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 […]

Healthcare Is A Basic Right

Healthcare Is A Basic Right

Dear readers! I usually leave my blog content to that of an informational nature. As in “here are some ideas for how to take care of yourself,” or “here are some interesting ways to think about how to apply the teachings, philosophy, and practice of yoga to your own life,” or “here is a silly video or idea to make you laugh, and help you realize that being a yogi is not about being perfect, its about being a ridiculous human (considering the human experience IS kind of ridiculous… and beautiful and challenging.)”

Dr. David Simon on KFAI Radio Twin Cities

Dr. David Simon on KFAI Radio Twin Cities

“We remind them of their capacity to create inner joy… and what we find is their illness gets better… most likely whatever the psychological or physical illness you’re suffering from will become less.” – Dr. David Simon on KFAI Radio Twin Cities THIS IS THE SHIZ, FOLKS. Ok, I know I tend to get a little […]

2017: What Are You Practicing?

2017: What Are You Practicing?

In one of the top five experiences of my life happened while I was teaching contemporary music to middle and high-schoolers in Idaho. Victor Wooten, electric bass great (or wizard, as I like to call him) blessed us with his presence at the school for an all-school assembly / workshop. Later that evening he played […]

Snuggle Up To Shakti

Snuggle Up To Shakti

I’m teaching a class on New Year’s Day at my favorite Minneapolis yoga haven YOGA Garden. As I thought about what I would use for a theme, I wasn’t too excited about the regular old 108 salutations, or the popular Sankalpa (“inspired intention”). While those are great ways to inspire and start your new year […]

MBSR Weeks 7 & 8: The Definition of Depth

MBSR Weeks 7 & 8: The Definition of Depth

Holy shit folks. It’s been a bit of an active couple of weeks. Like most of you (probably?), I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed, and its taken me until now to sort out what it is that I’m even feeling about my life, our lives, the collective. Let alone have something cohesive to say in […]

MBSR Mindfulness Weeks 5 & 6: TIME

MBSR Mindfulness Weeks 5 & 6: TIME

Hello readers! If you’re just jumping in, I’m taking a course this fall on mindfulness at The Marsh in Minnetonka, MN, and I’m dedicating my yoga blog to document and share my experience through the middle of November. I had to miss the majority of class 5, due to a work obligation that was unavoidable. […]

MBSR Mindfulness Week 4: Discipline

MBSR Mindfulness Week 4: Discipline

This week’s class reminded me that even if you have been practicing yoga, mindfulness, breathing, meditation, etc. for a number of years, WOW if we don’t still have ingrained patterns. Mine? Issues with discipline… Which also reminded me that the point of this stuff is not to “fix” something. (Which seems counter-intuitive, I know.) The point of […]

MBSR: Mindfulness Weeks #2 & 3

MBSR: Mindfulness Weeks #2 & 3

So, I live in a bubble. Actually, we all live in a bubble. We usually don’t like to THINK that we live in a bubble. It’s much nicer to our ego to assume that we are worldly and aware. Except that what we know from science, and what we know from practice, is that our […]

How

How

Ok, you’re stuck.

But when we don’t know HOW to get better, move past it, get over it, shrug it off, push through, etc., it can feel like a lost cause. We all – myself included – have fallen subject to that old voice that tells us that we’re different… a loner… an odd ball out.