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Beat the Heat

portland-meOh, summer in Maine: longer days, bike rides, fresh veggies, ocean breezes. Now I remember why we endure the long winter. For some Mainers, though, summer isn’t so relaxing. The heat and humidity of July and August can elevate stress and anxiety, as well as exacerbate existing health conditions like upper respiratory and digestive disorders. Luckily, there are many things you can do to beat the heat and get outside to enjoy the bounty of a Maine summer—like yoga!
It’s hard to get on your mat in the summer, isn’t it? You wake up and it’s 75° without a cloud in the sky. Should you go for a quick dip in the ocean? Run the boulevard? Well, exercising in the morning is a good idea before the heat of the day really settles on the city, but yoga is actually a great way to balance your system morning or evening, before or after any other kind of exercise.

Happy 4 Years to Lila!

Today marks the official date of Lila opening its doors.  Four years ago I stepped into the unknown of running my own business to dive deeper into a practice that I loved.  The days, months, and years that followed have allowed me to feel more connected, more aware, and more supported.  Many thanks go outContinue Reading

Things are as they are…

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with a crew of yoga all stars in the beautiful setting of Bermuda’s pristine beaches and blue waters.  All weekend I was searching and yearning for a little golden nugget that I could share with the Portland yoga community in the next enewsletter.  There were many valuableContinue Reading

Waking Up to the Beauty of this World & Life

There are 16 days to spring. I am, as I imagine many of you are, eager to smell the thawing earth and feel a warmer breeze. The light is coming back, and soon, buds will be showing themselves, and layers will be stripping from the earth and our own heavily covered winter bodies. I lookContinue Reading

Love Reigns

February is the coined month of love in our media-driven culture. Grocery stores are once again lined with pink and red chocolates, emails with hearts and gift ideas for sweethearts are stacking inboxes, and romantic comedies crowd the movie lines. I used to be more jaded by this Hallmark Holiday coining phrases of love andContinue Reading

Steady Joy & Peace

Last week marked the beginning of the holidays for many.  Traveling far and wide, or nesting at home, many of us gathered with friends and/or family to share a meal, mingle in conversation, and take time to be with each other.  For most of us us, this is a break in our daily routines. SomeContinue Reading

Watching Compassion Grow

As we approach the season of giving, gathering, sharing meals, celebrating the holidays, listening to songs of cheer and peace that fill the airways, I am compelled to think about compassion.  I think about what our world would be like if we all were truly able to be compassionate to all walks of life, ourContinue Reading

Exploring Optimal Health in Your Own Body

“You only get one body, one life, one chance to live and it’s difficult to enjoy your life if you are trapped in a body that only leaves you sick and in pain.” Tiffany Cruikshank The last few months I have been really, unwillingly at first I will admit, contemplating this question in my mindContinue Reading

Honoring the Change of Seasons

As hard as it is to say goodbye to the summer months, the cool night air, the fresh and crisp local apples that are becoming readily available, cravings for soup, and the fading light are just a few of the things that help to make the transition all that easier.  For many of us, theContinue Reading

To practice and keep practicing.

 “we learn by practice, whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing, or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same, in each, it is the performance of a dedicated, precise set of acts, physical or intellectual from which come the shape of achievement, the sense of one’s being,Continue Reading