Creating a Seasonal Intention Practice

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. Always has been, always will be. I adore the crisp weather, the sound of leaves crunching underneath my feet, and of course the way that Central Park transforms into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges & yellows. There is something about autumn – maybe it’s the visual reminder of…

3 Easy Ways to Begin Your Own Mindfulness Practice

Walking into a yoga studio for the very time can be intimidating. Trying to figure out what the heck meditating is all about can be intimidating. Hell, figuring out what props you need and clothes you should wear can be enough to throw in the yoga towel (pun intended). But I’m telling you – this…

Thanksgiving Gratitude

This one is going to be super short… Today, I want you to ask yourself this one little question: What am I grateful for? Write it down, make a list, and post it somewhere in your house where you can see it each and every day. Carry this grateful feeling into the rest of your…

3 Easy Ways to Stay Present and Mindful

One of the hardest skills to master as a yogi (or any living, breathing human for that matter) is the idea of remaining mindful throughout your day to day life. Sure, it’s one thing to keep a mindful attitude while you’re resting in savasana, but what about the more stressful moments of your life? You…

The Importance of Stepping Outside the Manhattan Bubble

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke (and quoted by John F. Kennedy) For the past two years, I have been genuinely confused. Confused about how in the hell someone as racist, bigoted, sexist, and just plain dumb as Donald Trump…

Diving Into the Three Gates of Speech

“Before you speak, let your words pass through the three gates. At the first gate, ask yourself ‘Is it true’? At the second gate, as yourself ‘Is it necessary’? And at the third gate, ask yourself ‘Is it kind’?” ~ Rumi I posted about the Three Gates of Speech on social media a few days…

Modern Meditation: Finding Calm in 2018

2018 has been an absolute cluster fuck. There, I said it. In the last six months alone, I have personally experienced: A stressful move Career changes (my own and my spouse’s) The death of a pet Personal health scares Family health scares Technology failures (someday the shitty HP printer I bought on Prime Day will…

We’re All Yogis: Body Image in the Yoga Industry

“Pretty is not the rent you pay to exist in the world as a woman.” ~ Anonymous Hello, my name is Elizabeth and I am a plus size yoga teacher. Just as I’m writing that, the words “plus size” make me cringe. Maybe it’s because I’m a perfectly happy and healthy person in my body….

Anxious Chatter: Yoga + Mental Health

Warning: this article contains a detailed description of anxiety and depression, which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised.Β  It’s the day before our big move to New York City and, here I am, typing away on my laptop in the Starbucks downstairs. Without WiFi and officially off the grid, we’re knee deep in the…