To begin, an overused metaphorHello from a used-to-be caterpillar, recently emerged butterfly. It's me! I'm the butterfly. Roll your eyes and read on.  I co-hosted my first yoga retreat this past weekend and recognized myself as a completely different person than I was before the pandemic,...

New to gardeningAdam and I bought our first house last fall and inherited a beautiful garden from the previous owner. Seeing as how this is my very first garden to tend, I'm working on the advice of neighbors who point out weeds, a whispered request...

Last week I mentioned the people who are helping care for my wellbeing, and that gift keeps on giving. The massage therapist I mentioned recommended I listen to a particular podcast episode of On Being with Krista Tippet – the one where she interviews John O'Donohue. It has...

Yoga is not quite enoughI used to think that my evolving yoga practice was all I needed to heal and grow as a person. Turns out, I was wrong.  It actually worked for a while, many years, but at some point I crawled up on a...

Challenge: Rapid fire answer the following questions to yourself in your head as you're reading. If you don't have an answer you can pause to think about it or you can just say to yourself "pass." (You can do whatever you want, actually.) Ok...

I got a desk and it's changed my life. Honestly.   What could possibly be so exciting about a desk? I have been without desk for many years now and finally found the right one on Craigslist and I feel like a different person. Sitting at my desk...

Religion? Spirituality?Are you a religious person? What about a spiritual person? Not much of either? Do you see much of a difference between being religious and being spiritual?  If you had asked me back when I started teaching yoga, I would have said I was not...

As I was watching the constantly changing shape of waves and weather at the central Oregon coast this past weekend, the word "form" popped into my head. As in: taking form, the form of things.  The obvious: forms in yogaWe play with form a lot when...

What is permission anyway?What do you think when I say the word "permission"? Do you think of a certain person giving permission to you, or permission you would give to other people?  Maybe it's an age-based thing: older people give permission to younger people; or a...