Recovering From Myself

Originally posted Nov 8, 2017 on Yogapoetica.com

Once an addict, always an addict, I used my teaching career and practice as if they were drugs. Teaching every waking moment and planning my schedule years in advance gave me a bigger high than a line of cocaine. It gave me the high of feeling in control. My […]

Hello From the Other Side

originally published Oct 17, 2017 on International Yoga

Do you believe in magic? I do.

There are places in this world with magical energy. Energy to heal people, energy to access the divine, and energy to communicate with the other side. Maui is one of those places.

I started going to Maui when I was 6 years old. […]

It’s My Marriage I’ll Cry If I Want To

Imagine this. I’m walking through the aisles of my local super market, an overflowing grocery basket hanging on my arm, when I spy an old friend walking towards me either stealing a cantaloupe or quite pregnant. “Oh, my gosh!” I gush as we delicately hug, “you’re having a baby?!”. She beams in response and as […]

Grief is Good

Grief is Good as featured on Yogapoetica Feb ’17

Between 2008 to 2015, I lost my great-aunt, great-uncle, great-grandmother, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, dog (read child), brother, and mom.  My mum’s nurse used to call our family the Kennedys, so blessed, but also plagued with great loss.  I come from a large family and the cycle of […]

The Yoga Sutras Survival Guide for Political Change

We woke up to a very changed world on November 9th, 2016. The country feels divided, the future unsettled.  People are looking to their yoga practice for guidance.  Luckily, the yoga masters recognized that suffering is a part of being human and left us a guide book for maintaining inner peace even if the world […]

Why Are We So Afraid To Rest?

I lost track of what I just taught, fairly certain I missed a whole sequence on the left leg.  The silence lingered as the students breathed in and out. I interpreted impatience in the room, but the waves of nausea made it impossible to process anything clearly.  “Was it always so hot in here?” I […]

Back to Basics

When I moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco a lot of things changed especially my body. Whereas I used to have energy to do an intense daily practice, I found myself with very different needs.  My life was a whirlwind, I had literally just “moved”, so instead of sweating through vinyasa after vinyasa, I […]

Feel Better Naked

I was nine years old the first time I took diet pills.  I graduated university on the brink of hospitalization for anorexia nervosa.  My life has been a constant struggle with body image and sadly this is all too familiar for many people.

But what if I told you we can feel better naked and it […]

5 Lessons My Mother’s Dying Taught Me

If you knew this were the last moment with a loved one, how would you spend it?

There is nothing harder in the world than watching someone close to you die and I have had the unfortunate experience of seeing my mother, aunt, grandma, and now my dog through this inevitable transition. Yet as painful as […]

I am a Yoga Teacher, Not an Acrobat

“Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde

Nearly three and a half years after Briohny Smyth’s now infamous “The Contortionist”, Equinox released a new video of a yogi flowing seamlessly from advanced pose to advanced pose. It is beautiful. The strength and prowess are astonishing, yet my immediate reaction was one of self-centered deprecation. I […]