Showing posts from April, 2013

In the Words of Ram Dass, Be Here Now.

I'm living out a crazy busy life right now. I'm trying to make more time for balance. More time for people in my life and just breathing and moments. I love yoga and obviously, it has completely consumed me. Which is great and I think what is meant to be for this moment...but I feel a calmness approaching. Still consumed by yoga, of course, but more of a calm within the storm kind of consumption.

I still have questions. I still have a wondering about where I will be in a year from now because a year ago was so very different and a year before that, different as well. A lot of change. I feel like I've been riding a wave for the last two years of my life. And I am grateful for that wave. It has shaken me up, awakened a sleeping giant and now what will the giant do? What direction is it headed? I know I can't wait to see.

I have learned enough to know what I had forgotten for awhile and that is that "the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray." So I'm…
Create your world. 
Paint it, write it, sing it, asana it, live it. 


~ Anne Lamott

I loved this quote so much, I had to post it twice. It made me think when I was general manager of the hotel. I worked so hard back then. I read management books, hotel books, plunged toilets, made beds, came when the fire alarm went off in the middle of the night, was there more at night when the emergencies would happen than in the day when it was quiet, the list goes on and on. 
When I saw this quote, I thought...aha! I was like a fire truck instead of a lighthouse. I did a good job. I know what I did to keep everything together but I now know how to be more like a lighthouse than a firetruck. Oh, the lessons of aging. When we're doing what we're meant to be doing, it may still be a lot of work...but it flows so much more naturally. It really is a beautiful thing.
May you let your light shine!
xo~ Erin

Sunny Point Cafe, Asheville N.C.

Hello all!

I just wanted to give a quick shout out about this breakfast spot in Asheville, N.C because I think I want to marry it.

Breakfast has always been a very special meal for me (I love it) and, alas, in my hometown...I have been sorely lacking a place to go for many years now. Not that there aren't breakfast places, not that there aren't any good breakfast places, either... there just aren't MY kind of breakfast places. I've even considered opening one of my own but I know how much work a restaurant is since I grew up working in them and then married a restauranteur. 

What I'm talking about here are independent restaurants that offer organic eggs, homemade bread, fresh squeezed orange juice...ingredients like you would get on the farm. Being a child of the country and having both of my biological grandmothers come straight out of the hills of West Virginia (and proud of it, thank you) may have had something to do with this.

Yes, they cooked with fats...yes, I tr…

Growing Pains

My heart is a bit pinched right now as I just read an article about Bikram Choudhury which completely lambasted him and it brought up an issue that I've been having about yoga, and the issue can not be lain on yoga's shoulders. Let me preface by saying that I have never done Bikram yoga. I'm not overly interested in it besides the fact that I am a yoga instructor and as such, should know what is out there in the yoga community. It sounds too militaristic for me. Clapping to signify pose changes, static holds and just a bit too hot of temperature even though I practice and teach hot power yoga (which is not the same thing as Bikram, p.s). But if Bikram is what calls to a person, that's fantastic.

Yoga seems to be taking a lot of twists and turns right now and as such, is experiencing what they call "growing pains." A fellow yoga instructor said to me the other day that her teacher recently lamented that "yoga used to be an inch wide and a mile deep and now…