Need Proof That Yoga Keeps You Young?


The easiest way to determine the anti-aging effects of yoga is to watch Tao Porchon Lynch as she glides into plank pose. Tao, who is the Guinness-certified world’s oldest living yoga teacher, turns 96 years young today.

Happy Birthday, Tao!


In early July, she gave an inspiring TEDx Talk about the power of yoga to transform your life. She really wowed the audience at the end when she moved effortlessly into a seated lotus position and then lifted herself off the floor into lolasana.

I was lucky enough to attend Tao’s workshop at Buddha B Yoga Studio on a Friday evening in July.  After our class, she was scheduled to teach in two more cities that same weekend.

She had a reason for scheduling […]

Use “Simple Recipes for Joy”

In July, I was privileged to interview Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga for the current issue of Natural Awakenings DC. In case you haven’t seen the article, check it out page 32 of the digital issue at

Buddha B Yoga Studio is sponsoring a 2-part event with Sharon at the Washington DC Convention Center on September 27th. The first event is a Jivamukti Yoga class from 11 am to 1:30 p.m. After that, she will host a catered book party from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to celebrate the release of her new book of vegan recipes, Simple Recipes for Joy. The book party will include a buffet-style lunch of foods made with the recipes in Sharon’s book.

Aside from seeing Shiva […]

Mindfulness While Flying the Friendly Skies


Perhaps you saw the recent story about a young mother and toddler traveling on JetBlue Airlines in which an awkward and uncomfortable situation almost turned into a painful and scary situation. It caught my attention because it seems like the whole thing could have been much less scary if those involved had chosen mindfulness and human kindness instead of callousness


The story, as I understand it, is that the passengers were buckled in tight and waiting on the tarmac for their take-off position when the 3 year-old girl told her mother she had to go to the bathroom. The mother was informed by a flight attendant that no one could be out of their seats. The little girl was told she would have to wait […]

How to Stay Awake In Meditation


I am battling a bout of conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye) right now. This is the first time I’ve ever had this condition. The whites of my eyes are not white, but eerily and uncomfortably red. And then there is the itchiness in my eyes. Sometimes I have an overpowering urge to really rub my eyes which would only make them get more red and scary looking.

At one point I noticed that due to the constant irritation, my eyes were often in a half open position – kind of like something called ‘the lion’s gaze.’


What is the lion’s gaze?

It is a simple practice of keeping your eyes half open and half closed while you meditate. Having your eyes half closed helps you ignore […]

Don’t Miss Today’s ‘Yoga On The Mall’ in Downtown DC


I plan to be at the Yoga on the Mall event happening in downtown DC this morning. Normally, I don’t even get to that many classes. But from my last Yoga on the Mall event, I know that events like this offer something you can’t find in most yoga classes.

Here is why I think events like this are so special:

1) price is right – FREE

2) Shiva Rea – favorite yoga instructor of mine, though I know her only from her DVD’s

3) you practice alongside hundreds of people you’ve never met before

Wait, why is it a good thing to be sharing yoga with hundreds of strangers? Let me explain.

Some yogis are super-fit and super-bendy. Many are young women for whom complicated yoga poses seem […]

Hot UK Yoga Magazine

OM Yoga Magazine

This vibrant yoga magazine is beautiful to look at and filled with inspiration from dozens of yogis

OM Yoga & Lifestyle ( from the UK – I have the October issue which I bought in November. I have been getting a lot of use out of the home practice section.

I like this magazine because it has lots of input from many different yogis, some instructors, some students.

On their website they let you preview the November 2013 issue which is chock full of advice for new yoga teachers just starting out. There is probably also plenty of inspiration for more experienced studio owners […]