What’s In My Yoga Bag?

This isn’t the type of post I would normally write, but a surprising number of students have expressed curiosity about what I bring with me to teach yoga. For some reason, the contents of the yoga instructor’s gym bag are always of interest to my students, particularly my teenagers. It always makes me laugh when my students are peeking to steal a glimpse of what I brought along for my day at work. I know I’ve said it before, but yoga does not require a lot of gear. However, there are definitely ways to add some comfort to a day of teaching. Continue reading →

The 7 Best Mindfulness Books for Kids

As a yoga teacher who works with children and teens, I have found that incorporating mindfulness into my teaching has made a far greater impact than yoga alone. At the risk of aging myself, kids are living in a different world than the one I grew up in, and it is not a world that encourages living mindfully. Between busy schedules, homework, and electronics, young people are just not given the opportunity to learn how to tap into their mind and bodies. Helping children and teens learn to live in the here and now comes with many benefits like improved academic performance, improved behavior, and relief from anxiety. Continue reading →

Summer of the Toblerone Tunnel

It’s not uncommon for people to reach out to me over social media asking for advice about their yoga practice. Last night I received a message from a woman asking me how she can get a Toblerone Tunnel in the next couple of weeks. She had a vacation coming up and wanted to “rock the look” at the pool. I had to google what a Toblerone Tunnel is. It turns out it’s the triangular gap at the top of a woman’s thighs. Continue reading →

6 Ways Mindfulness Helps Children With Anxiety

As a yoga teacher, my mission is to empower as many students as I possibly can. My focus in my job is raising self-esteem and self-confidence which has built up a client base consisting of a fair number of preteens and teenagers. I have also found that when I suggest to parents that we incorporate mindfulness into our lessons, they seem resistant. They pay me to teach their child yoga, not just sit and breathe with them, right? Yes and no. Mindfulness is so much more than what many picture, and it is a great tool for children (and adults) who are dealing with anxiety. Continue reading →