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2019 Summer Newsflash!

Welcome to what I sincerely hope is a joy filled summer.

Perhaps you are wisely doing some supported Downward Facing Dogs to help you through these Dog Days of Summer!  Our Pitta dosha (think fiery energy) is aggravated by excess heat and we want to calm and quiet the nervous system through more cooling poses, such as a supported Dog Pose, gentle Twists, Forward Bends and supported Inversions.  Our summers are getting hotter and that’s not “fake news!”  It was 113 in France recently. No longer can we say we are in the midst of Climate Change – we are full on into Climate Crisis. I believe we must do all we can individually and collectively to save our planet.  Our lifestyle is at risk and may change drastically as early as the next 5-10 years, not to mention the future suffering of our children and grandchildren.  If you’ve done any reading from the top scientists, you know how dire the situation is.

Besides joining a local chapter in your area, please consider donating to a reputable organization such as Climate RealitySierra Club  or  And do check out my dear friend and climate activist Betsey Downing’s amazing resource list on what else you can do.  It is a goldmine!

John and I spent two and a half glorious weeks in June driving around the Scottish Highlands (Isle of Skye is magnificent) and then on to Ireland and the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.  All were fabulous!  It is amazing to see how these countries are so far beyond the US ecologically on many levels.  We especially loved the openness and friendliness of the people, eating at many of the local pubs and striking up conversations with our neighbors at the next table. Getting used to driving on the left side of the road was challenging. After taking out the left passenger mirror two hours into our first rental car, I did quite well the rest of the trip! Many of the roads are “one track” which means one lane, with no shoulders and prayers that big lorries and tourist buses don’t show up! All makes for a more exciting adventure!
Wishing each of you a playful and joy filled rest of your summer.  I believe joy is our birthright. It is innate and natural. I immediately recognize when it wells up in me; that sense of elation, optimism, and knowing that all is truly well, despite outer circumstances. My energy seems to move upward!  Joy connects what once felt separate. Joy has within it great strength and a great vulnerability. I feel joy is the movement of divinity within and it is ever present.  We have only to take time to tap into what’s already there, finding it in small things as well as large. I try to bring a sense of joy into all my classes and workshops because we all deserve to remember that we are joy!

Please scroll down for a peek of the joy that might await you!


Upcoming Events

Italy Yoga Adventure

October 14 – 22, 2019 in Umbria, Italy

Our Italian adventure this coming October has only one space left! This would be for a woman sharing a beautiful spacious room with another female student who would love a roommate. No more singles available unfortunately.

The event will be near Spoleto at a Farm to Table beautiful resort. You can look forward to fabulous day trips and many are returning for their second time.

All information for this event is HERE.

Meditation & Yoga Weekend

Dec. 6-8 at Hallowood Retreat Center, MD

Whether you are an experienced meditator or new to the Art of Meditation, we will all learn to deepen the silence already within our very hearts. Join us at the Hallowood Retreat Center  ( less than an hour away from the DC Metro area for this Meditation & Yoga Retreat. I will focus on teaching and guiding those, both old and new, in the Art of Meditation. The benefits in our everyday lives are enormous. Meditation has been the mainstay of my spiritual practice for over 40 years. Click HERE for the flyer with info and registration form.

Regular Classes and Private Sessions

My weekly teaching schedule is as follows, both at Willow Street Yoga Center in Takoma Park, MD & Silver Spring, MD as well as in Oxford, MD on the Eastern Shore.  All classes are Alignment based and in the tradition of both Anusara and Iyengar.I also offer private sessions that include designing a Home Practice tailored to the student’s needs, learning the Art of Meditation, and Spiritual Direction.

Email me at to schedule an appointment.

Willow Street Yoga Classes

Yoga 1/2: 6:15-7:45 pm Tuesday in Sliver Spring
Yoga 2: 6:15-7:45 pm Wednesday in Takoma Park
Yoga 2: 10:30-12:00 Thursday in Takoma Park

Coastal Retreat Oxford Classes

201 Tilghman St, Oxford, MD.
Beginners/Advanced (Yoga 1/2): Monday 1:30-2:45
Intermediate (Yoga 2 & 2/3): Saturday 9:30-11:00

Upcoming Retreats

Jamaica 2020 with Maria and Suzie

Feb. 1-8, 2020

Join Maria Hamburger and me for our fifth Yoga Vacation on the cliffs of Negril at Coral Seas Resort.

This is for all levels of yogis everywhere. Not to be missed!

Click HERE for the brochure and and registration form details.

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

January 30 – February 6, 2021

Tierra de Suenos Retreat Center (on the Caribbean coast near Puerto Viejo) with Suzie & Maria Hamburger.Save the dates! Much more to come!

In the meantime, check out the following link!

Tierra de Suenos Lodge

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photo credit to John Hurley