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Karma Yoga
Karma is paying it forward. To share, to give, to be compassionate and generous. One of the mantras of AA that I learned from my husband, Doug, is that you have to give it away to keep it. Very yogic.
October 14, 2019
A Sacred Space to Call My Own
If you’ve been to Rose’s class you’ve heard her say, “your yoga mat is your sacred space… the place where you come to heal… to figure shit out.” But the yoga mat is just a symbol; we carry our sacred spaces within us, and unroll them wherever we find a place of calm and peace and restoration. Wherever it is that we “figure shit out.” Rose rolled up her sacred space and took it with her to Italy. We, too, each have a special sacred space that informs our healing and brings us comfort.
October 14, 2019

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Karma Yoga
October 14, 2019
Karma is paying it forward. To share, to give, to be compassionate and generous. One of the mantras of AA that I learned from my husband, Doug, is that you have to give it away to keep it. Very yogic.
A Sacred Space to Call My Own
October 14, 2019
If you’ve been to Rose’s class you’ve heard her say, “your yoga mat is your sacred space… the place where you come to heal… to figure shit out.” But the yoga mat is just a symbol; we carry our sacred spaces within us, and unroll them wherever we find a place of calm and peace and restoration. Wherever it is that we “figure shit out.” Rose rolled up her sacred space and took it with her to Italy. We, too, each have a special sacred space that informs our healing and brings us comfort.
The Rising Lotus
August 29, 2019
The lotus inspires in me an innate desire to grow in spite of obstacles and adversities I may face along my path. The cupped flower says to me that no matter how muddy the waters of my life become, I have the power to tap into my inner self, my inner power, and rise up into the Divine. It reassures me that no matter what lies ahead of me, it is not as great as the power within me.
Welcome to the Dog & Cat Days of Summer
August 29, 2019
But once I came to the practice of yoga, I started paying attention to how animals moved and expressed themselves. It’s so instinctual, so natural and God-aligned. By assuming yoga poses and movements, I developed a connection with Mother Nature, breaking away from my “human” spirit to connect with all aspects of my soul and the natural world. A kind of spiritual “shape-shifting” that brings balance to our lives.
Summer is calling and I must go!
July 20, 2019
Summer is my time, my La Vie En Rose. And summer is the season of the Yogi, starting with summer solstice in June. Summer solstice represents awakening, when we come out of winter and soak up sunlight. It is a time to create our own personal magic, to put on our rose-colored glasses and set an intention to refill ourselves with the life-giving energy of light that surrounds us and is within us.
The Sacred Title of Father
June 19, 2019
Not all of us have the kind of dad featured on an American Greetings card. The dad who takes his kids to get ice cream, laughs at their silly jokes, swoops them up if they fall. Some dads can’t … or even won’t … provide a protected and loving place for their children.
A Celebration of Otherhood
May 20, 2019
Family isn’t always blood relatives. It’s the people you want to be in your life … and they want you in theirs. The ones who accept you as you are, hold your hand during the bumps, lift you up when life hurts. The ones who walk into your life during a shit storm, while others walk out. The ones who love to make you smile and give really good hugs.
Love is My Religion
April 21, 2019
If you’ve been to one of my yoga classes, you’ve heard me say that Love is my religion. Many of my students also know that I live by a Higher Power. I connect to my higher power by immersing myself in Mother Nature as often as I can. Practicing yoga and breathwork also helps me to be filled with a Divine Light. And my faith, my higher power, my divine light, and love, all help align me with my higher purpose in life.
The Ocean is Calling and I Must Go
April 3, 2019
The last few years of my life have been a test for me to replace fear and control with faith and flow. This year, on the morning we arrived in Maui for our annual vacation, I took my first sunrise walk. And while I strolled the beach holding my husband’s hand, breathing in the salt air, listening to the shush of waves, I came upon a pristine shell.
Work Hard / Rest Well
April 3, 2019
Rest is a holy gift you give to yourself. It teaches you to have more faith in God than in your own doing. - Regina Brett
The Wisdom of the Uncarved Block
March 4, 2019
When I was child, I loved Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Such happy and delightful books about lovable Pooh and his playful pals. It never occurred to me that Pooh and his adventures were anything more than entertaining stories.
The Winter of the Soul
February 3, 2019
Second, in the winter of the soul we are tempted to isolate ourselves. The winter of the soul carries with it a sense of failure or shame or sadness, a feeling that no one can identify with our pain or sadness. We are tempted to spiritually hibernate. But in the winter of the soul, one of God’s gifts is community with others.
Manifest, Baby!
January 16, 2019
I believe a vision board is a very sacred thing - an affirmations of hopes, dreams and goals, a representation of higher purpose. For me, it’s a representation of God’s plan, which extends far beyond what my human mind can envision! With God’s mighty power working within me in this Universe, I can do far more that I dare to ask or dream for myself. I can bring what is on my visualization board to life.
