Grateful Yogi Blog 

     Let's Get Real - This blog is personal, candid, from the heart, sometimes funny, sometimes not.  Adulting isn't easy, but each breath is a gift.


For The Love Of Yoga Part 3, The Beauty of Meditation

“Meditate. Let the light of the heart engulf you.” – Gurumayi Chidvilasananda Let’s talk about the Power of Meditation. By now, you have probably read tons of information on the benefits of meditation: it lowers stress, improves quality of sleep, boosts feel good hormones (endorphins, dopamine and serotonin), reduces blood pressur...

For The Love Of Yoga Part 2, The Science of Asanas

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita Yoga is for Every Body. It’s not about reaching your toes, mastering a handstand, or getting into a picture perfect pose. It’s about processing your thoughts and letting go of the outside world while tuning in to the natural rhythm of your breath, through movement. It i...

For The Love Of Yoga - A Little History

The word “yoga” literally means “to yoke or join” in Sanskrit. In other words, it is an art that was developed to harmonize the body, mind and spirit. Yoga is an ancient gift that has been passed down to millions of people for over 5,000 years. Some researchers believe yoga is nearly 10,000 years old, but it’s true beginnings a...

On Dusting & Motherhood

On Dusting & The Circles Of Motherhood I’m not a big fan of dusting, though our home is always tidy. Dusting, to me, seems nearly pointless. It’s an endless circle of cleaning, since 24 hours afterwards it settles back in again. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with people that DO enjoy it (well, maybe a little:) I just dee...

Ode To The Thighs

The essence of "Zen" is to see things as they truly are, to observe things as they stand, and to let things go as they should. But that is MUCH easier said than done! Though it sounds great to live in a zen-like state like a Buddhist monk, it's not realistic to expect yourself to attain eternal peace. And despite all my yoga training, I have no clue how t...

What Sets Your Soul On Fire?

Ellyn Shook once wrote, "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire." If you have the courage to pursue something that truly sets your soul on fire, you will always thrive. So many people are "burned out" by too much work, an over-filled schedule, or too much activity. But maybe it's not the amount of work that causes us to feel drained, mayb...

Awaken Your Inner Child

The other day, our children asked if they could grab a jar and go outside to catch fireflies. When summer arrives, our energy and excitement tend to heighten. Our moods get lighter as the days get longer, we go outside more, eat more ice cream, enjoy concerts and go on vacation. It is the season of FUN. Summer always brings back the best childhood memories,...