For most of my life, I have identified as an extrovert. I preferred social time to me-time, planned frequent parties, and enjoyed making conversation with strangers. I shared my stories readily and eagerly, trusting that most people I met were kind and caring and interested in what I had to say. I had many friends, and … Continue reading On Stoicism
I was riding the bus in San Francisco when a woman made the mistake of asking me about yoga. “I like your yoga pants,” she said. “Do you do yoga?” “I do indeed,” I answered. “Man, I should start doing yoga,” she said. “I hear it’s a really good way to lose weight,” she said. “Is … Continue reading Why I Hate my Garmin Watch
It took me a long time to want to teach yoga for scoliosis. As a teenager and young adult, I did not like the idea of attending a class that reminded me I was different or abnormal. As a teacher, I did not (and do not) want my students to think people with scoliosis should … Continue reading Yoga for Scoliosis: Sat, Oct 21
“Well, I think anyone driven toward a lot of self-reflection is a little crazy,” he said as we left the theater and started to the bar. I agreed. Then I reflected. “I mean, I’m driven toward a lot of self-reflection,” I said. I paused, then laughed. “And it does make me feel crazy sometimes.” “Totally,” … Continue reading Teaching What We Need, Because We Have To
There were already 40 people crammed into the studio when I arrived. I had deliberated for too long as to whether I wanted to take a yoga class or lounge in bed, and now it was 10:33 - three minutes after class was supposed to have started. When I looked at the room, then at … Continue reading We Will Make It Work
I do not want to be peaceful about this. I am not in the mood to say, “Love will win," and I will not try to tell you that everything will be okay. I am unbelievably angry, and I am incredibly sad. I don't need to tell you why; you know. But in a few hours, I will … Continue reading Go placidly.
When my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday this month, all I could think about was a throat that didn’t hurt anymore and gums that weren’t swollen. I had been in bed for six days, alternating between watching Netflix, reading, and sleeping. It hurt to talk, to swallow, even to chew. Visually, … Continue reading In Sickness and In Health