Dear Pack Your Mat Family, When I began this blog in 2016 in the midst of deep longing for happiness, ease and belonging, writing became the avenue in which I processed life. Through writing and through your continuous interest in what I had to write, I was shown so much hope and love. In that… Continue reading heartfelt journeys end. New ones begin. NEW WEBSITE
We are delighted that you are considering to join us for a half day of movement, breath, meditation and some community love. You have everything you need. Come as you are. The day is curated with a balance of deep movement, meditation, breath work, heart-centered conversations and a restorative practice to help you tap… Continue reading Midsummer Homecoming: A Virtual Retreat with Ducky and Armen
There was so much clarity when I was on the Big Island of Hawai’i in November, that I would return very soon. A few years ago, in 2015, when I got to visit the Big Island for my birthday on the Kona side, in Holualoa, there was this clear knowing that we would return, together. … Continue reading Spring Awakening on the Big Volcanic Island of Hawai’i: March 03 – 09, 2020
I have found it very helpful to set the tone for my week and especially my day with my morning mindfulness practice. In short, I begin with a seated meditation, followed by reading and writing. I prepare breakfast and coffee and mindfully engage with the process of eating. I receive a daily article emailed from… Continue reading Appreciating Every Season with Mindfulness
A key component of our spiritual progress is reliant on the communities that we are a part of. This work, if done alone, can be very daunting and often a lonely venture. Throughout the years, I have learned that sitting, becoming vulnerable and breathing in community is one way of cultivating joy and tapping into… Continue reading Mindfulness Monday’s: Cultivating Joy in Community
Today is the last day of my anatomy class and this is an image of my cervical spine. The reason why I began a yoga practice 15 years ago are many. One of them was due to severe pain in my neck. The memory of this pain goes to a time where I don’t even… Continue reading You Have a Good Head On Your Shoulders
took a little break from technology as I wanted to understand better my relationship to social media use. This came about through meditation, surely. It was a necessary break from constantly having the urge to create and share.
When I left this place about three years ago, it felt like I was not only divorcing my former partner but also the city. At least with my partner the signing of the divorce papers gave some sort of closure. But, even then, let’s be real, no signature gives closure to emotions and years of love and cohabitation.
“Teaching another how to awaken their inner fire and to begin to discern the voices of their conditioning versus the voice of their spirit is the basis of Forrest Yoga teaching” says Ana Forrest, creator. This weekend, at One Down Dog, Janine Glass, one of very few registered as a Forrest Yoga Teachers, on the east… Continue reading Where To Get Your Forrest Yoga Practice in Los Angeles
I have been using the Manduka PRO yoga mat since I moved back to LA about four years ago. I am still using the same mat and have two others, the travel mat and the eKo, which I equally love and use depending on my practice. Not only is the product and brand reliable, I… Continue reading Instagram Giveaway: Manduka projectOM Yoga Mat and Accessories