The importance of self-care (plus a few low-cost ways to enjoy self-care)

Finding time for self-care can be challenging, but it’s more than worth the effort. I find that self-care gives me reduced muscle tension, less stress, and a calmer disposition. Even just a few minutes of focused down time can be just the trick for easing jittery nerves. Instead of falling prey to the well-worn Netflix-and-zone-out…

When emotional pain becomes physical pain

In yoga we try to become more aware of the mind-body connection, and sometimes that connection means that emotional pain is manifested in a physical way. I was reminded of this when my children’s great uncle passed away recently. One of my children fell onto their knee and proceeded to limp about for four days….

Have a friend over, already

A few months ago my husband, who is a pastor, met with a local therapist to absorb her wisdom on the issues facing our community. She mentioned that social disconnection is a reality many people face; people just don’t have as many social interactions as they did twenty or thirty years ago. Many of us…

Three Black Friday deals for yogis

I am loving that online retailers are beginning Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales earlier this year. Why? I’m not much of a Black Friday gal (preferring instead to hang out with my family and munch on Thanksgiving leftovers) and I always forget about Cyber Monday because I’m working all day and too tired to…

Yoga Playlist: R & B vibe.

I love a good Krishna Das song, but some vinyasas call for a different vibe. If you read my first post on songs for your yoga playlist, you know that I like to mix it up a bit in my yoga tunes. These days, I’m loving the soulful vibes, velvety harmonies, and rumbling bass  in…

Yoga won’t fix all of your problems; practice anyway

We yogis love yoga so much that sometimes we treat yoga as a panacea to all of life’s problems. It’s not. I’ve been acutely reminded of this over the past few months. Despite a near-daily asana practice, I’ve been in a consistent funk with no clear origin or exit. I’ve felt negative, I’ve doubted myself…

When you’re revved up to practice but your body is not

Sometime yesterday evening I noticed a little pain in my left hip flexor. I figured it was from sitting down on the floor while I worked on lesson plans for a couple of hours. I rubbed the sore spot, stretched it a bit, and went to bed. I woke up early today with big plans…

In praise of the long hold

An offhand caption on an Instagram yogi’s picture made me rethink my yoga practice — specifically, the amount of time I hold each pose. The caption basically said that if you want to see significant progress in a pose — particularly where flexibly is concerned — you need to hold the pose for at least…

For the love of the challenge!

If  your practice is feeling uninspired or you need some motivation on the mat, allow me to suggest a challenge. Web challenges, Instagram challenges, and in-studio challenges can be great ways to hold yourself accountable to a daily practice, or just to see consistent progress in your practice. So far, I’ve done two of Yoga…

What counts as yoga?

I mentioned a little while back that I’m trying to practice five to six times a week, which sometimes means I do a restorative or yin practice to give my body a break from the intensity of the faster-paced vinyasa style I usually enjoy. But on those slower paced days, I don’t feel quite as…

Scared of success?

Yoga is a great practice for unearthing feelings and habits we’ve buried. I think that’s why some people cry during hip opening poses — not from pain, but from a rush of emotions. Or why in difficult poses, we can fall into old habits of saying bad words to ourselves or finding someone place blame…

Southern-style mushrooms and grits (vegan or vegetarian)

After our sojourn across the Southeast and its culinary delights, I came back craving even more greens and grits. To satisfy that hunger, I whipped up these creamy, savory grits with a side of lightly sautéed red kale and Swiss chard. This dish is inspired by the coastal staple of shrimp and grits. I don’t…