The Practice


Gentle vs. Restorative

What’s the difference and why should you try them? Yoga fads come and go every few years (beer yoga, doga, goat yoga, etc.), but our human need for quieting and calming only becomes more pronounced as our culture gets faster and more connected, and our daily lives grow ever more unsustainably “crazy busy.” While not […]

Real Yoga is Smart Business

I suppose it’s a natural impulse to want to feel relevant, to feel that the efforts I make are worthwhile and that something I produce will outlive this fleeting body. This last year I poured a lot of myself into a weekly podcast not just because I find it a fulfilling process of learning but […]

My First Yoga Teacher

You never forget your first yoga teacher. She has a special place in your heart. While I’d begun with TV yoga at age 12, my first in-person class wasn’t until 10 years later. The teacher both wowed and horrified me by demonstrating Shavasana with Ujjayi Pranayama, emphasizing the expansion of her belly on the inbreath. […]

Yoga Poses for Pregnancy

Yoga Poses for that Exhilarating, Exhausting, Incredible Time Called Pregnancy! So, you’re growing a human…..congratulations! Depending on how far along you are, you may be feeling anything from nauseous, to exhausted, to exhilarated, to just ready to be done. But hang in there, you’re in good company! As a mom of three, I vividly remember […]

Yoga: Classical, Modern & Authentic

I helped create Yoga Alliance by serving as the founding President. I learned a lot from the many yogis involved in establishing national standards for yoga teachers. Three of yoga’s then-living masters sent personal representatives: BKS Iyengar, Swami Satchidananda and Yogi Bhajan. Each of them emphasized yogis getting together. In spite of the differences we […]

Healthy Hips

Hip opening workshops are some of the most popular events in the yoga sphere. They shouldn’t be. Never-ending pigeons, long-held frogs, and the constant striving to touch chest to floor in wide-legged seated forward fold, are forcing our hips beyond their natural range of motion. This can cause wear and tear on the joints, and […]

Teaching Yoga, Not Just Alignment

My trauma informed yoga classes are largely made up of postures and breath, with some simple breath movement coordination. I don’t typically bring in philosophy or verbal themes, but my classes are still about more than alignment. How? Of course, alignment has a role in a physical yoga class, for basic safety, and as a tool […]

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!”

Something for (Almost) Everyone

How can a power/vinyasa trained yoga instructor offer a more accessible class? My 200-hour yoga teacher training is in power vinyasa yoga, but I teach in a variety of settings where it’s essential to make classes accessible to a broader range of experience levels that usually appear in a yoga studio class.

Yoga & Privilege

“Privilege: a special right, advantage or immunity granted or available to only a particular person or group of people” (Google dictionary)

While it’s nice to imagine we all teach yoga from a neutral place, our life experiences – including those of privilege or lack thereof – shape us. In yoga service classes, I sometimes work with people who have had substantially different access to privilege than me. How does my identity influence what I offer? What do I do to minimize negative impact?