Goodbye 2016…Hello 2017!

I’ve spent the first day of 2017 the same way I spent the last day of 2016, pottering around the house and talking to the dog.  So, in some ways it’s a bit hard to get overly excited about this new year.  But, in taking some time to reflect on the journey of the past year, I can’t help but feel grateful for all the great experiences I have had, the lessons learned, the ..read more

Lessons From the Mat – Sequencing

I had a question from a new grad recently about sequencing, and she was feeling a bit pressured to be sequencing a new class every day and wanted to get some guidance.  I have written a bit about this here, and will continue over the coming months to discuss a few of the foundations that I work with in my own sequencing.  But, to get more ideas, I reached out to a few Trinity..read more

Sequencing for Routine and Variety

I had a great question this week from a recent yoga teacher training graduate about sequencing for her new classes, and it got me to thinking about how we sequence our own home practice each day, week, month, and year.  What informs our decisions about what to practice, when to practice, and how often we should do the same practice or how often we should change it up?  Whethe..read more

On Work and Rest – Olympic Observations

I’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics the past few days and, like you perhaps, have been thinking about how much hard work, how many years of training, practice, competition, and mental preparation each athlete endures in order to perform at the highest levels of their sport.  But, what we might not realize is that just as much as their success is due to work, it is also..read more

10 Years – A Few Things I Have Learned

In a continuing discussion, I have a few more ideas to share about what I have learned after 20 years of teaching, and a decade of facilitating yoga teacher training programs. I hope you find this helpful! A few things I have learned: Know Your Core Values.  In March I talked a bit about core values and how, to me, a big part of developing a healthy and ..read more

10 Years of Teacher Training – My Own Journey

The past few months I have been celebrating my 10 year anniversary of facilitating yoga teacher training programs.  Last month I took some time to share some reflections on the changes I have seen in yoga in the past ten years, and this month I thought I would share a few ideas about my own journey this past decade. When I first started teacher training, I didn’t know wha..read more

10 Years of Yoga Teacher Training

Last month I celebrated 10 years of facilitating yoga teacher training programs and over the past few weeks I’ve spent some time reflecting on the past decade and all the experiences I’ve had, all the learning I’ve done (and had to do!), and all of the wonderful people I’ve met and shared with along the way. It has been quite a decade for me, and quite a big decade for ..read more

Clarifying Your Core Values

I am a planner by nature, and I love to have an idea of where I am going next. But, for me it’s important that while l am enjoying celebrating the past decade and looking forward to planning for the next decade that first I spend some time in a space of inquiry. With that in mind, my first task for myself is to review and rewrite my Core Values statement. This is a practice t..read more

DIY Eye Pillows

Eye pillows are a wonderful way to enhance your meditation. They reduce sensory stimulation, relax the tense muscles around the eyes and face, and promote deep relaxation. I use mine for meditation, Savasana, and nana-naps on bright, sunny days. But, for eye safety and hygiene it is best to have your own eye pillow to keep at home, or take to yoga class. For a pillow that is ea..read more

Aim for Balance

Hello Friends, Well it's been a week since we welcomed in a new year, and for most of us the past week has seen our resolutions fall from the heights of inspiration to the middle ground of hesitation to the depths of procrastination. And it's the same thing every year. We could get depressed about it, or block it all out until those final moments of 2016 when it is time t..read more

Imperturbability – A Gift To Yourself This Christmas

Thank you all for your wonderful feedback, reflections, and ideas about last month's mention of the Four Virtues.  If you didn't catch the last Messenger, the Four Virtues are one of the key teachings in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, a powerful text informing the practice of yoga.  The Four Virtues are: The Four Virtues 1.    Friendliness toward the happy ..read more

The Four Virtues

This past weekend in our Canberra Yoga Teacher Training program we took some time to explore some of the philosophies of yoga in the essential text, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Each time I read, study, or share the teachings of the Yoga Sutras I feel as though I am renewing a friendship - the Sutras have been a guide, support, and source of inspiration through my yoga journey..read more