Creative Gratitude Workshop October 20

By |October 3rd, 2018|

Where: The Good Shepherd Room at Christ Episcopal Church, Shaker Heights
When: Saturday, October 20, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $20
Find peace in creativity with this secular gratitude workshop. We will create “Soul Collages” using scrapbook cardstock, decorative papers, personal photos, and images from inspiring magazines. We’ll add “bling” with buttons and other doodads. Feel free to […]

7 Ways to Practice Mindfulness & Yoga in a Strawberry Patch

By |June 15th, 2018|

Think you can’t practice mindfulness and yoga everywhere? This week, I tried it in a strawberry patch WITH KIDS. Regardless of their age, anything with kids ups the challenge. The trick to any distraction is NOTICING you NOTICE it, and not reacting to it.

Driving: Ease into your surroundings.

Shut off the car radio, open your […]

A Random Act of Kindness, Trader Joe’s and Valentine’s Day

By |February 15th, 2018|

Kindness and Trader Joe’s came together on Valentine’s Day. Two weeks ago, I caught the flu and have slowly been recovering since. Yesterday was the first day I felt human enough to resume more rigorous activities, so I hit the gym. Fifteen minutes in, I knew I was toast. I honored my body and decided to […]

49 Thoughts from 49 Years

By |January 18th, 2018|

As I approach the last of my 40’s, I’m awed by the pace of time. It’s hard to believe I’m 49, but I’m also grateful for the days and adventures that lay ahead. Using the alphabet as a guide, I decided to find 49 words that define what I’ve learned in life so far.  I’d […]

Merging Art, Mindfulness and Yoga: Meet Jenn

By |December 22nd, 2017|

I recently sat with Jennifer Adams to talk about art, yoga and mindfulness. Jennifer caught my attention when she mentioned that her art is part of a current exhibition, Lines, Patterns & Textures, at the Shaker Community Gallery (SCG). Our yoga class shares space with the SCG and other vendors at Christ Church in Shaker […]

A Self-Compassionate Thanksgiving

By |November 22nd, 2017|

For once, I thought I wouldn’t have to go to the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving. WRONG! As I looked at my kitchen and list, I realized we were short on what I thought were THE key items. This morning turned into a comedy of errors when I realized I’d left my purse where […]

Veterans, Unbroken Warriors and Soulful Flow Yoga

By |November 10th, 2017|

My friend, Michael Gershe, presents programs on substance awareness and impaired driving to schools, universities and military bases across the country. Michael recently starting posting survivors’ stories on his organization’s blog. These victim impact statements allow individuals to heal through “the power of the pen.”

In honor of Veterans Day, Michael posted the story of  Stephanie Smith, an airman […]

When Emotions Get Raw

By |September 16th, 2017|

Yoga is known to help with emotional regulation, resiliency, and stress management. However, we avoid discussing distressful reactions that take us by surprise. These types of situations are similar to sleepless nights, when we are simply too distracted to relax. Other times, an ordinary movement or breathing technique triggers muscle spasms, discomfort, heart palpitations, shallow […]

Soulful Flow Yoga: Addressing All Abilities and Needs

By |August 17th, 2017|

I discovered yoga at a local gym after my physiatrist suggested it for chronic back pain. In the first exciting months, I discovered my body’s capabilities and the peacefulness I felt at the end of each class. When the facility decided to adopt a hot and competitive power format, my experience as a yoga student […]

10 Thoughts on Detachment

By |May 31st, 2017|

When I’ve discussed detachment with friends, I often get remarks like these:

“I’m trying to understand this concept…  and I’m concerned that I’d lose my ability to care about things…”

“If … happens, I won’t be able to …”

As a novice with five years of mindfulness practice, I struggle how to explain a seemingly simple idea that […]