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Chucks & pearls for new beginnings

Jan 19, 2021

Are you planning to watch the Inauguration on Wednesday, January 20th? It will probably be the most interesting Inauguration Day yet, considering we are still in the middle of a pandemic, and still perhaps reeling from the events of January 6th. In honor of Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris, I ordered a fun t-shirt to wear (in the house, socially distant) that has a fun pair of Chuck Taylors, a pearl necklace, and says “Chucks & Pearls, Kamala Harris, 2021”. As a Black Woman,...

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5 simple steps to start a daily practice

Jan 15, 2021

Q: One of my New Year's Intentions was to start a daily practice. I’m frustrated because I haven’t started yet! How do I get started? 

 

I find certain times of the year lend themselves to me creating new habits or routines for myself: the New Year, the Solstices & Equinoxes and my birthday. But remember, EVERY DAY is a new day, a new opportunity, to start anew, to recommit, or to pivot. So the fact that it's not a certain time of year is not meant to be another...

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Do I find this person difficult? Or do I find this person's VIEWS difficult?

Jan 13, 2021

Was last Wednesday a hard day for you? It was for me. It was difficult and challenging to watch people storming the Capitol building in our nation’s capital. 

As much as the events of the day may have evoked emotions from me, I also found myself extremely sensitive to the many posts and comments that were coming through on social media. 

Politics can become heated very quickly. Many of us avoid having these discussions with people we spend time with because we want to protect...

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Do you expect yoga teachers to promote themselves?

Jan 08, 2021

Jodh and I teach yoga because our practice transformed us, and we felt called to pay it forward. We imagined that having a positive impact on others through yoga  would be incredibly fulfilling work, and we were deeply drawn towards it. 

We know we’re not alone in this. 

It’s not to say they don’t exist, but we haven’t personally met yoga teachers who go into teacher training with an audacious business plan with dreams of making a killing. Usually,...

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Try. We've got your back.

Jan 05, 2021

If you’ve ever taken a class with me via Zoom, at some point you probably noticed an adorable little ShihTzu stroll by, run by, lay down in front of the camera with a toy, or maybe even crawl into my lap while I teach. In his own little way, my sweet Furbaby Benny enjoys practicing yoga with his Momma. Now that we have snow and ice on the ground again, I always worry about Benny’s little paws. He won’t let me put boots on him, or anything to protect his paws before we go...

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What do we mean by strengthening the nervous system?

Dec 31, 2020

We talk about the nervous system a lot in Kundalini Yoga. But what does it mean, to strengthen the nervous system? 

It took me years of practice to really understand this system, but one day it just clicked.

I was driving down a pretty narrow street, there was a group of cyclists riding toward me when all of a sudden a car came barreling down the street (in the same direction as the cyclists) and moved into my lane to pass the cyclists. He was moving fast and right toward me. There were...

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The end result should never, ever be about you feeling worse about setting a goal to improve your life

Dec 29, 2020

IzzyJi's end of year message in her Yoga off the Mat series.

Well, it’s that time of year again, when even during covid, we see an increase in commercials for: gym memberships, weight loss companies, cook-your-own-healthy-meal deliveries, etc. Companies bank on the fact that people are currently thinking about making a change for the new year. If you are like me, you may be beating yourself up for not sticking with last year’s resolution. You may be hoping to “do...

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Lace up your shoes & get set for 2021

Dec 28, 2020

In many ways, January 1, 2020 doesn’t seem that long ago. 

And yet so.much.has.happened. 

 

At the beginning of the year, I was setting my goals and considered running two marathons this year. As I weighed my responsibilities, time and other goals, I decided it wasn’t feasible for 2020. 

Yet here we are at the end of the year and I actually feel like I ran the two marathons… and then some. 

 

Marathons require months of training and...

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11 Guidelines for Spiritual Parenting

Dec 24, 2020

I was asked for some guidelines on spiritual parenting.  


Me and my kids, 2010.  

Here's what I picked up over the last 22 years (I just empty nested this year!).     

  1. Children grow up treating themselves - not the way you treat them - but by the way you treat yourself. So exercise good self care and boundaries, and this includes with your child!
  2. Tantrums are children's way of saying they aren't feeling seen or heard. Distractions...
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The Most Important Lessons of 2020

Dec 22, 2020

What a year 2020 has been. At the beginning of the year, I became a yoga teacher (!) and learned quickly that even when you teach, you never stop learning. You learn from your students, and you learn from your experiences.

2020 has certainly been a year of uncertainty and challenge for many of us. A year of frustration, anxiety and fear. It has been a year of destruction, change, and hurt. It has been a year of illness, medical crisis, and heartache for many families due mainly to covid, job...

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