It's a Wonderful Life Lesson
January 14, 2019
As we wrestle with the hustle and bustle of another busy holiday season, let me share one of my favorite sayings: We are all connected. It’s a perfect mantra for this time of year, when daylight comes late in the morning and darkness arrives before most of us get home from our jobs. Yet the stars are shining at their brightest in the dark December sky. We feel connected, not just to each other, but to the universe.
Thank you for bringing me here
January 14, 2019
As we approach the holiday that reminds us to count our blessings, I hope where ever you go, whatever you do, you’ll do it with a grateful heart. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. There is nothing to be added, nothing to be subtracted. Be content to say “Oh Divine, thank you for bringing me here”, in the moment, no matter what the moment brings, and you too shall find happiness supreme.
Day of the Dead
January 14, 2019
Americans have an uneasy relationship with death and dying that goes back hundreds of years. People are living longer than ever before, but too often that translates to a prolonged period of suffering as well as a heavy emotional, physical and financial burden. All too often, any talk of death is taboo in families. The rise of the self has made it more difficult to acknowledge the fact that one day, our “narrative” will expire and we will stop living too.
One Year Done
January 14, 2019
"This being human is a Guest House. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond." - Rumi
Turn, Turn, Turn
January 14, 2019
The summer days are going fast and now the fall is almost upon us. This time of year can inspire us to shake things up – change how we eat, how we dress, change our work and leisure schedules to accommodate the shorter days and cooler nights. For some of us, this time of year inspires deeper change, such as when a relationship, a job, or a place may have run its course. With the turning of the leaves, we realize it’s time to shed what no longer serves us and venture out.
YOLO
January 14, 2019
I never really paid much attention to #YOLO until late last year, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I didn’t know what it was or what it stood for until one of my instructors explained it to me.Then, suddenly, like a smack in the face, #YOLO starting popping up everywhere! I saw it on bumper stickers and t-shirts, backpacks and travel journals, coffee cups, and even paddleboards! It was like the Universe was trying to get my attention and asking me to say yes where I was often saying no.
Lady Liberty
January 14, 2019
My parents immigrated to the United States several years after WWII. They came from the Italian island of Sicily by boat. This is my family's story. May we always lift a lamp beside our doors, shining light onto the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and bringing hope to the tired and poor seeking a better way of life. As we all are.
Summer Love
January 14, 2019
I have always been madly in love with summer and the feelings it evokes. From mid-June, through the end of August, summer allows us a special kind of freedom that's sadly too hard to access during other seasons. I think it's because life moves at a slower pace in summer, where it's perfectly acceptable to ditch our To-Do lists in exchange for nothing more ambitious than picking shells along the beach or napping in a swing on the front porch.
Fabulous at 50
January 14, 2019
Turning 50 is not a time to mourn the passing of our youth or to fret about getting wrinkles, or to treat our birthdays like a miserable disease. Turning 50 is a time to celebrate and reflect on all the wisdom we gained along the way.
Mama-ste
January 14, 2019
I'm a huge fan of Mother Teresa. For a woman who never gave birth in the physical sense, Mother Teresa was a source of life to the world. She possessed the ability to nurture others with unconditional love. She devoted her life to serving the poorest of the poor in the streets of Calcutta and she never told anyone, "I'll care for you only if you become a Christian." Instead, she offered the same unconditional love to everyone - Catholics, Jews, Hindus, Muslins, etc. And isn't unconditional love what motherhood truly is all about?
Happiness is the settling of the soul
January 14, 2019
I believe in order to grow in life, everyone (including myself) should take some time to be "temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance."
This too shall pass
January 14, 2019
Fall in love. Cherish all in your heart. Now open and let it go!
Stop Comparing Yourself
January 14, 2019
Admire someone else's beauty without questioning your own. Theodore Roosevelt said it best: "Comparison is the thief of joy."
Love the one YOU are
January 14, 2019
27 years of marriage and seven years of yoga have taught me that the most important relationship I have is the one with MYSELF, because it affects all the relationships around me, especially the one with my husband.
Unplugged
January 14, 2019
Maybe people really do want to "unplug", both literally and metaphorically, to step away from all the negativity and find some peace of mind. When we disconnect from technology (even if only for a little while), we then find time to reconnect into ourselves - into our souls.
One Prayer a Day
January 14, 2019
If you only say one prayer a day, make it: THANK YOU.
Chemo Cut
January 14, 2019
Remember the movie, Shawshank Redemption? There's a great scene where the two main characters Andy (Tim Robbins) and Red (Morgan Freeman) are talking about a thing called HOPE. Red doesn't believe in a future beyond the prison walls they share. But Andy sees it another way: "I guess it comes down to a simple choice: either get busy living, or get busy dying."
Whisper Warrior
January 14, 2019
Last week, I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer – a hand I thought I would never, ever be dealt. I was shocked because I assumed my healthy lifestyle simply made me immune to such things. I keep my weight down. I eat organic. I drink gallons of green tea. I practice yoga. I walk the dogs every day. I pump the shit out of my heart in spin class twice a week! But it’s God’s Will, not mine. Everything happens for a reason. Everything works out for the best.