I'm woman 214…

My talented and amazing friend Andrea Leoncavallo, a freelance photographer and documentary filmmaker in Portland, Oregon recently photographed me for her yearlong series “She Inspires 365” in which she challenged herself to create 365 portraits of women which would be revealed on her blog, one each day. Andrea describes the project as “a space for recognizing the natural brilliance of women” so  I was really honored to become woman 214! http://www.lionhorseproductions.com/?p=2076 Andrea and I met many years ago when she joined the staff of Video/Action, a not-for-profit production company in Washington D.C. dedicated to telling the stories of those whose […]

Honored to be the new president of MAYA!

I was very honored recently to be voted president of a wonderful organization called the Mid-Atlantic Yoga Association(MAYA).  MAYA has been serving the yoga community since the early 1980’s and it continues to evolve to meet the needs of today’s yoga studios, teachers, and practitioners.  As a not-for-profit organization our mission is to foster and support the thriving yoga community in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. and to expand that community through events and activities that can bring yoga to even more people!  To that end, we sponsor D.C. Yoga Week, VA Yoga Week, and other events that provide free […]

I ♡ Yin Yoga

I describe how studying Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley transformed my yoga practice in an article for Quiet Mind Yoga in Washington D.C. http://www.quietminddc.com/yin.html Like many, I was initially drawn to the most dynamic and complex asana sequences, the most challenging arm balances and inversions, that feeling of exhaustion after multiple chaturangas. If a teacher put me in a pose and then went to adjust another student and left me there in a long hold, I grew resentful. I struggled to sit through meditation and fidgeted in Savasana. But, after several years of practice, things started to change

What the heck is Yin Yoga?

In case you’ve been wondering what the heck this Yin Yoga stuff is, this article offers a good, clear introduction to the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga.  It’s written by one of Yin Yoga’s founders, Paul Grilley who I had the chance to study with this summer. There are two principles that differentiate yin practice from more yang approaches to yoga: holding poses for at least several minutes and stretching the connective tissue around a joint. Read it here: http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/580?print=1