Mindful Tools for Coping with Pain

This past Tuesday, I had my first copper IUD inserted by the amazing folks at Planned Parenthood. While I’m thrilled about the prospect of having non-hormonal contraception for the next decade, I have to confess… The last few days have been absolute hell.Β  Or at least there were moments of hell mixed in with a…

Coming Back to Your Yoga Practice

The past few months have been tough. If you’ve been following my journey, then you know I was recently diagnosed with OCD and I’d be lying if I said that my world hasn’t been turned completely upside down ever since. 2018 was certainly a year of immense growth, including our big move to Manhattan, the…

My Favorite Yoga, Meditation & Spirituality Books

I’m an avid reader. Truthfully, there is nothing I love more than curling up with a good book on a rainy day (or any other kind of day, for that matter). I’m often asked about some of my favorite yoga, meditation and/or spirituality books, so I figured it was about time I shared! These books…

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…

Finding Your Yogic Community

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to try making adult friends in a new city? Not so easy, huh? Unlike the days of kindergarten when making new friends was as simple as sharing some of the coveted Pringles from your lunchbox, trying to make adult friends is hard work! And I know this because…

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…

Practicing What You Preach Off the Mat: Self Care 101

I am completely, totally, 100% alone right now. And man, does it feel good. My fiancΓ© is going on a business trip for the next few days and, while I’m usually eager to tag along for an out-of-state adventure, something in me just needed to stay put this time around. Whether I realized it or…