Breathe Easy

Breathing is a natural part of life. It’s necessary for survival. Breathing in oxygen helps keep your blood circulating, allows your organs to work properly, and eliminates toxins and waste. No one will argue the importance of breathing. While breathing came to us automatically at birth, it can be difficult to perform “breathing exercises.” If you don’t […]

Mindfulness on My Mind

I’ve been meditating for about ten years, and just when I thought I understood the practice, I learned something new. This all came to a head during a discussion I had with a meditation mentor about mindfulness. I’ve read countless pieces of literature on the practice of mindfulness, but it was in this one talk that it […]

Happy International Yoga Day!

With June 21st being recognized as the first International Yoga Day, I reflect on my relationship with yoga and everything it has taught me. I get a little nostalgic reminiscing about how yoga has brought me where I am today through memories of my first classes at Casa de Luz with my first teacher. Practicing yoga since 2000, I find it difficult to answer […]

Yoga in Bed: 8 Poses to Unwind from the Day

Treat yourself to a few minutes of quiet time and gentle yoga at the end of the day. Yoga helps settle the mind and relax the body, and it can be done in the comfort of your own bed and pajamas. Before you get under the sheets, try these simple yet calming yoga poses to get […]

Give Yoga Therapy a Try!

Sometimes a yoga class may leave you feeling more refreshed, peaceful, and grounded than a traditional psychotherapy session. For me, it was a night and day difference. Many times after leaving my therapist’s office, I felt more keyed up and anxious from reliving and retelling the stories of my frustrations than when I started the […]

Bo Forbes on Yoga, Mindfulness, and Neuroscience

This post is part of a series about my experience at the SF Yoga Journal Conference in January 2014. Bo Forbes’ 2 hour session was packed with insightful research findings, tiny two minute tools (we’ll get to these in a second), and a new way of looking at yoga for healing. She shared the same sentiment as […]

Notes from the Yoga Journal Conference

I’ve always dreamed of attending one of the Yoga Journal conferences, and this year I received the best Christmas gift ever: a 4 day pass to the one in San Francisco! Super stoked, I perused through the course descriptions and started highlighting all my favorite yoga teachers’ classes. So many influential teachers and interesting workshops […]

Review of Enlighten Up! Yoga Documentary

A friend suggested I watch Enlighten Up!, a documentary on yoga and how it transforms your life. In essence, filmmaker Kate Churchill created a documentary that takes place all over the world in famous yoga studios following a yoga skeptic, Nick Rosen, and cataloging his experiences with enlightenment and spirituality. Seeing how I have practiced […]