When I first went public with my intention to open a yoga studio, several people who knew me responded with, "You? But you’re so energetic and fast-paced!” As right as they were about my true nature, the beauty of yoga is that it brings out the focus and “chill factor” some of us aren’t outwardly known for.
Cooler weather means more time spent indoors, and the risk of catching the latest cold and flu bugs increases as we are forced into closer contact with others. Time to boost your immune system with homemade smoothies!
Despite having been active my whole life (dance, snowboarding, hiking, and the occasional gym membership), I realized as I was turning 50 in 2016 that a lot of things hurt. In the midst of focusing on “working out” I’d never really been introduced to real stretching and balance work.
Mats come in all kinds of materials, colors, sizes, and flavors. Some smell like flowers, some look like they should be in a museum, and others feel so soft I want to wear them around my shoulders like a bunch of blankets. Over my years as a yoga practitioner, yoga teacher, and yoga learner, I’ve tried as many mats as I can to find the right one for me
“When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it.
As autumn chills the air, all of nature instinctively begins to draw inward for the harvest. If you’re anything like us Central Oregon denizens, you’ve been playing outdoors all summer on some kind of adventure.
Depending on who you ask, the human body and the earth are both comprised of 70-80% water. Water is essential for keeping the delicate tissue of the mouth, eyes, and nose moist. It lubricates joints, regulates body temperature, and transports nutrients while flushing out toxins and waste.
As more disturbing news about our healthcare industry and big pharmaceutical companies develops, my commitment to living a more natural lifestyle solidifies. I truly believe that everything we humans need to be healthy can be found in nature. We just need to know how to access and use it.
What I love most about language is its living eternal nature, which transcends the strongest boundaries of time and space. Words are, by their intrinsic nature, timely, limiting, and rigid constructs clumsily attempting to express the ineffably eternal. Chi is one of these words.
Autumn, when the sun is hot and the air is crisp. The third season of the year, when crops and fruit are gathered, and leaves blow in the wind. A spectacle of vibrant colors set the foliage ablaze as summer transitions into winter. Crunch! Delight beneath my feet.
After nine days of avoiding meat, eggs, dairy, sugar, alcohol, food out of season, and “unclean” hygiene products, I was curious to find out how adding them all back would feel.
For roughly the first decade of my yoga practice, my approach to blocks was, “I don’t need no stinkin’ blocks.” I muscled my way through off-balance and out-of-integrity postures, but I’d be damned if I'd use a block. Until I did.