Smooth Jazz + Aroma Therapy = Yoga Bliss

Now I’m excited to invite you to my yoga class! I “ALWAYS” begin with some smooth jazz to set the mood. I’m talking a little Brian Culberson, Kenny G., Dave Koz or Keiko Matsui-Instrumentals Only (no singing along needed). I then follow that up with an aromatherapy lotion that I place in everyone’s hands, today’s lotion is called “Comfort” and it’s divine. The understated mixture of Vanilla and Patchouli almost forces you to press “Pause” on the stressors of life-if only for a while.

In every yoga class the teacher has a mission, and the objective is to get your students in The Zone. So, what is the zone you may be wondering? For me, it’s that sweet spot or that small window of time in a yoga class where you get to transform the mood of the room and hopefully your students.

I should also point out that each time I hand out something as simple as hand lotion, I personally get a major buzz. My reward is that I have the singular opportunity to “Connect” to everyone in my class individually, if only for a few moments-letting them know “I See You”.

So, tell me how many times have you heard a song, or any type of music for that matter and you were instantly transported to another time or place? Music has the power to transform your mood. It also has the capacity to stimulate memories, reduce stress and depression, ease pain, build endurance and (DRUM ROLL PLEASE)-it’s also Heart Healthy. Music lowers our heart rate by reducing our blood pressure and it has a wonderful superpower effect because it makes us WAN’T TO MOVE!

As for Aromatherapy, it is the practice of using certain scents or essential oils for a therapeutic benefit. This practice is not new, it’s been around for ages and its use promotes a sense of wellbeing in many individuals. As for the various scents, they enhance our comfort and do amazing things for both our mind and body. Scents can elevate your mood and they can also relax you; an aroma can even make you HAPPY. Think back to the way you feel during the holidays and recall the scent of a pine Christmas tree, maybe the aroma of cookies baking in the oven, or even the smell of freshly cut grass; all these activities evoke an emotion or memory.

Certain scents can even lower your stress level, I mention this because lavender is just one of those smells that have that ability. Popular scents such as lemon, ginger, lavender, peppermint, patchouli, chamomile, orange and rose are fabulous examples of scents to explore. I’m talking specifically about their use in aiding with anxiety, mediation, relaxation, stress and even sleep to name just a few of the benefits of utilizing aromatherapy.

So, for me my takeaway is simple. The various smooth jazz sounds, coupled with the assorted aromatherapy scents help to provide a great sense of peace in this world of UNCERTAINTY. This tried-and-true formula (IMHO) helps both me and my students travel towards both peace and serenity as we “All Get in the Zone” and make space for relaxation. Thus,

This Is My Yoga Formula!

(And, I’m sticking to it😊)

This article is concerning topical use of essentials oils only. Never swallow essential oils. Remember, if you have any stress or anxiety concerns or questions about the use of aromatherapy oils, please consult a healthcare professional. Peace


“Finding Peace in these Chaotic Times”


Everyone views this election differently and I get it. For me though it’s pretty straightforward, I now feel I can breathe just a bit easier. I now feel I can shed this constant low-grade feeling of gloom and maybe just relax a bit. As a person of color this election has weighed heavily on my soul. Not just the actual election itself but even the previous 12 plus years of collective negative comments, insults, and the barrage of unfounded “Birther” claims.

Michelle Obama once graciously said, “When they go low, We go high” and I’ve thought of that quote often throughout the years. It’s a fantastic lesson that we all need to emulate. This election has been a master’s class in fighting those Two Extremes, so let’s now all take a collective “Pause” and put this election mess in its proper place.

I don’t expect that Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and everyone else in between will gather together around the campfire, roast marshmallow’s and collectively sing, We are the World”.  Also, I’m not naïve enough to believe that we should all just get over it because “I GET IT”, one side is Pissed because their person lost. BUT we have to move on, otherwise NOBODY WINS and that’s not how democracy works. What we should expect going forward is Civility, Understanding and a Willingness from our President, elected officials and the entire citizenship to make these United States a place where we all can roll-up our sleeves and pull this mess together for the sake of our Country.

So, what I have now is Faith. Faith because I want a better country for us all and I now believe we have an empathetic leader who will help us achieve just that. For me, on a more personal note, I want the freedom of being able to sleep more soundly at night. Sleep without fear, fear for my family and my friends. Sleep without the gnawing anxiety of another headline making, senseless death jarring me awake. I want to relax my mind, all while realizing that the other shoe isn’t just waiting to drop. I’m also willing to bet that regardless of your party affiliation I’m not alone in this humble desire either, because I know a lot of you want the same things that I do.

