I had my first panic attack over 10 years ago during my first amateur triathlon.  It happened during the start of my open water swim and having hundreds of women swimming, next to, over, and under me in a way to get ahead of each other scared me.  My breathing drew ragged and panic seized […]

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I’m a yoga teacher, but I’m not very crunchy-granola.  Meaning, I dye my hair, paint my nails and not everything is all-natural, all-organic, all-the-time.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just not my thing.  However, when I had my first son, suddenly I couldn’t bring myself to use some of the chemical laden […]

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Back in the day, before I had kids, I used to work a lot with pregnant ladies.  I had taken a prenatal yoga certification and loved my weekly classes.  Sometimes, I felt a bit silly like when I’d instruct them that if they would do a certain exercise long enough it would mimic a contraction, […]

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I expected food cravings during my pregnancy, but when they kicked in I was shocked.  “Meat,” my body yelled, “I want MEAT.” I felt betrayed and more than a little insulted.  I was vegan, you see, and I didn’t eat that sort of thing.  However as a yoga teacher I believe in the body/mind connection […]

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My yoga practice has really fallen off since having kids.  Truth is, I miss those 90 minute classes where I could sweat and stretch out my day, but my time is now the thing being stretched.  It’s taken some adapting and thought, but I still have a deep practice, it just looks differently than it […]

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There was a time when I tried to follow a super low-fat diet in the hopes of losing weight.  My husband and I refer to it as “the time that shall not be named”.  I was miserable.  I had low energy, felt flu-ish all the time, thinking made my brain hurt and everything packaged as […]

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My husband has chronic back pain.  When he had a recent fender bender which sent his back into spasms, I recommended he try Pilates.  “But, Pilates is for girls,” he said.  “What makes you think that?” I asked.  His response was, “well, ballerinas do it, don’t they”? And yes, while dancers and women in particular […]

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