Category Archives: breathe

Align Yourself with the Energy of the Summer Solstice

June 21 is the Summer Solstice, which reminds us to turn inward and find the nourishment needed to grow and evolve. It is a time to pause and wait for the energy planted in the Spring to reach full bloom. After the Solstice, the northern hemisphere begins tilting away from the sun and the days start

When You Get Thrown off the Plane… Have Good Food!

My Mom and I headed off for Paris earlier this week while visions of almond croissants danced in our heads. Only one problem, our travels ended in Chicago for a night because our flight was canceled due to “mechanical issues.” My mother is in great shape for a 90-year-old, but this was not going to

New Yoga Classes (in-person and online) – Starting in June!!

Be still; quietly remember the presence of and within yourself, and you will know, without thinking, that while all around you everything changes, within you lives something unchanging. ~Guy Finley This is really the message of yoga, and it is what we cultivate when we come to the mat or the cushion. Within each of

Adventure to the Caribbean: A Costa Rica Yoga Retreat, October 22 – 29, 2023

Registration is now open for this adventure to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica! The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a beautiful region that is generally less developed and touristy than the Pacific side. Unlike the Pacific coast, September and October are the finest months to visit. This is the first time I will

Taking Mindfulness into the Community—Here’s an App for You!

If you think teaching mindfulness would be helpful for people in schools, hospitals, or in crisis mental health settings, first, I agree with you. Second, you’ll want to finish reading this blog about a wonderful organization called movemindfully®  and what they’ve accomplished in the Twin Cities area. But most of all, learn about the resources

Deconstructing the House of Sorrow: A Winter Solstice Reflection

At the moment of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he reached down to the earth goddess to affirm his triumph over Mara, the destroyer. He had seen through the house of sorrow that he had built around himself. The first teaching given by the Buddha after his enlightenment was the Four Noble Truths, which lays out the

Put Down the Phone and Tune Into Yourself

What do you do when you first wake up in the morning? My guess is many of you start checking your phone for the news, swipe through all your social media accounts, and then go to email. And your mind might immediately get caught up in obsessive, ruminative thinking about something that’s not going well.

Join Me for 30 Days of Mindfulness: Discover the Power of Daily Meditation

I’m excited to announce that I’m one of the teachers in this September’s Mindful30, a 30-day online meditation challenge from my friends at Mindful. Mindful30 includes a full month of daily videos sent straight to your inbox, featuring mindfulness practices from me and other experts. This program is designed to help you build resilience, cultivate

21 Days of Sunrise Yoga = Personal Growth and Transformation!

July 11 – 31, 2022 | 6:00 – 7:15a CENTRAL TIME To sign up, go to alleyCatYoga.com. ONLINE ONLY. Wake in the early morning, escorted by pastel shades of dawn. Sit in the consciousness of stillness and become poised to listen. Let yoga speak to you as the sun rises. There is no better way

Slow Down and Visit Yourself

In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. —Pico Iyer If you feel a lot of urgency to fix the way you eat, fix your body, or fix your life, you probably have the feeling of going around in circles without getting anywhere. The truth is there is nothing to