Equinox Blessing-free video!

It’s been a wild week for many of my clients; intense emotions, old patterns taking over, fear and doubt running rampant. I can’t say I’m surprised, this time of year can hit folks hard. There are powerful energetic shifts as we transition seasons. This can be felt to a lesser extent during the full moon phase each month but things really amp up during these quarterly events. One of my go to skills for bringing things back in balance is deepening into the Moon and Sun Salutations. Instead of flowing through breath to breath with each movement, I hang out and explore variations. Work with one of each or go back and forth between the two, just be sure to do equal amounts of each. I created this video practice to get you started. Take a few minutes to warm up and use props as you like. Practice on!

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Sassy Salsa

It’s that time of year when you can find my hubs and I camped out in the kitchen putting up tons of yummy tomatoes to get us through the winter. While were cooking and canning big batches of pasta sauce, cooked salsa and stewed tomatoes to dine on later, we also whip up fresh salsa to savor with our favorite Mexican meals. We also enjoy it as a simple snack with chips or to spice up our morning eggs. Head to your Farmer’s Market or favorite grocery store for some fresh summer tomatoes (and a few other key ingredients) to make this delicious side dish for yourself.


  • 6 Roma or garden tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red or yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped.
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves.
  • pinch of cumin 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Simply mix your chopped veggies together, dash on the spices, and drizzle the lime juice over it all. Mix well and serve. You can also add 1/2 an avocado if you like! This keeps well in the fridge for 2-3 days if it lasts that long;) Salsa on!


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Presto Pesto

Summer brings many wonderful things; sunshine, flowers, butterflies, good times and lots of fresh food. An easy thing to grow at home or find at your local Farmer’s Market is fresh basil. Packed with antioxidants and phenolics, this culinary herb is a rich source of vitamin K, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber. In this blog I show you how to turn a bunch of basil into a delicious sauce for pasta, sandwiches, soups and more. Basil is also:

  • anti-inflammaroty
  • antioxidant
  • cancer-fighter
  • analgesic (pain-reducer)
  • antipyretic (fever-reducer)
  • hepatoprotective (liver-protector)
  • immune booster


Pesto pairs basil with another fabulous food: garlic. Known for it’s cardio protective properties, immune boosting and more, garlic adds a beautiful bite to this recipe. Store your pesto in a Mason jar like in the pic above for up to 3 days in the fridge or freeze for longer storage. Click below to make some magic with me!


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed (can sub half the basil leaves with baby spinach)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan-Reggiano cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (can sub chopped walnuts)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 3 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste


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Gentle Life

Gentle Life

I lay by the water 
full of heartache
A child gone
her soul moved on

by my pain
Why is it this way?

A friend
A colleague
A Mother like no other

I can’t imagine her loss

There’s a pull to rise 
to speak her name
Speak to her
though it may be in vain

I did not know you well on Earth
yet I was struck by your strength
your grace

I don’t know what to do
but I am open to your wisdom
your Truth                                                      

From the stillness
a few simple words emerge

Live a gentle life.

Dear Friends,

I write to you through tears. A friend of mine just lost her daughter. Serena had CF and we knew her life would be “limited” but this unfolded much sooner than expected. While I could present any number of other topics for this month’s post, this is what’s most present for me right now and my heart was called to share this sweet message from Serena. Of course I could keep writing about this concept and expound yoga’s teachings (God knows I love to go on and on…), it feels right to leave this light and simply say I love you.


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Investment Strategy

Ever notice how much time we spend thinking about things that cause us stress? It’s such a habit to let our attention drift to drama. To allow our mental energy to slip into the fear zone where it becomes comparison, judgement, doubt, pessimism, etc. Can you relate? I know I can! I have to call upon my yoga practice multiples times a day in a multitude of situations to help me stay in the love zone. Here I not only feel better but I’m more effective in every area of life. In this blog we explore the concept of awareness and how to direct it so we’re reaping the benefits of health, happiness and service in this crazy world.

Awareness is the greatest agent of change.

Eckhart Tolle

A couple weeks ago I met with a friend to discuss some concerns she had about a situation we’re both connected to. This friend is someone I have deep respect for and I was excited to catch up and process what was going on. Much to my dismay, the conversation was painful. The details don’t matter, but I was met with judgement and micro aggressions that were so incredibly uncharacteristic. As we walked and talked I became more aware of what this was triggering for me and the reactivity that wanted to take center stage. At the same time, I was also aware of who I know this person to truly be and an intuition that there was something more going on beyond the topic at hand. 

Drawing on my practice, I let myself breathe with the agitation I was feeling and directed my awareness to the truth within even though it was a more subtle sensation. Grounding into the moment through the five senses helped keep the discomfort from building into a compulsion to lash out. While we ended on a “good” note, things still felt unsettled as we parted. I tried to stay with the conflicting inner stirrings about the interaction with a focus on compassion towards myself and my friend.

