I originally wrote the following essay in the summer of 2014. As I consolidate my writing from various yoga blogs, I'm rereading and editing. I've added a little to this piece, but it remains timely. In early July 2014, Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma, the “Hugging Saint”) visited Washington, D.C., as she does each year. For several… Continue reading Shocking Silence
Check out my first piece for Recovering Yogi, one of my favorite yoga blogs, here. I'd love to hear what you think.
Week before last, I attended my teacher Sage Rountree's fantastic Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste five-day teachers' intensive at Carrboro Yoga Company, as part of one of my two 500-hour advanced yoga studies programs. (Yes, I am now enrolled in TWO 500-hour trainings. The other one is at Asheville Yoga Center. Yoga geek, much?)… Continue reading Misperception, the “Innocent Mistake”, and Cupcakes
Our Mindful Monday Meditation group in the Guardian!Scroll down for a picture of Michelle Johnson, me, and the rest of our sweet and growing meditation group sitting on Halifax Mall in Raleigh as protestors line up to participate in civil disobedience. Om gam ganapataye namaha.
Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment. ~ Eckhart Tolle, from A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
“If the word ‘yoga’ means many things, that is because Yoga is many things.” -- Mircea Eliade I moved to Orange County, NC, from Baltimore, my hometown, on April 20, 2008. I chose this place as my new home for a variety of reasons including a great job opportunity at UNC Health Care, the spectacular… Continue reading Yoga and Social Action: Moral Mondays in North Carolina
Several years before I moved to North Carolina, when I lived back in my hometown of Baltimore, around 2002, before I ever considered becoming a yoga teacher myself, one of my yoga teachers, Charm City Yoga’s wonderful Kim Manfredi, would frequently quote Ashtanga Yoga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: “Do your practice and all is coming,” he… Continue reading Yoga and Faith
In class recently with Ti Harmony, my main yoga teacher, a student joked about never being able to enter his expression of hanumanasana in the USA Yoga National Yoga Asana Championship. I giggled along with several of my classmates. It was funny to those of us who practice yoga primarily as a spiritual path rather… Continue reading mastering asana: ego inflation or healthy achievement?
Hi, everyone,I'm still feeling a bit under the weather, so Kathy Peillot will sub my Flow class tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. I'll be back to teaching on Sunday, when I sub all-levels, open Yoga at Heart of Yoga School for Jasmine, 6:00-7:15 p.m. and on Monday my Flow Yoga 101 series at Carrboro Yoga Company… Continue reading sub for tomorrow’s 9:00 a.m. Flow Yoga class at Carrboro Yoga Co. and FLOW YOGA 101 starts MONDAY!!
Happy new year, y'all. I'm starting it off with bronchitis and a sinus infection, but I'm hopeful and optimistic nonetheless. Yesterday, I had intended to write about my intentions for the new year, but I made banana bread instead, deciding I would blog today. (Speaking of blogging, I am participating in the #365yoga blogging challenge… Continue reading Happy 2013! (cough, cough)