Spring Hummus

Spring offers us a plethora of nutrition rich food in the form of, "weeds." Some that you may be familiar with are the beloved Dandelion (Taraxacum), Blue Violet (Viola Sororia), and Chickweed (Stellaria media). These are all edible and nutritious and though you can eat them raw right out of the ground or mixed with other greens in a salad, I love to make pesto or hummus! These are all plants with beautiful flowers and leaves that are edible and medicinal. 

There are many ways to use these luscious greens and many reasons to add them to your diet, but today I'm just gonna give you a simple hummus recipe. 

1 cup chickpeas (canned or soaked and cooked)

1 TBS of Tahini

1 1/2 TBS of olive oil

A splash of lemon or lime juice

Pinch of salt and pepper to taste (you can also add things like turmeric, cumin or chili powder here)

1-2 Cups of Wild greens and flowers, Chickweed, Violet, and Dandelion (maybe less dandelion due to bitter taste.) You can also add garlic or ramps.

Blend it up!  If it's too thick to blend up add a little lemon juice or a splash more oil and enjoy with carrots, celery and chips!! 




Halleluja Hips!

The hips are the connection of the legs to the trunk. The feet draw energy up from the earth pumping through the quads to the pelvis. This bowl like bone that holds reproductive and digestive organs. The hips are where the creativity in our gut is transformed into action through our legs. If the hips are out of balance or hurting there is probably a part of you're personal life that feels stuck. Are you a human that sits in a chair? Yes! Oh how funny, me too! My frontal hip flexors get super tight. Lunges are crucial to making me more fluidly move forward with the knowledge from my past. Releasing my inner groins opens me up to vulnerability and love, while opening my outer hips makes me feel self sustaining and stable. Having a daily hip opening practice is fundamental to living a life with more ease for optimum productivity. 

I have no other desires

You my dear are divine

sweet in scent 

tall but small

rare and childlike

I feel something with you


The days linger for long moments of peace

expansion on my heart is called for

I must make space or I may explode

amplified matter yet clarity, less chatter

I feel the warmth of your bones and the tenderness of your flesh

moving pulsing breathing gushing


I have no other desires

I have but one smooth line of light

the source is made of both

inside myself and you were right

This does feel good.

Gone With the Winter

As winter approaches I am humbled by my desire to seek inward. Warmth of summer has passed and inward the earth retreats. 

Warmed by a fire and cozily telling myself to begin my work again I sit frozen in time as if examining where I am on this path. Paths are just footprints eternally eroding from the many paws that have traveled them. "A belief is just a thought you keep on thinking," my teacher Lillah put it this way. Just as the mind forms beliefs from habit, so does the body. 

Winter also brings travel for me, as it is the off season for my area and important time for family. Travel brings it's own set of challenges that only my yoga toolbox can help solve. I find if I plan ahead for it, I am more likely to use at least some of that planned time to look inside and feel my breath in the moment. 

Here's a little guide if your feeling motivated now. 

Inhale to a count of 4, exhale to a count of 6, do this at your own speed. Repeat 3-10 times, or set a timer for yourself. Feel free to increase the breathing as you go, breathing into 5 and out to 7, and so on. 

Try this anytime, and let your body relax.

May peace and the strength to take care of yourself be with you this holiday season. 

Yoga is Home

Yoga is my constant, Yoga is my home.

When practicing Asana's it's as if each pose were a building block for a strong, stable, harmonic structure. A consistent practice is like cleaning and reinforcing my home, which we all know takes time and effort. I'm not perfect, sometimes I break too. 

Early summer, I was taking a trip out west. I arrived at the airport at 5AM, hopped out of my dad's car and swung my heavy carry on over my shoulder, then crouched down to stuff a last minute item in my bag, when all of a sudden..crrick. I felt it and heard it right in my lower back. My lower back of all places! The one place that I tell people I know I can help you heal. The truth is, your going to have to heal yourself. 

There is no cure all, there is only diligence. Healing is not magic in the way we think of magic, being quick, whimsicle and instant. It is the magic of the mundane. The day to day miracle of making things happen. The moment to moment management of time that creates new illusions to release old ones. 

For me this trip out west is opening me up to the present moment. The injury forced me to do more yoga. Laying down in the San Francisco airport, doing very simple back traction poses to release my lower back, I got a sweet nod of approval from traveling comrades. Yes, I am in San Francisco where they have a yoga studio in their airport. But, when you are being true to yourself people like you automatically because you are loving yourself, which gives them permission to do the same.