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Answers to the top 5 questions about how to choose a yoga teacher training program.
May 31, 2019

During my first year as a yoga studio owner, I received an e-mail from a woman who was considering taking a 2-week yoga teacher training program in Mexico. She asked me if, as a studio owner, I would hire somebody who had completed that training. I wrote back to commend her on having the common … Continue reading Answers Read More >>

Social courage comes from healing your voice. Here’s one place to start.
May 24, 2019

People who know me now might be surprised to learn that I was pathologically shy as a child. I didn’t speak up in class, I quit my piano lessons because I was too embarrassed to talk to the teacher, and I made my mom do all of the speaking for me in public places.  Discovering … Continue reading Social courage comes from h Read More >>

Plant Your Dreams! A springtime Yoga & Creativity Retreat
March 17, 2019

Plant Your Dreams: Yoga & Creativity Retreat A weekend of nourishing yoga & creative practices, balancing inspiration and restoration. With Kate Holly At Heaven and Earth Retreat, Banks, OR May 3rd-5th, 2019 $375-$495 depending on lodging choice (includes all retreat programming, meals, snacks and lodging for 2 nights/5 meals) The return of spring can stir … Continue readi Read More >>

The Yogic secret to surviving winter.
January 16, 2019

When I was studying Ayurveda, there was one concept in particular that stuck with me, and has guided a lot of my intuition about my own health and self-care routines. The idea is a simple image: think of an inner flame that burns quietly and constantly, held close to the center of our bodies in … Continue reading The Yogic secret to surviving winter. Read More >>

Are you coming to yoga?
April 11, 2018

I’d like to share a little story:  One of my early yoga teachers was a man named Bill Counter, who was also the original owner of Yoga Bhoga, and the first person to officially hire me as a yoga teacher. I was once like so many of you: a burgeoning yogi seeking a home studio, … Continue reading Are you coming to yoga? Read More >>

Should yoga be “comfortable”?
March 22, 2018

Should yoga be “comfortable”? The word “comfort” is a loaded one. We all need and deeply crave comfort from the moment we are born. We may associate comfort with the nurturance of a parent, the supportive words of a friend, or the relaxing sensation of sinking into a warm bath to soothe our aching muscles. … Continue reading Should yoga be “comfortable”?Read More >>

Overcoming the myth of the body object.
January 26, 2018

Today, I am 38 years old. Yesterday, I took a yoga class with my teacher, Todd Jackson, a modern day wizard of bodywork who likes to offer such cues as “let the inner edge of your left lung relax forward”. The first time I took a class with him, about 10 years ago, he was … Continue reading Overcoming the myth of the body object. Read More >>

Intention Setting Part 1: Want your Resolutions to stick? Meet the 5 parts of yourself that you need to know better.
December 31, 2017

You may set a Resolution for yourself this New Year’s Day, and the resolution will trigger a cycle of excuses, resistance, self-judgement, self-admonishment, self-indulgence, and on and on, until you want to give up...As you are getting ready to don your party hats and ring in the New Year, I encourage you to notice who you are inviting to the party with you. Set your intentions from a place of compassion and respect for yourself, and those resolutions may finally break through this year. Read More >>

Find the deeper meaning of gratitude.
November 22, 2017

Gratitude is one of those words that has been used so much it almost seems to lose its meaning. We have probably all experienced the invitation to give thanks for what we have around a Thanksgiving feast, but enthusiasm for this activity can vary greatly (or is that just my inner eye-rolling teenager projecting her complaints?). I probably don't need to tell you that research has revealed many profound health benefits of gratitude, but how do we access our deepest well of true thanks? Read More >>

Show the world you’ve got that fire…
October 27, 2017

6 tips on building a healthy inner fire for the winter to keep you motivated on your self-love journey. Read More >>

Insider trading tips for your life.
August 11, 2017

I’m not sure when it started, and I don’t think I even knew I was doing it at the time, but as I look back on the major life decisions I have made, I realize that I am an investor. I don’t have stocks. I don’t have bonds. I have far more in student loan debt than I have in savings, but I have been playing the market of life and experiencing a positive ROI for as long as I can remember. I have been investing in myself. Read More >>

