Off the Mat


The Waiting Game

I remember high school dances, with us girls all lined up waiting for a teenage boy to come ask us to dance. Only once a year could the girl offer the invitation, on Sadie Hawkins Day. The rest of the time, it was a waiting game. It’s a waiting game again. How long will this […]

Why I’m Grateful for My Problems

I’m grumbling about my challenges today: too many things to do, not enough time, not enough money, can’t make headway on my projects, gaining weight, menopause weirdness, sprained my ankle . . . but then I pause. I take a breath . . . I’m actually grateful for my problems. Yes, you read that right. […]

Create Your Family’s Mantra

My family is in the process of selling our home in Chicago and relocating to San Antonio Texas. Moving can be incredibly stressful and without coping skills to handle the unfamiliar territory, our families will struggle. However, with change comes growth. Creating a mantra helped us to understand how we can work together and grow […]

Ancestral Healing 101

Ancestral Healing, along with practices of Ancestral Honoring & Reverance, have become increasingly popular in recent years. Among those called to heal personal wounding from early life experiences and traumas, as well as difficult family dynamics, considering the ways that we are affected by the lived experiences of our ancestors has enlivened the conversation of […]

3 Breathing Techniques You Can Use During the Holidays

The holiday season is just around the corner! While it is usually a time for relaxing and celebration, decorating your house or shopping for gifts may still bring stress and fatigue. Especially that is also the time when most people get out of their routines. The stress and anxiety caused by this season can simply […]

Devotion in Yoga

Family and holidays are at the fore of your mind this time of year, with yoga often receding to the background. Of course, you use yoga to recover from overdoing it, whether it’s the food, other pleasures, or the pressures of inner and outer expectations. Yet the sages of India describe devotion as an essential […]

The 2019 Yoga Gift Guide

Unique Gifts for the Yoga Enthusiast ‘Tis the season of giving! We’ve rounded up our favorite yoga and wellness products. Whether you’re working on your holiday wish list, or shopping for your favorite yogi, we’ve got you covered! Teardrop Support Cushion from Yoga Life Style The perfect gift for anyone with a back, neck, shoulders […]

Fall Seasonal Cleansing

What can you do to ease the transition from summer to fall? Ileana Gonzalez, ayurvedic practitioner, offers a variety of tips and techniques to maintain optimal health as we enter the season of change.

Get Your Goddess On: Navaratri

On the yogic path, the fall season is initiated with a holiday called, Navaratri meaning “nine nights”. During this time we celebrate the innate power of the divine feminine within ourselves and each person in the form of the 3 Goddess energies. These goddesses act as symbols and mirrors reflecting back to us our own […]

Sensory Impressions

I watched the fiery sun rise over the Ganga (Ganges River) in Varanasi.  Surya wiggled through the layers of clouds and became round again, reflecting across the water shining in my eyes.  People around me were doing other things:  watching a passing sheep, playing with a ball, washing laundry on the stones, walking and talking […]