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The Nose Knows

Yesterday I went snowshoeing for a little while. I say "little", because even though we left early in the morning to reach Snoqualmie Pass, there were still too many people on the trail for us to feel comfortable. Not everyone was wearing a mask, and when you live in a high-risk household every decision to be outside comes with a calculus of risk tolerance. Lovely, Dark, and Deep But I...

Breathing well is simple, but not easy

Yesterday (September 19, 2020), I walked outside with my dogs for only the third time in 14 days. For the first time in those two weeks, I felt as though I could breathe. I savored the sweet, fresh, cedar-saturated air as it flowed into my nose, enjoyed its coolness on my nostrils, and sent a prayer of gratitude to the universe for gifting rain to wash out the wildfire smoke...

Pause, Reflect, Recognize

What does emotional intelligence have to do with yoga (or vice versa)? Quite a lot, actually! When I was a kid, my family described me as "uptight." I'd grow quiet as the level of alcohol consumption increased on any given night—this was the evidence for being "uptight."...

Panic Attack

I wake up, can’t sleep, toss and turn. I’m sleeping in my daughter's bed because I’ve had a mild disagreement with my husband. It’s the last straw of the day. I’ve been up since 5, done laundry, and a host of other domestic chores, made dinner, even a pie my husband requested. The argument feels petty. And this should be a red flag. Petty doesn’t drive us to separate beds....

Coming Home to Ourselves

We have never stayed home long enough to experience the truth about ourselves. Erich Schiffman. Yoga. The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness. New York. Pocket Books: 1996. Unexpectedly Homebound This was my meditation on March 27, from Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison’s book Meditations from the Mat. By then, I’d been homebound for more than 3 weeks. Although the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order wasn’t announced until March...

re·sil·ience /rəˈzilyəns/

re·sil·ience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulty/adaptability/toughness Are you feeling freaked out and/or out of control right now? Are you feeling a little less than resilient? I think a lot about resilience. Early in my academic career, I worked on a World Health Organization-inspired project that focused on how schools could put measures in place to foster resilience among school-aged kids (known as the Health Promoting School). That professional...

Finding Ease with Aloneness

Thwarted Travel Plans... As it turns out, I had a ton of travel planned for April through July. Boston, Dallas, and Chicago for work. Scotland for family. San Diego to attend Yoga Medicine training. You probably had—and maybe still have?—travel plans too. Over the last few weeks, I've cancelled ALL these plans. Two of the work meetings moved online and I've just wrapped a virtual advisory board that unfolded over 3 weeks instead of 2 days....

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