Therapy, coaches, training: why are we never enough? 

I am entering a year in which I plan to hand over much of my administrative responsibility at the school I started 4 years ago. I do not want to leave the school, but to begin the process of training others in how the school runs. Much of the systems are out of my head […]

Angry Aggressive Yoga Teachers 

I have been working on a thoughtful and academically grounded piece on yoga teaching and yoga teaching institutions– still to come. But yesterday I witnessed a conversation that made me want to jump ahead of myself and say very clearly: hey yoga practitioners, let’s stop tolerating aggressive yoga teaching!  I was preparing to teach my […]

How do we create more equitable and sensitive classroom settings? 

I have turned education scholar Sonya Nieto’s principles of learning  into questions below. If institutions (and teachers) were to use these questions they could serve as part of a practice in holding themselves accountable to a more equitable, multi-cultural, spacious, and diverse learning environment. These questions might be:   Is this approach/setting allowing learning to […]

Creating a safe classroom: Engaging reflection and response 

  There are many ways in which yoga has a place in western culture and in which this informs what yoga is. Individual people with different life experiences and backgrounds have had different experiences that they bring with them to the learning environment. These inevitably interact with all of the other cultures represented. However, if […]

Teaching: Multicultural individuals, relationship, and radical presence! 

  Learning is an active experiential process, and it springs forth from experiences, cultural contexts, beliefs, interactions, and relationships. It is not a unilateral experience, even when the structure or context for learning may imply or suggest that it is. There is mutuality in relationship. Teachers are inevitably influenced by students and students by teachers. […]

On Becoming an Accidental Leader 

Four years ago, I founded a school. It seems absurd to say it, but in some regards, it was an accidental business; a purposeful founding, with no thought about how it would result in a business to run and manage. I met a woman at a local garden by chance when we were both there […]

Yoga, Asana and Practice: Attending to the heart 

Six years ago I was pregnant with my first son. I had been studying Iyengar yoga intensely for several years. During the pregnancy I completed my training with Patricia Walden. Being pregnant meant that going up for certification in the Iyengar system when finished, wasn’t possible. My birth had some complications and my asana practice […]

Tread Softly 

At a yoga Workshop last fall with Carrie Owerko, she read a poem by William Butler Yeats, that ends “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” At the time that she read this– last fall– I was navigating […]

Larger than this: ballads, liver donations, and story 

This morning I was listening to a favorite song, “When the Roses Bloom Again”— an old ballad sort of song about a solider going off to war. He promises to return to his sweetheart when the roses bloom again, but is killed. As he’s dying, he requests/promises/ wishes to be with her again someday. I […]

Apples, Halloween lights and Donuts: Love is the in Details 

Yesterday I peeled a bushel of apples. I made apple butter in the crock pot, apple coffee cake, savory apple turnovers. The house smelled of caramelized onions, apples, cinnamon and allspice. The air from outside, as my husband and almost 4 year old came in and out smelled of cooler air that somehow carries less […]