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Yoga Service: Personal Takeaways from the 2017 Conference

Every year in May, the Yoga Service Council brings together yoga practitioners and educators who work in the field service to the Yoga Service Conference at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. What brought me to this year’s conference was a desire to develop my teaching practice by participating in […]

By |June 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

On Loss & Grace (of the Divine Feminine)

When I was a little girl, my big dreams were to be a “grown-up” and to live in a big mansion with all of my girlfriends, have fun and be free for the rest of our lives. On career day, when my primary school in Milwaukee, WI asked students to […]

By |April 24th, 2017|blog|0 Comments

Uprooting the Seed of Hate

An Important But Hard Lesson

When I was 7 years old, I had a 2nd grade Language Arts teacher at my neighborhood school in Milwaukee, WI named Mrs. Brown. She was mean. She was one of those teachers that held a strict rule of law in her class, and her students didn’t […]

By |November 24th, 2016|blog|0 Comments

On Community & Bringing Magic Back to the Yoga Mat

One unfortunate by-product of becoming a yoga teacher for me is that sometimes my practice feels like it is no longer my own. I am often preoccupied by thoughts of my students and what I will offer them from my practice. I have never had the luxury of having enough time in my day to practice once […]

By |June 8th, 2016|blog|0 Comments

Six Classroom Management Strategies to Live and Breathe By

A few years ago when I decided to take on a position as a full-time Yoga Specialist at a charter school, I was ecstatic about the groundbreaking experience that lay ahead. It is also fair to say now, that I was totally naïve and in over my head regarding the […]

By |October 24th, 2015|blog|0 Comments

Soul-stice Inspired Yoga

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, the significance of which humanity has celebrated culturally for thousands of years. This year I took an active part in this celebration as a yogi and had the honor of teaching in the Times Square Alliance and

Athleta sponsored Solstice Times Square event in […]

By |July 10th, 2015|blog|1 Comment

The End of A Yoga Studio Era?

It’s funny the way things always come full circle. I can remember taking one of my first yoga classes at Rodney Yee’s Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, CA in 1998. I paid the $12 cost for class in cash (imagine, that was a lot for me then!), and put it […]

By |January 31st, 2015|blog|0 Comments

If You Build It, They Will Come

There is so much truth in the feminist position that asserts: when women are well, the whole of society benefits. It was such a treat to teach the women who came to class in Brooklyn at Welancora Gallery in Bedford Stuyvesant today. So far the group is tremendous: beautiful women (all African […]

By |January 26th, 2015|blog|0 Comments

A Return to My Yoga Roots

I love coming home. This is ironic since I basically ran away to a Connecticut boarding school at age fourteen with hopes of finding Mrs. Drummond and the girls of the 80s sitcom The Facts of Life. I longed to escape the depressed city (for Black people) of Milwaukee, WI and thereby disappear into […]

By |December 23rd, 2014|blog|0 Comments

Back Taxes? Try Yoga!

People who fall in love with yoga tend to get obsessed with it. They observe dynamic changes in their bodies and it excites them. They experience more freedom in the way they feel overall, and the euphoria around this achievement can’t be beat. These are also the students who will […]

By |December 1st, 2014|blog|0 Comments