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Inhale, Exhale March 6, 2017

In two weeks I will sit for my yoga teaching exam. Time has definitely gone quickly. Presently I am feeling a little stressed out (not typical for me!) since I have a lot of work ahead of me till I am ready for my final. Kind of ironic don't you think - yoga causing stress? Anyway - my husband reminded me  "You wanted this!". Yes, I do. Hey, sometimes we have a goal and sometimes along the way we find ourselves stressing out about it. Will we ever really get there?  We are so tempted to give up. But in the middle of the chaos we need to remind ourselves why we started in the first place and stick with it. Oh, and through out it all, remember to breathe, always remember to breathe. Inhale.....exhale!

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Spring Already? February 21, 2017

I cannot believe how the weather has been the last couple of days. February, really? It's been a little more like the end of March when you feel that longer days are right around the corner. Hey, I'm not fooled by these warm temperatures, I know mother nature probably still has some snow in store for us. Ugh! However, just like I always tell my patients: "Don't think about tomorrow (or yesterday), concentrate on today!"

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Happy Valentine’s Day February 14, 2017

Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm not crazy about Valentine's Day, are you? Well let me clarify that - it's not that I dislike the holiday but come on, shouldn't we be showing love to those around us a regular basis? And opening our hearts and being kind to one another - do we need a special day for that?  I guess also I think holidays like this can make some people feel sad and that bothers me. However, in the spirit of the holiday I will wish you all a very happy day filled with love and kindness!!!! (Oh - and year round too!!!!)

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Never Give Up! February 7, 2017

Well, I finally tackled chin stand. What is that you ask? Just some crazy yoga pose that my husband thinks I shouldn't even be doing. Ha! Around two years ago I saw some people doing this pose in a yoga class and I had no idea on how to do it. I started asking some of my yoga teachers about it and if they could teach me. They gave me some good tips, and every once in a while I gave it a try, getting a little closer to my goal. Meanwhile a dear yogi friend of mine told me of course I could do this pose. "If I can do it, you can do it", she said, over and over again. Recently we were in class together and she showed me how. And voila - I did it! Moral of the story: don't be afraid to ask for help, surround yourself by individuals who encourage and support you, and never give up!

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Should I Take a Multi-Vitamin? January 30, 2017

I don't know about you, but some mornings all I want to do is stay in my pj's and drink coffee. OK, some mornings? Who am I kidding!!! Anyway, sound familiar? Many of you have to drag your butt out of bed and get to work early and you hit the gym(or whatever your fitness is) later. But some of you do try to hit the gym first. For me, it's dragging myself out of bed and getting to yoga. And the funny thing is - I love yoga!! But some days it is just so damn hard to get there. What I do, is remind myself that my body will thank me. One of my favorites quotes is: "The human body is a terrible thing to waste". This quote might not do it for you, so come up with something that does. Get out, get moving, and I promise you this: your body will thank you!

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When in Rome… January 23, 2017

Just got back from a business trip in Vienna. I know - tough job!!! Anyway, every time I travel I kind of have the motto "When in Rome.....". So guess what, I had my share of weiner schnitzel, goulash, boiled beef and beef soup. And happy to report, it was not my favorite fare! How I longed for a lentil soup, large mixed green salad and linguini primavera. Luckily the hotel breakfast was superb and I was able to start my day with avocado toast with a poached egg on top. Love how certain healthy dishes are now universal. Well, at least in a Ritz Carlton they are.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside! January 9, 2017

I hate winter! I mean I really hate winter. In all honestly I think I was meant to live on a warm tropical island where I would wear only yoga shorts, a tank top and be barefoot all day long. Wait? Have I already complained about this? In any event, here's the thing - winter isn't going away and I am not moving anywhere at the moment: therefore, I need to change the way I think about winter. For example: when it snows, I will try to think about how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, or when I complain about piling on all those layers, I will try and be grateful I have a warm coat. I will also simply grin and bear it - just like every other year. I will still eat healthy. I will still practice yoga. And as much as I don't love to rush time, I will focus on how it will all be different in 3 months from now.

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Forget Those Crappy Resolutions January 2, 2017

Another year - another list of resolutions! Why oh why do we do this to ourselves every year? We make all these promises to do better, on so many levels, and then fall flat on our butts. The thing is - we give up too early, waaaay too early. Rome wasn't built in a day, right? So here's a story: I injured my hamstring a while back. And all of a sudden I went from being a flexible yogi to that person who couldn't touch her toes. I wanted a quick fix but there wasn't such a thing. Patience is what was required. And so I modified my practice, listened to my body, and let go of my ego. Trust me- not so easy for a Miss Competitive!

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Give Compassion A Try December 20, 2016

As many of you might know I am the middle of doing a yoga teacher training. I am doing it not necessarily to teach yoga to others, but more so to deepen my own practice. Lately the word “compassion” has been coming up in many of our conversations, especially how important it is to have compassion towards others. But also, and the one so difficult for many, is to be able to have compassion for themselves. Think about it – to be able to forgive yourself for your imperfections, your failures, and perhaps not living up to your own expectations (that maybe you set way too high to begin with) – sure isn’t easy. But at the end of the day, in order to move forward, sometimes we must learn to let go. So as we approach a new year……why not give compassion a try?

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Say NO To Resolutions! December 12, 2016

In less than a month it will be a New Year - wow!  So let me go on the record right now and say how I am not a fan of resolutions! Surprised? Probably not. I have always been a fan of the saying: "Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today!" And guess what folks -- that applies to anything that you see fit as a resolution. Healthy eating? Fitness? Be kinder? Do better TODAY. Because when tomorrow comes you will probably have a whole new bunch of excuses lined up.

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