In the yoga practice, ahimsa is one of the five Yamas, or moral vows. We tend to think of nonviolence and how it relates to beings outside of the self: eat plants not animals. Don’t hurt other people. Be kind and compassionate in thought, word, and action. This basic social contract is incredibly important in creating a world in which all beings can thrive. But what about ahimsa in relationship to the self? It’s hard to take the concept of ahimsa and turn it reflexively back on the self especially when so much of the harm we do to ourselves we rationalize as beneficial. “If I just push hard enough, it will be worth it.” Let’s unpack the three main categories of violence towards the self and how we can practice ahimsa to create a better relationship with our very own souls.Read More
I firmly believe though that right thing for you will always happen at the precise moment when you make space for it. No space means no space to fill. I came out to the West Coast with nothing but space and time. It was that freedom that allowed me to rebuild a life that is sustainable and thrive-able. That doesn’t mean there are not challenges and fluctuations and friction. These qualities are inherent in growth. It does mean, however, that generally I cry less from frustration and more from joy. Give yourself space to be with yourself. You will thank you.Read More
Have you ever felt like you wanted to start over? Have you ever felt like if you could just wipe the slate clean but take all of the knowledge and lessons from your past with you, that this time would be better? I have. And I asked for a re-do.Read More
When my worth is rooted in my body: That ass. Those hips. That waist. Those lips.
When my worth is rooted in who I am: That mind. That drive. That passion. That integrity.
You are more than an arm, a thigh, an ass, a stomach.
You are more than eyes and hair and breasts and penciled in eyebrows and smooth legs from shaving.
You are more than one thought, one story, one moment.
You are more and you deserve more.
Let’s use our language to change the conversation, change the thoughts, and change the world.
Discomfort is inevitable. It will happen. I know I am not alone in this when I say that I have spent most of my life trying to avoid discomfort. Avoiding discomfort (read: big feelings and thoughts that often materialized in visceral ways) led me to really horrible patterns of substance abuse, high risk behavior that I knew triggered a dissociative response in me, and a long battle with an eating disorder. It also led me to the yoga practice. The yoga practice taught me how to meet discomfort with ease and grace.Read More
Do you know how to ask for help when you need it? Do you know how to let other people pick you up when they see you falling down?Read More
“A good teacher is one who teaches others how to teach themselves”. A good leader is a good teacher. Today we explore the qualities of a good leader.Read More
Why you should add those deep juicy heart openers to your practice.Read More