Yoga Teacher Training: Week 1 (Part I)

I've had time to breathe. Funny, considering I have just started a yoga teacher training at Sacred Sounds Studio where the focus is on how to teach other people to link their body and breath and to understand more about pranna and ujaii breathing and all that other good stuff wrapped up within. But I've had time…

Ashtanga

Last night's wine hadn't finished working its way through my system, but I had the wisdom, then, to eat enough and stop when I'd drank enough. Interrupted sleep had me slightly unsteady on my feet, my chest tight with some unidentified emotion that had no weight, yet pulled taught. Breathing, doing, moving hadn't shifted it; the…

It’s About Sharing Something

With the knowledge that I will one day be teaching and leading a class of individuals comes a tightly-wrapped bundle of anxiety. I don't know why: teaching is in my blood, quite literally. My mother is a teacher. My dad's parents were both teachers. Now...I am going to be a teacher, albeit in a slightly different…

Walking and Writing

When I started to be more flexible regarding my writing - I don't have to post every day or stick to a theme - it became more authentic. I write about what I see, what I think and what I am experiencing, which is a range of anything and everything. Clearly, I have a filter because…

“If…

...you are going through hell, keep going," said one rather esteemed Winston Churchill. Yes, this appears all over the place today; on mugs, inspirational fitness sites, T-shirts and magnets, but for each person to whom this has significance, is has some pretty big-ass, honking significance. The yoga-induced emotional deluge that hit me this weekend served two…

Being Present I

If being mindful were easy, we would all walk around like beatific, beaming Buddhas, fully aware and pulsing with energy. In New York, people would operate in a more calm manner, assessing the present situation rather than rushing to the next thing - the next event, email, Instagrammed dinner, date that might have half a…

Teaching Yoga to Heal

We all have goals. We all want to be able to achieve something significant in life. We all need help, sometimes. For me, this help has to be financial. I have been struggling in New York City for nearly four years, lost my job, found a new job, used up my savings to exist, moved…