"There is one thing that, when cultivated and regularly practiced, leads to deep spiritual intention, to peace, to mindfulness and clear comprehension, to vision and knowledge, to a happy life here and now, and to the culmination of wisdom and awakening. And what is that one thing? It is mindfulness centered on the body."
--The Buddha, from the Satipatthana Sutta
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be
loved in return.”
"For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.”
--Neil deGrasse Tyson
“What you believe you become. Believe in beauty, for the earth mother is covered with beauty. Believe in love, for your earth mother and sky father love you. Believe in magic, and you release your soul from the prison your mind tries to build around it. Above all, don’t be afraid, the Great Spirit provides all that is needed. Believe in your medicine. Believe in the work you are doing to become an instrument of the Great Spirit’s will. Believe you are where you should be. Believe that your life is progressing to it’s proper destiny. Believe in beauty. Believe in love. Believe in magic. And you will realize you are truly beautiful, loving and magical.”
“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.”
--Neil deGrasse Tyson
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
“I'm not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely.”
--R Buckminster Fuller
“All over the sky a sacred voice is calling your name.”
“The earth is my altar, the sky is my dome, mind is my garden, my heart is my home and I’m always at home...”
"It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear."
- -Henry David Thoreau
I’ve been volunteering with this non-profit organization since 2010 and on staff as a Teacher Trainer since 2012 helping to educate, prepare and support our volunteer yoga teachers. The mission statement: Fostering healing and resilience through trauma-informed yoga. We offer classes in prisons, alcohol and drug recovery centers, shelters, community health clinics, and more for both adult and youth populations.
PORTLAND BIPOC HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
This list was lovingly put together by my friend, Dr. Montserrat Andreys. Go support your local black, indigenous and people of color's businesses!
EVOLUTION HEALTHCARE, Dr. Montserrat Andreys
Chiropractor, Portland OR
I've known Dr. Andreys for many years and continue to get treatment from her for personal maintenance. She's a flamenco dancer, Pilates and yoga student, former massage therapist, anatomy nerd and social justice warrior. All of these things influence her depth of knowledge, tool kit and work.
INNERSTELLAR YOGA & PILATES
This studio is the baby of my best friend and colleague, Kristin “Kiki” Lovelace. You will be delighted at the warmth and skill that this community of teachers and practitioners ooze.
One of my favorite authors and healers....she’s spiritual and pragmatic. Enough said.
CENTER OF BALANCE
Mountain View, CA
For the absolute highest quality of Pilates education and movement genius, go take a class at COB. If you want
to be a Pilates teacher, go study with Tom McCook!
CHRISTY CASSANO PHOTOGRAPHY
While Christy is primarily a wedding photographer, she is also a badass yoga photographer. I'm continually surprised at her effortless (seemingly) picture taking.
STEPHEN MITCHELL GILBERT PHOTOGRAPHY
This man is so full of life and love. Never have I felt comfortable in front of a camera, until I met Stephen. I am so proud to display his beautiful photos on my website and to call him a friend.
THE SUN MAGAZINE
For decades now, this is the only magazine that I have subscribed to... it is full of inspirational and educational stories, interviews and tidbits. I cry, I laugh, I learn. Every time. And best of all, it is free of ALL advertising, existing solely on reader support.