Monthly Archives: June 2011

Memoiries. A mini HistorYoga lesson…


I love history and look at it as a point of reference when we come together on the mat. To see the yoga in all of what we came from, in every moment, so we can arrive fully in the present moment - fuels our future. That is my definition of YOGA.

I use the words of unlikely yogis from authors to rock stars to back it up in the classes I teach. These people probably never rolled out a yoga mat or did a downward dog, but out of the context from which they speak, you can hear the yogic wisdom as if they were sweating out a vinyasa right next to you.

When you hear Paramahansa Yogananda, quotes from the Sutras or the Bhagavad Gita, of course, this is yoga. But yoga is more than that. Yoga is everywhere from poverty to politics, from the office to the gym, traffic to the grocery store.

It's my mission to find yoga and show you how to find it in your everyday too. It's easy when history is obvious, the 4th of July, our countries birthday, or living history with NY passing the bill for same sex marriage. It's celebration. It's unity. It's coming together in like vision.

We need history and holidays. They are timelines for memories helping us look back to see where we came from so we can be more present in the moment, so we can progress in the momentum of life. and be passionate about where we are going one moment at a time. It's the key to being mindful - to know from where you stand.

Sometimes we don't have the time to come to the mat. Even in yoga, you can always close your eyes and tap into the memory of a past practice so you can remember what it felt like, breathe into the space and memory and steep the senses in it like you would a childhood memory.

Your memories, muscular, cellular, emotional, physical, it's all there to call upon when you need.

I look back to Hong Kong's return to China back on July 1st, 1997 - a surrender of control, a new found freedom.

I was in England when the headline came out. I remember the buzz, the chatter of excitement as well as dispute.

I remember having bright blonde hair, in my early 20's and roaming around Europe with no plan. I was free and I was in Yoga. Had nothing to do with China, but I remember the headline, the independence and the feelings it brought up for me.

On June 14th, 1777 the US adopted the stars and stripes for our flag representing a new constellation and our grand union. When I went running on the beach the other day and saw all of the beach clubs donned with stars and stripes blowing in the wind, I was so excited to watch the beauty and structure of the lines, the celebration in the bursts of stars. If THAT's not yoga, I don't know what is.

On June 16th 1884, the first roller coaster was introduced to America, opening in Coney Island Brooklyn, New York. It went six miles an hour and cost a nickel to ride. A roller coaster - six miles an hour. Sometimes you have to slow down to speed up. Life brings you ups and downs. It can be a slow climb filled with fright, an instant at a blissful peak of achievement and crazy scary twists and turns. Life moves fast. Savoring each bit of it, the fear, exhilaration, swiftness and slowness of it...that's freekin' yoga.

On June 17th, 1885 The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship to the US from the people of France arrived in New York City's Harbor. On the pedestal was inscribed "The New Colossus" a famous sonnet by American Poet Emma Lazarus that welcomed immigrants to the US. Collossus which means gigantic, powerful, ever present, filling space. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.' In yoga, we fill the space with our presence. We come to the mat, some lost, some found, often tired but most definitely, yearning to be free.

Your body is like a GPS. You need to know where you are to figure out where you are going.

It is my one true mission to find yoga in everything and every moment, share it with you so that you too can have the ability to find yoga everywhere and celebrate it too.

Yoga is such a great feeling that, as a teacher, I can guide you towards. But you, you are the one that has the other 23 hours to keep all the bliss you created in that one hour with me, through the rest of your day.

I was never a big fan of history. My dad loved history. He was a member of the history channel, read voraciously and watched historical documentaries whenever he had the chance.

I have no idea where history yoga came from other than it came from him in a moment, in a flash. It happened in a moment that became a memory, history.

When he passed away two years ago, he infused each one of us, my sisters and my mom with the passions he tried to live out. Whether successful or unsuccessful in that pursuit, we are all shining a bit brighter because of him. He was an unlikely yogi.

Before I started yoga, I was an unlikely yogi.

I guess we all are.

Yoga is when you can feel that connection. Feel it on the mat, in your life, with your loved ones and see that you always had it in you.

It looks different for everyone. Sometimes it's a mat, a surf board, a document being signed by people in power.

Yoga is forward moving pure and true thought, speech and action.

It is infinite in mind and present in heart.

Yoga is my world - past, present and future and I am so grateful to share it with you.


Father’s Day…Leave Room…love, love, unconditional love…

and support...

Whether you have a dad or don't. Whether you are close with dad or aren't.
Today is father's day.
For some, dad is infinite - always there - a parent to live up to, rebel against, look up to or towards for guidance.
For some, he's still there, ready to walk you down the aisle when you get married.
Maybe he is an idea... that role model that never existed. For some, we've lost our 'dad' before the greatest memories began for our adulthood. But, there is no doubt that we all have some male support now or in times gone by for support that gives us the unconditional love or push that we need to live our best self.
Tap into your inner dad - the one that made sure you had a jacket when it was cold, the one that you tried to quiet when he told you you would understand when you were older or told you how to live when you knew exactly how to live, the one you saw on tv or the one you put on your wall or wished you had.
Tap into the masculine strength we ALL have, whether we are girls or boys.

In honor of father’s day, our collective intention is to celebrate that unconditional love and support. Enlist the support from that figure and send out your practice to them. In gratitude....

