck me. I started to feel like why do I have this coffee and he doesn’t. I’m sitting in a warm car with heat and he is not.
If we can all fast forward through time and see ourselves as older, maybe in a nursing home, lacking mobility, I highly doubt any of us would look back and say we wished we worked harder or spent more time shopping or going on social media! The stronger possibility is that we wish that we woke up sooner to our one precious, beautiful, and crazy messy life and maybe do things a little different to take that leap to live more courageously as ourselves! What if I told you the ti
Do we hold on at the edge or let go and dive into it? What do you notice about your triggers or conditioned responses at your personal edge on or off the mat? Discover equanimity this fall by using practices of mindfulness meditation and yin simply by being with yourself in stillness. Discover what IS actually happening inside of you to show up as your most aligned self in this one precious moment and life. Many of my recent posts have been about this deep transformational pr
“Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there.” - Susanne K Langer Excavation. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, it means; “the action of excavating something, especially an archaeological site.” Archaeologists dig for physical and documentary evidence. Your topography will be a visual depiction of who you are today but much digging through documentary files must be done to touch the innermost layers to reach the real essence of who you
I have been on countless flights where I have heard the dreaded voice over the intercom stating to all passengers to please return to the seats and fasten the seatbelts as there is unexpected turbulence. At that moment, I can feel my entire body tighten with fear as my hands begin to grasp the corners of the armrests, white-knuckled. My heart quickens and my face pales as the blood rushes to my toes, aka, panic attack. Hello, turbulence! Have you experienced those sensations
Where does true satisfaction lie if it’s not found in our cravings? My favorite dessert is a brownie. Now insert your favorite dessert, food, alcohol or shopping spree that seems to at first bring you happiness and satisfaction. Have you experienced difficulty or that dis-ease and you needed another bite or another drink? Shortly thereafter, one bite or one piece of cake does not fill you up or it becomes boring and your mind craves something else, or for it to be different?