Off The Mat

Aging in America is a Sh*t Show

If I’m honest, Desiree Rumbaugh and I probably should not have named our recent book, “Fearless After Fifty.” Everyone told us so. Not one person said, “By all means celebrate aging in America.” Not one person said, “Celebrate maturity in a way that makes it sound like an adventure worth taking, with romance, love, spirit,…

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These May Be the Best of Times

My sons are coming of age in a time when they perceive their country to be burning down. And that may not be a bad thing. I have this aphorism: Nothing really changes. We just know more. A year or so ago we were happy in our content. Children murmured the 31 words of the…

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Peace y’all. What I’m Leaving Behind in 2016

This year had its share of grief, but mostly it was a time when complacency was torn asunder. Everyone on the right and the left, every sex, color and nationality, rich or poor, everyone was jostled out of a long decade’s nap of okayness. Consciousness may be uncomfortable, but it does make things clearer. It…

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How Social Media Has Perpetuated Racism

Years ago I was married to a real loser, and I told him so. I told him early and I told him often. And guess what? He left the conversation to marry another woman. It takes two to have a conversation. And it takes some skill to have the difficult conversations. These days people have…

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There comes a time when we must choose. That is yoga.

This story is an excerpt from “Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger Through Yoga.” It is dedicated to my father, a ‘man of substance,’ who taught me to love all animals, and to protect those who cannot fight for themselves. Choose As humans, we are given the gift of choice. It is…

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When a Shooting leaves us Speechless

I am utterly disgusted by our long national nightmare of gun violence, so I turn to Facebook to seek some comfort or community, and I discover that a friend marked herself as safe. She lives in Orlando. We do not need to know someone in the Orlando community to feel the pain of senseless violence.…

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My Conscious Uncoupling: Poses I’m Letting Go.

After two decades of daily practice and a lifelong love affair with yoga, I am announcing a conscious uncoupling from certain poses. There are no hard feelings. We will maintain a wholeness in our separation that will allow us to co-parent my body, mind and spirit. We will always have mutual respect for each other,…

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Nanny-Gate at the Baldwins

In case you missed it, there’s been more drama for yogi Hilaria Baldwin. After hubby Alec thanked five nannies for their service, it set off a firestorm of media coverage for the young mother. Actually, it wasn’t really a firestorm. Hilaria wrote on Instagram that the haters were picking on her. She also said she doesn’t…

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The Pressure to Teach Hard Poses  

There’s so much pressure on local teachers to fill their rooms, be authentic, and sell studio memberships, that it’s a wonder anyone can remember why they wanted to teach in the first place. The best advice we receive is you be you, and people will follow. As if. I am a somewhat cranky, older woman who…

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How To Create a Space for Home Practice

Yoga not easy, said the founder of Ashtanga yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. What’s more, practicing yoga shouldn’t be harder just because you are at home. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. At a studio, your space is clean and clutter-free so practice can be peaceful and mindful. At home, we might have dogs underfoot,…

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