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…

Mercury in Retrograde: A Survival Guide

You’ve probably overheard some your ‘goop-iest’ friends muttering about it for the past few months, but what exactly does it mean when Mercury is in retrograde? For starters, let’s get one thing straight: no, Mercury isn’t actually revolving backwards all of a sudden. When we say that Mercury (or any planet, for that matter) is…

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…

Breaking Up with Birth Control: One Yogi’s Experience

I’ve been on some form of hormonal birth control for as long as I can remember. Since I was 16, to be exact. And while I once thought our relationship would last forever (or, you know, until I decided to maybe have a baby someday or hit menopause, whichever came sooner), I recently did something…

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…

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….

A Day in the Life of a Freelance Writer

“I am a writer.” When those four little words slipped off my tongue for the first time, I almost toppled over from a mixture of pride and pure shock. After spending so much of my life working towards the goal of becoming a lawyer, the idea of being anything else seemed nearly impossible. So much…

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…