On Loss & Grace (of the Divine Feminine)

By |April 24th, 2017|

When I was a little girl, my big dreams were to be a “grown-up” and to live in a big mansion with all of my girlfriends, have fun and be free for the rest of our lives. On career day, when my primary school in Milwaukee, WI asked students to […]

Uprooting the Seed of Hate

By |November 24th, 2016|

An Important But Hard Lesson

When I was 7 years old, I had a 2nd grade Language Arts teacher at my neighborhood school in Milwaukee, WI named Mrs. Brown. She was mean. She was one of those teachers that held a strict rule of law in her class, and her students didn’t […]

On Community & Bringing Magic Back to the Yoga Mat

By |June 8th, 2016|

One unfortunate by-product of becoming a yoga teacher for me is that sometimes my practice feels like it is no longer my own. I am often preoccupied by thoughts of my students and what I will offer them from my practice. I have never had the luxury of having enough time in my day to practice once […]

Six Classroom Management Strategies to Live and Breathe By

By |October 24th, 2015|

A few years ago when I decided to take on a position as a full-time Yoga Specialist at a charter school, I was ecstatic about the groundbreaking experience that lay ahead. It is also fair to say now, that I was totally naïve and in over my head regarding the […]

Soul-stice Inspired Yoga

By |July 10th, 2015|

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, the significance of which humanity has celebrated culturally for thousands of years. This year I took an active part in this celebration as a yogi and had the honor of teaching in the Times Square Alliance and

Athleta sponsored Solstice Times Square event in […]

The End of A Yoga Studio Era?

By |January 31st, 2015|

It’s funny the way things always come full circle. I can remember taking one of my first yoga classes at Rodney Yee’s Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, CA in 1998. I paid the $12 cost for class in cash (imagine, that was a lot for me then!), and put it […]

If You Build It, They Will Come

By |January 26th, 2015|

There is so much truth in the feminist position that asserts: when women are well, the whole of society benefits. It was such a treat to teach the women who came to class in Brooklyn at Welancora Gallery in Bedford Stuyvesant today. So far the group is tremendous: beautiful women (all African […]

A Return to My Yoga Roots

By |December 23rd, 2014|

I love coming home. This is ironic since I basically ran away to a Connecticut boarding school at age fourteen with hopes of finding Mrs. Drummond and the girls of the 80s sitcom The Facts of Life. I longed to escape the depressed city (for Black people) of Milwaukee, WI and thereby disappear into […]

Back Taxes? Try Yoga!

By |December 1st, 2014|

People who fall in love with yoga tend to get obsessed with it. They observe dynamic changes in their bodies and it excites them. They experience more freedom in the way they feel overall, and the euphoria around this achievement can’t be beat. These are also the students who will […]

Happy Holiday Homeostasis

By |November 24th, 2014|

All the work I do throughout the year to maintain mind, body and soul balance is tested during the holidays.  How easy it is to avoid excess when there are no Black Friday retail sales or stacks of pumpkin pies in the grocery stores reminding me that ’tis the season […]