Earth Day :)

Earth Day :)

I’ve learnt so much from The Muppets. Kermit taught me of The Rainbow Connection. GoBo taught me of meaningful, simplistic acts of kindness. And Ernie taught me of divine jazz music, accompanied by his boogie woogie bugle sheep. But the most meaningful lesson happened in 1987 with Maureen the Mink. Maureen the Mink? I bet(…)

Yoga Picture #7

Yoga Picture #7

Pose: Hanumanasana with bent back leg for quad stretching Location: Fountain at Point State Park, Pittsburgh Shoes: Cole Haan, 4 1/4″ stacked wedge Guest appearance: Doggie woggies! :)

Bubble Bath

One of my favourite moments in cinematographic history is the Bubble Bath scene in Pretty Woman. Julia Roberts’ character, bathing luxuriously, flaunts not a care in the world as she sips champagne and jams to her walkman. I’ve tried it many times. Yet five minutes into the bath, I am bored. Can’t relax. Have other(…)

Food, Drink, and Yoga

Food, Drink, and Yoga

“We gave up drinking. For at least a month” one yoga housewife told the other. ”My husband and I. We were drinking way too much.” Stunned, Yoga Housewife Two replied, hesitatingly, “Then… what… do… you… do… at… nighttime?” Yoga Housewife One replied, “I have so much energy! I drove to WalMart for lightbulbs at 3am!” Back(…)

Take the Cannoli

Monday morning, a few weeks back, outside temperatures were quite chilly, necessitating warmth for my car, just off from its overnight rest. Turning the ignition, waiting for a lovely burst of heat, I shivered. And shivered. And waited. And nothing. Blasted with continuous arctic air, a piercing chill able to cool the hottest dog on the(…)

Back in the Saddle Again

Back in the Saddle Again

After a refreshing slumber with my little doggie woggie! And finding 20 bucks on our morning walk! And noticing this gorgeous dog logo, never noticed before! And spotting a lemonade stand! Little entrepreneurs at work. Love love love!… I decided to do a long bicycle ride on my favourite route in my favourite little town(…)

The Handsome Man at Yoga

Yoga is not a sexual thing for me. When I’m practicing, there’s sweat, wardrobe malfunction, and guest appearance of my big curly head of hair. But this doesn’t suggest I’m averse to practicing beside a handsome man. In fact, that’s what I secretly love about a formal class. The cute man next to me. There’s(…)

NOT Bored

Yesterday it struck me hard! Like lightening! At exactly 10:31am, four months since announcing my separation from Lululemon, I formed the exciting vision for my yoga fashion line! But I don’t know how to do it. I don’t sew. I don’t draw (I do, but you will laugh). I don’t know materials. And I don’t(…)

Sunshine

Sunshine

Today I just want to share sunshine with you! Pittsburgh sunshine decorated with skyscrapers and smoke trails. I imagine these trails are the beginning of wonderful journeys, maybe to yoga retreats! Maybe to see good friends! Maybe to start something new. A good, pretty day to you. :) How does the sunrise make you feel?

Yoga Video #2

Today I played with a ladder! Note: This was performed to The Fugees’ ‘How Many Mics’, but due to copyright law, I am unable to present the music to you. Please improvise for the total effect.

Grace & Grit

“You’re a fatso.” That’s what I told myself on Thursday. Friday. Saturday. And Sunday. Four days without yoga later, and I felt totally off. My only motivation to resume practicing was the hot girl in the new Free People catalogue. She reminded me that spaghetti tanks and short skirts with delicate cowgirl boots exist just around(…)

Dallas Buyers Club

He turned his sickness into a business. And then he became ‘human’ when compassion and friendship trumped his hateful prejudice toward the homosexuals suffering by his side. This man, the late Ron Woodroof, an AIDS-afflicted, sex-addicted, alcohol-abusing homophobe, is portrayed by Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, a film earning four paws! Why am I reviewing(…)

Letter From a Friend

Today I share a letter from a friend. From a reader! From someone who strives to look perfect in her jeans whilst loving her food. She’s gracefully touched my heart, reinforcing that my blog is a safe place to discuss health outside of the box. And I’m so proud to share her letter with you!(…)

I Freaked Out

Zooming into Whole Foods, I grabbed a vegan tofu wrap and mineral water. Paying, zooming to the car, undressing my wrap, throwing the car into reverse, I was stoked about tasting the heavenly pleasure that would be my breakfast. WHAT THE F*CK. I’d bitten into something that I’d not tasted in 15 years. BEEF. Slamming(…)

