The Higher Self & The Ego

I have this morning ritual that goes like this: press snooze 8 times, finally turn off the alarm, oversleep, get up, drink lemon water + celery juice, and then I’m supposed to meditate.  What I really want to do is go directly to the coffee pot, drink the entire thing, and eat a bagel.  WhenContinue reading “The Higher Self & The Ego”

Women (and Goddesses), Come in all Colors, Shapes, and Sizes

Women, and goddesses, come in all colors, shapes, and sizes… I wish I could have gotten this phrase tattooed on my arm when I started the serpentine journey into womanhood.  Like most of us, growing up, all I ever saw in media was thin female bodies with impossible proportions.  As one article put it: AlthoughContinue reading “Women (and Goddesses), Come in all Colors, Shapes, and Sizes”

The Inner Critic + Self-Compassion

I’m on my yoga mat and I’m angry at my body: “My stomach should be more toned.  So should my arms.  My hamstrings shouldn’t be so tight and I’m pretty sure these sun spots, pimples, and scars should be gone by now.”  The inner critic has paid a visit.  She is loud and convincing.  SheContinue reading “The Inner Critic + Self-Compassion”

Who is the Divine Feminine?

Who is the Divine Feminine? The Divine Feminine, Goddess, the Divine Mother, the Sacred Feminine, Shakti… She has numerous names. Since time immemorial, cultures across the globe—from Africa to North America—venerated the female face of the Divine. Her worship and Her presence took diverse forms. She was the Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and theContinue reading “Who is the Divine Feminine?”

The Mud and The Lotus: What India is Teaching Me

The Mud and the Lotus: What India Is Teaching Me About 5 years ago, I began a consistent yoga practice.  Right around the same time, I started a PhD program in Women’s Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies where I eventually wrote my dissertation on Women’s Spiritual Leadership.  Throughout my studies, I realized thatContinue reading “The Mud and The Lotus: What India is Teaching Me”

The Practices of Forgiveness & Yoga

Forgiveness and yoga require consistent practice.  As we engage in each, healing unfolds in the body, mind, and soul.  Forgiveness and yoga exist in a symbiotic relationship: forgiveness allows us to release emotional blockages that affect the body/mind, and yoga delivers us to more empowered and peaceful states within the body/mind that encourage the release. Continue reading “The Practices of Forgiveness & Yoga”