self care
On one hand, I was just about able to survive -- but on the other, I was running myself ragged.
depression
I suffer from anxiety and depression and sometimes even the affirmations I teach don’t help.
yoga
It's one thing to fall down in class, it's another thing entirely to CAUSE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY WITH ONE'S BUTT.
issues
The Legacy Workout is a call for self-care and collaboration.
yoga
First I signed up for an all-female nude yoga class to dip my toe in before getting naked in a class with strange dudes. Hey, anything for science.
in

Feb 16, 2014 at 11:00am | 121 comments

yoga
I was completely unable to focus on my practice, instead feeling hyper-aware of my skinny white girl body.
in

Jan 28, 2014 at 3:00pm | 3423 comments

yoga
One hot-shot yoga dude thinks it's, like, totally fine, but others aren't so sure.
yoga
Kundalini energy is conceptualized as a coiled serpent at the base of the spine that, when released, travels up your Chakras, leading to a transcendent experience. New agey and ouroborous-related? Sold!
yoga
Apparently I thought if I just called myself a Yoga Teacher, I would magically turn into one of the mystical, superior creatures who I worshipped from afar during my years as a practicing student.
yoga
Yoga furnishes a textbook example of lifting something from another tradition, branding it as “exotic,” diluting and twisting it, and then calling it our own.
yoga
This guy walked up to me and asked me what was wrong. He said, “When I’m freaking out, I hang upside down.” What?
protest
What made me say "this is enough" was having two young people killed by the police.
in

Jun 6, 2013 at 12:00pm | 63 comments

mental health
Sometimes my body gets numb and I forget that I'm a human being.
exercise
sex
I'm about to get pretty new-agey on you. But don't worry, I will ease you into it with a fun story about me sleeping with my yoga teacher during a period of intense personal demolition.
in

Jan 10, 2013 at 12:00pm | 57 comments

yoga
On rare occasion, people slip out before class begins, hoping I won't notice they didn't want to practice with me.
in

Oct 25, 2012 at 9:00am | 242 comments

leggings
I mocked the shit out of the rich bitches that wore super fancy yoga gear: technical fabrics, racer-back-built-in everything, SKORTS. Then I bought a pair of super-fancy yoga pants.
in

Oct 4, 2012 at 11:00am | 235 comments

yoga
If I try to stand with my toes and heels touching, then I can't lock my knees. I suspect it is because my bone structure has been altered by a lifetime of obesity.
in

Sep 28, 2012 at 4:00pm | 103 comments

body image
You really have no idea how much you use your abdominal muscles until they’re angry at you, and mine were really, really angry.
in

Jun 18, 2012 at 6:00pm | 48 comments

sara benincasa
Yoga freaks will tell you yoga can slim you down, make your heart healthy, give you the perfect ass, improve your sex life and make you happy. Are they right?
in

Jun 8, 2012 at 2:30pm | 171 comments

disability
There is still too little room for the disabled or less-than-perfect in the yoga community. We talk about bodies and acceptance, but what we are usually talking about is healthy bodies -- or bodies that can be turned into healthy bodies.
in

Jan 9, 2012 at 2:00pm | 0 comments

how did this happen
The appropriation of yoga in the US grosses me out. Yet somehow I have become a yoga person, one of those annoying people in short-shorts and a sports bra toting a mat around and talking about energy.
in

Dec 28, 2011 at 3:00pm | 0 comments