How to cope with tragedy

How do you accurately describe the fear, hatred, and racism that are dominating our media and society right now. Disappointing? Tragic? Embarrassing? Completely utterly unacceptable? I’m sure you’re feeling it too. In the midst of all of this, how are you feeling?   There are certain things that happen in the world, and that happenContinue reading “How to cope with tragedy”

What to do when you don’t know what to do

There are times in life when you’re presented with a challenging situation or a difficult decision, and you just don’t know what to do. You find yourself constantly weighing pros and cons and coming up with if/then scenarios, but nothing is speaking to you as the “right” move.   I don’t believe there necessarily isContinue reading “What to do when you don’t know what to do”

The most important thing I do for my well-being

It is no secret that I am passionate about wellness. I firmly believe that if everyone were more focused on their own personal self-care, the world would be filled with joyful, energetic, and enthusiastically generous beings.   I have many self-care practices in my life, some daily, some weekly, some monthly, and some yearly, includingContinue reading “The most important thing I do for my well-being”

You don’t need to “find” your path. You’re already on it.

In the past decade I have changed my career 4 times (5, if you count a return to a former career as a “change”). With each career move, I was on my path.   Now that August is over, I can officially say I’ve been living in LA for 10 years. 10 years! I movedContinue reading “You don’t need to “find” your path. You’re already on it.”

You’ll Get Through This: 7 Ways to Nurture Yourself During Tough Times

It’s always amazing to me that when you’re in the midst of something difficult, as badly as you want it to be over, it feels like things will never be different. Your body will always be in pain, your heart will always feel broken and closed, your anxiety defines you and will never transform.  Continue reading “You’ll Get Through This: 7 Ways to Nurture Yourself During Tough Times”

Fun: The Essential Ingredient to your Wellbeing

The path of wellness can get very serious at times, eating right, sleeping right, discipline, meditation, organization, etc. What sometimes gets overlooked is an essential ingredient to keep you energized, looking young, feeling vibrant, and being creative and magnetic…fun!   This weekend I went to a “heart therapy” event on Saturday at a yoga studio,Continue reading “Fun: The Essential Ingredient to your Wellbeing”

Not Your Doctor’s Checklist: The Top 4 Benefits of Doing Yoga

It may sound cliché, but yoga changed my life, and continues to with every practice. From that transformation, I have created this list of the top 4 benefits of doing yoga.   As a little preface, you should know that before yoga came into my life, I was a gym rat. I went to theContinue reading “Not Your Doctor’s Checklist: The Top 4 Benefits of Doing Yoga”

Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

This title is extra relevant because I grew up in Egypt. Thank you CR for your witticism.   Yes, I too suffer the consequences of denial. Even with my daily awareness practices of meditation, yoga, prayer, and writing, I still shut the door and put the blinders on to certain feelings. It’s not on purpose,Continue reading “Denial is not just a river in Egypt.”

There are no Mistakes: Reflections on my Year at Mind In Body

Mind In Body is closing. This Saturday, June 1, is the last day of class.     For those of you that don’t know, Mind In Body is the studio that I moved Be Open Yoga to a year ago. It was a risky and ballsy move as it did not fit a typical yogaContinue reading “There are no Mistakes: Reflections on my Year at Mind In Body”

Video: Be Calm and Centered in Two Minutes

Last week I asked, “What do you want?” You may quite honestly have responded, I don’t know.   The truth is, we all have many voices speaking to us from within (not to mention all the voices from without). These internal voices might want different things, and might even contradict each other. All these conflictingContinue reading “Video: Be Calm and Centered in Two Minutes”