This year, I spent my birthday speaking and teaching yoga at Cape Cod’s Love Yoga Fest.
Back in my corporate days, I’d always withdrawal one precious vacation day out of the HR benefit bank (and I hoarded those days like a freaking Dickensian miser lol) and spend it…by myself…at the beach, journaling and enjoying the solace and soul-filling experience that is the simple pleasure of being by an ocean.
Because my birthday is in the summer (so a little more than 1/2 way through the year), I’d use it as an opportunity to do a mid-year check in with myself–a version of a mid-year review…but you know, with less stomach-churning dread. 😉
That is still my tradition. But this year in between teaching, talking to students/vendors/teachers/attendees, and generally running around all day, I didn’t get much downtime or journaling/reflecting time. And I definitely didn’t take the day off.
Which is when I realized: WOW! My life now is such that I love my work SO much, I choose to spend my birthday–the one day out of the whole year when you can unapologetically make it all about you–I get to spend MY day doing work I love! I get to teach and share tools that I’m passionate about, that I’ve found illuminating and transformational, helping others to find their paths, the courage to step into their most fulfilling lives, techniques to de-stress during the day and enhance their sleep and embrace wellness in a new way.
Instead of trying to escape my work life because my work made me so unhappy, I’m actually happy to spend my birthday working…because I’ve created a life where I love what I do. Where I believe in and am fulfilled by my work. Where I feel like my work truly helps people transform and elevate their lives.
My hope is that each of you will find work and create lives where you feel the same about what you do. It is DEFINITELY worth it. I promise! <3
This very special event debuted last year when the Prime Minister of India petitioned the U.N. to globally acknowledge the impact and importance that yoga has had around the world.
Last year, I lead a practice on the docks of the Charles River on a beautiful sunny day in the middle of the afternoon.
This year, I lead a practice in the quiet sanctuary of Boston’s Public Garden as the sun set. One attendee, blogger Sanae from Blue Boots Go took this photo and it so accurately captures the stillness, the collective connection of the group, and the bond we formed with the verdant, green nature around us.
If you’re in Boston and love to be outdoors as much as I do, join us all summer, every Wednesday, on the Esplanade. Free and open to all. <3
I’m thrilled to be heading b-ACK to the beautiful, morning-fog, afternoon-sun, cobblestone streets of Nantucket this summer to present at the the Nantucket Yoga Festival! This is my fourth year being at the Festival and it truly is a unique experience.
Nestled in the farm-fresh air of Bartlett’s farm, the sea air (just across the way) blows through the open-air tents, keeping you cool as you get to experience a diverse array of teachings and presenters. From Larisa Forman’s infamous meditation on the beach to lectures on photography by artist/photographer Robert Sturnam, there truly is something for everyone.
I’m inviting you to join us and use my Friends & Family code (SD16) to save on passes (savings which can be reallocated to fabulous dinners out?!)
Get the full-scoop here.
Well-known fact about me: I like to eat…a lot. As in, I really like to eat.
And I eat frequently and semi-startlingly
large amounts. When I’m overly hungry or know it will be a long time between meals, I pretty much can’t make it–sort of like a two-year old (but taller).
Therefore, when I’m heading into a road trip, flight, or weekend that requires a large energetic output, I arm myself with super-healthy, protein-packed superfoods to energize me and get me through! Bonus–I like to bring extra and feed everyone around me.
So heading into a weekend where I would both present and attend my favorite writer’s conference in the world Muse & the Marketplace (whose website wisely advises you to BYOB–protein bar that is) AND speaking and attending Yoga Reaches Out, an amazing yoga event at Gillette Stadium where over 1,000 yogis practice on New England’s favorite football field, you better believe I turned to my Registered Dietician Whiz Sister Hanna as to what I should bake and bring with me. I knew I’d need long-term, sustained energy and anything I could eat to help boost mental alertness and focus. Hanna recommended this recipe and I customized it to be gluten-free and extra-healthy.
Hanna explained that with whole-grains (complex carbohydrates), healthy fat, and packed with protein to keep you full, these delicious bars allow for sustained energy throughout the day with no sugar crashes. Yay!
Directions: Line a 9 by 13-inch pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soak a cup of oats with the coconut water and ½ a cup of filtered water, and let it sit for an hour.
Meanwhile, mix the eggs, yogurt, honey, and coconut oil together until well-blended.
Add all remaining ingredients and mix on a medium speed in your stand mixer (or wooden spatula if you’re up for a serious arm workout).
Break up the soaked rolled oats with a fork if need be.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 minutes.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, so that the coconut oil and almond butter can solidify.
Cut into 2 by 1 slices and store in the fridge for a week (or even a few days more).
I doubled it because I wanted a large batch; you may want to wrap individually and freeze them.
By the time February rolls around, we’re often deep into the trademark “winter hunch,” bracing against the chill. We’re compounded with hunching over our desks at work, laptops at home, and smart phones pretty much everywhere, which makes even the most upright among us start to feel like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Here are my 5 Favorite ways to counteract “Winter Hunch” & open your heart for Valentine’s Day, which I’m thrilled to share are featured on Dr. Oz!
“Heart openers” are a popular request in yoga, but many yoga teachers only open the chest muscles. I’m approaching it from a 360-degree perspective. Enjoy!