Be Happy, Be Healthy

Be Happy, Be Healthy

May was Mental Health Month. In short, and as such, I highly recommend the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Exhibit on Mental Health. I sure enjoyed it…    

Things We Tell Ourselves, Worth Repeating.

Things We Tell Ourselves, Worth Repeating.

I’ve had some opportunities to get out of my “regularly scheduled life,” lately which has me thinking about stories. In yoga philosophy, there are stories that tell of archetypes having a particular experience, which we use as metaphors to understand our own experiences, relationships, and lives. In my other work-world of voice-over and music, there is a story and a mood to convey. And throughout our day, there is a story playing out in our head. This is the story that has the most direct and consistent impact on our lives, and believe it or not, our health.

Practice Project 3.0 ~ What Is It?

Practice Project 3.0 ~ What Is It?

A year and a half ago, after much thought about all the psychology reading I’d been doing, and in reflecting on my own habits, and those of my loved ones around me, I got to thinking an awful lot about the idea of practice. I developed a workshop series called the Practice Project, which is […]

New Goal? Might Feel Weird. Give It Some Time To Sink Into Your Body.

New Goal? Might Feel Weird. Give It Some Time To Sink Into Your Body.

NEW. What is new in your world? Or what would you like to be a new thing in your life? Maybe it has something to do with the new year. Maybe this newness is something you wanted, and maybe you got handed a life shitstorm and now you’re trying to deal. This whole concept of mind-body is often perceived as this nebulous and subtle thing that can’t possibly be that big of a deal, can it? But the more we understand the state of our bodies, and the more that we understand how much our physical “presence,” we’ll call it – the way we carry ourselves, and physically present ourselves – is affected by our emotional presence.

What Is In Your Heart?

What Is In Your Heart?

I hope you’ll join me for the annual solstice class on Thursday Dec. 21st 2017 (with the other YOGA Garden teachers!) and participate in a very special music and movement class on Monday, January 1st, 2018. We’ll explore some slow floor stretches to open up the body and breath, followed by a gentle yoga class, and ending with some group vocalization: Om’s, holding tones, simple harmony, and simple melody.  Both will be hosted at YOGA Garden Minneapolis – 1229 Tyler St. NE.

The Brain Into Sections: One, Two And Three

The Brain Into Sections: One, Two And Three

At the end of August, I had the pleasure and advantage of attending the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved conference in Chicago. It was encouraging and inspiring to say the least, and I wanted to share a highlight: A presentation given by Patricia Rush, MD, in reference to the way the brain is constructed and deals with information (as specific to trauma in her work). The brain controls the body, so this directly applies to our yoga practices.

Practice Project 2.0 ~ Fall 2017!

Practice Project 2.0 ~ Fall 2017!

About a year ago I started thinking a LOT about what it is that gets a person going from, “I know I need to do more of XYZ in my life,” to “I’m so glad I have XYZ as a regular part of my life.” And it came down to this: Practice. There’s not really a magic formula. There’s no magic date or moment when you suddenly do the thing you know you should do, and you magically become the person you want to be.

“I’ve reached the floor. There’s nothing there.”

“I’ve reached the floor. There’s nothing there.”

I remember the first time I heard someone say that phrase in reference to yoga. It struck me how very ahead of myself I was. This idea is very “be here now!” However, we live in a very distracted time. So maybe a little demand on the current moment isn’t such a bad thing. For some of us.

Yoga For You? Yes. Yoga With Calley? You Be The Judge.

Yoga For You? Yes. Yoga With Calley? You Be The Judge.

The yoga I teach in a nutshell: A time and place to unify your body, mind, life experiences, and spirit into safe and applicable movement and stillness for you, as they exist today.

To Get In The Water, You Have to Trust It

To Get In The Water, You Have to Trust It

Tonight is the YOGA Garden Spring Equinox class! All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of Minnesota. Here’s the schedule: Meditation – 6:00 – 6:20, $5 (lead by yours truly) All-Levels Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 – 8:00, $15 (taught by all the YOGA Garden teachers)   With the Equinox, as the sun is half way between our […]