Sunday, October 23, 2016

Yogi Surprise October: Celebrating Abundance

This is a wonderful time of year to cultivate gratitude for the abundance in our lives.

The air is colder and the nights are longer, giving us a stronger desire to turn inward and spend time in our cozy homes, share sweet moments with loved ones, and take more rest.

The theme for Yogi Surprise October is harvest celebration. These were my favorite items from the Yogi Surprise October box, all of which give me reasons to celebrate fall, to find gratitude for abundance, and to take time to reflect and rest.

I've been lighting this candle in the evenings when I write in my journal. I love the invigorating scent of balsam, lavender and sandalwood; the candle helps me feel calm and present.

Banyan Botanicals Daily Massage Oil

This oil is lovely! Do you practice abhyanga, or a daily morning ritual of self-massage with warm oil? Truly a life-changing practice that can help set the tone for your day and help to calm your entire nervous system. If you've never tried it, read this article from Banyan Botanicals on Ayurvedic self-massage.

These are amaaaaazing. Best chocolates I've had in a long time, not only flavor wise but you can tell the handmade truffles have high-quality raw cacao. I went to order more but they're already sold out on their website! (No surprise.) Highly recommend!!

First and last photos in this post by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


In your lifetime, there will be people who teach you how to be whole.

People who understand you for exactly who you are, without questioning any part of your being. 

The support you need will be offered to you at the times you need it. Receive. Notice. Feel gratitude for these people and honor them. 

Let them teach you how to be good, and that you don't always have to.

Let them teach you that you do not have to hide. Let them teach you that you have the power to change, and that each change is a choice. 

Give up your ego, share your presence, seek wisdom. Seek to be known. 

You are a human and these friends that surround you acknowledge you as one, a human with a beating heart, an imperfect, broken, loving heart. 

Your friends want to know your story. They want to hear of your courage and your fears, of the things that keep your mind up at night, turning over with thought and possibility. Your friends want to know you exactly as you are, and forgive you when you hurt them or speak without clarity or act selfishly.

They want to see you not only in the moments when you are shining, but on the days when you want to slide down a wall and crumple into a mess and cry. Allow yourself to let go, to be humble, to be human. Invite them to share these moments with you, to know that you are not alone. They need these moments as much as you do.

Your friends will teach you how to feel alive in the moments that are uncomfortable. 

They will love you and make your heart feel so full you imagine it could burst in your chest. 

Their eyes will speak wonders simply in the way they witness you, and the wholeness of your being. 

Be with these people. See them. Invite them into your world, for they are hard to find and even harder to lose. 

Photos in this post by Ken Johnson of (1), Tom Huynh (2, 3), and Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography (4, 5).

Sunday, October 9, 2016

5 Ways to Get Grounded for the Fall Season

Hi loves! How is autumn going so far for you?

If you're looking for some simple ways to get grounded for this new season, here are a few ideas. Cheers to cozy sweaters, warm foods, and relaxing routines to help you feel rejuvenated!

5 Ways to Get Grounded for the Fall Season

1. Walk in nature. Notice the colors, smells, and sights around you.

2. Massage your feet with warming essential oils, or use a diffuser in your home. Here’s a great post from Hello Glow with ideas about essential oil blends for fall. Some oils to try:
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Patchouli
  • Rosemary

3. Eat seasonally. Make a dish with pumpkin, apple, or squash. Create a hearty, delicious soup. Energize your food with positivity and love as you sit down to eat.

I highly recommend this Ayurvedic cookbook for ideas on how to eat seasonally: The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well. This weekend I made the pumpkin dal recipe and it is delicious! ;)

4. Try a sauna or spa.

5. Meditate and write in your journal. Create space to process the transition to this new season, and allow yourself to express your inner thoughts and feelings. Fall is a great time of year to slow down, reflect, and incorporate more rest into your daily routine.

Much love! Namaste.

Photos of me by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Saturday, October 8, 2016


For those going through big changes: I found this quote the other day and wanted to share it with you.

"A seed, to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction."
~Cynthia Occelli

Here's to your courage, in the midst of change. When you feel overwhelmed, know you are not alone. Know too, that you can stay open, even when it feels impossible. Namaste.

Photos by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Now

What is happening in this moment?

Breathe into what is. Breathe into the reality of this moment.

Ground yourself.

Allow yourself to let go of the rest.

Camel pose photo by Ken Johnson of PS: More on camel pose.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Awaken: An E-Book from Alive in the Fire

Hi, friends! Some exciting news today on Alive in the Fire...

I'm now offering an e-book!

Are you feeling a little lost? Lacking direction or motivation? Or maybe you could just use a few moments of deep rest, of looking inward?

This one's for you!

Inherent to the practice of yoga is the element of Svadhyaya, or self-inquiry. We explore layers of awareness through physical sensation, breath, emotion, and thought. 

In this 20-page workbook, I will lead you through a unique experience of yoga that includes asana (poses), meditation, chanting/sound vibration, and creative writing. 

You’ll explore questions such as, what am I here for? What’s holding me back? Do I trust my inner wisdom? How can I release fear?

Asking these questions isn't easy work to do. We can start by creating a quiet space, breathing, and connecting with the physical body.

What we find can be beautiful and enlightening... it may also be painful or make us feel vulnerable, raw, or overwhelmed. It becomes our task, then, to trust the outcome and trust our inner wisdom. Sometimes we must walk through the fire in order to gain clarity. 

My goal in offering this e-book is to extend a little piece of my yoga teaching into this community I've created here at Alive in the Fire, and help however many yogis I can experience a little more peace in their day-to-day lives. 

It's $3 to purchase the e-book, and my hope is that it is a practical, useful tool that can enhance your yoga practice and help you discover something new about yourself along the way.

As always, I'm open to your feedback and would love to hear from you if you try out the e-book and want to share your experience (my email is aliveinthefire at gmail dot com).

Please check out the link below to support the project.

Sending each of you a heartfelt Namaste.

Buy Now


The things standing in your way are merely illusions.

You are as strong as you've ever been.

When you are able to trust in the divine timing of your life, and keep your heart open, the world becomes yours.

Photo by Ken Johnson.


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