Real Talk Blog

  • Humbling the Heart “It’s not through our mind we find our consciousness, it’s through our hearts.” -Nischala Joy Devi   I’ve spent an exorbitant amount of time the past couple weeks researching and writing content on Yoga Therapy and Heart Disease.  For those who aren’t familiar with heart disease, it has been found to be a “lifestyle” disease that has ...
  • Just Be About 10 years ago I was assisting one of my teachers, Anodea Judith, at Kripalu Yoga Center.  It was the first time I had done this and I was very excited to have the opportunity to learn from her in this capacity.  I was still working for the federal government and believed that I wasn’t ...
  • Learning the Ropes “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” Coco Chanel Have you ever wanted to do something but your fear of being told no kept you from even trying? That “no” doesn’t have to come from an outside source, sometimes the fear of no comes from within. Eight years ago we crossed this ...
  • Befriending the Woman Within March is Women’s History Month and thus, I want to talk about friendship. Through the years, I have shared stories with you about learning lessons about being a woman from that hike up the mountain and the female support I found along the way, hopping in our hammock with my daughter, to attending the Peace ...
  • “I Thought Your Life Was Perfect!” The past 2 months have been excruciatingly hard.  I’ve been on the receiving end of crap being flung at me  from multiple sources and I finally buckled under the pressure of trying to maintain my strength.  As a result of feeling like a human punching bag for many to throw their unkindness on me, I have ...
  • 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, ...