My Yoga #lovestory

At the age of 30, I was in chronic pain. I had difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. It took 20 minutes to unpack my body enough to stand up straight. At random times throughout the day, without warning, a shearing pain in my low back and buttocks would take...

Hormonal Haywire

It was my first visit with an Ayurvedic practitioner and we were discussing my schedule. As the owner/operator of a destination hotel and spa, I wore 10-too many hats and worked seven days a week. I propelled myself into action each morning with a 2-mile run fueled by...

A Story of Destruction, Recovery, & Grace

St. Petersburg, Florida, 1993. I’m reeling. Again. In agony. Again. Crying and shaking in the fetal position on a scratched-up hardwood floor that hasn’t been swept in months, a mixture of snot and tears spreading across my face. I am 95 pounds of fear and...

C H I L L O U T

The temperature nears triple digits, the heat index is regularly referred to as “dangerous”, and the forecast calls for more of the same. The fire element has spoken: Welcome to summertime in Oklahoma. If you aren’t already, now’s the time to monitor Pitta, internally...

Note to Teachers: Get Off The Mat

Before I began teaching I was given a piece of advice that was instrumental in how I would ultimately instruct/construct a class: Your personal practice is not while you’re teaching - you’re there for your students, not yourself. Cultivating and maintaining a personal...

The Elixir of Life

Legend has it that long, long ago in a forest far, far away there lived a wise elderly sage who spent his days and nights in deep meditation. This sage - Chyavan was his name - was so utterly devoted to God, that God sent him a gift: a young, vivacious princess who...

The Spirit of Yoga

My first teaching experiences took place in a horse barn. We practiced yoga and meditation on a concrete floor, stalls on either side of us, facing an 18-ft garage door which opened to a beautiful, expansive meadow. We threw the door wide open in the spring, summer,...