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My Struggles

As a yoga teacher I feel it’s important for me to share my struggles. I want to help lift the stigma around difficult or painful experiences. There is nothing wrong with experiencing struggle. I believe that the idea that an experience is “bad” is really what makes it bad. But when we can embrace a challenge as something valuable we can then deal with it in a way that transforms negative feelings into positive ones. But we first have to accept things, as they are, in order deal and then move forward. An experience is only as valuable as we make it. If we spend continuous energy applying counter pressure to suppress uncomfortable feelings then we waste our energy. But if we just let go.

Your Wishes

Make your wishes They may not come together like you expected But if you are patient you many find They come together better than you had hoped.

Esoteric in Yoga is Bullshit

Esoteric means intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest. Often the word spiritual is associated with the esoteric. And I totally disagree. I think that the nature of our spirit is quite tangible. When I think of handstands my energy perks up and I become “spirited.” When I think of my students I feel sentimental and my spirit becomes charged. When I think of violence and war my sprit grows disturbed. Our thoughts influence our feelings and our feelings impact our spirit. In the asana practice we also study how our movement impacts our spirit. I’m not sure why humans are addicted to complication but in so many ways we

What it Means to be a “User.”

For Christmas I wish for the yoga community more giving without expecting anything in return. As you can tell by my whole Instagram page- I am a big fan of giving things away. I believe in abundance and I have faith that things will come back around in one form or another… and they have. I am in the yoga business- but that doesn’t mean I don’t have some late nights coaching a student just because I care. I know my value and when it’s right I do charge for these mentorships, but I also have a heart and with that comes loyalty. So if an old student needs a friend. I’m there. I may not always know the right things to do or say, but I can still listen. One thing I have a bit of a gripe abo

300 Hr Advanced Teacher Training

Anyone who knows me, and even some who don’t, know that as technically knowledgeable as I may be, my real super power as a teacher is believing in and empowering my students. When I tell someone: “you can do this” – it resonates because I do it from the bottom of my soul. The weight of my words comes from truly seeing another’s unique talent. I am so excited about this upcoming TT because part of it is about how and why I do what I do in the classroom to cultivate that extraordinary power and vibrancy. I will share intimate details about my thought process and how I ground myself, as I play with physical and spiritual energetics. Then I will get to learn from you, my student teachers, ab

The Days of “Teacher Knows Best” are Dying

I am hoping that the days of “teacher knows best” are dying and individual logic and instincts triumph. The experts, the media, our gurus, rulers, teachers, family and even friends are all fallible. It’s good to be respectful. Listen, learn, collect different perspectives. But then do what feels right in your gut, mind and heart. And if you feel unsure or if your instincts fail, give yourself permission to be human. Most of us have spent our lives allowing outside information to override our feelings. Just keep practicing and you’ll get better. Eventually you will find your unique voice and path that is more magnificent than anything anyone else could have prepared for you. Practice ha

How I Became an International Yoga-Teacher

Often people ask me how I became an international yoga-teacher. Well amazingly, in a world where marketing and image is everything my career started based on word of mouth. Before moving to Singapore I was actually meant to be an Acupuncturist. I went to five years of graduate school and passed 5 board exams to be able to call myself a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in California… but when we moved for my husband’s career the strict laws in Singapore forbade me from practicing medicine. So I did what I had done everyday for the past 16 years of my life- I went to yoga. (Cont below video) I had always seen myself as more of a yoga practitioner than a teacher. I showed up as a stude

In Service to Something You Love

Last month I had quite a bit of drama going on in my personal life. I was telling one of my students about it right before class and as we were walking in she expressed concern about my teaching with all the stuff on my mind. I told her “when I am teaching all my problems go away. I disappear and all that there is is you and the question of how can I better serve you.” … it’s all the hours outside the classroom that I have to deal with my personal reality. I ALWAYS give %110 percent always and it feels amazing! I love teaching so much! It’s a wonderful thing to forget yourself in service to something you believe in. Still life doesn’t just exist in that magical vacuum. And so I go home,

Desire and Alignment

When your desires align with the thoughts in between your thoughts, you will be living your dreams. Here’s how I practice: I observe my actions, the things I say, the things I do and also I observe the way others relate to me. I take total accountability. Then I meditate. Then I take action. And then I celebrate!🎉

Not Good Enough is Still Okay

One of my students has been going though a rough patch and she recently told me: “sometimes what I think is my best is not good enough.” I told her that I could relate to that thought. I then shared with her another thought that I carry with me which helps: “even when I mess up I know that my heart was in the right place and that fact makes me happy- it keeps me confident and humble.” I don’t expect myself to be perfect in any way. And the permission I give myself to mess up is what helps me stay relaxed. The awareness that my heart is pure makes me confident. And history has shown me that if I keep trying, things will get better eventually. 📸 @_in_the_flow_

Creating Stimulating Conversation

I hate small talk, but I am constantly meeting new people. I’m also meeting people whose backgrounds and lives are very foreign to me. So how do I avoid surface conversation? I take it upon myself to set the tone. I usually do a combination of these two things. 1) I share something that’s on my mind, which is personal but not intimate. Example: “It’s been hard being away from my husband for 6 weeks.” Although it isn’t exactly positive conversation it’s what’s on my mind and it’s relatable. 2) I ask people questions about what makes them tick. Example: “I saw you look over there and smile. What are you thinking about?” I love learning about how different people process information. It’

Forget Yourself in Service to Something

Last month I had quite a bit of drama going on in my personal life. I was telling one of my students about it right before class and as we were walking in she expressed concern about my teaching with all the stuff on my mind. I told her “when I am teaching all my problems go away. I disappear and all that there is is you and the question of how can I better serve you.” … it’s all the hours outside the classroom that I have to deal with my personal reality. I ALWAYS give 110% always and it feels amazing! I love teaching so much! It’s a wonderful thing to forget yourself in service to something, some amazing people, that you believe in. Still life doesn’t just exist in my magical classroom

Making It Work in Your Body

I’m adamant about being inclusive and have found #Astavakrasana to be the easiest arm balance for most beginners to find their first real lift off the floor in intermediate classes. The posture requires a fair amount of hip and shoulder mobility but less core and arm strength than crow pose. Beginners can cheat the pose by keeping their arms mostly straight. 😉 · The key is go be sure the leg is ABOVE THE ELBOW (on the triceps). 👍🏻 · Also be sure to move your hand back enough so that the leg gets locked in place. 👍🏻 · If your hand cannot reach the floor – put it on a block. 👍🏻 · To lift off push the floor away and pull your hips back.👍🏻 Making the pose happen for your newer stude

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