Dearest yoga students and wannabe teachers: In case you haven’t heard, all my dreams have come true and I will be leading a foundational Yoga Teacher Training at The People’s Yoga this coming January-June! With an unbridled love and reverence for yoga, a (sometimes obnoxiously) fervent passion for education and teaching, and some really smart … Continue reading 2019 Immersion & Teacher Training with Abby: Q&A
For most of my life, I have identified as an extrovert. I preferred social time to me-time, planned frequent parties, and enjoyed making conversation with strangers. I shared my stories readily and eagerly, trusting that most people I met were kind and caring and interested in what I had to say. I had many friends, and … Continue reading On Stoicism
Dear Wanda’s Mother: Your daughter was nine weeks old when I met her. Her name was Caramel then, but I quickly decided that was too saccharine (I know, you didn’t choose it), and changed it to Wanda: a name I felt more appropriate for the confident, sociable, and strong young lady that I intended to … Continue reading An Open Letter to Wanda’s Mother
I was riding the bus in San Francisco when a woman made the mistake of asking me about yoga. “I like your yoga pants,” she said. “Do you do yoga?” “I do indeed,” I answered. “Man, I should start doing yoga,” she said. “I hear it’s a really good way to lose weight,” she said. “Is … Continue reading Why I Hate my Garmin Watch
"We're in the middle of a sea change," said Jason. "Most yoga teachers now are erring on the side of not giving manual adjustments, and for good reason." It was the second day of our two-week module (the first part of a 300-hour training), and the conversation had shifted from "How to give hands-on assists" … Continue reading Paperclips and Hands-on Assists
Speaking up is easy when I’m confident that what I’m saying will be well-received. But when I sense that my speaking up is going to inspire disappointment, sadness, or confusion in others, speaking up is painful.
It took me a long time to want to teach yoga for scoliosis. As a teenager and young adult, I did not like the idea of attending a class that reminded me I was different or abnormal. As a teacher, I did not (and do not) want my students to think people with scoliosis should … Continue reading Yoga for Scoliosis: Sat, Oct 21