Sticking with Our Intentions!

Sticking with Our Intentions!

How is your year going? Did you set any intentions this year? Did you make some resolutions? What is shifting for you? What are you working on shifting in your life? Remember, it’s a practice. You can set the intention and head down the path and it’s okay if it doesn’t work out, or if you fall or fail. Just get back up and try again. Our journey is always forward. Sometimes it’s little baby steps. Sometimes it’s two steps forward and one step back to steady ourselves. But it’s always forward.

I started the year off in New York, at the Dharma Yoga Center, practicing with my teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to see Dharma and to start this year off in such a positive way. It’s been an incredible start to the year. My Dharma sister, Diana, hosted me in New York over NYE and we officially began the New Year with a Psychic Development Meditation practice. She also helped me get my diet back on track. I was eating such heavy foods over Christmas. Lots of sugar and lots of processed foods. I found out that I am a little gluten intolerant too and so I’ve cut gluten out of my diet. That’s been huge! I’m back on a plant based vegan diet and have been since December 29th. It’s definitely a practice eating only a plant based diet. I have had cheese a couple of times this past month. I always feel better when I am eating vegan, though. I was really hard on myself when I couldn’t keep my vegan diet going a few years ago. I think maybe I just wasn’t ready for it. It was a real struggle. It doesn’t feel like a struggle this time and I also am okay if I have an overwhelming feeling to eat something not vegan and I have to give in and do it. This whole journey is slow and step by step. I’ve never been a big fan of the “militant” vegans on social media who make you feel terrible for your food choices.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful year and I hope some of the things that you want to manifest in your life are happening. Stick with it. If you concentrate hard enough, you can make anything happen. Hope we can practice together again soon. Namaste.

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Meet my new friend Jack

Meet my new friend Jack

My new friend!  This is my buddy, Jack. I’m staying with him and his family here in Orlando this week. He’s a very special guy. Thank you, Jack, for opening your home to me. And thank you, Annette. It’s been such a pleasure being here. You are a very special and kind person. Grateful for you. 

Jack is an old dog. He’s not very lovable sometimes. He doesn’t see very well and he doesn’t hear very well. So, he’s mostly in the dark. That must be a scary place to be. He gets startled a lot and he’s losing his mind a little too. A lot of the time Jack barks at you and growls. He doesn’t mean anything by it. He’s just scared. It must be scary to be in the dark.

I tried practicing lots of love and kindness and compassion towards Jack even when he wasn’t being very lovable. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. I think he opened up a little while I was staying with him and Annette.

Just because someone is angry with you and barks at you or growls at you it doesn’t mean you have to bark back them. You can still practice loving them and being kind and compassionate and maybe they will open up a little.

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How is Your New Year Starting Off?

How is Your New Year Starting Off?

How is your new year starting off? Did you set intentions? What are you going to do differently this year? What seeds have you already planted that you want to see continue to grow? What are you ready to let go of and leave behind?

I returned to Los Angeles on Monday after a wonderful trip to Toronto and the surrounding area to see family and a few old friends and a very rejuvenating trip to New York to practice with my teacher Dharma Mittra and reconnect with some of the Dharma community.

I picked up a cold in Toronto and I’ve been fighting it since. It’s almost gone now but it was a bad one. It was kind of the physical manifestation of what I’ve been feeling a lot lately on a deeper level.

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Exploring Long Island.

Exploring Long Island.

Hiking on Long Island with my Dharma Yoga sister! Diana has been hosting me here in New York and she is such a great host. Grateful for her. She has inspired me to eat so healthy since I arrived here in New York. It’s been a great way to start the new year. I’m feeling refreshed and recharged. And it’s been so wonderful to practice everyday with my teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra. 

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Grateful to spend this time with Mom.

Grateful to spend this time with Mom.


One more day with this amazing woman who brought me into this world. I’m so grateful to have such an amazing mom. It’s been a really nice visit this year. Love you, mom! Thank you for making this such a special holiday. 

A few years ago we learned that my mom has dementia. The last 4 years have been challenging. We have watched the disease progress. Slowly, my mom is fading away.

This journey has had positive elements, though. Each moment has become really special with my mom. The Universe has really reminded us all that this isn’t going to last forever. We are all just fading away. And it goes pretty fast. You better get present and breathe into every moment because they go by pretty fast.

One of the wonderful things that has happened with my mom as her dementia has progressed is that she has become so much more vulnerable and we have had moments of deep connection that I don’t know we would have had if she didn’t have the disease.

Going through this with my mom has also taught me so much about acceptance and surrender. This is happening. You can’t fight it. It’s happening. You have to accept it and you have to accept the situation exactly as it is. There’s times where initially I wanted my mom to be who she was before the disease - but that’s not show she is now - and that’s not about her - that’s about me.

Our practice now is to love my mom, exactly the way she is and exactly the way she needs to be loved right now. She’s a beautiful and amazing woman and I love her so much.

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My Nana and her grandkids!

My Nana and her grandkids!

My 97 yr old nana and all of us “grand kids” — all grown up! Merry Christmas!

I sometimes stop and think of all that has happened in my nana’s life. Imagine what incredible changes to the world she has witnessed being alive for almost a whole century.

