Its all yoga, all the time for me! Throughout my day - doing bodywork, teaching yoga, running a business, working in the garden, relaxing with friends and puppies in this beautiful state of New Mexico - my life is infused with yoga. I love the deeper awareness of my body, mind, soul that it brings me; love the deeper connection it enables me to experience with the world around it; and REALLY love that I am able to share this beauty with others.

I know its not always possible to connect with other yogis, that we all need extra inspiration in our own practices, and sometimes even a little kick in the butt to get into that yoga zone. I hope this blog will help you with that (and me, too!) as I share pieces of my classes, practices and inspiration with you.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Woot! New home!

So excited, All Yoga, All the Time has a new home!  Come visit us at, change your bookmarks and visit often :-)

Our new home has some exciting new features like the ability to search and categories!  Making it easier to find what might inspire your practice today.

We aren't quite all moved in yet.  Things aren't still are quite perfect. But, I figured, nothing's perfect in yoga practice, why should this be different, right!?  Bear with me as I add new features and rearrange the furniture a bit in the coming weeks.

I welcome your comments and feedback - let me know what you think, what you'd like more of, etc.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

4 Things I Learned From My First SUP Yoga Class

1.  Surface area is your friend!  I knew this on land, but SUP Yoga takes it to another level... I really had to work to spread my hands and feet for better balance.

2. You can't, as my teacher put it, "half-ass" anything!  If you don't have the proper engagement, you might end up in the water.  This really helped me to see where I was normally slacking off in poses. (see #1)

3. Without relaxation, there is no balance.  You must engage properly (#2), you must find lots of surface area (#1) but if you don't have an element of relaxation in everything you do, you won't be able to move with/on the water.  I needed to soften into the movement that was happening below me, just as I soften into the movement of my breath on land.  Become too stiff and balance is no more!

4. Savasana can't possibly EVER be long enough :-)  Rocking on the gentle waves, sound of the shoreline in my ears, feet and fingers trailing in the water... I could have stayed there forever.  I have no idea if our savasana was 3 minutes or 30 minutes but whatever it was, I could have stayed all day.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Why work so hard in yoga? Thai Yoga Massage and your yoga practice...

Ok.  I have a confession... I'm always looking for the easy way out in my practice.  That's not to say I don't see the benefit of working hard and the safety that can come from muscular engagement in alot of poses but really is life all about hard work?

One of the things I see in my students all the time (and, of course, feel in my own body) is this need to work hard.  As if it doesn't count unless we are giving 163%.  But yoga is also about finding ease.  Patanjali talks about a steady, stable comfortable posture in the Yoga Sutras.  He also talks about using pain for purification but why do we seem to go out of our way for the pain but not the comfort?
This is why I look for the easy way out.  The easy way requires some level of comfort and some level of, dare I say... slack.  When we push ourselves, we often get in our own way.  We are so muscularly engaged that we limit our range of motion so much more than necessary.  Often we don't even know what our full range of motion is.  Often we physically cannot get there without engaging so much.

Enter Thai Yoga Massage.  Try letting a friend take you into cobra pose.  Don't help, let them do it.  The video below will talk you through it.  Note that if you have any spine issues, you should only have this done by a professional.

Now, did you notice anything about your range of motion?  I'm betting you just did the most super-humungous cobra of your life!  With no effort!

On to the next step... do cobra pose on your own but remember the sensation of your partner helping you and try to recreate some of that - the imagination is a powerful tool.

Great job! Notice the difference?  Less engagement, more movement.  Maybe even less "pain is purification" and more "steady, stable, comfortable"?  Keep practicing, it gets even better ;-)

This is one of the ways that receiving (and giving) Thai Yoga Massage can really impact your yoga practice.  Find a Thai therapist, take a workshop (I'll be giving one in San Diego this Saturday!), try it out... let me know what you discover!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The secret to getting things done... on your yoga mat and in life

I've always been a dreamer but, until recently, not so great with being a doer.  And sticking with something...  hmmmm... yeah, not so much.  Let me put it this way: I'm that person that always has to leave that last dish unwashed.

Last year, we did a huge renovation on our house. Talk about a learning experience!  One of the best things I got from that experience (other than a beautiful new house) was learning how to really get things done.

Most of you probably already know this, but it was a revelation to me... the secret to getting things done is just to do it; and keep doing it.  Now, I understood this on my yoga mat but somehow never made that small leap to understanding that I could bring it to the rest of my life. If you want a daily practice, you get on your mat no matter what.  If you want to learn a pose, you just keep doing it at varying levels of depth and success until you find the form. If you want to experience the benefits and mysteries of a pose, you hold it... longer than you think you can. The house renovation was just like that. With each room I understood the process better and I definitely held that pose longer than I thought I could. And I gained in soooo many ways.