Getting past my yoga savior complex…
August 2, 2017

Two weeks ago, the yoga community was shocked and saddened by the news that the well-loved and very talented teacher of yoga and Buddhism, Michael Stone, died of an overdose related to his bipolar disorder. I never met Michael, though I had begun to dabble in his work. I recently completed one of his online … Continue reading Getting past my yoga savior complex… Read More >>

Resilience for the Resistance.
May 31, 2017

I know I am not the only person in Portland who is heartbroken this week after the tragic and senseless loss of two local heroes: Rick Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche. I have found myself experiencing grief, fear, anger and blame in the days following the hateful act that took their lives. I have found myself succumbing to the familiar sympathetic nervous system response: Fight or Flight. I have had thoughts of rage and thoughts of moving to Canada. Through all of this, there is that ever Read More >>

Everyone carries a shadow.
May 5, 2017

Yin controls Yang. Balance between the two will occur, whether we invite it or not. With our Yang-dominant culture, we reward those who overcome obstacles and exhibit strength, but we undervalue the need to rest, restore, be still and experience silence. We push ourselves to do more, get more, be more, while putting off our innate need for mystery, passivity, slow processing and inner quiet. I hear story after story of people pushing themselves to the point of injury or illness--that breaking po Read More >>

Why I love Yoga Conservatory.
April 27, 2017

There are a lot of Yoga Teacher Training programs out there, which is why I want to make sure that if you are looking for one, you find the RIGHT one out of all the noise. Here at Yoga Refuge, our teacher training program is unlike any other, and its also important to us that we find the right candidates who are a perfect fit for what we are doing. I wrote a little ode to the things about Yoga Conservatory that make me swoon, which I hope will help you prospective trainees make an informed dec Read More >>

Fundraiser focus: Ghost Ship Oakland fire
December 8, 2016

Last month, we raised $900 for Standing Rock, in a packed class of joyful faces on Thanksgiving morning. I am truly grateful for the generosity of this community! For December, I had originally planned a fundraiser for Unite Oregon, but we will be pushing that one forward for a more timely need. I have decided to dedicate our December fundraiser to victims of the Ghost Ship Oakland Fire. Read More >>

How to Trust the Friendliness of the Universe (even when Disaster is Imminent)
April 13, 2016

The other day I was listening to a podcast from one of my favorite Buddhist teachers, and was inspired to bring her question into my Wednesday morning yoga class: Can we trust in the friendliness of the Universe? Even just saying the phrase “the friendliness of the Universe” makes me breathe a sigh of relief, so I have been staying with this powerful inquiry over the last few weeks. Read More >>

Talk to me like the Rain, and let me Listen…
March 27, 2016

(A love letter to my patient and wise body.) About two weeks ago, amidst the endless flow of work and childcare and work and childcare and a little bit of sleep and work and childcare and work and childcare, I caught a cold. The cold had been in my house, making the rounds amongst the toddler, the husband and the baby, and my body held off for as long as it could. Through nights of harrowed and broken sleep (sick baby), through days when no meals were planned and no yoga was done, through w Read More >>

Why should I Care? On bridging the gap between Self-Care and Societal Care
March 19, 2016

I have noticed a distinct difference between those in my community who are healers, practitioners and nurturing personalities who advocate Self Care, and those in my community who are more connected to practical, political and legislative solutions to the problems of the world, an emphasis on what I will call “Societal Care”. There is an unfortunate and false dichotomy that often arises between the priorities of these two communities, and I am on a mission to advocate for a more int Read More >>

It was a Dark and Stormy Night…
January 4, 2016

It was a dark and stormy night... And after a day of fun snowflakes the ice took over, and the power line snapped in my neighborhood. From 4:30pm until 2am my family was thrust into the camping life (let's be honest, it was really more like "glamping".) We made fresh pasta by candlelight, we played "treasure hunters" with our headlamps, but underneath the surface was a tension at the radical shift in our lifestyle. Its very uncomfortable to change habits, isn't it? We had Read More >>