I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. Last year, I put the pedal to the metal and lost 30 pounds. But I did it in a way I wasn’t entirely thrilled about – I focused on counting calories, not really counting quality as much as I would have liked. With all the amazing plant-based [...]
One of the best things about yoga is the way it creates community. There are the obvious ways it does this, like how we become friends with the people we see in our favorite class week after week. But then there are the more subtle ways – for instance, striking up a friendship with people in other cities as a result of our common love of the practice. I “met” Allison Richard (though we’ve still never seen one another IRL, as the kids say) in her capacity as editor of The Guest Blog and Must Read Book Club for YogaCity NYC. She was kind enough to repost one of my musings and we struck up an ongoing conversation.
You know that old chestnut: “When the student is ready, the teacher appears?” I can tell you for a fact that it is more than a cliché. Though I didn’t meet Greg Marzullo until well into my yoga experience, I knew instantaneously that he was my teacher. I have learned far more in the few years that I’ve known him than I did in all the years preceding our acquaintance.
I am pretty sure the term “earth mama” was coined to describe Roni Zelivinski in one of her past lives. At only 20 years old, this woman is the juiciest, earthiest, mama-ist person I know. I’ve circled her orbit for several years (since she was a wee lass – way back in 2013 or so) and have always been inspired by her energy. But I didn’t have the chance to get to know her properly until recently.
Yoga and juicing seem to be inextricably linked these days. Every time you turn around — at least at Whole Foods or MOM’S, where I tend to shop — there is a new bottle of green liquid espousing some benefit or other.
For a long time, I tried to identify any ailment that would allow me to test out acupuncture and see if it “really” works. I was fascinated with the idea of it. So I attempted it a few times with different practitioners, but nothing ever seemed to stick (no pun intended). And then I met Molly Shapiro. Molly is one of the warmest and most nurturing souls I know. Honestly, even if I didn’t see her for acupuncture, I’d probably schedule appointments for therapy– I always feel better physically, emotionally and spiritually after I’ve spent time with her. And then there is the amazing acupuncture “high;” as one of my friends says, “Acupuncture drunk is the best kind of drunk.”
I first met the incandescent Linda Naini at a yoga workshop on her birthday, of all days. I was immediately drawn to her. I often say I have a girl crush on her because she just exudes warmth and makes you want to be her best friend. Linda is a student and teacher of meditation. If you’ve ever attempted meditation, you know it can be one of the toughest nuts to crack. But the best part of having wise, old souls like Linda as friends means I get to ask them all manner of questions like: what’s the deal with this whole meditation thing anyway? The interview below captures her response to that inquiry.
One of the most amazing aspects of being part of a yoga kula (community) is meeting so many beautiful souls willing to share the wisdom they’ve gleaned from their own personal path. I feel incredibly fortunate to not only know many such beauties, but to also have the honor of calling them my friends. I consider many of the people within my yoga community to be old souls; people who have a knowledge that is far deeper than what could possibly be gained in one lifetime. They’ve got something very special to offer and maybe “get it” in a way that I don’t. But the best part is – they’re more than willing to share that knowledge.