Have you noticed that most of what I talk about relates back to the yoga mat? I see many people who want to work on their balance. They mean they want to be able to stand on one foot without falling over. What I know is that standing on one foot will lead to balance in other areas of their lives.

Our culture can be extreme. I think it comes from a desire to have control in a world that seems out of control. Marathon runners, low/no carb diets, workaholics…these are all ways we can be out of balance. The reverse is true as well. Too much screen time, couch potatoes, procrastination are at the other end. Somewhere in the middle is sweet spot.

Yoga uses the gunas to help us find balance. Rajas is the active, driven, passionate guna which is full of ego. Tamas is slower, full of chaos, anxiety, and destruction. Sattva is the harmonious guna, the one in the middle where there is balance, purity, and peace.

We need all three gunas to keep the world moving forward. Our work is to try to stay in a sattvic state more than a rajastic or tamastic state. Use rajas and tamas when needed but strive for the balance that comes from sattva.

Easier said than done, right? This is why I encourage you to come to your mat, breathe deeply, and find a comfortable, easy tree pose. Learn to hold it through any wobbles of the body or the mind. Trust that you’re learning more about balance than standing on one foot. Balance in the body will become balance in the mind and finally in every day life. Or at least most days. After all, balance is a practice too.



Dig a Deeper Well

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my recent video about digging a deeper well. It talked about the idea that instead of abandoning your current path you should dig in and go deeper. I felt that I couldn’t do this topic justice in 60 seconds so here’s more.

We live in a highly “disposable” world. We like instant gratification and when we’re finished with something we often toss it aside. It’s one thing to buy a bottle of water, drink it, and throw away the bottle. It’s another thing to *fill in the blank*, have difficulty with *fill in the blank*, and walk away from *fill in the blank*. Yes, *fill in the blank* could be anything – a job, a relationship, a personal change (like a diet or exercise program), a hobby.

I’ll use yoga as an example. When people first try yoga they attend class for 6 or 8 or 10 weeks. It’s going along quite well. They feel stronger or more  flexible. They breathe deeper. And then they hit a wall. The body has adjusted, the mind is clearer, people feel present. All good things, right? So why do so many people stop doing a yoga practice at this point? Because it becomes uncomfortable. This discomfort is because it’s actually changing them at a deep level and change is hard and scary. So they go off to dig another well.

The video asked you to keep digging the same well. When the practice is hard keep practicing. When you get scared take a deep breath and move forward. When you have the urge to throw it all away and learn basket-weaving instead, please remember to love yourself and push through your doubts. It doesn’t have to be perfect all the time. The growth is worth the discomfort, I promise.

I’m not suggesting that you stay in a dead-end job or abusive relationship. I’m asking you to be truthful about why you don’t want to dig this well. Is it truly because there’s no water at the bottom or because you don’t believe you deserve to drink from the well.




Why I Join a CSA

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. I want to share my experience with CSA’s.

Many years ago I read several books about food that changed the way I viewed the produce on my table. “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver was one of those books. “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan was another. I made the decision for my family that I wanted to eat local first, organic second whenever possible. So, I support as many local food based businesses as I can, including a CSA.

I’ve been in 3 or 4 different CSA’s over the years and each is slightly different. Most  require you to pay at the beginning of the growing season for the entire season. Each week you receive a box of produce from what they harvest for 20-26 weeks.

Being in a CSA brings me closer to my food. I’ve learned what grows well here in Indiana. The farmer sends a weekly email about what’s planted, what needs water, what has bugs, what’s doing well, and what isn’t. I get a sense of his process. I can visit the farm and see my food in the ground. I can shake the farmer’s hand and thank him for nourishing my family. I can see how my support helps to nourish his family.

I receive a variety of produce and a lot of it. Not just stuff I want or like but what’s naturally available at any given time over the summer. That sparks my creativity as I plan meals around the massive amount of produce in my kitchen. I often have enough to share with family and friends. I’ve learned to preserve food. We eat produce from the farmer all winter long. And trust me, you’ll never feel as healthy as you do after a summer full of fresh produce.

