Practicing Self-Compassion

Have you ever said to yourself, “I shouldn’t be so mad about this”, “I should be able to handle this and it’s pathetic that I can’t,” or “I can’t handle feeling so lost”, “or “I should be able to just get over this and move on.” These statements may be all too familiar if you […]

How and Why to Start a Yoga Practice

Yoga is an ancient practice that uses breathing, moving, relaxing and meditating to achieve self-awareness and well being. Maybe you think it is a little bit weird. Maybe you think it looks kind of cool but find it sort of intimidating? Whichever your experience, it is worth the effort to explore it a bit more. […]

Exercise: The Pathway to A Better Life

We all get a lot of advice and information about the importance of exercise and physical activity. The health benefits are impossible to ignore: improving mood, helping concentration, regulating sleep, and the potential for healthy weight regulation. Making changes to substance use are often helped by adding in other activities that would compete with use, […]

Twist into Spring

Throughout the winter months, there is a buildup of stagnant energy in the body that occurs , particularly in the colder northern climes, and especially if the diet has been more meat-based and rich in oils. Indian (Ayurvedic) Medicine says that springtime is the ideal season for cleansing and detoxification. Ayurveda, which means “life wisdom,” […]

Can You Notice 3 Moments?

It’s Spring! and the perfect time to start noticing and enjoying the more pleasant events in your day to day life. You may however be struggling with depression or anxiety and can’t quite find it in you to feel hopeful about anything right now. Maybe you are trying really hard to change a habit, like […]

Straighten Up with Pilates

Have you ever noticed that when you step in front of a mirror, you instinctively pull your shoulders back just a little bit, adjust your posture, and stretch your neck? Just a mere glimpse of yourself can activate a natural impulse to stand up a little straighter. On some level we know it is important […]

Coming “Om” for the holidays

The holidays can be a very challenging time for many of us, with feelings of loss or loneliness that are amplified by the seasonal imagery of full, happy families and holiday cheer. As a yoga teacher I know there is a wonderful way to manage these feelings during this season and beyond….practicing the ancient art […]

The 4 C’s for Better Fitness

Many people have the goal of “getting” or “staying” fit. The number of obstacles however, can be many. Finding time, figuring out which class to attend, self-consciousness, or fear of failure…all can get in the way. Whether you are choosing a gym, looking into attending a class, or wishing to work one on one with […]

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an offshoot of Taoist and Buddhist practice which focuses on putting yourself in the present moment. While there is no one accepted definition of Mindfulness, one common one (and the one we will be using in here) is this: Mindfulness is being completely and utterly in the present moment, in a non-judgmental way. […]

Create a Sacred Space to Encourage Your Wellness Routine

“A sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again” (Joseph Campbell) When I think about the space I created in my home for working out, I often think of it like a boxer’s corner. At the end of a round, a boxer heads to his corner, where there is a chair […]