Dill Your Own Cards

A gentle knock on the door shifts me out of strange sleep. “Monitchka…Monitchka. Time for coffee.” By the time I fluttered my eyes open, my piano teacher was already gone, leaving me with a hazy autumnal morning light reflecting against the closed door. It was undoubtedly a Sunday morning. Or a Saturday morning. Most of […]

Just Shut Up and Pray

I deactivated my Facebook account back in January for 5 months. Let me tell you, I never expected people to freak out. The inability to tag me or share social media content meant I may as well have just wiped off the face of the earth. The disappointment was palpable. When asked for how long, […]

My Mom, the Bully

Body image is a hot topic in this world. Between society’s pressure to look a certain way and the advertising world pushing a selling point and social media gone wild, there is hardly any room to breathe and just focus on yourself. The yoga world really isn’t any better. There is an underlying misunderstanding of […]

My lungs can(‘t) handle it

Poor lungs. Weak lungs. Walking 4 NYC blocks = instant panting and pain in the lungs, throat, neck, shoulders, upper back + profusely sweating and dizziness. My lungs can’t handle it. Easily 10 years go by 2002-2012 and my breathing condition only continued to worsen. So much time passed that I have no memory of […]

Hunched back + Hunched shoulders + Stiff neck = #^$%@!

Stress, challenge, anger, the back of the heart takes it all. You know the area: tops of the shoulders; neck; upper back; area between the shoulder blades. That is the back of the heart! This generous area helps shield the vulnerability of the front of the heart. Ustrasana – “Camel Pose” – is a supported heart-opener. […]

Why yoga?

I am not the feature model on the cover of The Yoga Journal. I did not start out super flexible and bendy, nor have I become so. My toes feel a mile away if I skip out on practice for a week. And most of the time I feel like I take more steps backwards […]

Open-faced Piggyback

Ever feel like all of the effort you spend on your posture goes down the drain by the end of the week? And sometimes it takes less than a week? Grab a friend, partner, co-worker, and try this heart opener to un-hunch your back. Begin standing back to back. Person 1 bends the knees and […]

Playful Scorpion

The forearm stand -Pincha Mayurasana- is a wonderful alternative inversion for the handstands, which can be a lot of pressure on the wrists. However, the forearm stand can be very challenging. There are many ways to build the shoulder strength to help hold the inversion, and also the lengthening and openness (think Gomukasana – Cow […]

Active Rest

This post is for instrumentalists or anyone with sensitive wrists who are looking for ways to build strength without compromising suppleness and fluidity of the hands/wrists and arms/shoulders. Balasana – Child’s Pose – is typically considered a restorative pose. But with a simple hand variation, this became the place where I began to find elongation […]