• Baby Steps: Change Takes Time. FUCK.

    If you’ve ever been to my yoga class, you have heard me say, “Baby steps. Remember, change takes time.” Nothing reminds you of the universal truth of this statement, like injury or illness. I had the Novel coronavirus. Covid-19. The Rona.     I went to bed on March 8th, 2020, and didn’t get up until April 10th, mostly. I say mostly because I got up on March 23rd (well, I was sitting ON the bed rather than IN it) and then went back to bed on March 24th. I am not exaggerating when I say I spent more than a few nights wondering if I would ever wake up.…

  • The No Pain No Gain Bullsh*t: Listen to Your Body

    One of the things I imagine my regular clients get tired of hearing me say is some version of “No Pain No Gain is bullshit.” This Cowboy Up mentality, a mainstay in Western fitness paradigms, aren’t excluded from yoga. In my thirty-five plus years on the mat, I’ve experienced the width and breadth of yoga practices. In a 2017 study, the University of Sydney published a study that showed ten percent of people who try yoga injure themselves, and up to twenty-five percent of people exacerbate existing injuries.   Hold up, Bitch. I thought yoga is supposed to be GOOD for you.   A yoga practice focused on healthy alignment…

  • Blankets Blankets Blankets

    With the flu making the rounds and now the covid-19 virus hanging around for DAYS, several people have asked about the blankets at the recreation center. As well they should.   Those blankets get washed once a year during the August shut down. Now, you may or may not care but I’m enough of a germaphobe to like to control my washing schedule. Just as I recommend investing in owning a mat  I also think if you use a blanket, you should likewise invest.   As my normal supplier is out of stock of what I consider primo colors, I did some poking around on Amazon. No surprise, the prices run…

  • I Don’t DO Yoga Pants

    I get around. Cycle. Pilates. Strength and Sculpt. And, yes, yoga. This means I get a lot of crossover clients. People who dig my style of instruction and decide to check out the other classes I teach. It’s how I get a lot of my male yoga regulars. They come to cycle or strength class and think I may be the ONE yoga instructor they can stand.   I know because they say it on the reg. “I think I should try your yoga class. I know I need to stretch more, BUT I don’t DO yoga pants,” they say this with emphasis. Like yoga pants is a requirement for…

  • I Thought Yoga Was Just Stretching

      It’s that time of year or rather the NEW time of year when my yoga classes are flooded with people who have been sold on the idea that yoga is good for them. Most of them come because they think it’s going to be stretching galore. Hint, it’s not.  

  • Real Yoga Doesn’t Need Music

    Fuck you. Oh, come on, you knew that was coming. Given my yoga brand, it’s fair to say I encounter a plethora of ‘true yogis’ who, despite their Zen, have all kinds of feelings about my message. This one is a common refrain. Real yoga doesn’t need music.   Again, I say take your Zen and shove it. I teach in a recreation center. At any given time, there are rec league volleyball games, basketball games, super sexy masculine weight droppers, and very loud conversations happening outside the door to our studio. Music helps us let go of those intrusions and gives us a chance to practice our Pratyahara and…