Just because somebody doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with everything they got. unknown

Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper. Friedrich Nietzsche

Intense love does not measure, it just gives. Mother Teresa

The greatest gift a parent can give a child is unconditional love. As a child wanders and strays, finding his bearings, he needs a sense of absolute love from a parent. There’s nothing wrong with tough love, as long as the love is unconditional. George W. Bush

To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love. Oscar Wilde

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return. Antoine de Saint – Exupéry

Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means. Leo Buscaglia

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.- Anne Geddes

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." -- Clarence Budington Kelland

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance." -- Ruth E. Renkel

It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home—it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.- Margaret Truman

The giving of love is an education in itself. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Even after all this time, The sun never says to the earth, "You owe me."

Look what happens with A love like that. It lights the whole sky.- Hafiz of Persia

Things Dads Say…

"Did someone see that duck?" (after passing wind) - that's just my freekin' favorite!

"Do you think I'm talking just to hear my own voice?"

"Walk it off."

"Blow on it."

"Don't get smart with me."

"Because I said so."

"It will build character."

"You'll understand when you're older."

"I will turn this car around."


Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. Bill Cosby

Gray hair is God's graffiti. Bill Cosby

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit. Bill Cosby

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. Bill Cosby

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it. Bill Cosby

One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be. Unknown

You know... fathers just have a way of putting everything together. Erika Cosby

Every Dad is entitled to one hideous shirt and one horrible sweater. It's part of the Dad code. Cheaper By the Dozen 2 (2005) – Tom Baker (Steve Martin)

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. Charles Wadsworth

Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys. Unknown

“By the time I was ten, playing baseball got to be like eating vegetables or taking out the garbage. So when I was 14, I started to refuse. Could you believe that? An American boy refusing to play catch with his father?” Field of Dreams (1989) – Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner)

It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. Enid Bagnold

A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind. Albert Einstein

There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus. Unknown

When one has not had a good father, one must create one. Friedrich Nietzsche

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. Anne Sexton

All children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. Anne Frank

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. Charles Wadsworth

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. Ruth E. Renkel

There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself. John Gregory Brown

“You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father and the father becomes the son.” Superman Returns (2006) – Superman (Brandon Routh)

There will always be a few people who have the courage to love what is untamed inside us. One of those men is my father.” Flicka (2006) – Katie McLoughlin (Alison Lohman)

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. Red Buttons


My dad was a driver in NYC. When I moved to LA, I became a driver. Aren't we all, living in LA?

One of the greatest lessons, my dad taught me was to leave room...

When driving, leave room - allowing a car length between you and the driver in front of you so that you work with the flow of driving. (what I took) When we work together, we will all get to where we need to in good time. If you are riding someone's bumper you are congesting the space, creating stagnancy in the movement of everyone. Now, my dad wasn't a yogi, but driving was his yoga. And you can use that lesson on the 405 or in life.

Leave room...

while driving.

while practicing - for the breath to fill a pose.

while eating - for comfort, fuel and easy assimilation.

while speaking - to be thoughtful

while listening - to be present

while looking - to take in

while breathing - to fill up and feel complete, to let go and feel free

Leave room and you will be receptive to all that is good and waiting right here for you, within.

Dear dad - although you are gone – you keep teaching me more everyday!!!!

Happy Father's Day.

~ Lady Yoga

One Step at a time…


I love history and look at it as a point of reference when we come together on the mat and see the yoga in all of what we came from so we can arrive in the present moment and fuel our future. Think of it like a collective intention GPS. We need to know where we came from to know where we are and where we are going.

On that note...

On June 11th back in 1935 in New York City, two recovering alcoholics, one a broker and the other a physician, founded Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), a 12-step rehabilitation program that helps countless people cope with alcoholism.

The thing that I respect most about this group is the collective. Like us, we come together, people of different backgrounds and belief and we find a common thread to connect us together – YOGA.

Although ‘God’ is used in the 12 step program, it is not of a religious domination and neither is yoga. If you tap into the divine source - that which connects us all together, we find that even in our challenges, we can surpass them with the collective help and support of those around us.

The 12 step program has been used to help many addictions far beyond alcoholism and many people check in daily, weekly and monthly to surround themselves with people who understand where they are coming from. YOGA.

To a non yogi, Yoga is a mystery. To a non alcoholic, AA is a mystery, but one thing is for sure – it’s the connection that keeps us going.

To tap into the source and check in with others and ourselves along the path is imperative for growth and progress.

So let’s come together and begin…

It takes community to maintain a human. Earon Davis

Our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings. Friedrich Nietzsche

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. George Bernard Shaw

The love in your heart wasn't put there to stay. Love isn't love 'til you give it away. Oscar Hammerstein

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. Arthur Ashe

The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one. Toni Morrison

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference. Audre Lorde

Whatever we possess becomes of double value when we have the opportunity of sharing it with others. Jean-Nicolas Bouilly

We confirm our reality by sharing. Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

What life have you if you have not life together? There is no life that is not in community. T. S. Eliot

Our strength is a contented and intelligent community. Rutherford Hayes

The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants. Thomas A. Edison

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it. Marianne Williamson

But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Khalil Gibran

One step at a time,