Daily Archives: December 2, 2010



On December 3rd, 1967 the first successful heart transplant occurred in CapeTown South Africa. The revolutionary medical operation was not without it’s flaws but it started there and the beat goes on.

Today’s intention is to work with heart. When you think you might give up, remember your heart. Remember your passion and remember why you came here. When you want to give up, remember it all and then ask yourself if you want to move forward in the practice.

I know that this is not a struggle when dealing with flow classes, but when teaching in the heat (at Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica) there are so many ‘external forces’ telling you to get the heck out, get out of the room quick and get yourself a cocktail. Alas, NO. There are so many internal forces telling you to keep the toxins in. I’m telling you to listen to the true depth of you, beyond your flexibility, beyond your mental edge, beyond the point where you think you can’t stand it in the room any longer and ask yourself, can you do this?

I have been teaching flow for a decade. I’ve been teaching Hot yoga on and off for five years. I love it all but can honestly say that with any structured discipline whether yoga or fitness, it’s the mind that tells you to stop before the body gives in.

Get through the muddle of the mind to get deeper into the heart of why you came to practice to begin with. I know. You purchased a Groupon package and you are wondering when you can hit the mall and grab a Cabernet with your pal. Why did you come here? Why do you practice yoga, go to the gym, hire a trainer? Does it feel like hell? Does it always, ALWAYS feel better once you’ve done it? Um, yea. Does it feel good and do you look better putting yourself in a position to challenge yourself mentally and physically in a safe and nurturing environment so that when you get out there in the ‘real’ world, it all seems better? Hell to the yea. Well then, you have found the right spot. The Y spot. Oh, baby.

Yoga (and I don’t ALWAYS mean on the mat), whatever your yoga is, is YOUR yoga. The place that can challenge your alchemy beyond physical and emotional pierces you on planes so deep that the ‘practice’ of your yoga becomes habit. It transcends the sheaths of the transparent, the immediate, the internal and penetrates you on a cellular level, challenging all your beliefs, visions, passion and fervor for life. It rocks your heart and makes you move from that place.

Blabadi blah. No, seriously. What the frick is keeping you from ANYTHING in life? Is it yoga? Probably not. If I do standing bow pulling pose and hold it for a minute, can I achieve all of my greatness? Probably not.

Listen peeps, showing up is 90%. Just be present for Buddhas sake…in anything you do. You heart is an involuntary muscle that you cannot control. Honey, it’s gonna beat whether you sit on the couch or lay out your yoga mat. But…does it not quicken when a new love enters your life picture? Does it not pound faster with the sound of Rihanna in your ears and Brooks shoes on your feet, running along a smooth running path before you? Does it not skip when you are promoted at your job or cut off in traffic? Alas, it does!

Be proud of that heart beating and support it when you put in positions you aren’t comfortable with.

In Yoga, we are sooooo used to moving. Love it, don’t get me wrong. But, with Hot Yoga, you are forced to look at your darn self in the mirror, in stillness, in heat, and hold, for the love of all things that glitter…and that’s hard.

It’s uncomfy. It’s wool on bare skin. BE with it and GO with it. Make it through and…my darlings…will the rest of your trials, outside of the mat or ‘your’ version of yoga, will you be able to rule the lifewalk.

Go there. Get scared there. Call me if you need me or take sip of water and rest. It will all be ok.

Follow your heart.

Be quiet first.

Ask questions.

Feel the answer.

Then leave the rest to trust. It’s the best investment.

Nothing to lose….

Not certain….

The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.” - Anon

“I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak, than a heart that cannot love” – Robert Tizon

Have a strong mind and a soft heart. Anthony J. D’Angelo

Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. -Galatians.

When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely-- the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears- when you give your whole attention to it. -J. Krishnamutri.

The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands. -Robert M. Persig

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.


He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. -Abraham Lincoln

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. -Maya Angelou

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. -Winston Churchill

It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. -Mohandas Gandhi

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. -Mohandas Gandhi

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

Dalai Lama

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. -Dalai Lama

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious. –Vince Lombardi

Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.


What is true of the individual will be to-morrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope. -Mohandas Gandhi

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? -Confucius

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

Nelson Mandela

There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate. -Robert Frost

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. -Oscar Wilde

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller

It is not the body's posture, but the heart's attitude that counts when we pray. -Billy Graham

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

Leonardo da Vinci

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.

Lao Tzu

The ear is the avenue to the heart.


Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. -Marcus Aurelius

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. -Martin Luther

Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things. -Joe Paterno

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. -Jane Austen

Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation. -Michael Jackson

If you ask people what they've always wanted to do, most people haven't done it. That breaks my heart. -Angelina Jolie

Purity of heart is to will one thing. -Soren Kierkegaard

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. -Rumi

It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.- Epictetus

Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.

Dale Carnegie

'nuff said,


There’s good news….aaaand there’s bad news…


There's good history that we celebrate, like THANKSGIVING!!

