Prop Party: Increasing Flexibility

A few months ago, I noticed a student struggling to interlace his fingers behind his back in a deep stretch class. As most yoga instructors would do, I grabbed a strap and nonchalantly placed it in his hands to make the pose accessible. No brainer, right? Wrong. The student approached me after class, thanking me for…

When your dog steals the show.

Let's face it: No matter how brilliant, attractive, funny, or charming you are... If there's a baby or a dog around, they steal the show. No questions asked. Cute wins every time. I should have known better. But I let Mr. Darcy tag along to a Nativ photoshoot a few weeks ago. Not only did he…

Yoga for Grief

I never really thought about how yoga can help the grieving process until I started to emotionally prepare myself for the anniversary of my best friend's death. It's been thirteen years since we lost Matt. A tattoo on the inside of my left wrist is a subtle reminder to live the way he would. To…

Social Media Detox

Rebirth • Renewal • Love • Hope • Growth  Spring has inspired me to step away from social media for the next month to help prioritize + create additional space for things that are really important to me right now: Simplifying. Decluttering. Teaching my classes. Developing my retreat. Playing with puppy. Reading, writing, painting. Being…

What gives you energy?

"To have energy you need love, rest, authentic self-expression, play, safety, creativity, joy, emotional honesty + release, connection, hope, water, security, healthy relationships, adventure, beauty, movement, a happy home and some real effin food." Kylie McBeath I saw this quote today on Kylie McBeath's Instagram (if you don't follow her already, I highly recommend doing so) today, and…

What I learned leading a yoga retreat.

As soon as I finished my RYT 200 I knew I wanted to lead a yoga retreat. Preferably on the Greek island of Corfu after I had an epic 30th birthday adventure. I mean, a paid vacation seems like a no-brainer, right? Fast forward a few years, and I discovered a few things while leading my first…

Copal Retreat: Paradise

The Mayan Riviera is one of my favorite places on earth, and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful. Last month I lead my first yoga retreat at Casa Copal in Paamul, Mexico which is located along a curved stretch of shimmering Caribbean waters in a small bay south of Playa del Carmen. Each…

Yoga for Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety. Whether we’re working on a big project at work or in school, find ourselves running late, or have more chronic anxiety due to other elements in our lives - stress is a part of everyday life. Thankfully, anxiety doesn’t have to control you - and studies have found yoga can help! Yoga requires…