On & Off the Mat

Experiments, Successes, and Lessons


Super Simple Detox Tonic

This morning, I sweat through my entire two-hour yoga practice. And not a ‘normal’ sweat- like that oily, gross, sweat. My practice wasn’t pretty either, nor was my bloated stomach. The entire practice felt like I was using someone else’s body.... read more

Mindful Child, Mindful Adult

We were cramped in a school hallway; yoga mats spread in a haphazard sun shape; a dizzying array of bright colors- eight elementary school boys and girls, and me. We held hands and Om’d, just as we did at the end of every Tuesday’s yoga class. The... read more

Composting Made Fun

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. – Wikipedia Sounds involved, doesn’t it? It seams that it may require special equipment, explicit knowledge,... read more

An Introduction To Ashtanga Yoga

You walk into a room that has fallen completely silent. Students are standing at attention as if waiting for their sergeant to arrive. You look around trying to catch a pair of sympathetic eyes, but fail. Then, as if from a cloud of smoke, the teacher appears. The... read more

Confession: I’m Not An Introvert

Is it wedding season? I’m not sure. Maybe everyone around here decided to get married in the Fall because it’s likely to not be a 100 degrees outside; there might even be a breeze. I’m not insulting the weather. Tropical climates suit me because I’m always cold, as if... read more

I’m Going Analog

I completely short circuited today. I did everything I was supposed to do; everything written in pencil on my five by seven life preserver I call an agenda. On the outside, I was cordial, coherent, and polite. I may have even told a joke or two. Who knows. Because in... read more

Invisible Ships & Ancestral Myths

Charting the waters of your personal narrative. In 1770, Lieutenant James Cook’s 106 foot ship, named the (HM Bark) Endeavor, was looking to dock on the coast of Australia. It was a ‘voyage of discovery’ to Australia and New Zealand. Although the... read more

The Power Of Divine Forgiveness

What gift bag do you choose for a man that wants nothing to do with you? Smiling giraffes. Yes, smiling giraffes will perfectly convey “it’s okay that you don’t like me and therefore, treated me like dirt. I forgive you because I am kind, practical,... read more

Death At A Wake

As the smoke cleared, my mother pulled the final card from the deck. Ash. Meaning death, I was certain. She glanced up at me her eyes searching for a response. “I’m fine,” I said, glancing at the first card. Serpent. Rebirth, I was just as certain.... read more

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