Welcome New Normal!

Each year for the past twenty years, we’ve thought of September as “back to school, back to regular schedules and back to normal.” This year the script has completely flipped, there is no back to, September 2020 is “on to the new normal” and we’re ever thankful for our practice as it teaches us patience, presence and to embrace that while we cannot control the world around us, we can control how we respond to it!

Just as with any change, we can fight the new normal or we can fight to meet the new normal with resilience, resolve and openness. Them’s both fightin’ words but when we fight against what we can’t control we only end up fighting ourselves. This by no means we throw our hands up in the air and give up, and while we believe the universe will take care of us, we don’t just sit back waiting for the universe to show up. It means we throw ourselves fully into and strive to make the most of each moment. Often easier said than done but maybe saying it is the best way to start– perhaps your mantra for today is

“Welcome new normal – while these aren’t easy times I can strive to thrive in them.”

Again – “Welcome new normal – while these aren’t easy times I can strive to thrive in them.”

Again – “Welcome new normal – while these aren’t easy times I can strive to thrive in them.”

And now for the doing– on to the new normal, friends, let’s start this journey together…

Intention and Letting Go

Set your intention, do the work and let go of the end result. This doesn’t mean not to work toward end results – goals are something to strive toward with all our energies – just not to the point where we lose sight of the process, the present or somehow think failure to reach our goals makes us less than – you are so much more than your goals, realized or not– it’s certainly time to realize that.

That said, no reason you can’t take that kale that’s about to go bad in your fridge and get cookin’!

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu


Happiness and freedom are incredible and, we’d hope, intrinsic gifts/rights provided to us all. This mantra reminds us that If we are lucky enough to have happiness and freedom – or perhaps – if we are lucky enough to recognize we have happiness and freedom – they are not to be taken lightly, for granted or enjoyed at the expense of the happiness or freedom of others. They are not to be miserly hidden away in our “happiness and freedom” vault, rather it is incumbent upon us to share, spread and work for this same happiness and freedom for others through our thoughts, intentions, words and actions. The Dalai Lama, when asked why we’re here on earth, replied, “To be happy and to make others happy.” To that, some may say “If it were only that simple.” And to that we’d have to ask, “Isn’t it?”


Namaste, the light in me bows to the light in you. We often say this at the end of practice, but it should not end there. Namaste is a call to honor, respect, protect, support and love one another – in our words, thoughts and actions, on and especially off our mat. Namaste.

Artwork by Amy Tanathorn (@amytanathron on Insta)

Blended Days

When the days seem to blend together, let’s not forget to breathe, to explore, to wake up and to shake things up. Sometimes we need to make an actual change, like flipping our schedule or trying something new, others we need to change our mindset, to see things in a new or different way. Sometimes it’s simply slowing down to inhale, to exhale, and to explore the space between the two.

Alone Together

Yoga is ultimately an “alone” practice – it’s just you within the four corners of your mat – but it’s a “together” practice – we take a class with others in a studio or online, share our breath, energy and community. In a home practice we consistently invite others into our hearts and minds – family, friends & loved ones; those that inspire us; those that frustrate us; all beings, everywhere.

Our alone time on the mat translates directly to our together time off of it- these are times to put ourselves out there, to reach out to others and make ourselves available – to family, friends, and our broader community – and with technology we can extend that community globally! We are in this and will get through this alone together, friends, namaste! 

The Super-Power of Laughter

“Slow, steady ujjayi breath in every asana,
More powerful heart than ego,
Able to leap to the top of her mat in a single bound,
Look, out on her mat,
It’s a yogini!
It’s a confident, Self-assured woman!
It’s Demo Dena!”

Dena lightened the mood last Friday as “Demo Girl” – providing much needed laughs and reminded us it’s okay to do so, in fact, necessary to do so in the world right now. During the dark days of the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln was reprimanded for his unseemly levity, he turned to his critic and replied, “I laugh because I must not cry: That’s all— that’s all.”

In a similar vein, it’s been said “If I wasn’t laughing, I’d be crying.” Just as yoga is about balance, we invite the laughter and the tears, on and off your mat – there is an appropriate time and room for both. Tears are most definitely a powerful and necessary release, and ultimately it’s the laughter and lightheartedness that lifts us. They are indeed a dynamic duo!

Ayurveda & Vinyasa

Ayurveda or “The Science of Life” originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda identifies 3 basic energies or Doshas within us-Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It’s the Doshas we look to bring into balance to maximize “health” on all levels. With the transition to spring we are emphasizing Vinyasa or movement through the poses (asanas) with the breath. Spring is a season of revitalization and overcoming sluggishness (a Kapha quality when out of balance). It’s with that in mind, we invite you to “Get Up & Flow” into the Season!

What’s Your Dosha?

We’ve set up space just outside Studio 1 with information on each of the Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The three doshas are in each of us with the proportion with which they appear – typically one or sometimes two, being dominant – making us uniquely who we are. Understanding our dosha(s) and the diet, actions and other lifestyle choices that help to bring them into balance can be extremely beneficial for health, well being and quality of our life. Feel free to make observations from the information we’ve posted, or it’s easy enough to find a “dosha quiz” or an Ayurvedic health practitioner through an online search.

A Clean Slate – The Breath

We’re kicking off the new year with a clean slate, fresh starts and while not necessarily forgetting our past, moving past our past! And what better to pair with clean slates and fresh starts than The Breath, which isn’t just where our yoga practice begins, but where our very lives begin- 2020 fresh starts powered by your breath!


Happy thanks giving, yogis and yoginis! No typo there, while we celebrate Thanksgiving later this month, why save all that thanks for the fourth Thursday of November??? The opportunity to approach every day with gratitude, to be thankful for everything we are granted while not take anything for granted, is well within our reach. A simple breath, food on the table, a table, our connection with family and community, these make up our thanks giving feast. And rather than falling into a food coma by mid-afternoon, we find ourselves more aware, more awake and more alive. So dig in, friends, happy thanks giving!