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The Agitating Molecule

I have three blogs. It is funny because I always lament the way that we as a culture seem to think that everything needs to be separated out. Take the fitness industry for instance, of which I was a part for many years and in many ways still am. We were always taught that you

Ode to Nutritional Yeast

Okay, so to the uninitiated, nutritional yeast sounds and probably looks disgusting. If you haven't seen it, it is yellowish, almost American cheese color, and is powdering and flaky. I will not make any analogies to the flakiness because, again, I can't think of something that sounds appetizing or appealing.  However, as a card-carrying vegan,

A Note on Karma and Maple Farm

my son Dylan, at 10, with his friend at Maple Farm Sanctuary Next spring we will begin another round of what we call Karma classes at both studios. The concept behind these classes came out of a desire to help new teachers get experience they need, give some support to a local charity,


January's focus was pranayama. Loosely translated, prana means life force and yama means control. In the yogic tradition, pranayama refers to different methods of controlling breath which is a representation of one's life force or energy. Rather than thinking about controlling breath and energy, I like to think more about being efficient. Now in our


A Note on Om How I started teaching Let me just say that I love to OM. This was not always the case; in fact I never closed yoga practice with an OM as a new teacher. When I first started teaching, I honestly didn’t know a lot about the tradition of the practice. I


What Does Gratitude Feel Like? As I was driving down to the studio today, I was thinking about the feeling of gratitude. Afterall, it was Thanksgiving Day. That said, these holidays often feel so forced and contrived. Today, you should feel gratitude. What about tomorrow? I guess, however, that it got  me to think in

Reward or Punishment

The other day, while I was taking class with Elliott, a women came rushing into the room 20 minutes late.  Elliott politely stopped her at the door and explained, as briefly and quietly as possible,  that the class had already started and that there were other classes she could come to later that evening. This

Love Letter From Ohio and Return to Writing

Hold Me To This First of all, please hold me to this: I would like to start writing blog posts again. My brain has been so full with all the new things going on that I just haven't had the mental space to write. I miss it! On another note, I am here in Ohio


How often are we told what to do without being told why? Why is that so? Because some people believe that knowledge is power and therefore giving it away makes others more powerful than themselves. I completely disagree. I do believe that knowledge is power but I don't believe that there is a finite amount


Pesto There is an abundance of fresh basil around at this time of year. Pesto is traditionally made with Parmesan cheese. This version is incredibly flavorful and rich. The secret ingredient is nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is one of my favorite ingredients. You can buy it in bulk at most health food stores as well