We have two lives

“And on this journey, please, choose love.” I’ve ended every class in 2016 with these seven words.  Like every mantra, it’s made an impact on my daily life. “Choose love” is a tough mantra to let go of. It’s resonated with so many people and, in many ways, it’s become synonymous with the studio. And… Read more »

Disconnecting to connect

Yesterday, my boss sent me this video and it paused me. Simon Sinek speaks about how relationships are formed by small conversations, that a culture is built one person at a time. As much as he’s not speaking about mindfulness, boy is he. So, beginning Saturday, December 31st, I’ll be taking a two week phone break…. Read more »

What connects us

This week, Balance won the ‘Best Yoga Studio in Rochester’ award. And, to me, it’s a win for our community and for those of us who believe in the power of connection. Did the win give my ego a little boost? Yep. Did it make me fill with pride? Sure did. Does it make me feel… Read more »

Mindfulness is saving me

I have two amazing jobs that I completely love; it’s engaging work. On any given day, I travel from school to school- I meet with teachers, administrators, work with students, and athletes. I plan with colleagues. I shift from a kindergarten to an AP mindset. Then, I head to the yoga studio to teach and… Read more »

Holding space for shades

I’m currently 42, and over the last several months I’ve observed some really incredible sunsets. I’ve also been awed by the clouds, which I’m certain have always been in the sky and near that same sun I’ve recently and keenly noticed. There’s just been something about the vibrant and meshing colors of the sun and… Read more »

One more time

I’ve got the whole sell-out-a-stadium, triple-platinum, grammy-award-winning singer’s soul without a lick of talent to support it, but, man, when I’m cleaning our studio with Bonnie Raitt or The Eagles, I am astounding. One of my favorite — on repeat — songs is The Eagles classic, ‘Take it to the Limit,’ and the lyrics that have always… Read more »

What does it mean to choose love?

For the last several months, I have been ending my yoga classes with– “…and on this journey, please, choose love.” Just like many of the words I say, it takes a transition period for them to live, and I don’t believe it’s hypocritical. I believe that there is sometimes a gestation period between what we… Read more »

What it means to stay

“I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.” -Oriah MD When I first read Oriah’s The Invitation, these are the words that I couldn’t get past. It was over 10 years ago, and I remember how these words… Read more »

A coach’s point of view

Initially, most of our players agreed that yoga is not something they would ordinarily seek out and do on their own. Many thought that it was “stupid” and an exercise that was geared more towards women. However, after their experience at Balance, they have been very vocal about the benefits of the practice and now… Read more »

Your attention, please

“Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.” ― Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men My teacher, Kurt, introduced me to the power of the breath. His philosophy, that I have built my life’s work on the foundation of, is that if you can control the breath, you can control the mind…. Read more »

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    The story behind ‘choose love’

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    “…And the point is, to live everything.” These seven words are certainly the tattoo I have been searching for. They’re definitely the deep waters I need to swim in. They are seven beams of light converging into an understanding that life is simply not meant to be understood, it’s meant to be lived. It’s that simple,… Read more »

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    Dimming the lights

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    I do not enjoy slowing down. I never feel like I have enough time to do everything that I want to do in my day, so I tend to overcompensate. I’ll push myself to do everything that I do have the time to do extra hard, to make sure that I don’t walk away upset, feeling… Read more »

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    A commitment to love

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    Yesterday, we opened our door in an invitation to commit to wellness. I was, and I believe forever will be, humbled by my beautiful staff who surrounds me whenever, and however, I need them. As Jon Lewis (A.K.A. the fabulous Mr. Loops) and his sweet sounds filled the studio and the comfort of essential oils… Read more »

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    I want to live in celebration

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    “Choose the least important day. It will be important enough.”―Thornton Wilder, ‘Our Town’ I’ve been thinking a lot about giving. Honestly, I’ve been thinking alot about buying presents. I’ve been thinking about it because I don’t want to have to do it, I never do well with Christmas or birthdays. It’s a struggle because I… Read more »