Finding A Way Forward

I remember in my 20s wishing I could live a multitude of lives. It seemed like I would need to live more than one so that I could experience all the different possibilities I wondered about. What would it be like to live in California? What about New York City? I was...

The Space Between Dreams and Reality

About 10 years ago I moved to Paris to write and instead spent 4 months eating croissants and wandering the city desperately trying to speak French to those who didn’t insist on English. I barely opened my computer. I thought I just didn’t have the ambition to...

What Drew Me Into Yoga Philosophy

I bought my first book on yoga philosophy, a translation of the yoga sutras of Patanjali How to Know God, around the time of my first yoga class back in 2000. At the time I was practicing kundalini and was longing to understand better why yoga left me feeling so good...

What Are You Willing to Commit To?

Sometimes a yoga practice or meditation will get hit a nerve in such a targeted way that my inner body squirms. This beautiful meditation posted on Facebook earlier this month from meditation teacher Sally Kempton was spot on so I’m sharing. A beautiful question...

Feeling the Fear and Leaping Anyway

I’ve been reading and re-reading The Heart of Yoga as I prepare my first philosophy workshop. Specifically, I’ve been reading and re-reading about avidya, misperception, or misreading a situation. Teacher TKV Desikachar writes that we can’t really...

Stepping out of last year's story

I keep seeing stories on wellness and yogi websites about the importance of dropping stories. I’ve said it myself in class. And while it’s what we all want, it’s really hard to actually do. Stories are insidious. We bury them deep within ourselves as...