Purva Karma

For the past week, my husband and I have been on type of Ayurvedic cleanse called Purva Karma.  Traditionally, Purva Karma is a preparation for main Ayurvedic cleansing actions, called Pancha Karma.  While Pancha Karma often requires stay in a retreat setting and daily care from Ayurvedic practitioners, Purva Karma is fairly simple to do at home under the guidance … Read More

Here we go . . .

I’ve started a new blog.  Why, you may ask, when I wasn’t consistent with the blog at Passionate Life Yoga?  Because although the argument could be made that things like redefining values, simplifying life, and mindfully working towards health and healing are all things that fall under the “yoga” umbrella, I felt pressured in my yoga blog to always tie … Read More

The Cycle Continues

Yesterday, the other members of my yoga teacher training and I came to the end of a cycle. We completed our 300 hour, professional teacher training program.  The past six months have been a splendid, steady road to learning, a place for establishing new friendships, and a warm, open circle for healing.  Here are 20 things I have learned from … Read More

How big is your pile?

I’m back to the blog after more than a month. I wish I was driven to write more.  I want to be able to write a blog everyday, or every other day, but honestly, at this time in my life I’m just not that inspired. I’d rather my blog be meaningful than sounding like a long list of Facebook status … Read More

Causes of chronic back pain and the truth about healing

How do you speak to your body? Do your conscious thoughts toward your body match your unconscious thoughts? Every time you get a compliment and reply, “Thanks,” is your body able to absorb that positive attention, or does your inner dialogue feed negative talk into the tissues and cells of your body?   I haven’t written since August because, quite … Read More

What are you cultivating?

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend three afternoons with Robert Birnberg, yoga teacher and scholar of yoga texts. Robert taught me many things during his lectures, but something that really stuck with me was about joy. We are all seeking to have more sustained joy in our lives. In fact, we do everything that we do … Read More


Two weeks ago, I started working with an additional physical therapist, one who works with the mechanics of the spine. While her fingers were placed along the bony protrusions of the sacrum and vertabrae (the spinous processes) I stood and sat, arched and slouched. Diagnosis one: My pelvis is twisted to the left. No kidding?!?!! That was interesting to learn … Read More

Yoga and my girl parts: the great debate

I’ll never forget that bitter-sweet day when my body decided it was time to step over the threshold into womanhood. It was Thanksgiving weekend, and I was at my grandmother’s house with my 30-odd cousins and 18 aunts and uncles. I was thirteen. I’d had an awful, cramping stomachache most of the day. That evening, I was wrestling on the … Read More

Life at 75 Percent: Fighting the Ego

Ah, glorious inversions! I just came home from a fabulous weekend of practicing and practice-teaching inversions with my new, beautiful group of yoga teacher trainers. It’s been less than a month since I started my 300 hour, professional teacher training through YogaWorks and Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, and I am loving every minute of it. Well, almost. The … Read More


It’s been a long time since I’ve written. And not because I didn’t have plenty to say, but I decided to follow the old saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” It wasn’t that I had a mouthful of hateful words to spout, but more that I’ve been in such a personal transition that nothing … Read More