There are still spots open in my CSA. If you’re interested I’m happy to share details or answer questions. A google search will bring up CSA’s in your area. And if you participate in a CSA now please share your experience with us.






Juicing and Blending

Juicing has been a hippie health practice since the 1960’s. Super green smoothies have become very popular in the last decade. Do both seem a little extreme to you? Do you wonder if there are benefits or if it’s all hype? Do you turn your nose up at anything green?

I teach a class designed to bring understanding to these crazy drinks. There are differences – you juice to meet certain needs and blend (as we call it) for others. There are similarities too. Both are full of nutrients. Both are an excellent way to add servings of vegetables and fruits to your diet. Both can facilitate wellness and healing.

My favorite thing about both is that you can be creative. A juice or blend should reflect what you need, what you like, and what you have on hand. With the right equipment both are easy to make and you’ll find something for everyone in your household. I know dogs who enjoy a good green smoothie from time to time. No, really! They love it.

The best part about the class is that we’ll make a few juices and a few blends so you can taste what’s possible. I’ll send you home with recipes and resources to help you get started. Then you can amaze your family and friends with all kinds of deliciousness.

The next class is Saturday. Sign up here by Friday at 5:00. And watch for another chance to take this class soon.



The Number Three

images-1Oh the joy of the number three! With so much artistic energy and imagination,  you’re sure to express yourself under the influence of the three. Three is an emotional number that likes to spend time with family and friends and takes the time to slow down and enjoy the ride. Pleasure is a key principle of three.

When the three shows up in your life it’s a time to use your vision to improve your life and/or the world. You’ll either be inspired or be inspiring. Either way, let the creativity flow! This is a time to turn dreams into reality.

Three loves to love. It has an inclusive feel to it. Many interesting experiences come with a three. A three has a certain flair the other numbers lack.

How does three impact your life? Is it a number that resonates with you? To learn more about numerology and the energy of the number three visit the website. It’s easy to schedule your personalized reading from there.






The Number Two

From a numerology standpoint, the number two has a peacemaker vibe. It asks us to be diplomatic and cooperative. To get the most out of the number two we need patience. The two is sincere and gracious.


What we start under a number one we continue with a two. Partnerships are formed. We gain an understanding that we can work together to achieve goals. There is a sense of cooperation and consideration.

The number two has a spiritual, meditative influence. It thrives in the light. It most often works for the benefit of the many instead of the few.

Does the number two resonate with  you? I’d love to share how the number two influences you and how all your numbers guide you on your path in life. Visit the website for information and to set up an appointment.




Why Do You Use Essential Oils?

This is another question I get a lot. I’m all about a holistic approach to life and to wellness. For me, that means I use a variety of natural solutions. Things like the neti pot and ear candles are common at my house. I view self-care as a holistic way to stay well. I also try to use commercial products with fewer ingredients that are eco-friendly when I can. That doesn’t mean I don’t see a doctor or ever buy Clorox wipes. For me it’s not one or the other, it’s both. Natural solutions can be easy and work well. Essential oils fall into this category.

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and they’ve been used for a variety of purposes. They were used in biblical times as part of a spiritual practice or ritual. EO’s (for short) are used in many household products from cleaning supplies to health and beauty aids. There’s a high likelihood that you use a commercial version of EO’s and don’t even realize it. Where do you think that lemon scent comes from in your Lemon Pledge?

The EO’s I use come in a very pure, therapeutic grade. This gives them great potency – a little goes a long way. I use them in many of the ways I just mentioned. I add them to my dishwasher or laundry detergent. I put them in my mascara and moisturizer. I diffuse them to lift my spirits or purify the air in my home. EO’s can take the itch out of a bug bite, help relieve the muscle discomfort from a workout, and soothe a fussy child.

We’re surrounded by chemicals all day every day. We breathe them in. They come from our furniture, carpets, and cars. There are chemicals in much of what we eat and drink. I do what I can to limit chemical exposure for the people I love. EO’s help me do that. Plus, I feel active and in charge when I use a natural solution. I feel like I’m in control of my well-being.

