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The #1 Reason Why You Dread Your Morning Ritual (or lack one)


Maybe you’ve read somewhere that meditating first thing in the morning was the best thing you could do to start your day light and bright. So you’ve been sitting, but really suffering, through 20 minutes of daily morning meditation. Sadly all you’re feeling is your achy back. Or perhaps you’ve heard that a cardio work out upon awakening would provide the best endorphin high…

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Find Me at the East Meets West Festival Sunday May 22nd!


Hola chicas! A quick note to keep you posted on the latest. I’ll be presenting this Sunday, May 22nd 2016, at the East Meets West Festival in New York City. What is it? A new kind of festival that combines art, wellness and wisdom. The speakers line-up is great (hey, I’m in there! :)) Seriously, Robert Thurman will deliver a talk on the “Relation of Buddhist…

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Why You’re Not Feeling on Top of Your Game.


Read this. You subscribe to a bunch of cutting edge, inspirational, holistic health newsletters (including mine). You regularly get all fired up about starting a new meditation course, cleanse or exercise routine, only to see your initial enthusiasm fizzle out in days if not hours. • You’d love to sleep better, have more energy, be more focused. You kinda sorta know the things you should…

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From Being Quiet to Experiencing Silence – Another Kind of Detox


I’m back from my silent retreat and still feeling its calming effects a few weeks later. I loved Costa Rica! Once I got used to the lizards in my bedroom and driving 20 miles an hour on dirt roads, without seeing a soul or sign for miles! It was so refreshingly rugged. Wild nature, fresh organic food, the ocean and of course…

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Silence please. Pleaaaaaaaaase!


If you live in New York or any other big city you know silence is a rare commodity there. Non-stop sirens, alarms and honking, buses, trucks, loading and unloading, the screeching hellish sound of subway trains pulling into the station, all conspire to create a maddening environment. Even restaurants! You’d think respite could be found there, but no. They’re as noisy…

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Why You Need to Stop Saying “I Should…” ASAP.


Lately I’ve been struck by how often I hear people begin their sentences with “I should…” For example: • I should quit this job. • I should go to bed earlier. • I should cook at home more often. • I should have known better. And of course the perennial (among yoga practitioners) … • I should meditate more often. I have many more examples at my disposal. All…

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Your Life Experience: Flowing or Fragmented?


In the midst of this holiday season, the last thing you probably need from me is another technique to squeeze into your daily practice of self-care, assuming it’s still in place (anyone needs a tune-up? ;). Don’t get me wrong I love techniques, have used them, teach them and still use them to achieve specific physical/mental/emotional states. But a technique-heavy approach to…

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Yoga With Beats! *A Live Music Class*


If you’ve taken my yoga class before you know I never use music. Never have. In the 19+ years I’ve been teaching. Except for a period of 6 months maybe, during which I found music to be distracting to my own concentration. I also found it difficult to find the right music, the right vibe, the right playlist that would harmonize with my teaching…

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A Summer to Declutter! Part 3 (4 Tips to Create Yet More Head Space!)


Here is the last part of my series “A Summer to Declutter!”, that I started earlier this summer. Over the past few weeks we looked at ways to create more space in our head, lighten up, simplify and get stuff done. I am hoping by now you’ve implemented some of my recommendations and are enjoying greater clarity and focus as a…

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A Summer to Declutter! Part 2 (4 Tips to Organize Your To-Do List to Actually Get Stuff Done!)


In my previous post I began tackling the subject of mental clutter and how to open up more space in your mind (for, you know, things like creativity, intuition, bright solutions to come through..) When I came back from vacation early July, feeling nicely unplugged, it occurred to me that there were many things I was doing daily, in my…

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