Off the Mat….Living la Dolce Vita

Last week I returned from spending an incredible two weeks in Italy, where I taught yoga, practiced yoga, hiked the trails of Cinque Terre, and ate more pasta and gelato than should be legal for one person to consume. The trip was nothing short of amazing, but what I'm even more grateful for are the lifestyle upgrades I acquired while there, and am working hard to preserve now that I'm back. The Italians have a way of living, that is perfectly described in the phrase "La Dolce Vita," which Read more [...]

Meet Tara Stiles, The Rule Breaker

You may know Tara Stiles from her You Tube videos, in bed doing yoga with no makeup and tousled hair- looking radiant. Or maybe you discovered her through her much talked about kinship with Deepak Chopra, read one of her many books on yoga, or taken a class at Strala, the hot NYC yoga studio she founded. It doesn't really matter how you've heard of her, the point is- she's everywhere. Declared by Vanity Fair as the "Coolest Yoga Instructor Ever," Tara is back as yoga expert, with her new book Read more [...]

Back to School: Not Just for the Kids

Oh how I love September- it's like the new January.  A time to reconnect to our goals, get back to routine, send the kids back to school, and even go back to school ourselves. I've been practicing and teaching yoga for 15 years now, and as much as I love getting on my mat or meditation cushion each morning, sometimes I need more than my own motivation to get inspired. That's why a few times a year, I check out where my favorite mind/body teachers will be hanging out, and I make sure to get there. Read more [...]

My Go-To Nutrition Guru: Holli Thompson

  I don't just trust anyone with my well being anymore... from my acupuncturist, to my holistic MD, I choose the people who take care of my health very carefully- including those who have taught me what to put on my plate. Today I want to share with you a short interview with my good friend, and Holistic Health Coach, Holli Thompson. Although I've always been up on the latest and greatest health information, sometimes it's hard to sift through what's important to pay attention to and Read more [...]

The Last “Last Hurrah”

I hope you're having an incredible summer, full of sun, sea, sand, and adventure. I've been on vacation all week in Florida and woke up this morning feeling like I've had a few too many "last hurrahs." You know what I mean.... it's summer, you're at BBQ's, bringing the kids for ice cream more often- maybe a few extra margaritas just because. During the year you might find it easier to pass on the extra indulgence, but it's summer, it's hot, why not just one more night of "treating yourself?" I'm Read more [...]

When NOT to Practice Yoga

A few weeks ago I went to visit some friends in Richmond VA, (which was just voted the happiest town in America by the way), and fell in love with it. I always like to visit the local yoga studio when in a new town, and my friend recommended taking an ashtanga class. I hadn't practiced ashtanga in about 7 years, but knew the sequence, and was looking forward to a re-introduction to the practice. The teacher was great, and so was the class, up until the point I landed in chaturanga from a handstand Read more [...]

#MODIFYJULY

  It’s been a while since my #LoveYourAsana challenge, and I’ve gotta say, I’m SO excited to tell you about what’s next! From July 14 - July 28 I will be co-hosting #ModifyJuly, an Instagram challenge where I will be teaming up with Brendon Payne (@SequelLife_BP) to focus on modifications for common yoga poses. Modifications are often overlooked in many social media yoga challenges, and it can be discouraging when you see someone in a pose that you struggle with because you're Read more [...]

Why You Always “Get What You Need”

 “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”  ~Dalai Lama This morning I was in a rush. I normally make a huge effort to move throughout my day with ease, however after teaching a private and taking a leisurely yoga class, I felt "behind" on my work and didn't have time to waste....not for red lights or landscaping trucks carrying huge trees, which force them to slowly roll down the double lined, one lane, no passing street.  All I WANTED was for the Read more [...]

5 Tips for Practicing Yoga at Home

  You slept through your alarm for the 6am, you were driving carpool during the 9:30 am, and now your boss wants you to stay late and you'll miss the last yoga class of the day. Sound familiar?  There is something so energizing about practicing yoga surrounded by others, in a class at your favorite studio, but what's one to do when you can't make it there? No, you don't skip it, silly, you set yourself up at home with all the tools you need- then you can roll out your mat, no matter what Read more [...]

5 Things Yoga Taught me About Business

 I took my first yoga class 17 years ago, without a thought that getting flexible, strong, and calm would ever actually turn into a career. I'm so grateful to have found something I've got such a passion for, and am able to share with my community. It's been a great journey since launching my Xen Strength brand 3 years ago; filled with much success, but also many bumps in the road. Luckily, lessons learned from my yoga practice have helped me to move forward in my business, and also balance Read more [...]