Archive | December 31, 2013

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My Month as a Vegetarian

My Month as a Vegetarian

During Kangeiko/Winter Yoga Renewal, I committed to eating vegetarian. There are lots of really good reasons* to eat a vegetarian diet, but mostly I just wanted to see if I could do it. You see, I’m from the Midwest, the heart of the United States, meat and potato kind of folks, it’s just what I […]

No Blood, No Band-Aid

No Blood, No Band-Aid

This policy has saved our family thousands of dollars in first-aid expense. Okay, maybe not thousands of dollars, but the point is, we usually only use bandages when we really need them. It started out as a motherly pet peeve of just wastefully using up bandages and leaving a trail of wrappers and tabs along […]

Winter Yoga Renewal

Winter Yoga Renewal

It’s that time of the year when New Year’s Resolutions are all the rage. Forget the resolutions and join me on a Winter Yoga Renewal. About five years ago, my sister introduced our family to Kangeiko. This is the traditional intensive Winter training practiced by many martial arts. The purpose is to commit to strengthening […]

8 Things for Beginner Yogis

8 Things for Beginner Yogis

Being a Yoga Teacher is like being a parent in many ways. One major parallel is wanting to share everything you know, so your students can avoid the same pitfalls or learn the same lessons you have. As with parenting, these pitfalls and lessons have to be learned at your own pace with your own […]

Upside Down: A Weekend with Brock and Krista Cahill

Upside Down: A Weekend with Brock and Krista Cahill

I had the opportunity recently to attend two classes/workshops with Brock and Krista Cahill. The married California-based yogi team ventured to Omaha for a weekend of workshops at my home studio and made a BIG impression. I have to admit, before they came I had preconceived notions about the class and the teachers in general. […]

Praise to the Sun!

Praise to the Sun!

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today is the Summer Solstice, the day with the longest period of sunlight. It’s the day that summer officially arrives, one of my favorite seasons. So, today, let’s celebrate the sun and celebrate summer. A traditional yogic celebration can include, of course, sun salutations or Surya Namaskara. […]

Finding Balance

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance, order rhythm and harmony.” -Thomas Merton (monk, poet, social activist) Hard and soft. Ebb and flow. Yin and yang. Teeter and totter. Life is a balancing act. The thing about balance is that it requires constant adjustment, alignment and calibration. Balance is important in every […]