It’s easy to get started with essential oils. I’m having a class at the studio on February 9, 2017. It’s free so come out and learn more. Register here.Oils



A Holistic Approach to Inspired Living

That’s the tag line for because my goal for the studio is more than yoga poses. I want to help people feel better physically, of course. I also want them to feel better mentally. I want them to find a spiritual practice that nurtures and elevates them. I want people to see that they are in charge of how they feel. I want them to know they can affect their health and well-being through the daily decisions they make. They can affect their whole self through simple holistic practices.

I wanted to create a space where I could share ALL my knowledge. Teaching asana is a great way to reach people and help them to start on a path. Once they’re on the mat I have a chance to teach them to breathe, to slow down, to be present. Then I can show them how to meditate or eat better or use an essential oil. I can share practical tips on food or sleep plus I get to introduce concepts like ahimsa (do no harm) or santosha (contentment).

Through all of that I hope to inspire people to look at their lives from a holistic view-point and to make changes that work for THEM. I want people to make lasting changes at a deep level so the life they lead reflects the peace within them. Maybe then they can inspire someone else to step onto the path to better living.

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I love to celebrate New Year’s Day. I love the idea that we can reset our lives and begin fresh each January 1st. It’s such a hopeful holiday. I love the idea of resolutions, although that word is a turn off for many. I looked up the definition…resolution – a firm decision to do or not  to do something. The synonyms are a great group of words like intention, decision, aim, plan, and resolve.

My #1 resolution (to do or to not do) for 2017 is to live a balanced life. There’s depth to this resolution. For instance, I want a balanced diet and balanced relationships. I want work/life balance. I should balance by checkbook. It goes on and on. Balance is kind of a never-ending proposal.

Here’s my #1 action step to help me achieve balance. Meditation. I know from experience that when I take the time to meditate a chain reaction of balance is set off. So it has to be a priority. It’s the cornerstone of my balanced life. There’s an old saying (maybe from the Buddha) – “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”  Through meditation we find more time for the things we feel are valuable and important.

What other actions steps do I need to achieve balance in my life?

  • Self-care which starts with meditation
  • Sleep well and rise early which starts with meditation
  • Do a better job of prioritization which starts with meditation
  • Let go which starts with meditation
  • Stay present which starts with meditation

That’s a partial list. As I write down what I want and create my action steps meditation comes up at every turn. This one practice is the key to balance for me in the coming year.

What’s your resolution? How does meditation fit into your plan? Let me know if I can help you with your meditation practice or with setting and achieving your goals in the coming year.



Why Meditate?

imagesMeditation gets a lot of hype but is this ancient practice for everyone? You bet it is! As a  yoga teacher and a health coach I would recommend a meditation practice to all my clients. But why?

Meditation provides clarity. We live in a 24/7 world. We have the ability to carry the internet in our hands. It’s possible to know anything at any time. Our minds become overwhelmed by all the incoming data. When an issue arises that needs our attention we often find it difficult to focus on just that one item long enough to resolve it. Mediation practice helps to quiet all the extra chatter and bring clarity to the issue at hand.

Meditation provides presence. Oh, how multi-tasking has taken a toll on us. We go 100 mph, in several directions at once, to do multiple tasks. How much do we accomplish? Are we doing things well? We feel disconnected even though we seem to interact more than ever. Meditation teaches us the value of only doing one thing. When we sit still, eyes closed, mind at rest in mantra, we are present. We can translate this to presence in everyday life.

Meditation provides connection. I would argue that in today’s world we miss connection. Connection with each other certainly and in a larger sense connection with Mother Earth, connection to our Source. Yes, I mean God or your version of A Higher Power. The stillness of meditation provides a space for us to re-connect (or maybe find that Source for the first time) to something larger than us. That something is there to guide and nurture us. That something makes us better because it connects us all.

If you don’t have a meditation practice I encourage you to start. If you don’t know where to start, I’ll help you. Check the website for information on meditation classes. At the studio we meditate each January 1 at 10:00am. No experience necessary. Please join us. You can sign up here.