Becoming a student again

Six months ago, I made a colossal business mistake. Unrelated to Twist Yoga School, this mistake is the kind where ramifications are significant: it has/continues to cost me exponentially more money than I’ve ever lost, cost a professional relationship, and my sense of safety and trust. My health has suffered- I haven’t slept through the night … Read More »

Yay. *Yet another* reason why I’m unlikeable.

For the past few months, I’ve known I needed to make a change.   Fearing ramifications, though, I didn’t want to. Instead,  I carried losses for months.  With each loss and piece of unsettling feedback I received; with each time I started to initiate a hard conversation I needed to have but instead (for complicated reasons) avoided, my … Read More »

The trauma of being human.

A few of you who know me, know that my mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when I was eight. I was an only child, and my father was an often absent work-a-holic, so I spent periods of my childhood caring for her, up until her death a decade later. I sat with her … Read More »

On being human.

I know, my life is totally  amazing…. …. on Instagram at least. This I responded, sassy-like, when someone at the studio mentioned she had seen my social media and wished she had the courage to do adventurous things.   My feed depicts curated snapshots of an entrepreneur, explorer and parent. A life that, from the outside anyway, … Read More »

Hand me that selfie stick…. Announcing Twist Yoga Richmond Beach!

These days when I take a selfie, I’m often baffled at the person who I’ve captured.   Who is that middle-aged woman? What happened to the past two decades?? I simply am floored at how fast time is passing.  Ten years ago – ten years! –Twist Yoga in Downtown Edmonds opened.  The first few years were lean:  … Read More »

What we believe: Our Pillars

Fit body We encourage our community to seek healthy life balance by practicing positive body image, enjoying nourishing food, and committing to daily, moderate exercise. We use positive language.  We commit to body positivity and leading classes from a place of appreciation. We speak of food as a positive source of nourishment and connection. We … Read More »

Alcohol as wellness: Why aren’t we doing better?

Several months ago, we at Twist Yoga received an email invitation to teach a community yoga class at a large local event. Our initial reaction was Yes!… until the event organizer clarified his vision:  Class would be held in the wine garden, tickets would include a drink before, and after, yoga. Ugh.  Hard pass. Alcohol, … Read More »

For the love of travel.

I’m waiting here solo at international departure lounge in Delhi with too much time on my hands, thinking of the transformational gift of travel. Visiting other countries – especially on yoga retreats, where we practice yoga daily and care for ourselves so deeply we receive the beauty of experiences in a profound way –  is … Read More »

My throat chakra is fucked.

“Hi. I’m Janet,” my roommate introduced herself in her heavy Midwestern accent. “But I prefer to be called Krishna.” Janet/Krishna, was one of my “dorm-mates” at a Sanskrit chanting retreat I attended several years ago. Rounding out our quad, bunk-bedded cabin of strangers were Willow and Sage. Willow was sensitive to scents, and announced such … Read More »

On Finding God.

This time of year, I experience a sacred quiet when I roll out my yoga mat. I’m better able feel God’s guidance, which time and time again, helps me to trust there are no accidents. It wasn’t always like this. Raised in a family where God was used as a weapon, I coped by identifying … Read More »