Real Talk Blog

  • Coming Full Circle & Owning It! “Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another”-Toni Morrison (Beloved)   Coming Full Circle & Owning It!   I recently had a friend text me and tell me that I have the “most interesting adventures”.  My first thought was “I do?” I don’t picture myself as someone who has these interestingly wild, amazing experiences, ...
  • A Teaching Philosphy “Teaching yoga is about accepting the student for where they are at when they walk in the door and providing a supportive environment for them to explore their practice and grow at their own pace.” – Wendy We are getting ready to wrap up another year. Closing out 2017 and preparing to welcome in 2018.  Each year, I ...
  • Gratitude Towards our Bodies “Iswara Pranidhana: wholehearted dedication to the Divine Light in all.”  -Nischala Joy Devi October was kinda a crappy month for me physically.  I’ve been in an insane amount of pain radiating down my arm complete with muscle spasms in my arm and fingers and many times, my fingers went numb. Many of you who were in my ...
  • Getting Dizzy in our Tizzy “Chitta Vikshepa, – ‘distraction of the mind.’ No matter how wise we are or how committed to our practice, if we are ill, drowning in inertia, or struggling with doubt, carelessness, and sloth, we have no way of preventing our mind from being victimized by its roaming tendencies.”-Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD Earlier this week I got ...
  • Yoga & PTSD “Any fool can be fussy and rid himself of energy all over the place, but he has to have something in him before he can settle down to do nothing.” ~J.B. Priestley I initially started doing yoga 14 years ago when I was diagnosed with a fatty liver. Wendy found a daily series for me to practice, ...
  • My Yoga Therapy I was first introduced to yoga by my mother when she was 22 year old.  I was 4 ½ years old. I suspect my mother had no idea what yoga was all about or that she was introducing me to something that would later become such a joyful part of my life. Instead, she was ...
  • OMing My Fierceness June was a huge month of growth for me.  Much to my surprise, several months ago I was selected to present at the International Yoga Therapist Conference, in California.  My topic? Bridging the Gap Between Law Enforcement and Yoga Therapy.  When I submitted my proposal I had been reading a lot of stuff on how ...
  • Life Is Swell “A person with a settled mind is like an ocean. Countless rivers and streams pour their waters into the ocean, yet it is never overwhelmed.” -Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD I had a student yesterday comment that I am the busiest person she knows, running both of my companies, but I always seem to get it all ...
  • Finding Balance Greetings from the Himalayan Institute!  I am bursting at the seams with excitement to be here for my final advanced training class. I have reconnected with friends I haven’t seen in a few months, I am getting to practice with my beloved teachers and I am reconnecting with the energy of my hOMe away from ...
  • Finding Your Transparency “Transparency of mind comes by embracing an attitude of friendliness, compassion, happiness, and non-judgement toward those who are happy, miserable, virtuous, and non-virtuous.” -Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD   I often encourage my students to find a place of compassion for themselves while they are practicing yoga in my studio.  But what does that look like off the ...