This week we start the weekly Wednesday evening yoga class at Nyack Boot Camp in addition to Sunday morning. Schedule is here. Sunday classes have been small but are developing an audience. This practice is designed to be slow for the methodical opening of joints and soft tissues. Techniques are also used so students can work to create a relationship with breath for more efficient breathing mechanics. Ultimately, the goal is to take the more mindful movement practices out of
Okay. So. The first time I jumped into the pool was when I went from my blogspot blog to this website. I liked the simple functionality of the blog, it was just one thing. There weren't metrics and analytics and data. I just wrote, illustrated, found photos and posted. I didn't have to connect to social media accounts, cross post, expand simple posts, blahblahblah. I didn't want to make the switch but I did. The new methods of "communication" are primarily on social media pla
Balance. Easy to type, not so easy to achieve. I have been thinking about balance lately. The faboo hubby and I recently taught a fantastic yoga study circle (if I do say so myself) on the big concept of non-attachment in meditation, asana and life, at the Birchwood Center in Nyack. The ongoing practice of non-attachment has also brought me to the-also-ongoing-practice of working towards and coming to places, moments, or moments-strung-together, of balance. I’ve been trying
I completed my advanced 300-hour teacher training this past April at Birchwood Center in Nyack. It was a truly transformative experience as both a student and teacher of Yoga. One of the requirements was to create a personal project somehow related to the practice or any aspect of the practice. I have been drawing mandalas as a daily(ish) meditation for a few years now and I am also a paper artist--see Archive Home. And I wondered if this project might be the perfect opportun
I have started this blog four times now. I started writing about one thing then Squirrel! Something else. Then wait, Shiny! Let me write about that. Then something else, oops, distracted! Blogger monkey mind. The subject matter has ranged from the deeply personal to the deeply raging. Then I remembered something and decided on something yogic. I'll get there, I promise.
Deeply personal because my mother is in a rehabilitation center in Connecticut to (ultimately) get her ba
Last week, for the first time in a long time, I allowed my ego to get in the way of better judgement and posted a remark on a thread on a FB page specific to the village of Nyack. While it was marked and direct, it was also ham-handed and insulting. It was also judgmental. I was immediately drubbed in a way that called me pretentious and hypocritical. While I would agree that my post was not the kindest, nor the best worded, I stand by the sentiment and the honesty of the pos
I'm not sure how long it took for me to forget how to breath. Breath and diaphragmatic health is a large part of my personal practice and what I teach. Well, it was. I realized just the other day, two Thursdays ago actually, that the right side of my ribcage was completely bound up and I was breathing at my upper rib cage and clavicles. "Holy shit, I'm panic breathing. But I'm just sitting at the computer...not panicking!" I tried to breath into my belly and ribcage and sort
Excited to announce I'll be teaching a YTU and Roll Model workshop, "Retrofit Your Downward Facing Dog" on July 25th The Birchwood Center in Nyack. We will be on the breaking the pose down and then re-constructing it after examining the directions of movement, major muscle groups and joints involved to create the pose. You can click on the image below and it will take you The Birchwood Center website for info and registration. #adhomukhasvanasana #downdog #yoga #yogatuneup #t
I had the best of intentions to start anew today. First Monday after the holidays...commit to a 30 minute "Me" routine...5-Minute sit, 5-minute journal or doodle, 10-15 minutes on the balls. In addition, the faboo hubby and I have decided to implement a mostly paleo way of eating. And I say mostly because well, butter. We have noticed as we get older (ugh...) that our bodies definitely don't like certain foods or like them less. The adjustment will be incremental and adjuste
It's not what you think. I mean actually put your Foot on a Ball. If you watched the video from the re-re-re-redux blog about how to "hinge" over to get to your handlebar tops and basically thought "yeah, right, gigglesnort..." to yourself, I would not be surprised. Cyclists have notoriously tight posterior chains. To be clear, it's not just your hamstrings or your calf muscles or your glute, it's most certainly a combination of all them including the giant fascial sheet at y
Are truth and fact the same? The words are used interchangably but I don't think that is correct. Here's why. Fact is defined this way: an event or thing known to have happened or existed. Facts are irrefutable and quantifiable. Fact: The sun came up this morning. Fact: I just finished a cup of coffee. Fact: The ManBoy doesn't want to go to school. Facts are "known knowns" (Thank you Mr. Rumsfeld). Truth, on the other hand is defined this way: the real facts about something;
...with this video via YogaDork? By all that is good in the world, I hope so. It's time for the ego/vanity-based-perfect-yoga-pose-take-a-picture-selfie-thing to stop. We have become so focused on the outside aspect of asana that we're forgetting what yoga is actually about. Ease, peace, awareness, compassion, non-harm...and a ton of other awesome and hard esoteric stuff some people call spiritual BS. This is all ego, nothing else. What's next? Oh forget it. I don't care what
For the first "official" WTFFriday blog, I'm going to dip my toe in the Yoga Journal waters. I was originally going to post this in September but decided to wait because I read that Kathryn Budig was going to be featured in the October "Body Issue". I'm glad I waited.
Simply asked...did Yoga Journal jump the shark? Opinion: Yes and less. September yes, October less so, but they are still going to have to work pretty hard to get Fonzi out of the water. YJ is in the middle of