The Magic of Outdoor Yoga

Well yogis, summer is coming to an end. I’m definitely a warm-weathered creature and the long days just leave me feelin’ some kind of way. Needless to say, I’m pretty content in life and in my yoga practice these days. While the warmer months have always been a favorite of mine, it was only recently…

Yoga Without Asana

Sometimes, yoga and meditation look just like the pictures you see on Instagram: hot, flowing sequences, blissed out contemplations seated in Lotus…the works. But for me, more often than not, yoga is none of these things. Over the years, my yoga practice has evolved from something that I was hesitant to try, to something I…

Loss of the Guru

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Deva, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti… The Guru Mantra. A sacred chant learned from one of my precious teachers last summer. It means that our Gurus live within us, transforming darkness into light. That we, the teachers,  merely bear witness to the ancient wisdom of this practice and act as vessels…

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.  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…