Aparigraha “non-attachment.” Aparigraha is the 5th Yama (restraint/control) in the Ashtanga (eight-fold) path of Yoga. The concept of Aparigraha has several meanings, the most literal translation is non-possessiveness in reference to belongings or people. Read More
I am damaged. I’m broken. I should have done something. I felt powerless. My body failed me.
I hear many negative feelings and beliefs that surface after a birth trauma, but these are some of the most common. I told myself these after my first son was born. Read More
It's hard to believe it's been a year since my second son, Finnegan was born. While I was sick a few weeks ago, I had a chance to take pause, reflect and write some observations. Out poured a ton of thoughts, which I put together in a blog series.
This is the first of three blog where I talk about lessons learned through my second pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I'm sharing these personal stories in the hopes that they will be of service to you if you’re preparing for your first, second, third, fourth+ now or in the future. Read More
Happy end of 2017!
As I was going through a journal exercise to outline my 2018 desired feelings and core intentions, I started thinking about how I can honor my body more. Read More
The winter solstice this year is December 21st. This marks the shortest day of our year as the northern hemisphere is tilted furthest from the sun.
It is an auspicious time and presents us with a natural pause, a moment to turn inward, to find peace with and let go of what has happened this past year. Read More
Have you ever felt that the "experts" offering advice on self-care do not get the challenges and realities of mom life, AT ALL? It's a huge pet peeve of mine.
Self-care doesn't need to look like a massage, bubble bath or hour workout to feel good and to make a significant improvement in our quality of life. Read More
Have you ever been completely knocked on your ass by an illness that came out of nowhere? << Me 2 weeks ago. Mastitis hit me like a ton of bricks, almost 10 months into breastfeeding my son.
But it wasn't the mastitis that you typically see or hear of that results from insufficient milk removal... Read More
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you” - Deepak Chopra
How do we find stillness in the beautiful chaos of motherhood... in an environment that doesn't appreciate it?
I'm inherently a fiery Pitta, Type A, determined, go-getter. It's how I've always been as long as I can remember. Read More
New motherhood can be confusing, stressful and overwhelming. It's beautifully intense and magical. It’s opposing forces at work. It’s ALL the emotions.
Your mind is cluttered and you feel like a zombie from getting so little sleep, you go back and forth from feelings of anxiety to pure blissed out love. At the same time, you’re trying to figure out this whole motherhood thing (or trying to figure out life with a new member of your family), your body is healing and you’re more than likely dealing with aches and pains. Read More
Happy Summer Solstice and Happy International Yoga. Today we celebrate yoga, sunshine, transition and the longest day of the year. Today represents the chance to renew, change, grow and move forward on a new path. Many yogis will celebrate with a tradition of doing 108 Sun Salutations. I will be teaching Prenatal tonight and we’ll do plenty of lunge sun salutes (don’t worry, not 108, more like 15!) Read More
Mama guilt is a topic that comes up frequently in conversations with my students and friends.
This guilt creeps up all the time and it seemingly starts early in pregnancy. How many of these have you said to yourself during pregnancy or early motherhood?
OMG, I ate sushi! Is that going to hurt my baby?
I drank a glass of wine, is my baby going to be sleepy?
I’m drinking too much coffee, is my baby going to be hyper?
I’m not working out enough. I feel like a lazy ass. Read More
Happy May Yoga Mamas! May is National Meditation month, so throughout the month, I’ll be weaving in snack-size, actionable tips for establishing a home meditation practice.
I’ve previously talked about the importance of meditation to my life as a mama as well as the effects of regular meditation on my life. A clearer mind, more patience, better sleep, more self-awareness and the ability to care for your family with more compassion and grace are just a few of the many benefits of a regular meditation practice. Read More
“Yoga begins right where I am - not where I was yesterday or where I long to be” - Linda Sparrowe
As I stood on the seamstress's pedestal, I could feel that nasty voice rising up in my mind - you know, that one that only directs negative comments inward. “Look at that belly pooch, why haven't you been able to lose more weight? You look terrible in that dress and it won’t even zip at the top.” In reality, it won’t zip at the top because my breasts are huge right now to provide nutrition for my 3-month-old baby, but the nasty voice doesn’t care. Read More
Thursday at 1 a.m... my adorable, hilarious, and curious 20-month old son woke up in the middle of the night screaming bloody murder. He must be teething. (Still? Feels like a lifetime…how many teeth do they get anyway?) I tried patting his belly, rubbing his back, quietly singing songs, rocking, shushing. Finally, he goes back to sleep. SCORE! I tip-toed out the door and CREAAAAAK…Damn those lovely, but old wood floorboards. I froze. SCREAM! Back in again. Rub, pat, rock, sing, shhhh. Repeat 3 times that night. Each time I was jolted awake while my husband is still sleeping peacefully. Read More
I spent years wishing I had longer, thinner legs and less muscular thighs.
When I was 12 years old, my Russian ballet teacher told me I would never be a professional ballerina. She effectively crushed my dreams when she said I didn't have a ballerina body... my thighs were too big, I was too short... Read More