Sri Desikachar has died – June 21, 1938 – August 8, 2016

“The light has expanded and is continuing to guide us beyond boundaries of space and time. After an extraordinary life of service and healing, Sir TKV Desikachar reached the lotus feet of the lord on 08 August 2016 at 2.45am India Time. The family is making arrangements for the funeral following the traditional Indian scriptures….

what are they teaching out there?

  The other night I was one of the speakers on this panel discussion in Chicago. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and I was invited to be on this panel by The Breathe Network.  The Breathe Network is an excellent online resource for trauma survivors looking for practitioners of holistic modalities and I am…

A student’s story: Real Yoga

What I do. My work is akin to that of a Medicine Woman. I dose intuitively as any good Medicine Woman does. What one student has to say, reprinted with permission.     “If talking did shit, we’d all be cured by now.” “That is a line from one of my favorite movies, Girl Interrupted….

Modern American Yoga (TM)

I no longer write as prolifically as I once did.  I started this blog in 2005 and the Yoga Blogosphere as changed tremendously in 10 years.  Modern Yoga Bloggers have forgotten whom their elders are. What some bloggers write about now I wrote about 3, 5, even 7 years ago: ageism, diversity, “slow yoga.”  “Slow…

Who are YOU?

“When we cling to an identity, we create rigidity within ourselves that limits our ability to engage spontaneously with the world. We become bonded to images of ourselves that have grown out of this rigidity, and anything that threatens these images has the potential to collapse our sense of self. We fear a loss of…

Yoga as Commodity

Much has been written in this blog and others about the material things of Yoga. Look over the last 10 years of Yoga Journal (or any other recent yoga magazine) to see how many ads there are to get yoga dudettes and dudes (although mostly the dudettes) to buy/consume things that we are supposed to…

Yoga for Emotional Balance — Chicago Training, May 1-3, 2015

“Trauma sensitive” or “trauma informed” Yoga is the new buzzword in Yoga training. Whether for domestic violence survivors, sexual assault survivors, or military vets with PTSD, Yoga for trauma survivors seems to be all over the place and that’s a good thing. If you’re in the Chicago area you can take my training at Ganesha…

Me and Anne Lamott: Happy Birthday to Me

I officially enter Yoga Cronedom next weekend.  This Ageless Hippie Chick — who was not supposed to see the age of 17 because I tried to kill myself when I was 16 — hits the big 6-0.  What a long, strange trip it’s been, and I’m not even talking about the yoga.  I am grateful…

I’m not dead. Or, how the yoga rubber meets the road.

Miss me? I used to be a prolific yoga blogger.  I used to be a well-known yoga blogger, once called a fierce voice in the yoga blogosphere, and was even quoted in the New York Times during the Tara Stiles controversy.  But everything has its expiration date. I got tired.  I got tired of writing…

life in these Yoga States (apologies to the Reader’s Digest)

WARNING: GUARANTEED TO PISS OFF SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE There are many things in this world that make me go hmmm……and one of them is the way yoga teachers are treated. My long-time readers know why I no longer teach weekly classes in studios and you can read my sorry stories here.    But over the years…