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 fiancé 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…

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.  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…

The Law of Attraction: Learning to Manifest Your Dreams

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…I wanted to be a lawyer.  Once I made up my mind that courtrooms and suits were my destiny, a very strange thing started happening: it all began to fall into place. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was The Law of Attraction…

#MeToo: How Yoga Helped Me Learn to Love My Body, My Mind, and Myself

Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape, which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. I have been going back and forth about publishing this piece for months now. Even as I’m writing this, committed to publishing later this evening, I am having second thoughts. Despite all of the…

A Temple Within: My Spiritual Journey

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple. The philosophy is kindness.” ~ The Dalai Lama For most of my adult life, I have struggled with the concept of religion. I have struggled to find an organized religion…

An Imperfect Yogi

When I started working in a yoga studio, I honestly never thought I would practice law again. In my mind, I had found a job that made me happy, paid the bills, and allowed me to write. I was fully prepared to live out the rest of my days as a yoga-loving hippie, surrounded by…

If You Like Piña Coladas (and doin’ yoga on the beach)

When looking for the perfect yoga retreat, some of the first images that come to mind include towering temples in Thailand, acres of greenery in Bali, or the serene beaches of South America. Exotic destinations make for a truly memorable retreat experience and can lead to self-discovery, career advancements, and deepen your practice, but what’s…