7 Ways to Practice Mindfulness & Yoga in a Strawberry Patch

By |2020-01-19T14:40:06-05:00June 15th, 2018|Blog, Mindfulness, Wellness, Yoga, Yoga for Home Practice|

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 [...]

Merging Art, Mindfulness and Yoga: Meet Jenn

By |2020-01-19T14:40:06-05:00December 22nd, 2017|Blog, Yoga|

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 [...]

5 Mistakes New Yoga Students Make

By |2018-12-02T21:24:00-05:00April 11th, 2016|Blog, Health, Wellness, Yoga|

I've been taking courses from Mindful Schools to add a different perspective to my professional and personal life. Because of this program, I've been doing a lot of self-reflection. After seeing a lot of "doozies" in a recent class I attended, I wish I'd learned about the common mistakes we make as yoga students "new to the [...]

Mindfulness as I See it

By |2018-12-02T21:24:01-05:00September 9th, 2015|Blog, Health, Relationships, Wellness, Yoga, Yoga for Home Practice|

Mindfulness is... ... The stillness in my house and the trills of songbirds I hear every morning. Breathing deeply in and out. Finding my center before I rise. ... Savoring every bite of my meal. Eating slowly, mindfully. Noticing the food's texture and subtle flavors. Focusing all of my attention on the moment without distraction. ... [...]

Drama 101: 5 Steps to Heal From Toxic Relationships

By |2018-12-02T21:24:04-05:00November 17th, 2014|Blog, Relationships, Wellness, Yoga|

Hands flailing, loud emotional outbursts, animated facial expressions. I come from a big Italian American family, so I am familiar with drama. However, there is a difference between animated and expressive cultural practices - and toxic relationships that affect your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Letting Go: The Awakening

By |2018-12-02T21:24:04-05:00November 3rd, 2014|Blog, Wellness, Yoga|

“The only real difference between Anxiety and Excitement was my willingness to let go of Fear.” ― Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark We all know the catch phrases about facing fear.  Coming out of the dark... Seeing the light... Letting go... You shrug it off. After all, it's just another pop culture [...]

Fear: Facing the Deep

By |2018-12-02T21:24:05-05:00October 3rd, 2014|Blog, Health, Wellness, Yoga, Yoga for Home Practice|

When I was 10 years old, my mom brought me and my sister to a local community pool so I could strengthen my arthritic legs.  Since neither of us could properly swim, we’d spend a good hour floating around, sometimes using a kickboard and walking in the shallow end. From the shallow end, we noticed [...]

A Moment of Grace, Gratitude, & Healing

By |2018-12-02T21:24:06-05:00September 19th, 2014|Blog, Health, Wellness, Yoga|

Healing ˈhiːlɪŋ  n, adj. noun. The process of making or becoming sound or healthy again adj. Tending to heal; therapeutic (source: Oxford English Dictionary) The healing journey from trauma is a bumpy one. There is a lot of pain, especially when those memories and emotions have to be exposed, acknowledged, processed, and put to rest. Knowing the difference [...]

Waiting for a Tornado: What We Think & Our Ego

By |2018-12-02T21:24:08-05:00May 16th, 2014|Blog, Inspiration Quotes, Wellness, Yoga|

Earlier this week, I hosted a bookclub meeting to discuss David Rosenfelt's hilarious book, Dogtripping. Our evening ended up being a study about the Ego Mind and the distractions it uses to cause stress and anxiety. We all have an Ego Mind -- it's a part of the human condition. To better understand the Ego, all you need is a stressful situation to trigger [...]

Is Yoga Worth the Risk?

By |2018-12-02T21:24:28-05:00June 6th, 2013|Blog, Health, Yoga|

In the past decade, the number of people practicing yoga in the US has skyrocketed from approximately 10 million people to over 20 million.  In the “American spirit,” yoga, like other traditions, has morphed from being a type of spiritual meditation to an aggressive workout to capture the interest – and money -- of those [...]