We have a litany of problems that need our attention currently; COVID-19, Climate Change, the Economy, Racial and Ethnic Inequalities, LGBTQ Rights, Immigration and our Healthcare System to name a few. Hell-Something so basic as people having enough food to eat, clean water to drink and a safe place to lay their heads shouldn’t be this widespread and commonplace. These are important concerns going forward and not necessarily in that order but unfortunately the list is LONGER THAN THIS! Please let’s not waste any more time Arguing, Bickering, Pointing Fingers and looking for ways to further divide us. 

All parties working together for the good of the whole is what we need now and in the future. At this time, we have this incredible opportunity for positive change if we all simply recognize that we are all far more alike than we are different. We have to begin this process TODAY because,

“The World is WATCHING


We can’t just Do Better,

We have to Be Better”


“YOGA and Corona” and No, I’m not referring to a Cold One (Beer)

I teach yoga classes to some pretty fantastic people and quite frankly, this Corona Viruscorona virus or the more official (SCARY) sounding term Covid-19, is kinda freaking me out. For me it’s always been key that I provide a secure space for my students, it’s also vital that they feel safe in their Mind, Body and Spirit when we gather to practice together. Also, here’s the Double Whammy, to compound matters my students are notorious HUGGERS and let’s be honest here by saying I don’t know anyone who’d pass on returning a heartfelt hug. So, I made it a point to address the invisible elephant in my yoga classes and the responses were interesting.   READ MORE

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I really can’t put a finger on “Why My Damn Hand Hurts”

Phonto toys or tools

We don’t tend to pick up coins off the ground anymore but could you if you had to?

Think about putting on your bra or maybe buttoning your shirt?

How difficult is it for you to thread a needle?

Ever try to comfortably put a screw into an object and the thought of also holding the screw driver in the other hand gives you visions of walking a high wire?

What about twisting the lid off of a jar, zipping up a jacket, or my personal favorite, taking the cork out of a bottle of champagne (Smile)?

All these things take finger manipulation and dexterity, along with joint and wrist maneuvering. Not too big a deal if your fingers are in Tip-Top shape but sometimes we have a lot of issues with our hands and fingers. READ MORE

Why Does My Yoga Instructor Keep Saying, Honor Your Body?

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I Love Going to Yoga-PERIOD, end of statement! The Calming Centering helping to send your focus inward, the soothing Breath Work taking you off Autopilot Breath, the mixture of the various Poses, and finally we gloriously arrive at the ultimate relaxation-we get to chill out in Savasana, S-W-E-E-T. I like to compare my yoga experiences to maybe finishing a good book, or having eaten JUST ENOUGH” of a satisfying meal, or perhaps relaxing with a really good glass of Champagne. If had to choose one word to describe my yoga class it would be SATISFACTION. Okay I just thought of another word-CONTENTMENT.

But I swear, back in the day when I was brand new to the world of yoga every time I went to my weekly yoga classes this one Perky, Overly Cheerful instructor would never fail to say the words, “Honor Your Body”. I mean seriously women; I thought I was honoring it by coming to this yoga class twice a week!!!!! READ MORE


How Can I Politely Say?


You Are Not the Only Person in this Yoga Class

 99 Problems


As someone who has both taught yoga and practiced with other instructors for many years I’d like to give my “2 Cents Worth” on the subject of, What Not to Do” in a yoga class. Please understand that this is NOT a personal venting session, it’s simply my attempt at helping you; the yoga student walk in the shoes of your yoga instructor (if only for an hour).

Why? Because as some of us sit thoughtfully waiting for the class to begin, possibly stretching, maybe lying down appreciating the quiet time to just tune in and purposefully breath in the moment, it is obvious that WE ALL DIDN’T GET THAT SAME MEMO. READ MORE

What’s That Smell? Aromatherapy and Its Benefits

Meta_logo_1When you enter a yoga studio you’re usually greeted with a soft mix of gentle tunes and aromatherapya serene vibe permeates the space. The sounds literally invite you to find a spot and roll out your mat, directing you to the promise of a peaceful practice.

It’s funny how Music has a way of setting the mood, taking you to a place that quite possibly promises to sooth the soul and quiet the mind.  Music can transport us to new places and move our emotions on the VIRTUAL DIAL from Stressed-Out Crazy to Peaceful just by the beat of a drum, the movement of fingers on a guitar, or the placement of ones lips on a sexy saxophone.

It also has the ability to miraculously carry us to the distant past in just a few beats. These days though you can add the sense of “Smell” to that blissful formula. READ MORE

Zen Nutcracker


Merry Christmas, Felize Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays, Happy December Solstice,

Happy ­­­­­­______________ you fill in the blank.

Whatever term you use, whatever December holiday you’re celebrating, just know that we live in a diverse, multicultural society which is FANTASTIC!

So it’s important to know that we’re “ALL” just sending out Positive VIBES that scream loudly to the world:

Peace on Earth and Good Will to