A New York State of Mind

Last month, my daughter Claire and I took our first Girls’ Trip to New York City. We shopped, practiced at Jivamukti Yoga School, took in the sights, dined shoulder to shoulder with strangers (who soon became friends) in sidewalk cafes. And, of course, we took in a show. Admittedly, I cringed at the thought of … Read More »

Hilaria Baldwin Balancing It All vs. Me Balancing it All

A while back I was thumbing through an old issue of Yoga Journal, where I happened upon a spread entitled: “Hilaria Baldwin Balances it all with Yoga.” The article features Hilaria – you know, the sage yogini who is best known for her daily Instagram snaps and her famous husband, Alec Baldwin – in a … Read More »

Swimming in First World Problems

OK, I’ll admit it. Change freaks me out. Just the other day, the guy who mows our lawn every other Monday announced he was planning on switching to Tuesdays. Hold the phone! The predictable weekly schedule I had so carefully constructed for my family was in jeopardy: I’m at the studio on Tuesdays. What was … Read More »

That Moment When We Realize We’re Mr. Stan

Anyone who has spent any length of time mingling with high school faculty can tell you that every school has at least one:  The stiff, socially-awkward-and-resistant-to-change teacher.  He is usually a member of the math or science departments* who bears ink stains on every one of his shirt pockets, and sports the same wardrobe/eyeglass style … Read More »

How to Save a Marriage Doomed from the Start.

Midway through my twenties, I thought it a good idea to get married.  Which likely would’ve turned out pretty great, had I actually partnered someone with whom I was remotely compatible. Brian was a socially and politically conservative graduate of West Point Military Academy, and when we married, he was a Lieutenant Colonel on the … Read More »

Caring is Cool.

My mother used to tell a story of my childhood stubbornness. As an only child used to calling the shots, visiting family –including a dozen or so cousins – in South Carolina every holiday season was mostly a positive experience, save a few experiences, like this one. Or the time where I caught the wrath … Read More »

Like a Lotus, Born of the Mud

Holy Moly what a month we’ve had at Twist Yoga! We’ve faced a challenge or two, but on the flip side have experienced hundreds of moments of grace in the form of kind words and serious generosity, culminating last Sunday with a giant community hug. With all of your help we’ve recovered in record time … Read More »

Water Fast Blog Post #11: Day 6, morning.

Day 6: Morning. The interns bring my blood workup with them on morning rounds. “Make another appointment with Dr. Sultana today,” one of them advises. “Your T3 and TPO hormones are off the charts. Which points to an autoimmune disorder. Plus your Vitamin D levels couldn’t be any lower.” Whoa. I wasn’t expecting this news, as … Read More »

Water Fast Post #10: Days 3-5

Day 3: Other than an irritating wake up call, Day 3 at True North proceeded without much fanfare. Only my 2nd day fasting, my body was still burning glycogen from my liver, muscles and other systems. Everyone’s experience varies, but the average time spent in this stage is several days, with ketosis soon following. Ketosis, … Read More »

Water Fast Post #9: An Antidepressant Story

I’m told by my suitemate, the male half of the New Jersey couple that knows a little about everything, that one of the side effects of fasting is increased energy and the need for less sleep. The idea, I guess, is that once you take digestion out of the equation, you save tremendous energy. I … Read More »