Yoga Hotness: Gingeriffic Tea


As a Yogavangelist--an advocate for saving the world with Yoga--I know Yoga is about a lot more than physical beauty. Having said that, I have to address something interesting that's been happening in the last few years, since I started officially becoming an Older Woman. (The silver hair is the … [Read more...]

Yoga and Recovery

Doesn't look like there are any Yoga classes in Thack's rehab. (Photo: Cinemax)

The other night on Cinemax's intense medical drama The Knick, Dr. Thackery announced that he was planning to find a cure for addiction. It's interesting to watch this show about turn-of-the-century medical practices, some of which seem barbaric now but were almost scandalously modern then. Of course … [Read more...]

Yoga Tools: Sankalpa (Intention)


Today I made a few decisions: I'm getting more rest, even if that means watching fewer episodes of The Great British Baking Show and Gotham on DVR. I'm eating less sugar, saving it for weekends, not every night. And I'm putting my prana (life energy) into faith instead of doubt, starting with a … [Read more...]

From the Art: Interview with Author James Connor


Yoga people who meditate their way to superhero powers. That's the basic, and amazingly original, concept behind James Connor's debut novel The Superyogi Scenario. It's fast-paced action, suspense, and spirituality all rolled up in one yoga mat.  James wrote Superyogi during a meditation retreat … [Read more...]

Setting An Intention

Start with this, and you'll find your path to positive change.

The beginning of any journey, endeavor, or change is setting an intention. Very rarely do people just blindly change their lives--any revolution, no matter how small or large, usually starts with some sort of declarative statement. I'm doing this. We say it to ourselves, we tell family, friends, we … [Read more...]

Destroying My Yoga Practice

Photo by Nathan Tweti.

Still inspired by Danny Gregory's epiphany in his "Why I sucked" blog, I've been reviewing my own common practices. First was a look at this blog. I started it when my book Cherries in Winter was published in 2009. Back then blogging-as-marketing tool was the Big New Thing. Authors were expected to … [Read more...]

(Spring) Time to Renew Your Commitment


Spring has finally sprung around here! Sun, temperatures above freezing, even a green shoot or two. I can't help but be inspired by nature's creativity, and hopefully you'll forgive me for using a common metaphor of spring renewal and renewed commitment to your creative project. (Hey, the metaphor … [Read more...]

Creative Handstands

Even though I've been doing yoga for almost 25 years, I've always been afraid of handstand. I'm not alone in this; most people are afraid of inverted poses--in much the same way they're afraid of turning their lives upside down by taking creative risks. Writing the book, getting paints and a … [Read more...]

The Year in Review

Norman as we met him at the Bideawee. Yes, he's wearing a Santa sweater, because he had to get a shelter shave.

On Facebook, my Friends are doing their year in review in photos. This made me think of what I've done this year, because sometimes I feel like I haven't accomplished anything. Time to make ye olde annual list! 1. I made an app. Like many writers--and people who sit all day--I was scared by the … [Read more...]

It’s time to Take A Yoga Break!

Open Your Heart dude face right

I'm sure you've heard all the bad news about the effects of sitting for 6 or more hours a day--weight gain, increased risk of diabetes and kidney disease, even shortened life span. As someone who has spent her career writing from a chair, as a senior editor at O, the Oprah Magazine, as the author … [Read more...]