Tasting Mindfulness

Invitation to Gratitude – Are You Ready to Change Your Life?

Every morning when I wake up, my mind does not start with thoughts of gratitude. If you’re anything like me, your mind starts thinking about what went wrong yesterday, what could go wrong today, and what might go wrong tomorrow. This is not a great way to start the day. What I have learned from

Adapting to Autumn: Three Transformational Practices for the Season

Among the ancient healing modalities found in Energy Medicine, the theories and practices of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are front and center. As a psychologist, it is the study of the Five Elements from TCM which I have found most fascinating. While I learned many theories of personality in my psychology training, I have learned

The Wisdom in Balance: Contracting and Expanding

NOTE TO START: This will be the beginning of a new era of writing which will focus on my two current areas of interest — Yoga and Energy Medicine. I have been teaching yoga in the Kripalu tradition for 25 years and, for the past three years, I have been teaching an Energy Medicine Yoga

“Hassle” or “Opportunity”? Ways to Look at Life

Early Monday morning I gazed at the garage and knew it was time to clean out the recycling that had piled up over the past few weeks. There is only so much clutter I can stand before it starts to drive me crazy. And, since we don’t have pick-up by the city anymore, you need

Taking It Off The Mat: Yoga For Your Life

I’m in the middle of teaching the 21-Day Summer Sunrise Yoga series. Every two days I teach one of the Yamas or Niyamas (basically the yogic directions on how to live your life found in Limbs One and Two of the Eight Limbed Path of Yoga). Each Yama and Niyama have an associated mudra (hand

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

Summer Sunrise 21-Day Yoga Adventure: Sign Up NOW!

How would you like to embark upon a ritual of yoga practice at sunrise for 21 days straight? Or, maybe you’re asking “Why on earth would someone do that?” Answer: Because it could change your life.  No joke. After 21 days of getting up and practicing yoga before you start your day, I’m convinced that

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

Dear alleyCat Yoga–Reviewing a Journey of Love

My story with alleyCat Yoga begins before it had a name. I was living in California for a year (2001-2002) doing my internship in psychology when my Buddhist teacher, Ginny Morgan, called me from Columbia and said that she had a couple of yogis living in her basement—namely, Ken McRae and Kathleen Knipp. They had