You Cannot Pour From An Empty Cup

Being a parent is hard. Being an adult is hard. It’s time to recognize that and cut ourselves a little slack. September is national self care month, and I want to say this right now – you cannot pour from an empty cup. It is not only ok to be a little self-ish, it’s a down right necessity if you … Read More

Self Care Tips for New Moms

Self-care isn’t just a bubble bath, or a pedicure. Sometimes it’s asking for help, saying “Yes” or even saying “No”. There’s this assumption that we moms have to do all the things. We have to take care of the baby, prepare nutritious meals, maintain healthy relationships, maintain our looks and somehow maintain our sanity too! So, what’s a new mom … Read More

Self Awareness On & Off the Mat

On our mats we put ourselves in challenging poses that require all sorts of twists, bends, balances and stretches and then we watch and listen to how our minds react.  While we are outwardly using the physical body in demanding ways, the real goal is turning the mind inward. This is the practice of svadhyaya (self study), one of the … Read More

Maitri – Loving Kindness

“Without Maitri renunciation of bad habits becomes abusive” -Pema Chodren   I love Pema and I love this quote. I can think of many times in my life that I’ve tried to change a bad habit or so called unwanted characteristic because somewhere I got the idea that I needed to be fixed. In those moments it always felt more … Read More

Cooling The Fire

I’ve been noticing the past couple of weeks that as the temperature rises outside, so does my internal thermometer.  I’ve been much more easily irritated, impatient and frustrated. I wondered what the heck was wrong with me? Then I remembered that summertime is the season of PItta, the fire dosha according to Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga.  In the … Read More

Vacation Calm…hardly!

Ok, this topic makes me laugh. When I promised to write this a month ago, I thought: This couldn’t be any easier! I’ll be in a small village in Crete exuding calm; sweating calm through my pores. I won’t need to find calm, calm is gonna hit me in the face. I’m gonna write the pants off this ‘calm’ thing … Read More

8 Things I Want You To Know

Hope you are enjoying the summer!   My family and I have spent a lot of time enjoying the amazing things San Diego has to offer during summer time!  I’ll keep this short and sweet with 8 things I’m excited to share with you! Some of the fun things we have done so far this summer are, San Diego Summer concerts … Read More

Adventuring Into The Unknown

Whenever we start a new adventure we enter into the unknown.  And even though there are feelings of excitement that come along with new adventures there are also feelings of overwhelm because of the many things we feel we do not know in new situations.     This feeling of overwhelm is something I hear commonly in my practice.  Whether … Read More

4 Things That Can Really Help

All too often, I hear from moms that they are overwhelmed. I’m always surprised when people ask me – “How do you do it? Three kids, a husband who works like crazy, and running a busy practice.” I never really stopped to think about it, but I think I’ve finally figured out a few ways to overcome feeling overwhelmed.   … Read More

Prayatna/Shaithilya

prayatna = effort; shaithilya = letting go or ease   There is a yoga expression that seems very relevant when we consider how to overcome the overwhelm that so many of us feel trying to find balance in our lives.  That expression is prayatna shaithilya which translates as effort and ease.   In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras this expression refers to … Read More