We are living in this incredible time right now. There are so many amazing things. I’m excited to see what is coming next. What will be the next I-phone? What will be the next big technology that changes the way we move through the world?

When I spend time with my nana I always feel very grounded. Connecting with family is one of the ways to tap into the root chakra. I sometimes think of what a debt I owe to my nana too. Without her none of the people in this picture would be here today. We owe such a debt to our parents and to our ancestors. It’s easy to think of all the flaws we see in our parents but it’s important to remember the sacrifice they made for us, to give us a vehicle for our Soul to travel through this life.

Grateful for my nana. I hope my life is as long and as fulfilling as hers has been.

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Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto! Really fun. My first “hall of fame” experience. I forgot how much I love this game. Very nostalgic. Bringing back some wonderful memories. I was such a big fan as a kid!

What are the things that make you feel like a kid? Children are great teachers for us. What makes you feel playful? What makes you feel open and vulnerable? It’s not healthy to live the way many of us spend our adult lives. Think of the things that you could add to your life that lights that spark in you again. What makes you smile from ear to ear? What makes you laugh until it hurts? What are the things you dream about?

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My sister is a Chef!

My sister is a Chef!

My sister is a Chef. She whips up these incredible meals from scratch. So good and so healthy!

This was a vegetable soup she made us for lunch yesterday with a side of cornbread. 

What are you putting into your body? My relationship to food has changed so much since my yoga practice started. What we put into our body literally becomes us. That food you are eating is going to form the building blocks of the cells your body will create. You, literally, are what you eat.

Eating more mindfully is one of the things we can do to practice yoga off the mat.

This doesn’t just mean what you are eating but also how you are eating. Offering gratitude. Sharing your meal with others. Eating with positive thoughts and positive emotions. Focusing on enjoying your food. Enjoying the colors, the smells, the flavors. Really being present.

Notice how much more full you are and how much more fulfilling it is to turn off the TV or put down the phone and really take your time to enjoy your next meal.

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Working Hard During the Holidays

Working Hard During the Holidays

Just a couple of reindeer working hard on a Friday! This is one of my assistant’s — Ashlee Brooks. We are working on a shot list for next week’s photo shoot with David Romero. Grateful for Ashlee, who has been helping me edit the Shiva Yoga 200hr and 300hr Asana Manual’s, and has been assisting with a number of other projects this year.  Congratulations to Ashlee too, who finished my 200hr Shiva Yoga program in August, in Cabo San Lucas.  Way to go Ashlee! Proud of you.

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Thanksgiving 2018 - Equinox Woodland Hills!

Thanksgiving 2018 - Equinox Woodland Hills!

Happy Thanksgiving! Really fun class this morning at Equinox Woodland Hills! Thank you to everyone who came out to practice. And thank you to those who brought donations for the food drive. You all practiced hard! You earned that extra scoop of ice cream!  Have a wonderful holiday. Love to you and your family and friends.  Grateful for each of you. 

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What are you embracing right now?

What are you embracing right now?

Demonstrating an intermediate variation of the Shoulder Stand, with Plow Pose options, in one of our Shiva Power classes, in my recent Shiva Yoga training program in Qingdao, China. One of the great things about learning to teach with a translator is that you have to make sure you speak clearly and you have to slow down, so that they have time to translate what you are saying to the students, and the students have time to digest everything. I think teaching with a translator the last 4 yrs has helped my teaching in general. Embracing something new. What are you embracing right now? What is challenging for you? What are the new things you are learning by opening up to this new challenge? Did you notice initial resistance to the change and to your own growth?

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There is no more important relationship you will have than the relationship with yourself.

There is no more important relationship you will have than the relationship with yourself.

I met with my student, Andrew Oliver, last week in the Southbay. Andrew traveled to Cabo for our Shiva Yoga 200hr Program in August. I had lunch with him and his partner, Ei Ei — they own the yoga studio, ‘Yoga Remedy’s’ together. Andrew did an incredible job in the training program in Cabo and I was excited to hear that he’s now teaching 2 classes a week at Yoga Remedy’s. He told me that several people in his life came up to him when he returned from Cabo and asked him what he had started doing recently because they noticed this really positive shift in him, and one friend even said it was like he was a whole different person. This yoga technology will change your life. There is no more important relationship you will have than the relationship with yourself. When you change this relationship, it changes your relationship to everything. Proud of you, Andrew!

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Congratulations, Arisa!

Congratulations, Arisa!

Taking a moment to honor my student, and recent graduate of my Shiva Yoga 200hr Teacher Training program, Arisa Takasaki. Arisa is the first person to finish the post training required assignments, after completing training in August in Cabo San Lucas. She just recently joined Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher at the 200hr Level. Congratulations, Arisa! 

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Take Action! Democracy only works if you participate!

Take Action!  Democracy only works if you participate!

The last two days I have been following along with the public hearings going on in Washington. What an intense 24hrs! 

I was so moved by the testimony of Dr. Ford. How hard it must have been for her to come forward and to tell her story in public like that. I couldn't take my eyes off of the live stream that I was watching. I thought she was very credible and I came away from watching her testimony with one thought - 'I believe her.'

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