Enough Already.

5fa8837a7e4fbb0eae8c3778c3c85086

I sat down to this post intending to write about something else entirely, but I got distracted (no surprise there), started reading some yoga blogs (again, not shocking) and was APPALLED by what I was reading (here’s the twist!!).  You guys.  There is so.much.freaking.judgment. happening out there!!  Everything from see-through pants to yogis should eat meat to you aren’t a yogi if you eat meat to yogis who are too skinny to yogis who are too curvy to yogis who drink too much to those who don’t embrace revelry enough. I am exhausted.

Continue reading

Our Favorite Things: August Edition

It’s that time again!  We combined forces to give y’all a list of what we’re loving right now.  And this time, we’re not messing around.  These are the objects-du-jour without which we would be total train wrecks!  Shockingly, there’s food on this list.  #livetoeat #lovetoshop #notapologizing Continue reading

Princess Party Coconut Rice

My soon-to-be-3-year old never stops talking.  She began speaking words before 12 months and hasn’t really come up for air since.  These days, she talks incessantly about princesses.   For example, while visiting my Uncle Todd today she, in earnest conviction, skipped her salutations to elaborately describe her new and very sparkly princess room.   Her articulation and her attention to detail almost fooled me.  Her princess room is fiction.  She just has a room.  Her imagination, if you ask me, definitely sparkles.

Our neighbors across the street also have an eccentric and hilarious 3-year old who, as you might guess, shares Hannah’s affinity for princesses.    Our neighbor’s threw their daughter a birthday party last weekend and I offered to bring a coconut rice dish.

Coconut rice -either sweet or savory – might be one of my all-time favorite foods.   Coconut rice is versatile and can be seasoned in any number of ways and mixes easily with other stuff as well.  I decided to keep it simple and only my CSA veggies, mangos, black beans and herbs.

Coconutrice Continue reading

Live Good, Be Happy

I’ve had a pretty bad case of the “have to’s” lately. Which morphed rapidly into the “can’t do’s” and from there, I slid down the very short and highly slippery slope to the “woe is me’s.” It looks kind of like this:

“I have to work, I can’t have any fun. I have to rush around from one place to another to another and I can’t spend any time with the people I want to hang out with. OH MY GOD, I can’t ever do what I want, I have no time for anything, everything SUCKS.”

Yeah, yeah, dramatic, I know.  But we all know I can be quite the drama queen; I gotta let it out sometimes!  But let me tell you, the person thinking that stuff is just a bundle of joy to be around. (Just ask my boyfriend who recently spent a collective 16 hours in a car with me over the past five days.  Sorry, babe.)

It’s like I’m looking at the world through grumpy glasses and deliberately choosing to find the negative pieces of everything. (You all know what I mean – your partner leaves his shoes right in the doorway and you trip over them all the time, your co-worker has a remarkably irritating habit of interrupting you every time you open your mouth, the chick in front of you at the Starbucks drive-thru has the longest order ever and why the HELL didn’t she go inside to order?!) Then I take all of that negativity and turn it into self absorption, self doubt and, let’s be real, self-pity.  Which makes me feel like I am not enough, and in turn that everything around me is either disappointing or overwhelming, or both. Continue reading

Come As You Are: A Day of Finding Your Joy

We are so ecstatic to be hosting our very 1st day-long retreat on Kate’s family’s beautiful property in Clarence, New York.  There will be tons of yoga, pranayama, meditation, farm fresh vegetarian food, conversation and of course delicious libations as well!  Check out all of the information and details below and make sure you RSVP soon because space is limited.

playtime Continue reading

Stress: My latest accessory

In general, things become a bit tense at my house at around 4:30 pm, give or take.  Anticipation of dad’s return home, hunger, boredom and some unidentifiable desperation are all sentiments that I imagine might contribute to the turmoil.   My futile efforts at keeping the peace never seem to bare any fruits, because every day something – of course it’s never predictable – goes awry.

Today, for example, Hannah took an exceptionally long nap.  I’ve learned about the ramifications of excessively long naps the hard way.  Whether she is over-rested or still painfully exhausted, Hannah is a bruiser.  Her misery somehow intensifies when I wake her up mid-nap.  After 3 hours of luxurious sleep, I woke her up at 4:00pm.  We played in the backyard because the weather was picture perfect.   Within minutes, Hannah (who I suppose is learning cause-effect) slammed the baby’s face onto the driveway.    Cause:  Hannah pushes baby.  Effect:  Baby looks like he was in a bar fight.

Hannahmarket

She is a sweet and loving girl. She just has a strong personality. Rhys, for the record, is totally fine!

Continue reading

Sounds of Summer: A Yoga Playlist

We had an AMAZING time on Sunday at our Golden Hour Farm Yoga Potluck. The flash flood warnings in North Collins, New York merely contributed to a last-minute venue change-up instead of a cancellation.   The hip farmers from Golden hour farm brought the farm to us (in the form of the most incredible salad ever) and a head chef from a zagat-rated New York City restaurant to boot.

goldenhour

Golden Hour Farm Spring Mix… packed with a blend of herbs and lettuces and edible flowers!

We indulged in a wonderful yoga class, fabulous foods, herb-infused waters and amazing conversation.  NO ONE, and I mean no one,  knows how to stock a potluck like yogis.  And seriously, we cannot wait until the next one and hopefully we will be able to visit the farm.

My husband, and his impeccable music taste, created this playlist for our event.   This playlist might be one of my favorites to date.  It contains a balanced blend of chill, electronic and indie rock.    My use of adjectives may not do this collection justice, but I swear any practitioner will dig these tunes.  Incidentally, we ended up tuning into another playlist during our event, so consider this post the grand unveiling!

I love suggestions for fun tunes, playlists or artists, so if you are a connoisseur or even a humble fan of really good shit… send over your recommendations!

Break It Down: Bakasana

Each week one of us will break down a posture and provide tips and prep work to enrich your experience of the pose!  And, for the record, we are taking requests if you have any!

Our bodies, based on our many idiosyncrasies,  identify particular asanas as challenging or even impossible.  Often, we are attracted to the challenge.   Any individual asana, although at times fraught with perils and frustration, reveals our imbalances, short-comings and our work.  And it’s important as yogis to approach our discoveries with mindfulness and a pretty open heart.  For in yoga, our sense of fulfillment can come completely from the process  even if we never actually achieve “perfection” in the pose.

I started yoga with no strength.  Seriously.  I was like a wet noodle.  To this day, I always practice strengthening my body to support my hypermobility.   Even though I love to invert, I am on the fence about arm balancing.  Sure,  I can do many arm balances by muscling my body into the shape (and my neck and face usually look and feel quite tense).  However, I never experience that balance of ease and effort while I arm balance; although I try, I never really feel like I can float.  My guess is that I am not alone? Continue reading