Rosetta Stone Yoga

“It’s all about the presentation.” A good friend and fashionista extraordinaire, think Chanel with sass, said this to me at Christmastime. Enjoying cocktails at Eleven, she presented that elegantly wrapped box. Continuing our laughter, she commented on how white tights just aren’t good on girls with thighs like us; and her white dog’s shedding did(…)

A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose

They always say, “If I could be half the person my dog thinks I am…” Goodness, if I could be a ninth of that person, I would be magnificent. Yes, my dog knows that I screw up, she knows that I cry, she knows that I have the worst case of road rage on the(…)

Cocktails at The Firehouse

Cocktails at The Firehouse

I had a breakfast date yesterday! And surprise surprise, it wasn’t with my dog. ‘Twas with a man! The date involved cocktails, laughter, and business chit chat. And even a trip to Whole Foods. How exciting! Here’s the story, in words and pictures!… Because I notoriously jam-pack a billion things into my morning, primping for(…)

The Nail and Margaret Thatcher

The Nail and Margaret Thatcher

“Today’s lesson at Hatha Yoga: ‘The thing you resist, will persist’.” Posting this to Facebook, my friend Franćoise turned the wheels of my brain! Because her aphorism didn’t jive with me, I craved to identify the deficiencies in my thought processing. I was wrong, I thought. I need to apply this aphorism to my life,(…)

Big Hair Floppy Ears

Big Hair Floppy Ears

Spring’s totally in bloom! Whole Foods knows what’s up. So does the Earth. Little flowers popping up everywhere! Someone wants to party. Her mommy, too! In fact, I’ve been letting my hair down. Big hair. Floppy ears. Green juice. Greens for Gwendolyn, too! It’s really becoming a perfect spring! So how does this relate to yoga?(…)

The Food Police

White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses says goodbye to the Obamas, accepting a new culinary endeavor in New York. This happens in response to differences with the first lady on which ingredients can and cannot be used in Yosses’ dessert creations. This made me think of three things. 1.) I like this man. 2.)(…)

Yoga Video #1

Oh my goodness, it’s the first in nearly three years! Dropping back from headstand was a great fear. But on Tuesday? I said, “What the hell.” And my compulsive behaviour has caused me to do about a hundred of these ever since! ;) Publishing another yoga video was also a great fear. But now I(…)

The Donkey Gets to Rome First

The Donkey Gets to Rome First

“Grandfather, where is Pacentro?” I wanted to know the exact location of his hometown village. “Bella, it is three days from Rome by donkey, two weeks by horse.” Imagine a child processing this information. Donkeys are slow. Horses, fast. So why does it consume less time for a donkey than for a horse? Why is(…)

Yoga Picture #5

Yoga Picture #5

Dragonfly! It just sounds so pretty and fierce! ;) Sanskrit is Maksikanagasana! Wowsa! This is my favourite pose of all time, and I hope you like the picture!!! And I promise! This is the deepest twist you’ll ever experience. Open those hips, twist those abs! And fly like a dragon! ;)

Naked Yoga

Sweaty, naked men are unacceptable in two places. One of those places is anywhere near my yoga mat. That goes for girls, too. It’s just weird. Dirty. Un-classy. You might be asking, “Why in the world is she telling me this?” It’s because a friend asked for my opinion on the Naked Class at Bold &(…)

Confession

Confession

I’m struggling to find yoga off of the mat. Outside of the physical. Outside of chatarangas. Outside of arm balances. Because really, yoga “off of the mat” just seems like an exulted label for kindness, humility, and grace; the manner in which humans should exist anyway. So the concept baffles me. And yesterday I cried.(…)

#NoMakeupSelfie

#NoMakeupSelfie

This gorgeous viral trend has raised over $3 million for cancer research, and I’m hereby participating!! Cancer Research UK received more than 800,000 text donations in 24 hours after it began sharing the text code for donating on its Facebook and Twitter pages on Wednesday. So here’s my #NoMakeupSelfie! I love this trend because cancer’s huge in my family, and(…)

The Skinny on Blogging

When a man approached me in 2011, suggesting that I blog to document my dog’s adventures, I thought, “What is a blog?” So, I bought a book to teach me. The book, Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It!, became the treasure that inspired me to write about my passion; and I’m here today helping a friend’s university class to(…)

Yoga Teachers are Dicks

I cannot believe I just typed that! But the French in my brain surfaces when necessary. And today it was absolutely necessary! Who can resist reading something so eyebrow-raising? So against standard thought? So, “That’s not very yogic!” I certainly could not! Yoga Teachers are Dicks by Nick Hansinger at RecoveringYogi made me laugh so hard(…)