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About yogajolie

I'm a work in progress. Give me a sunny day at the beach followed by a late afternoon thunderstorm. My flip flops and running shoes somehow find rank and file among the melee of Manolos and high boots in my closet. I think finding bliss on a yoga mat is sheer happiness, but also enjoy lacing up and suffering...just a little bit...on a long run. Maybe this comes from my start in life. It began in Chicago, but we spent weekends and summers in a small beach town in Southwest Michigan. City mouse meets country mouse. Yin and yang. Juxtaposition. Balance. I'm fiercely independent, but after thirty-some-odd years on this planet realized that I'm also a little old-fashioned. *go figure* I'm mildly addicted to Kombucha. And eye cream. (I'm all about the moisturizer.) I appreciate good manners. Chivalry. Please and thank you. That's not to say that there isn't a little urban girl, punk rock heart still beating in my chest. There is. I've lived a lot of life so far...and miles to go before I sleep. So, that's me. I'm an East Coast girl with punk rock heart and a yoga soul. Practicing, playing, teaching and sharing as much as I can. I currently teach at two studios--it will be three as of September 1st, as I was recently named the Advanced Yoga class/workshop instructor for the newest location. Outside of my home studios, I offer workshops and private yoga lessons as well. Contact me if you want more information!

Happy September! (Maybe?)

I’ve been trying to figure out why the beginning of September makes me feel a little bluesy…  Not sad, per se.  But a wee bit of melancholia creeps up as I notice the light shifting and shadows growing longer.  The … Continue reading

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Stay Calm and Barbie Om

Look out, world!  The Barbie backlash has returned!  Apparently, Mattel has released a new Barbie in their “I Can Be” series of dolls which features the icon dressed as different professions including a fashion designer, teacher, chef, SeaWorld trainer, President, … Continue reading

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Dig Deep

At this exact moment, 530am HST/1130am EST, ten years ago today, I ran my first race ever–the Kona marathon on the Big Island of Hawaii.   I’d never really run any distance prior to training for this event.  Not more … Continue reading

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Be Who You Are. Not What You Do.

Recently, one of the places where I teach announced that they were closing the doors on December 1st of this year.  They will be overhauling the building for fourteen months before reopening as a more medically-based fitness facility complete with … Continue reading

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I Love This: Ganesh

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Ashtanga Yoga Confluence Conference – WOW!

As an active Facebook-er, information about yoga events around the world is pretty easy to uncover.  So when I found out what seemed to be too-little-too-late about an incredible opportunity for me as both a yoga teacher and an ashtangi, … Continue reading

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Jumping Through – video

Here is a good visual on how to jump through to seated from Maria Villella, a yoga teacher in Santa Monica. Jumping Through

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Recent Photo Shoot

I had the great pleasure to work with Ginger Nelson-Kellar recently and she managed to capture some pretty wonderful photos of me at one of the studios where I teach.  She has such a terrific eye and works so well … Continue reading

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How Not Taking Responsibility Can Wreck Your Body

A recent article in the New York Times has stirred up a bit of controversy in the yoga world.  The title “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” certainly got a lot of attention, as did the claims that were made … Continue reading

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Top 10 Foods for Women’s Health

So, I’ve been a little preoccupied since the holidays – a new puppy has joined the family and I have been busy putting together my Yoga for Athletes program that launches TODAY!  But when I saw this information, I knew … Continue reading

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