...and there's bad history...that'd we'd like to forget...like the hangover or the regret of eating a slice of pumpkin that turned into two over the fond memories of past Thanksgivings when your funny aunt wore that crazy hat and eventually three slices turns into the whole dang pie and your aunt and your belly ain't something to laugh about the day after.

Wasn't me, I swear.

Or, er, Enron, we'd like to forget but it happens to be the anniversary of and 'cuz I'm Lady, I see the yoga in ALL history and so, I see this moment, this trial, this polar opposite, yin to yang, both forces...mistakes and mending, blunder to healing. An order to propel a moment in history toward strength of purpose forward.

I love history. We love to celebrate it but there’s also that part we admonish.

Not all history is something to be proud of. We need the mistakes to see where we come from and where we are going.

There is yoga in that.

When we look back at this week in history, we remember the embarrassing event in Enron, the energy trading company that filed for bankruptcy (on December 2nd, 2001). It was one of the largest corporate bankruptcies and financial scandals in U.S. history cost investors billions of dollars.

Not a good thing.

If we can move past that mistake as a country we can individually look past and forgive our own personal mistakes. Today, our collective intention is to move forward in truth, goodness and passion. Move past your trials, your bender with chocolate chip cookies, your mistakes and triumph over the moment at hand. Succeed or fail and let yourself try again. You are safe. You are here. You showed up. To practice or to read. Move forward and let go.

Wasn't me, I swear...

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.- Winston Churchill

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.- Walt Disney

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.- Helen Keller

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.- Lao Tzu

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity - or it will move apart.- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle. - Marcus Aurelius

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.- Henry Ford

I love that man. There’s a reason I own a Ford, but really, can I quote him more?

Life must be understood backwards; but... it must be lived forward. - Soren Kierkegaard

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.- Brian Tracy

People fall forward to success.- Mary Kay Ash

One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph, Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better, sleep to wake.- Robert Browning

Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. - Denis Waitley

At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division. - Jesse Jackson

Playing safe is probably the most unsafe thing in the world. You cannot stand still. You must go forward.- Robert Collier

Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together. - Yo-Yo Ma

Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward. - Maxwell Maltz

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit. -Anton Chekhov

If you cry 'forward', you must without fail make plain in what direction to go. - Anton Chekhov

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge. - Enrico Fermi

“Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.”
- Henri L. Bergson

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
– Hellen Keller

“Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.”
- Josh Billings

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”
- Will Rogers

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
- Christopher Columbus

“To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his left and right hand. He uses both.”
- St Catherine of Siena

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we took so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened up for us”
- Helen Keller

“We don’t see the things the way they are. We see things the way WE are.”
- Talmund

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.”
- Norman Vincent Peale

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
- Dr Wayne Dyer

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”
- Theodore Rubin

“Pessimist : A person who says that O is the last letter of ZERO, instead of the first letter in word OPPORTUNITY.”
- Anonymous

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
- Thomas A Edison

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting”
- Elizabeth Bibesco

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”
- B. Olatunji

“When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
- Franklin D Roosevelt

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.”
- Zig Ziglar

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
- Winston Churchill

“The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.”
- Dennis Green

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
- Muhammad Ali

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
- Dale Carnegie

“Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”
- Sam Ewing

“There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there’s virtually no competition.”
- Steven J Ross

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
- Confucious

“Many of life’s failures are people who had not realized how close they were to success when they gave up.”
- Thomas A Edison

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”
- Stephen Covey

“Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.”
- Peter Drucker

“Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!”
- Donald Gardner

“Success is what you attract by the person you become.”
- Jim Rohn

“You have to ‘Be’ before you can ‘Do’ and ‘Do’ before you can ‘Have’.
- Zig Ziglar

“You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people to get what they want.”
- Zig Ziglar

“The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others wish to join us.”
- Hubert Humphrey

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus when the limo breaks down.”
- Oprah Winfrey

“Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.”
- Jim Rohn

“It isn’t what the book costs. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it.”
- Jim Rohn

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

“The future has several names. For the weak, it is the impossible. For the fainthearted, it is the unknown. For the thoughtful and valiant, it is the ideal.”
- Victor Hugo

“There is nothing more genuine than breaking away from the chorus to learn the sound of your own voice.”
- Po Bronson

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
- Waldo Emerson

“Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”
- Henry van Dyke

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
- Bertrand Russell

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”
- Winston Churchill

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life’s about creating yourself.”
- George Bernard Shaw

“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vintage point.”
- Harold B Melchart

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.”
- Benjamin Mays

“More often in life, we end up regretting the chances in life that we had, but didn’t take them, than those chances that we took and wished we hadn’t.”
- Anonymous

“An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.”
- Pope John Paul I

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”
- Earl Shoaf

“So many of our dreams at first seems impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
- Christopher Reeve

Can I hear a wha wha!

More power to ya. Check your p's and q's. Dot your i's and cross your t's. Don't make the news and if you make any noise. Do it silently, fall out gracefully and stand strong again purposefully.