"Layers of tension melt away as presence moves in with thoughtful, wise lessons. To pay attention is to discover clarity and through clarity and attention one can come into a greater state of harmony with the body’s natural rhythms. Living by these rhythms is the key to balanced, vibrant health.Read More
“If you have taken a yoga class with me ever, you know that I often end my classes with a pause in verbal gratitude and honor for all the teachers of yoga and their teachings, and the labor that it cost them, a lot of which was taken by colonized force, to make the practice of yoga accessible and possible for all of us. And the blessing that we may all be faithful stewards of those teachings, offering back to those from whom these practices originated our promise to do the work of undoing suffering in service of the freedom for all beings.”Read More
Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down to a (virtual) interview with my friend and local Portland Realtor Andy Harris of Portland Homes and Lifestyle and Home Team Realty, as he decided to share the local spotlight that he shines every so often on local businesses with us here at the Shop.
Here's a transcript of that 'lil interview and the great questions he tasked me with answering. I had all of you, our students and community, on my mind as I answered them, as well as my eye on the larger culture of yoga as it evolves and spirals (in sometimes not-so-great ways.)
Its always kind of nerve-racking to speak out loud on topics related to yoga and its evolution and movement in the west, but here's what I was thinking about last week. Your comments are welcome and I hope you are all well and healthy and balanced in these complicated times.Read More
With the season of the Sun before us, it can be useful to consider implementing some routine and ritual that can be helpful and supportive. If we take a closer look at the summer season, certain qualities come to mind. Ayurveda uses these qualities (or Gunas) to help inform and balance the mind and body.Read More
Is it possible to bring integrity to the process of online yoga classes? Is it possible to bring the intimacy, personal connection and teaching through to you wherever you are with the highest intent to serve and help? Can our teachers, who thrive in the classroom setting teaching and connecting with actual live human students (not models or paid students, and not just us by ourselves with a mic doing yoga and you following along at home) really bring you into the room, as though you were at a real, live class and not on a sound stage somewhere?Read More
No longer does a day go by where I won’t see a story about healing PTSD with yoga, receive an advertisement related to upcoming trauma-informed yoga training and workshops, or be privy to a Facebook conversation among studios and teachers about how to accommodate trauma survivors within the mainstream yoga community. (We have our own Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training coming up November 4-6th.) As a yoga student, a yoga teacher, a sexual assault, rape and trauma survivor, and an educator on how we address the impacts of trauma in yoga, I think about yoga, the body-mind-soul connection and the pervasive nature of trauma in our society and our psyches daily. Quietly and internally, I’ve struggled with so many personal questions about the conversation we are having, who is participating, who is left out, how and why we choose to look the other way, and importantly, what it is we are assessing when we are determining “if” and “how” yoga heals trauma...Read More
The first four instructions you often hear in class most days.
How does the way you enter the practice set you up for a transformative experience on the mat each and every time? It might be the simplicity of these instructions, broken down to their physical, mental, and spiritual components, that help set the tone for your experience.Read More
“It is possible for both loss and change to lead to transformation, but it is not possible for transformation to occur unless something is lost and something is changed.” –Anthony Padovano
Over the years, my commitment to teaching yoga has evolved into and often represented a place to allow for my own vulnerability; to say the difficult, unspeakable things that many of us are thinking but don't want to say or can't say out loud about the price of humanity, and a real, honest forum for our collective growth. We gather to practice together year after year, lifting our hearts and hands up after mass shootings and horrific acts of violence reported in our own home state, during wild and viscous election years where the vitriol of the media douses the airwaves with acidic discord, through catastrophic natural disasters that cost lives and homes by the thousands, and small tragedies by the dozen in our own homes and hearts, all hoping that somehow that our small contribution of love and hope will collectively add up. I speak openly about these difficulties, losses and stumbling blocks in class, hoping to open the door to unearthing something like meaning for us all in the middle of the sometimes searing pain that makes my voice shake right in front of you all...Read More