Summer yoga in Toffia, Italy

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin

I am very fortunate to have spent half of the summer in Toffia, Italy studying with my teacher Diane Long, as well as teaching. Diane’s dedication is unparalleled, and being a part of and witnessing her work with students is a gift of immeasurable value. If you haven’t yet made it to Toffia to study with Diane, get there next summer!

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The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark. —Virginia Woolf

This year so far has been filled with monumental occasions – both wonderful and difficult. 

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I had spent many years pursuing excellence…now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important. —Nina Simone

This time of year inevitably brings up the question – to make or not to make New Year’s resolutions?

It makes me think of a time several months back when, sitting around the dinner table with good friends and family, someone posed the question to us all “What’s one thing about yourself that you would really like to change?”

I had a hard time answering that, not because there aren’t things about myself that I would like to change, but because that is something I think about all the time, every day. I am always reflecting on how I could have better and more effectively acted in just about every situation. I don’t do this in an obsessive, negative, beat myself up way, but in a curious, loving, growth-oriented way, because I deeply care about how I am in relationship with myself and those around me, and I’m always interested in how it can be better, and freeing myself from old, limiting beliefs.

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Change and discovery

November 7, 2018
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The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. — Gloria Steinem

One of the things that I love about this approach to yoga is that it requires that I question and change the way I am thinking about and seeing things every day, every time I come to my practice. What great practice for engaging in our daily lives and the world that is.

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Journey and curiosity

October 2, 2018
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We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. —T.S. Eliot

Saying goodbye to summer is a bittersweet experience. It’s my favorite season – I love the open ended quality of time in the summer and the sense of ease and possibility it invites. And summer often means travel. In order to learn and discover, we have to let go of what we think we know and allow ourselves to see things differently, and traveling is a great way to get us out of our habits and encourage this… (more…)

Easy Does It

April 30, 2017
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In March I went to Charleston, SC on one of my many trips to see and study with Diane Long.

The peripatetic nature of Diane’s life means that for 17 years I have been not only studying with her, but traveling with her. Luckily this has worked out very well for me, as I have always had a good dose of wanderlust and love of adventure, and traveling with Diane is an adventure.

In fact, life with Diane is an adventure. Even if traveling isn’t involved, (like when I lived in Rome and got to see her on a regular basis) it is wise to expect the unexpected…

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Notes on Yoga

March 23, 2017

“If we can see ourselves as slightly ridiculous, it is easier to meet the marvels of what the body might reveal – unburdening not only the asanas, but also ourselves.”

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Cross Country

September 5, 2016

This summer I moved to LA!

I am so happy to be living in California again! My love affair with California started when I was very young and I came with my family from Pennsylvania for many trips to visit our cousins out here.

This love affair was honed over the years, and I finally moved to Berkeley in 2000. After just three years, however, Rome called to me and I set off to Italy from California. It has always held a place in my heart, though, and moving back here just feels right.

To make things even better, I love moving.

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