So getting things done? How do I do it now? I still dream and there is alot of serendipity that comes as a result. I think that's important. But I also make my outcome goal important, learn all I can, focus my life around it, keep doing it longer than I think I can even when I shake, and you know? Shit gets done! More than ever before!

Then I take a vacation :)  Savasana is, after all, the most important pose in any complete practice session.

So, the latest thing I am getting done?  Well, I have multiple projects of course, but the main focus at this moment is learning to use wordpress and migrating this blog on over there.  I will be holding this pose, sticking with it and getting. it. done.

*Breathe, relax into it, you are capable of more than you think.*

Monday, July 13, 2015

The most relaxing yoga breath ever...

6:9:3 - There is a whole science behind using ratios in pranayama practice... different ratios of inhale, exhale and pause can produce dramatically different effects.  If you are interested in diving into it, I suggest finding resources from TKV Desikachar, AJ Mohan and Gary Kraftsow - they all speak to this in their books.  

I learned this particular ratio years back from Gary Kraftsow and I turn to it whenever I am in need of some serious relaxation... You can use your favorite pranayam or just breath as you institute the breathing ratios.  

(My pranayam preference for this ratio is to do a 3 part inhale from the bottom up and 3 part exhale from the top down in a variation of the Dirgha Breath that I learned at Kripalu.  This most closely matches my natural breath patterns (making it more naturally relaxing) but the awareness helps ensure I build my lung capacity and control.  I have also used this ratio to great result with Anulom/Vilom) 

In a comfortable position:



After your last pause, release the count as you continue to breath.
After the next exhale, release the conscious pause.
After the next exhale, release all conscious control of your breath and just be.

It is the systematic, progressive slowing of the breath that helps to slow the mind and bring the nervous system into parasympathetic mode (rest and digest more :-), thus creating the most relaxing breath ever.  *Note: It may not be wise to operate large machinery after this practice!

Monday, July 6, 2015

A compelling reason to do more yoga...

I spent last week at a Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark.  It was a pleasant surprise that we covered a huge range of yoga topics, much more than I expected and with alot more depth than I expected.  One highlight was this great video Bernie shared on the topic of "fuzz", the small adhesions that develop in our tissues when we are inactive.  You will understand why it was a highlight when you watch it. I just dare you to keep a straight face :-)  Fun as it is, it really illustrated why it is so important to move your body, especially through awareness-based practices like yoga.  I hope you enjoy it and I hope it inspires you as it has inspired me!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Spinal Health in Yoga

Yoga takes the spine and all the muscles attached to it into every conceivable position.  This is healthy for healthy spines.  If you have disc issues, osteoporosis, or other medical issues with your spine, you should always check with your doctor as to what movements you should and should not do.  And then... tell your yoga teacher.  Your teacher will then be able to adapt class to meet your needs.  This doesn't always mean that the teacher will no longer lead postures you shouldn't be doing.  Rather, they will be directing instructions specifically to you to help remind you to take care of your self.  I.e. if you shouldn't be rounding your spine in forward folds due to osteoporosis but the rest of the class is doing a pose that usually requires it, you may head your teacher say "Unless you have osteoporosis or other spinal issues, round your spine as you fold.  If you shouldn't be rounding your spine, please lengthen your spine while keeping it neutral."

One of my favorite warm-ups for a healthy spine (as my students can surely attest!) is to take the spine through its full range of motion with the "Six Movements of the Spine" - this include forward bending, backbending, lateral bending (to both sides) and twisting (to both sides), aiming to do just one movement at a time (i.e. no twisting and lateral bending at the same time).  If your back is a little achy or stiff, this sequence can be just the trick!  

I usually like to let it flow to encourage more ease of movement and better lubrication of the joints....

Inhaling into forward bend (Cat) then exhaling into backbend (Dog), moving between the two for at least 10 breaths. 


Moving to lateral bending - exhale to bring hip and shoulder toward each other, making a "c" with your spine.  Then inhale to center/neutral.  Exhale to the other side.  Moving between sides at least 20 breaths.


 Finally, twisting.  I generally let these be a little more static.  Reach an arm toward the sky into an open twist, bringing shoulders toward stacked.  Hold 10 breaths.  Then, take that arm underneath the other into a closed twist (threading the needle), bringing your shoulder toward the floor.
Open Twist

Thread the Needle