Fall Back! Into the Support of Your Self-care

There’s a thing in yoga called “dropbacks.” You start by kneeling, or (more commonly) standing, then you drop your head behind you, arc your heart to the sky, and backbend so deeply that you end up stretching your arms out and overhead and behind you, then drop into a wheel pose, sometimes called upward-facing bow (pictured above). It’s SCARY, and it’s great for building confidence. Before a few weeks ago, when I attended a yoga class on Daylight Savings with the appropriate theme of “Fall Back,” I had done one drop-back in my life, with the help of a teacher, from the kneeling position. I didn’t even know that standing at the top of your mat then just dropping behind yourself was a thing. I

Come Learn With Me This Winter!

I recently teamed up with Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates (at 20th and Walnut), where I was taking luxuriously-sweaty heated yoga classes this past summer, to offer a winter-themed seasonal health workshop. This workshop is awesome for anyone who struggles with the dark and the cold. If you have seasonal depression or just feel restless and worn down by winter, this workshop is for you. We will explore the hidden gifts and opportunities of this special season and we will also address how to work with restlessness, fear, anxiety, and other strong emotions that often arise during this time of year. This workshop is part of my series called “Staying Healthy with the Seasons.” The workshop

Scarcity as a Blessing

Scarcity has a bad reputation. When I think of scarcity, I think of fear, starvation, depletion of resources, loneliness, isolation, and generally not having enough. When I do get caught up in the negative effects of scarcity-thinking (or scarcity-experiencing), it’s easy to feel flooded by stress hormones, to feel stuck in that fear-based place of “I don’t have enough!!!” or “I myself am not enough, I can’t do this!!!!” But if we can step back and separate scarcity itself from the underlying fears we have, then we can make truly powerful decisions. When I quit my full-time job (my first real salaried position!) to go to acupuncture school in 2011, I already knew that (statiscally-speaking)