Off the Mat


10 Reasons You Should Book a Yoga Retreat

If a yoga retreat is on your bucket list, there is no better time to roll up your mat, pack your bags, and hit the road! Yoga retreats are HOT right now. With destinations from Iceland to Costa Rica, activities from massage to snowshoeing, and accommodations from tents to five stars, the options are endless. […]

Tips on Finding the Best Yoga Retreat for You

After you’ve checked off your list of reasons you need a yoga retreat, the next step is finding the right one for you.  There’s plenty to choose from with so many unique offerings. Here are a few tips to help you on your yoga vacation search. 1. Location Close your eyes and imagine you are […]

Reclaiming Our Humanity

Each morning I give thanks for a new day and commit to finding ways to be mendful, connected, helpful and kind. Disasters, difficulties and personal hardships are natural challenges of life. We come together in community and friendship and create safe space and rituals to lighten the load of pain and reduce suffering. To make […]

Opening Into Life

Vitally alive! A body that is breathing and pulsating with aliveness in every cell. Eyes clear and radiant. Glowing with a happiness that arises from an inner surety of being. Yoga makes you alive — fully alive. You have the capacity to live this way in every moment, and some work to do in order […]

The Dual Purposes of Life

If you had a sense that you came here in order to accomplish one overarching purpose, you are only half right. Yoga describes the purpose of human life as being two-fold. There are two things that you are here to accomplish. The first is to have experiences, a full range of experiences. This means that […]

Is Your Mind a Wild Beast? Tame It.

After I’ve exhausted all procrastination tactics, I finally get onto my mediation cushion. I settle in, adjusting my posture, getting my knees into a happy situation . . . there we go . . . and then start turning inward. Immediately, I’m lost in thoughts: my ever growing to-do list, that last conversation with my […]

Yoga: Alternative Lifestyle or Mainstream?

I was presenting at a yoga conference, gathering feedback from yoga teachers about the founding of Yoga Alliance, while serving as the founding President. One woman was concerned that the new Yoga Alliance would make yoga mainstream, “If yoga becomes mainstream, I’ll have to quit!”

Who’s In Charge?

You’re looking at the dessert tray, which they bring to your table after your meal at a fine restaurant. Who’s in charge? Your taste buds? Your tummy? Your inner cop, counting calories? Your Ayurvedic sensibilities? Or perhaps your vegan raw-food healthy organic self, saying yes, but only to the Vegan No-Bake Cheesecake?

A Safer Space

In my years of teaching yoga, I have witnessed many of the hardships my students face in their lives—death of a loved one, divorce, illness, depression, anxiety, body-image issues, sexual assault, substance abuse, cancer, financial stress—just to name a few. I too originally came onto my mat managing depression, alcohol abuse and disordered eating. You would not have noticed me because I would have been the one that looked on top of things, friendly, confident, doing all the poses instructed, seemingly self-sufficient without a need in the world. The reality of what was underneath this facade was something quite different.

4 Reasons You Need Abdominal Massage

Massage Therapy is one of the most accessible forms of self-care. Our first instinct when we feel an ache or pain, is to touch, hold, and/or guard the area. Abdominal pain is common amongst children, adolescents, and adults alike for a variety of reasons.