How Happy Hearts Yoga Project Came to Exist

It is now the 3 year mark from when I volunteered with 500 dogs at Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai, Thailand. I had been there for about 1 week when it hit me. While walking one of the dogs at the sanctuary (that had been placed in a bag and beat with a stick […]

Yoga is Citta Vrtti Nirodhah

Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah (sutra 1.2) Yoga is the stilling of the revolutions of the mind. This is what Patanjali describes as yoga in his book the Yoga Sutras. citta = mind; vrtti = fluctuation; nirodhah = restraint, control. The Yoga Sutras are composed of 4 books with short sutras or threads that explain yoga […]

Creating “Big Magic”

Creating “Big Magic.” That feeling of amazement as things begin to click.  When you come into your space and claim it. This is the magic I have been experiencing lately. I began to prioritize my breathing practice, mindfulness, teaching, my connection to the earth and a deeper appreciation for the beauty in nature. When you […]

Journey to Becoming a Yoga Teacher

This week marks two years since I began my yoga teacher training in India and I can’t help but feel incredible appreciation and gratitude for all of the ups and downs in establishing myself as a teacher, the learnings that felt as if they had touched my soul and set it on fire, for all […]

Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary

My visit to Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLESE) near Sukhothai, Thailand, was probably my favorite part of my 5 months of travel. Most people know my love for elephants and several share my same amount of admiration for them which is why elephant tourism is such an ugly beast in Thailand. So many tourists come to […]

Thailand: A closer look at animals in tourism.

I absolutely LOVE Thailand. I love the food, the mountains, the beaches, the kind hearted smiling people that stop in their tracks to ask if you’re lost and need directions. I have been asked more times than I can count on both hands if I need help by those kind smiling faces. I have felt […]

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