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
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
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

camping
Is it weird that I picture a ladies' camping trip as basically "The Craft" with tents?
in

Jul 31, 2014 at 9:00am | 200 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

yoga
It's one thing to fall down in class, it's another thing entirely to CAUSE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY WITH ONE'S BUTT.
depression
I suffer from anxiety and depression and sometimes even the affirmations I teach don’t help.
exercise
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
One hot-shot yoga dude thinks it's, like, totally fine, but others aren't so sure.
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

coming out
When I complimented her new hair color, there was mutual lingering eye contact. GAY LINGERING EYE CONTACT.
self care
On one hand, I was just about able to survive -- but on the other, I was running myself ragged.
mental health
Sometimes my body gets numb and I forget that I'm a human being.
issues
The Legacy Workout is a call for self-care and collaboration.
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.
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

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

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

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?
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!