Freedom in Submission

October 9, 2015

file0001031918094-1Yoga appeals to the emotions. It’s part of what makes it effective to the whole health of a person. Yoga is not just physical. It is spiritual and emotional. Not only are some poses designed to release anxiety and trapped emotions, but it puts us in touch with our own limitations. Learning a new discipline requires humility and submission to our limitations. But, take heart, we are all in it together. That’s why we call it our practice.

Personally, I have learned more about limitations now that I am pregnant than ever before.

It has been very humbling to see my abilities changing as my body does. I have had to swallow my pride, as I modify my poses.

An important part of yoga is the ability to listen to your body, not pushing it past its limits. We have to all swallow our pride and challenge ourselves at the level that is appropriate for us. Many times, before a class, I will encourage my students to not judge themselves or compare themselves to anyone else. Now I confess, I am taking a lesson from my own book. I have to submit to my limitations, not only for my own physical well being, but now I am responsible for a life inside of me.

I am very thankful for my knowledge of prenatal  and gentle yoga, so that I can modify my poses.

Starting November 1st, I will join the ranks as I lead a gentle/prenatal class. If you can relate to the need for a gentler practice, come join me!

The Heart Behind the Yogi

April 25, 2015

Clock fleur de lisOftentimes when I prepare a class, there is an even mix of strategic planning and spontaneous spiritual leading. Recently I shared a verse from Psalm with my class and I admitted it was something that was on my heart but I didn’t explain why. Now I want to take the opportunity to open a door for you, into the heart behind the yogi. Continue Reading…


March 17, 2015

DSCN9418What feelings come to mind when you hear the word, “ambition”? Does it give you energy: a fire in your gut that spurs you on toward your goals? Or does it make you feel stressed and uneasy, riddled with fear and insecurity? Continue Reading…

Charity and Contentment

February 17, 2015

shoes-5Until recently, extra spending money and shopping for fun were foreign concepts to me. I was always raised to see things like clothes and food from a practical standpoint. It didn’t matter if I wasn’t in style. It was what we had and we learned to be content. Continue Reading…

I was recently asked to respond to an article, discovered by one of my students. I have touched on this topic before but am always excited to return to the debate.

Therefore, let me present to you my response to the following article: Should Christians Do Yoga

First of all, let me say I admire Laurette for what she is doing. PraiseMoves is a great idea! I have tried similar techniques in my yoga classes before, and I am excited to see she is using postures and scripture together to minister to many. Continue Reading…

Perspectives From the Mat

January 29, 2015

PrenatalAs another season of teaching prenatal yoga begins, I have become aware once again to the beauty and excitement of creation. I love being a part of young women’s lives during this season, where a unique person is being created. To be able to help in whatever way I can with their journey through pregnancy is a privilege. Continue Reading…


January 20, 2015

I have seen students intimately connect with yoga recently through a freestyle method of teaching. I first saw this at a teacher training I did in Raleigh. The teacher told us to move into whatever flow of standing poses we wished. I was shocked and nervous at first. But for the next five minutes, I decided to block out the people around me and move as my spirit led me through my favorite standing poses. Continue Reading…

Yoga Therapy

January 16, 2015

ttronslien-Yoga is breath and movement. It is a mind-body connection that renews and ignites. There are so many things I love about yoga but one of its most appealing qualities, to many, is its therapy. Not just physical therapy, though that is part of it. But yoga opens an intimate and vulnerable piece of the student through the poses and techniques. Continue Reading…

New Beginnings

January 6, 2015

Let’s see.  . . It was when I was a senior in college. That was six years ago. Six years ago I took my first yoga class. Well, it was yoga/pilates but I quickly fell in the love with the yoga postures, not giving a second thought to the pilates. I loved how graceful the poses looked, moving in slow simultaneous motion with the other bodies around me. I loved the way it made me feel afterward, my muscles groaning from a workout in which I was unaware I was participating in at the time. Continue Reading…

Best Made Plans

December 31, 2014

Five WeeksnewsIt wasn’t until recently that I actually started feeling ambitious. Ambitious for the goals I have set for the New Year. Seth and I aren’t much into “resolutions” per say but we encourage each other to make goal lists every year at this time. Continue Reading…