What does it mean to be Child Friendly? Community, Conflict, and Mindful Action 

I had an interaction at a local (and very hip) shopping market. My then 2 year old picked up a silicone Popsicle container and put the edge of it in his mouth.  They are on ground level– bottom shelf. I was turned away from him, right beside him, looking at the bread. His older brother […]

Mindful Time Management 

We are all visionaries, capable of bringing our gifts to the world. Yet, often we struggle to realize our visions.  The capacity to manage our time is a skill each of us has the capacity to develop in order to support our real gifts. Here is a mindfully based time management process (and, yes, it […]

Mindful Leadership 

There is a line from Rilke’s First Elegy that I have carried with me since college–  something I  return to remind myself of the importance of letting go– of opening my heart to the moment. “Don’t you know yet? Fling the emptiness out of your arms into the spaces we breathe; perhaps the birds will […]

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 […]

The tribes we lead 

These are the highlights that I loved in this video: Find something worth changing and then assemble and then spread. It only takes 1000 people Leaders are heretics; they can’t abide the status quo and so they organize They (who have been leaders) didn’t do it alone, or with ads, they did it with others; […]