A Direct Experience

“There’s courage involved if you want to become truth. There is a broken open place in a lover.” -Rumi I was away for a week with three facilitators, and approximately 125 participants. Along with very comfortable tank tops and yoga pants I packed a three-ring binder with plenty of paper, Post-It notes (various colors and… Read more »

Summer Love

What you practice becomes stronger, and at Balance, we’re practicing Loving-Kindness. That’s not just a bumper sticker or refrigerator magnet. It’s not hippie (although we love ourselves some hippies ✌🏼❤️😁).  It’s science. The study of the brain has unveiled to us the concept of plasticity. Yep. You can change your brain. We’re hard wired with a… Read more »

Silence is full of answers

“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.”― Deepak Chopra I’m going to tell you this and initially, it’s going to… Read more »

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 the following 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… 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 »

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    Your attention, please

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    “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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    What the Hell do I know?

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    I’ve been known to ask, “Do you think…” and, the words, “If things were this way…” have crept out of my mouth. For years, those sentence starters have prompted conversations that I hoped would bring answers to comfort my often uneasy soul. That’s what it’s really all about, right? Michael Singer — author of The Untethered… Read more »

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    Simple? Very funny

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    “It’s never simple to keep things simple.” -Richie Norton Paradoxically, I’m obsessed with simplicity. I’m actually a bit obsessed with the pursuit of simplicity. This work in mindfulness is partially to thankfully “blame.” I’ve been thinking about how simple gratitude is: a sunset, a laugh, a hand in another. How easy it is to melt… Read more »