The only thing that I am not ready for are the posts and articles that continue to pop up everywhere that are talking about how to have a “healthier” holiday this year. What does that even mean? It always seems to be about how to cut back, control, label and define your consumption.Read More
A lot of the talk out there about intuition, lately, centers around intuitive eating and how we try to honor what our bodies’ want in order to feel both happy and healthy. It is not something that I teach directly, but I am positive that learning to be a thinking dancer and more mindful yogi has made me more aware of my body’s needs and cravings.Read More
…when those big looming things finally leap out at us from the seemingly distant shadows ahead, somehow it never feels like we did enough. Maybe the key is not just to prepare the tools and resources that we will need for whatever events or projects lay on the horizon, but to simultaneously cultivate a sense of openness- a willingness to accept surprise and be ready to improvise with whatever is thrown our way.Read More
I am grateful for my own ability to adapt to situations and groups because in many ways it has served me well in traveling and living in a different culture. However, that surface level of only revealing certain acceptable parts of ourselves gets quite draining after a while, especially if you’ve been doing it sporadically since 6th grade. I believe that those random interests that delight us have value- it’s about time to own it all and eliminate the term “guilty pleasure” from our everyday vocabulary.
I am the kind of person who likes to make lists and check things off. I get immense satisfaction from organizing my days and adding up the little accomplishments. While this has served me well in terms of getting things done, staying on top of the small daily tasks and being someone who doesn’t forget deadlines, it also has worked against me in terms of adopting more of a yoga mindset into my life.Read More
Back in the days of high school and homework, due dates and deadlines were something to be avoided at all costs. We wished they didn’t exist and were constantly trying to push them just a little farther away in hopes that maybe they would disappear. Did anyone else feel like that in middle school, high school, maybe even in University?
The funny thing is, now I am the exact opposite. Due dates are something I self-impose and have a hard time functioning without.Read More
A random question that I get asked more frequently than you might expect is, “So do you eat Moroccan food, like, every day now?” The simple answer is “No, I’m not a tourist anymore” and the follow-up to that is what I say to almost any health-related question; “It’s all about balance.”Read More
I was listening to an On Being interview the other day with Ellen Langer, a social psychologist who studies mindfulness in its simplest form. She was talking about the mindful practice of language and how changing just one word in your inner dialogue can have a massive effect on your subconscious and overall being. For example, we react completely differently to situations whether the activity we are doing is labeled “work” or “play,” even if it is the same activity. As Langer said, “you change a word or two, here or there, and you get vastly different effects.”Read More
I know myself to be someone who has a limited capacity of external energy to use up in a day. For this reason, I always try to be cautious and aware of how I spend it and if it is being wasted. I have already mentioned how Ramadan helps to deepen that sense of mindfully going about your day- in terms of food and time, and about our breath, but it also makes me see more clearly where energy flows throughout the day and how it can be reigned in or exerted softly in order to preserve it before the next sunset recharge.Read More