Tasting Mindfulness

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

Let’s Play!!! Making Life Radiant and Vibrant

The word “play” has been popping up in my awareness lately, and I’m wondering if I’m any good at it. I believe I have a good work / play balance—meaning that my days are a combination of getting items done on my work to-do list while not letting those get in the way of exercise,

Wake Up, Feel Your Energy, and Seize the Day!

Stop a moment to consider the importance of energy. Everything is energy. It affects how you think, how you feel, how you interact with others, and how you manage your entire life. When you have more energy and when your body is energetically tuned-up, you are positioned to enjoy your life and tackle any challenges that might

Staying Grounded in the Midst of Change

As I told you in my last blog, there is a lot of change in my life right now.  Some of it is very exciting. I am looking forward to new adventures in the world of Energy Medicine. And some of it is very sad. If you are in the yoga community in Columbia, you

In Transition and (finally) Loving It!–Letting Go Into the Void

As you may have noticed, I have not been blogging as much this year.  The reasons are multi-faceted, and I wanted to share the most important ones with you. The biggest reason is that I have been in transition. While I’ve been in transition, it has been more difficult for me to focus my attention,

Winter Yoga Retreat at Pura Vida Spa and Resort: Sign up NOW! Spaces are filling up!

“Throw away your preconceived notions of a yoga retreat! You will not subsist on tofu or chant om all day and night.  Instead, you will be challenged, loved, and laugh a lot in a peaceful and verdant setting with kind and caring people, joined together in a journey for self-awareness.”  (D. Checkett, past participant) Join

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

New Year – Same Me – That’s Okay!

I know everyone is talking about New Year’s resolutions and telling you how to keep them. But I want to tell you that it is absolutely okay not to have any. Instead, I am going to suggest that you do this ONE THING! Love yourself just as you are. Loving yourself just as you are