It was my 41st birthday, and Nate had just given me a pair of binoculars for my new bird watching habit. (I love birdwatching, it's like navel gazing but with live animals). Anyway, the binoculars sparked a conversation with our waiter who turned out to be an avid bird watcher. I had just asked him where his favorite place to bird watch was, which he replied, "Well... it's kind of creepy, but there is this cemetery..." to which I interjected without missing a beat, "Oh no worries, I work in the death arts."Read More
This is in stark contrast to my to-do list at the beginning of last year which was literally three pages. I don't know when it happened or how, but apparently, without my even noticing, my subconscious started stripping away the unnecessary.
My New Year's resolution for 2017 was "courage." On the heels of that horrible election, it seemed like the natural choice. That courage took me to Haiti on a medical mission, to the Women's March on Washington, and got me through a mysterious illness I thought was going to claim my life. Courage served me well.
But perhaps the biggest lesson courage taught me is that it also means saying "no."Read More
My theme in my yoga classes this month has been about cultivating steadfastness in our life. It's something that has come up over and over in my tarot readings and morning meditations of late. In these uncertain times, it's the discussion I'm having the most with the people I love.Read More
A girl dies as a result of violence every 5 minutes
1 in 4 girls gets married as a child
71% of human trafficking victims are female
63 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation
130 million girls are out of school
Girls are twice as likely to become infected with HIV.
...It pretty much sums up my teaching, a lot of which is getting my students comfortable with the discomfort that is "resistance."
I'm sharing this discussion because as a long time yoga teacher, I know how hard it is to hold space for our students when they don't like us much. Despite what they might think of us, it's important to create a container where learning can happen through grit, sweat, patience, and a whole lot of losing their balance.Read More
Be the compassion in healthcare.
Recently, I was struck by a conversation I had with a patient who had been told she had "small amount of calcium on her heart walls that we should continue to monitor."
No explanation by her cardiologist as to what that meant.Read More
The news was on. We were quiet. The sadness was palpable. As Trump statements flashed across the screen there was a collective sigh.
One woman whispered, "What an election." I looked at her and smiled.
Moments later in the privacy of the mammography room, the radiology tech made me laugh as she pressed my tissue between two plates.Read More
In other words, we often walk like our parents or carry weight in the same way because we mimic them, not because we ‘are’ them. How we move tells a story about our personal culture and lifestyle.Read More
It's an age-old debate in the yoga world —do you teach a pose variation as "beginner variation, to intermediate, to advanced" or "intermediate, beginner, advanced" or "advanced, intermediate, beginner?"Read More
People always ask me how I "get it all done." I don't have some miracle answer but over the last sixteen years of business I have become quite skilled at the Art of Efficiency. Here are a few of my favorite tools:
1. Keep a large ongoing to-do list with all your projects. This larger list is a reference that you can regularly refer back to and use to create your daily to-do lists.Read More