Butterflies and Coccoons


With the new warmth of this season, I’m getting excited to see Butterflies.  While they haven’t yet emerged in New York City, I bet they’re making their way around town in Baton Rouge, LA, my first home.  And if not, I am sure that there are lots of fuzzy caterpillars squirming around near the oak trees there, as they prepare for their next stage: chrysalises in cocoons.

Picture a garden with a plethora of flowers, plants, colors, birds , and insects.  Imagine a butterfly gracefully fluttering through this garden.  It has radiant wings, with a unique design.  Watch the butterfly land on a flower and sip its nectar.  And watch it soar to another flower, helping spread pollen.

Notice the life, the colors, the grace, the UNIQUE beauty that this butterfly shares with the garden, and notice how this creature went through several stages of metamorphosis before it could spread its wings.  Each stage was vital to bring it to this moment.

It began as an egg, supported by a leaf that would later become its food.  It hatched into a caterpillar or larva, whose job was to eat and grow, and store nutrients.  When it was full, it wrapped itself in silk, becoming a chrysalis in a cocoon.

This stage was so important, as the chrysalis began to develop its legs, eyes, and wings.  Even though major transformation was taking place, the chrysalis was isolated from the rest of the garden, from the world, because it was tightly wrapped inside its cocoon.

A moment came when the chrysalis had become a butterfly, and was ready to meet the world, to connect.  If it were to stay in its cocoon, no one would ever know its beauty.  It would not be able to connect with and inspire others, or make the garden even more colorful, more alive.

So when the time was right, the butterfly came out of the cocoon, spread its wings, and began to fly.

Today, I invite you to tap into your inner beauty, your gifts.  I invite you to cultivate them, nurture them, open your heart, come out of your cocoon, and share your light with those in your midst, so that you can connect with others and experience community.  As you inhale, expand and open.  As you exhale, share.

Sometimes we struggle during transformation, as challenges arise.  But that’s OK! Through this process we grow wings, a new perspective, and beautiful, colorful patterns.

Come spread your wings with me at the yoga studio this week.  Check out the schedule below.  You can always check my live calendar for the most up-to-date schedule, as well.  I often pick up extra classes at the last minute when subbing for fellow teachers.

Radiate as a unique, exquisite creature.  Spread your wings, soar, and share.



Classes this week:

Tuesday April 21
8:00 a.m. Open Level – Studio 312

Friday April 24
5:00 p.m. Basic – Area Yoga (5th Ave)
6:30 p.m. Warm Restorative – Area Yoga (5th Ave)

Sunday April 26
8:30 a.m. Slow Flow – Area Yoga (Montague)
9:45 a.m. Open Level – Area Yoga (Montague)
12:30 p.m. Warm Restorative – Area Yoga (Court St.)

Monday April 27
9:20 a.m. Open Level – Area Yoga (Court St.)
12:30 p.m. Express – Area Yoga (5th Ave)

Tuesday April 28
8:00 a.m. Open Level – Studio 312


Risk to Bloom

risk to bloom

“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.”

—  Anais Nin, Author, 1903-1977

This is the Element of Freedom.

Picture a tight flower bud, so full of potential, so full of beauty, awaiting the moment to open, to share, to express itself fully.

Opportunities continue to present themselves in our lives as we continue to grow.  Sometimes when a dream is born, when change is in the works, when a beautiful opportunity arises, we begin to have second thoughts, and think, “Maybe I don’t really want that after all.  Maybe I’d be better off staying right here.”  Sometimes we cling to the familiar, the thing that we can already see, out of fear of the unknown, or fear of not discovering something that is even more enriching for us.  Sometimes we fear losing what we already have, or what we had.   The opposite of fear is love.  When we believe that we are worth venturing into unfamiliar territory in order to explore something spectacular that awaits us, we can grow.  We can expand, freely.  We can bloom.

When we can recognize that each moment holds its special place in our hearts, then we don’t have to be afraid of growing, of developing into an even fuller expression of ourselves.

Just like the spring flowers that are beginning to blossom, each breath offers the opportunity for expansion, for something new.  Where in your life are you ready to bloom this spring?

Life is love.  Choose love so that you can grow.  Don’t hold back– expand, radiate, soar, bloom!

Come tap into your potential and bloom with me this week at the yoga studio!!

Tuesday April 14
8:00 p.m. Evening Yoga – Studio 312

Wednesday April 15
8:00 a.m. Morning Yoga – Studio 312

Saturday April 18
9:20 a.m. Power Yoga – Area Yoga (NEW Park Slope location!)
10:45 a.m. Basics – Area Yoga (Park Slope)

Sunday April 19
9:45 a.m. Open Level – Area Yoga (Montague)
12:30 p.m. Warm Restorative – Area Yoga (Court)
5:00 p.m. Basics – Area Yoga (Court)
6:20 p.m. Open Level – Area Yoga (Court)

Breathe in, see yourself bloom.  Breathe out, feel free.



Spring’s on its way!!!


WOW!  How LOVELY it is to be able to take a walk with only one sweater today!!  I know Winter is still in our midst, but Spring is on its way!  What a great reminder to embrace each moment, and then let it go, as circumstances are only temporary.

Come play this week and celebrate the New-ness of the changing season.  Here’s where you can find me this week:

Tuesday, Mar. 10
8:00 a.m. Open Level (Studio 312)

Thursday, Mar. 12
12:30 p.m. One Hour Express (Area Yoga – Montague)

Friday, Mar. 13
5:00 p.m. Happy Hour (Area Yoga – Court St)

Sunday, Mar. 15
8:30 a.m. Slow Flow (Area Yoga – Montague)
9:45 a.m. Open Level (Area Yoga – Montague)
12:30 p.m. Warm Restorative (Area Yoga – Court St)

Wishing You Peace, Warmth, and Excitement this week,



My artwork from a recent frolic through the snow.  :-)

My artwork from a recent frolic through the snow. 🙂

Hey Yogis!!

I hope my fellow New York Yogis enjoyed the fluffy snowflakes today.  I know it’s cold outside, but I do find the powdery snow magical as I walk through the city, hearing it tap the top of my umbrella.  For my Non-New York Yogis, I hope you’re enjoying whatever Weather Magic finds you this March evening.   😀

If in New York, come thaw out with me in a class this week!

I’ll be teaching…

Tuesday, Mar. 3:
Studio 312 * I am now teaching weekly at this new Bushwick studio!! Come check it out!
8:00 a.m. -9:15 a.m. Open Level

Thursday, Mar. 5:
Area Yoga
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. One Hour Express (Montague)

Friday, Mar. 6:
Area Yoga
5:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. Happy Hour (Court)

Sunday, Mar. 8:
Area Yoga
8:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Basics (Court)

9:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Open Level (Montague)

12:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Warm Restorative (Court)

Until then, enjoy this Winter Wonderland.  ❤ ❤ ❤

winter wonderland