Monday Mantra: Nest

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”  – Pema Chodron Inspired by Frankie’s post from yesterday about being a “freshman in life, ” I chose this quote in honor of all students starting back to school. That first day offers a special brew of … Continue reading

Off the Grid: Embracing Life’s Beginnings and Ends

This summer I took about a week off the grid to return home to Memphis, Tennessee. As a recent college graduate, it was a bit strange to return home outside of the scheduled “breaks” I grew so accustomed to as a student. Having to call out of work, reschedule meetings, and contemplate the repercussions of … Continue reading

Monday Mantra: Night

“What I take from my nights, I add to my days.” ~Leon de Rotrou, “Vencelas,” translated As a citydweller, my night experiences are more about lit skylines and nightlife than pondering life under the moon and stars. Due to light pollution, you can rarely see the stars at all. The buzz of activity decreases from … Continue reading

Drinking Vinegars: A Recipe & Accompanying Thoughts

Drinking Vinegars are perhaps the trendiest drink of the summer, but not without excellent reason. Sweet, sour, and refreshing, they fit the flavor profile of popular farm-to-table cocktails but without the alcohol. I’ve been drinking apple cider vinegar cut with seltzer for years to aid my digestion, and additional benefits include lower blood pressure and … Continue reading

Monday Mantra: Explore

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” –       Ralph Waldo Emerson This morning’s mantra is simple and playful. Every time I read this quote, my inner beast rises up. I want to skip town, run barefoot through a forest, climb a mountain, and bask in the sun surveying the world around … Continue reading

Off the Grid: Western Wonders

Seven years ago I seamlessly slipped into big city life, packing up what belongings I deemed necessary for my new life and settling into my tiny, cinderblock Weinstein dorm room on New York University’s ‘campus’ with the help of my parents. Shifting from suburban life in Wisconsin to a city with a personality as tremendous … Continue reading

On the Mat: Journey with the Teacher, Part II

In Part I, I told the story of my very first yoga class experience. In Part II, I wanted to share how yoga began to enter my life as a professional dancer. This post discusses some of the connections between yoga and dance that are at the heart of why I began to dive deeper … Continue reading

Monday Mantra: Receptivity

“Pranayama is not performed by the power of will. The breath must be enticed or cajoled, like catching a horse in a field, not by chasing after it, but by standing still with an apple in one’s hand. In this way pranayama teaches humility and frees us from greed and hankering after the fruits of … Continue reading

On the Mat: Journey with the Teacher, Part I

Over the next few weeks in August, I will be writing a series called “Journey with the Teacher”, sharing my journey from beginning student to teacher of the honored and ancient practice of yoga. Through this series, I also will offer advice and considerations for how to approach your practice and for selecting the right … Continue reading

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