How to Make a Fabulous Living Teaching Yoga, Traveling (and Saving) the World

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014
How to Make a Fabulous Living Teaching Yoga, Traveling (and Saving) the World

You Asked and It’s Here. I’m so pleased to share that what many of you have been asking for: Presenting Your Fab Yoga Life. It’s taken over a year and I believe it’s worth your wait. Key information to create the teaching practice you imagine is possible has been gathered together into a 6-part online […]

Practice and Pilgrimage through the Kathmandu Valley, 2-12 March 2015

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014
Practice and Pilgrimage through the Kathmandu Valley, 2-12 March 2015

Practice and Pilgrimage through the Kathmandu Valley Imagine listening to the chanting of monks and the clanging of morning ritual bells as wafting incense reaches out from the mysterious temple entries. Imagine rising at dawn to circumambulate the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, otherwise known as the wish-fulfilling stupa. Imagine yourself meeting great masters of meditation, […]

What is contemplative coaching?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013

You may already know that yoga and meditation are tools to train the body and mind to be present. But how do you apply these skills to make positive change in your life? Enter contemplative coaching. Contemplative coaching is the term I coined to describe a practical and therapeutic application of mindfulness practice– a combination […]

Yoga and meditation are tools to transform the mind

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012
Yoga and meditation are tools to transform the mind

Somewhere between the extremes of effort and surrender lies the harmonious equilibrium called yoga. Holding both extremes at the same time, we essentially short-circuit conditioned mind with its habitual patterns. If what we mean by yoga is “union”, then the foundations of Ashtanga yoga provide a valuable tool to experience this dynamic balance of opposites. […]

What’s the Difference Between Temporary Pleasure and Genuine Happiness?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014
What’s the Difference Between Temporary Pleasure and Genuine Happiness?

It’s so tempting to believe that if we just get what we want, everything will be wonderful. You may sense that something is missing and if and when that illusive “something” comes along then you’ll be really happy. But I think you know how that goes.

How to Develop (and Maintain) a Meditation Practice

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014
How to Develop (and Maintain) a Meditation Practice

Here are a few tricks I’ve learned to develop and maintain a meditation practice:

The Journey to Teaching Yoga Internationally

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014
The Journey to Teaching Yoga Internationally

I’ve been a paid guest in some of the most exclusive hotels in the world. Quite often the resorts will pay airfare as well, and offer a work permit, so I’ve been able to spend extended periods of time in some very exotic places. The experience is rich, and I have friends from all around the world as a result.

Mental Health for Expats: a Short Guide

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014
Mental Health for Expats:  a Short Guide

Learning to adapt is the best way to create a strong mind and boost mental health. A supple mind is a relaxed mind. Seasoned expats have learned that accepting things as they are increases confidence and well-being, knowing you can handle whatever challenge comes your way with strength and grace. This is a skill anyone – expat or not – can benefit from.

Tools to Manage Anxiety and Stress

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014
Tools to Manage Anxiety and Stress

Panic and anxiety are not purely mental events–they are physiological events, so they can’t be treated with the thinking mind only. You need to learn to BREATHE deeply, and train yourself to come back to the breath on a regular basis. Mind and breath are intimately connected. If you can calm your breath, your mind will follow. Ashtanga Yoga and meditation are tools to manage anxiety and stress.

Pilgrimage to the Playground of the Gods

Posted by on May 28, 2014
Pilgrimage to the Playground of the Gods

Training body, speech and mind to develop and maintain pure awareness through yogic disciplines, meditation and contemplative study will change your relationship to your mind, and to your world. When you train yourself to be fully present, you then tend to make better choices in your life, creating less suffering for yourself and those around you.

The Art of Perseverance

Posted by on May 14, 2014
The Art of Perseverance

The art of perseverance is about commitment. It’s not a chore, but a choice. If you commit to being present, set an intention, and simply show up, then your life will change.

4 Simple Steps to Negotiating Life Transitions with Ease

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014
4 Simple Steps to Negotiating Life Transitions with Ease

Maybe you’ve heard the call recently. With the new moon today and 2 eclipses this month, many of us are feeling pulled to make big shifts in our lives: to take back power where we’ve given it away, to stop whining and enjoy the ride, to get our act together and share our gifts. This […]

What is the difference between a decision and an intention?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014
What is the difference between a decision and an intention?

Our whole life has one purpose, to be present and awake for what’s happening now. You can trip yourself up with plans and decisions, when actually what is needed is to learn to be present. Rather than deciding on a course of action, you set an intention and simply learn to be present in full […]