Tuesday, June 16, 2015


“There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy.  It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out from unseen roots of all created being.”
~ Thomas Merton

Friday, June 6, 2014

Pie...  More specifically humble pie.  Ya know the kind where we're forced to swallow our pride just bit, chew on it, ruminate and then digest.  In this case, I'm talking figuratively.  So I had a revelation this morning while doing my practice, yoga/asana practice...  I thought here we go again, my damn ego is back, sigh...
First, let me give you the back story.  I'm a 52 year old yoga teacher, fitness instructor, pilates teacher and have been for many years.  I think I'm pretty good at what I do.  And after all these years I still enjoy what I do immensely.  But at 52, let's be honest I got some stuff I have to deal with. I've had a hip replaced, a knee operated in various ways three times, and hot flashes have begun to enter my world, oh joy!  I know in the grand scheme, big deal.  I'm still moving my body with relative ease and continue to do my job with said relative ease.  So what's my problem?  Well, nothing new, I like probably a lot of us, continue to grapple with the ever present question.  Am I good enough?  Can I still offer enough to my students, am I still of value, ya know that kind of stuff.  When these ego driven thoughts arise, I usually tell myself, hey that's ego again, tell her to be quiet and then I move on.
But recently, Ms. ego/humble pie have collided a lot, sigh again.  So what's a yogi to do?  Well, I've decided, and I do think it's a decision, to accept my body, say thank you for what you can do, continue to do my best and you got it, move on.
Back to Pie, which is one of my favorite things.  :)  Some times, it truly is cathartic to eat that damn humble pie.  Like all good medicine, in the end the process/pill will help you. So what's the moral to this self-indulgent over share?
Be kind.  Always be kind, to yourself and others.  You never know what sh*t they are living with.  Always with love...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ever Evolving... ♡

Dear Friends,  My last post not so long ago was to announce that I had finally achieved the training and education level of Anusara-Inspired.  So it is with crazy irony that so soon after, I now announce that I am resigning my license with Anusara Inc.  After much reflection, reading of many eloquent posts, prayer and just plain listening to my own inner voice.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Trusting with a capital T...

Trust in yourself…
Trusting in your self is a simple, beautiful concept.  A concept, that can have many connotations.  To trust oneself fully, in ones abilities, ones knowledge and perhaps most importantly ones unspoken intentions behind your actions is a life-long practice.  To fully trust ones self requires for most of us, practice, for me a lot of practice.

Monday, September 12, 2011

FYI for my beloved fellow yogis...
Coming soon to our area, certified Anusara Instructor, Betsy Downing!
I'll be there, come play beside me!  ♡

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gateway Yoga Blog...

Courage, Fear, Trust, these were the thoughts running around my head recently while discussing transformation in practice class last week.   I was envisioning a coin, with one side courage, the other fear and Trust floated above this coin.  On occasion the coin would stop and land with courage face up, then I looked up to see Trust and thought; OK, take this Trustful hand and let it guide and nurture you.  So why were courage, fear and trust running around my brain?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

About Me...

My first introduction to yoga was an Ashtanga Yoga workshop at the Y, back in ~ 1998.  I had been a fitness instructor for years; since 1987, teaching several types of classes, but this yoga workshop blew me away!  I found a modality of movement, that wasn’t just movement, it was spiritual as well.  I loved the combination.