Being blessed with the privilege of sharing my journey on this platform for the past five and a half years (and people actually reading it) has been a wonderful experience – so it comes with equal sadness and excitement to announce that I will be closing shop on this blog to work on other projects. As with the closing of any chapter (literally and figuratively), there comes a sense of loss – but with that loss comes a sense of… Read more »

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Self-righteousness is a sneaky little son of a bitch, isn’t it? When it comes to personal growth, many of us fall prey to the trap of self-righteousness when we get super excited about discovering a new way of doing things. We find ourselves frustrated at those who aren’t “awake” to certain ideas. Judgment and the false sense of superiority that typically accompanies self-righteousness start to rear their ugly heads. In the moments when I feel these impulses bubble up within… Read more »

(This is a story I shared back in March on social media, but I thought it’d be of benefit to elaborate on it a bit and share it here as well.) There’s a story that Deborah Adele shares in her book, “The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice” that illustrates perfectly how the things we hold on to—physical, as well as mental and emotional—hold us captive. She talks about the ancient process of capturing monkeys in India, where capturers… Read more »

A while back, I had the pleasure of attending a discussion with one of my meditation gurus, Sharon Salzberg. Using a water bottle as an example, she made a very interesting point about intention, where she discussed how an action may look the same from the outside but the motivation (intention) behind that action could vary significantly, and it went a little something like this (FYI, I’m paraphrasing here): You have a nice, cool plastic bottle of water and you… Read more »

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau A couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time for the kids to get rid of some of the excess in their rooms. They were agreeable enough about it, but to say that they were excited might be overstepping a bit. As with all kids, cleaning up their rooms is not something my kids have high on their “things to do for… Read more »

This post is aptly named, given it’s my coming full circle that is responsible for my return to this whole writing gig (i.e. my blog) after a not-so-brief hiatus. I had taken a break from my writing (and, if we’re being completely honest here, my simple living journey altogether) to focus more on my yoga studies. In hindsight, the irony of the situation is laughable, to say the least. I say ironic because my two seemingly separate and unrelated journeys—yoga… Read more »

Once a week, I teach free yoga classes at various locations. Recently, I’ve had quite a few students ask me if I accept donations. The short answer is yes, donations are accepted and appreciated — but by no means are they required to come to my class. I’d like to elaborate on this just a bit, given the flack that teachers like me get sometimes for only offering “free” and “donation based” classes. There are some (not all, but some)… Read more »

“Every risk is worth taking as long as it’s for a good cause and contributes to a good life.” – Richard Branson My husband, kids and I are a family of campers. Camping has got to be by far one of our most favorite things to do together, and some of our most unforgettable and happiest memories as a family have been from our camping adventures. For our upcoming trip this summer, we decided that we had outgrown the adorable… Read more »

I’m going to start out by saying that I am not here to discuss my political or religious stance, nor will I engage in any sort of conversation. I realized through personal experience that there is much truth to the phrase “There are two things you should never discuss with your friends and family – religion and politics”. I’ve witnessed first hand that when these issues are discussed – especially when hidden behind the veil of social media – people… Read more »

A while back, I had asked a friend of mine about her Yoga Teacher Training experience. My friend offered a wealth of information and insight into what I should expect when embarking on this journey, but there were two words in particular that she used to describe her experience that really piqued my interest: Life changing. Wow. “Life changing”. Those were some pretty strong words. Aside from one of the obvious reasons for entering the Yoga Teacher Training Program –… Read more »