YIN AND WINTER Have you ever noticed how you feel in different seasons? Both mentally and physically, we tend to respond to ...
WHAT ARE YOU ENTERTAINING?

WHAT ARE YOU ENTERTAINING?

WHAT ARE YOU ENTERTAINING? I’ve been observing myself and noticing what thoughts I allow into my mind. What mental images ...
REFLECTIONS FOR 2019

REFLECTIONS FOR 2019

At first glance, 2018 seemed like a strange, frustrating year in many ways. A year I couldn’t quite put into words until ...
EVERYTHING HAS ITS SEASON

EVERYTHING HAS ITS SEASON

IS YOUR ENVIRONMENT FULFILLING YOUR NEEDS?  In the summer of 2011, with $187 to my name, I bought a one-way plane ticket ...
OWN YOUR STORY

OWN YOUR STORY

OWN YOUR STORY I’ve been thinking a lot about life and destiny lately. Thoughts like, “How much of our path is already ...
Summer Update

Summer Update

SUMMER UPDATE This summer, I was thinking of taking the month of August off to paddle board, play on my mat, watch Netflix, ...
The Human Experience

The Human Experience

OBSERVE YOUR ENVIRONMENT Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the human experience and perhaps where we have taken a ...
LOOK AT WHAT’S RIGHT

LOOK AT WHAT’S RIGHT

June Is just a few days away reminding us that we are six months into 2018. Often, this realization can make me panic ...
BE IN THE GAME OF LIFE

BE IN THE GAME OF LIFE

MOMENTS OF PEACE I try to remind students (and myself) that we are much more alike than we are different.  I ask them to ...
IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS

IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS

LESSONS FROM A FOUR YEAR OLD I recently went to Portland to see my family and in particular, all my nieces and nephews who ...
JOURNEY WITH ELLA

JOURNEY WITH ELLA

Now that the foundation for Ellavate Yoga is in place, I want to introduce you to a concept from my little cranium called ...
Unlock Your Inner Genius

Unlock Your Inner Genius

Recently I started reading and also doing Julia Cameron’s book called The Artist Way.  The book kept showing up in my ...
You can make excuses or you can make it happen!

You can make excuses or you can make it happen!

I’ve been listening to a lot of NPR’s, “How I Built This,” and what I’ve come to realize is that the most popular ...
History of Yin Yoga in Ella’s Words

History of Yin Yoga in Ella’s Words

Long ago before Lululemon was the norm in class, there was a dude named Paulie Zink who taught Taoist Yoga.  He was also a ...
YOUR EGO IS NOT YOUR AMIGO

YOUR EGO IS NOT YOUR AMIGO

“Ego is an imposter, imposing on the real you, making you think you are something that you’re not.” – Oprah On ...
Know Your Why

Know Your Why

Last week in my classes, the ongoing theme was knowing your WHY. Why we do what we do? Why do we choose the city we live in? ...
Lightning In a Bottle

Lightning In a Bottle

Memorial Day weekend 2017, I had the privilege of teaching at lightninginabottle.org Think Burning Man with fewer drugs and ...
Why Yin?

Why Yin?

Yin allows my Vinyasa practice to be this beautiful fluid moving meditation because my body structure feels stronger and ...
Turning Fear into Trust

Turning Fear into Trust

As 2017 is coming to an end, I have been reflecting on how this year went and asking myself the same questions I ask my ...
The Breath Of Life

The Breath Of Life

“The deeper we exhale, the greater is our capacity to inhale new, fresh air.” B.K.S. Iyengar Two years ago, I spent most ...
YAYOI KUSAMA’S WORLD

YAYOI KUSAMA’S WORLD

“While producing art works, illusions appear from time to time due to my mental illness. Every day is a struggle for ...
How to Survive the Holiday Season

How to Survive the Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving taking place this Thursday, I think we can say that the “holiday season” is starting to get underway. ...
5 Ways to Travel like a Yogi

5 Ways to Travel like a Yogi

Traveling forces me out of my comfort zone and shows me both my strengths and weaknesses as a human being. I have a burning ...
Dream Big

Dream Big

Lately, while walking Anjali and sitting in traffic, I’ve been listening to NPR’s “How I Built This.” The creation ...
Peace

Peace

If you’ve been to one of my public classes in the past year, you will hear me say “be at peace” at the end of class. ...
Courage and Strength

Courage and Strength

I recently read a quote that went something like this; know when to have the courage to hold on and the strength to let go. ...