Off the Mat


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 […]

Confession: I care more about my phone’s battery levels than my own

Can you imagine what your day would look like if you paid as much attention to your own battery levels as you did your phone’s? Two weeks ago when my kids were home and our family was living in the limbo between summer activities and the start of school, I’d play outside with them for […]

Civility and Humility

What happened to civility? Has anyone seen where it went?One could argue that the world has always been a very uncivil place but I think most of us would agree that, at least in America, rampant public incivility has become the new normal. Perhaps it’s because this behavior is socially contagious; if not confronted by […]

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 […]

Family

I remember being surprised by how I felt at a family reunion many years ago, sitting in a room with 25 blood relatives, many of whom I hadn’t seen in decades.  I could feel the bond with them so tangibly, so physically.  It’s like my DNA recognized their DNA.  Thus while we were getting caught […]

Keeping Your Business Hot During The Cold Months of Winter

Snow is pretty. But unless you’re clipping into a pair of skis, strapping on a snowboard, or have a sledding apparatus in hand, enough’s enough! Braving the winter weather, however, to maintain certain routines is critical not only to our own wellness, but the health of the businesses we depend upon. Here’s some perspective from Keeley Mitchell of ZiLiving on what businesses can do, too, to keep clients comfortable and coming back through the cold!

How My Yoga Practice Got Me Through the Holidays

How often have you heard the importance of continuing your practice when life gets chaotic? As we head into this holiday season, I’ve been reflecting on this time last year. Life was upside down for me late 2017, and I truly believe had it not been for my practice, my path would have looked much […]