The purpose of meditation is not to get rid of thoughts and emotions. The purpose of meditation is to simply become aware of the thoughts and emotions that arise without pushing them away or clinging to them (aparigraha.) When we learn to witness what comes up without reaction it starts to transfer into life- relationships, family, work, everything. We become …

I feel quiet this morning as the gray seems to fall out of sky all around me.  I need days like this.  Sometimes, I need weeks like this. Turning in and allowing the dampness to help me slow down and reflect.  I’m driving to Seattle this morning with a sweet playlist, no schedule, a full heart, and lots of time for contemplation…. Here’s a …

“True success is achieved by stretching oneself, learning to feel comfortable being uncomfortable.” -Ken Poirot This year I found an unshakable happiness and success. Many times, pretty much daily, I have to remind myself that it’s ok to be happy and successful. The old stories of insecurity, lack, and shame are always just a few thoughts below the surface. I’ve …

Frog Pose : Mandukasana “Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life.” – Eckhart Tolle This is my practice. Surrender.  It is profoundly and surprisingly difficult for me.  To be fully present to what is happening right here, right now; to attend to the natural rhythms of life; to flow with the current …

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” I’ve been thinking a lot about my friend who messaged me from India.  Through our conversations I’ve gathered that he has to be super careful …

Trikonasana : Pink Triangle Pose Originally intended as a badge of shame, the pink triangle has been reclaimed as an international symbol of gay pride and the gay rights movement.  In Nazi Germany, pink triangles were used as one of the Nazi concentration camp badges, used to identify male prisoners who were sent there because of their homosexuality. Every prisoner had …

On January 12, 2014 I started Queer Yoga Church.  At that time it was called LGBT Yoga.  The first couple of years a full class meant 10 people.  Then it was 15,  then 20… then 30.  Now, Queer Yoga Church is full every Sunday morning with amazing people.  Even though I’m the teacher, this Sunday morning yoga community has taught me more about life, love, and …

PRIDE How do you show your pride? As most of you know, June is Pride month.  It’s a great time to show your colors!  That can mean wearing your rainbows and pink triangles (if you don’t know what the pink triangle is a symbol of— LOOK IT UP!) Knowing our history is important in changing consciousness and respecting the long, …

Things here in Portland are blooming and there’s a buzz of excitement and relief in the air.  As the Spring Equinox approaches I’ve been contemplating what has happened in the first quarter of the year and re-evaluating my intentions for moving forward.  So far, 2018 has been a pretty amazing year of personal exploration and expansion.  I spent a week …

Today’s movement meditation.  Every practice begins with breath and movement that arises from the spontaneous, instinctual place.  This is my practice:  to move without hesitation, without holding back, and without force.  In this space the many doors of the inner worlds open and I feel an immensity of prana move through my body.  It’s a feeling of expansion beyond the …