The next morning in meditation, I realized my deeper emotion of hurt. I worked to feel through that and to stay connected to the love I know to be at the core of this relationship by practicing Loving Kindness Meditation. Early that afternoon she texted an apology for being “off” yesterday and shared that she was going through some other, unrelated things that affected our conversation. I felt a huge relief and was so glad I didn’t fall into past patterns of letting my pain take center stage and create conflict. This is just one example of how working with our awareness can decrease stress, progress our personal growth and enhance relationships. Had I not invested my awareness towards more that my agitation, I would have likely experienced a lose of friendship. 

  1. knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.
    “we need to raise public awareness of the issue”
    synonyms: consciousness, recognition, realization
    2. concern about and well-informed interest in a particular situation or development.
    “a growing environmental awareness”

 The mind tends to focus on pain, on discomfort. It’s part of human nature to do so and it actually serves a purpose as far as basic survival goes. Problem is, this dynamic gets in the way in more complex scenarios like the one above, or say…POLITICS (lol). Think of stubbing your toe. A toe is one small part of the body but man can it take all of our awareness! The same is true for when we’re triggered, i.e.. when we are scared, hurt, angry, ashamed, etc. We want to know what’s going to happen next when we are in a vulnerable state and we want to know we are in control. Reality is, that’s not how life works. Acceptance of what is is another place to invest our awareness that gives us a big return of peace and empowerment. Here are some other places to focus your awareness to gain more grace and goodness in life.


Yes, I know this is obvious but I find most people can use the reminder (myself included).




1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

synonyms: aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, aim, goal

2. a feeling of trust.


All facts, not just the ones that align with your opinions, privilege or fear.


Scarcity is an expression of fear and limits potential, yours and others.


Find the common ground, the lessons, the grace.

All this is not to say to ignore what’s painful. Notice in my example above that I fully acknowledged my emotions. This step is imperative but be sure to also widen your lens to all the other aspects of your experience and the world as it is. Meditation is the best way to expand and direct awareness. Work your way up to twenty minutes a day for best results. I offer a new meditation every month in the Membership Area in addition to all the chakra meditations in the free Body Peace eCourse. Let me know how things are going in the comments below and stay connected (if you aren’t already) through my free monthly newsletter by signing up through the image to your left. Thanks for reading! Namaste.

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Glorious Granola

Crunch time! My ex-husband once called me a “granola-lovin’, tree-hugging hippie” as an insult. I took it as a compliment! In honor of Gary and the way yoga helps us feast upon the goodness in life, let’s make some delicious, nutrient-rich granola together. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2c flour
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp-1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2c melted coconut oil
  • 1/2c maple syrup
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 mejool dates, pitted and chopped
  • optional additions: cocoa nibs, chopped nuts, other dried fruits, coconut flakes, etc. 

Instructions: See the video below to follow along with me.

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Fill a glass liquid measuring cup with coconut oil a bit over the 1/2c mark and start it melting on low heat on the stove top OR you can melt it in a small saucepan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine your dry ingredients which are the first four things listed above.
  3. Chop your dates and mix them into the dry ingredients evenly coating them with flour.
  4. Add in “optional additions” and mix together evenly.
  5. Once your coconut oil is melted, mix the maple syrup and vanilla extract in with it. Whisk liquids for 30 seconds then pour over the dry mixture and stir it all together till oats and additions are covered.
  6. Spread your wet granola on a large baking sheet in an even layer covering the whole pan. Bake for exactly 20 minutes.
  7. Remove granola from the oven and gently “stir” it around using a spatula and evenly spreading it out again.
  8. Bake for another 20 minutes then remove from the oven and let cool a bit before eating. Once fully cooled store in an air tight glass container to keep in super fresh and crunchy.

Enjoy your creation plain, with milk of your preference, in yogurt, smoothie bowls or with fruit. I’d love to hear how you like it and what variations you make. Also feel free to let me know what other recipes you’d like to see.

Happy Snaking!

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When Your Plans Implode

Have you ever noticed how life likes to change the game on you unexpectedly?

I just had one such experience that led me to pause and reflect on the old adage, “The best laid plans…” My daughter and I planned an epic trip from May 6-Aug. 2, the first few legs of which went really well. We started in Texas visiting friends and our horses then off to LA to see the city. From LA we drove south a couple of hours to visit another friend and more horses. From there, we headed to Hawaii for a summer of WWOOFING. WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming. Basically, farmers host “WWOOFers” who come to learn and work in exchange for food and lodging. It’s a chance to immerse in conscious agriculture and different communities and to get to travel among other things. It’s something Elle and I have dreamed of doing and finally had the chance to get away for. 

Well…despite diligent planning and communication with our farm host, it was not what we were told it would be. The short of it is, unhealthy living conditions (mold, cockroaches, scorpions), unhealthy meals (and believe me, Elle and I are pretty easy to please in the food department), and incredibly rude “hosts.” In addition, the actual farm opportunities were nothing like what our host told us. It was very limited. 

My initial reaction was an old pattern one for me which was to minimize the situation, to abandon the truth of things as not to “be a problem.” This is common for those of us who have experience trauma, especially physical and emotional abuse. Though I’ve worked long and hard on my healing, those default survival patterns can still show up, especially in crisis situations. Elle helped me snap out of this. The next ego trip I went through was the classic, “What will people think?” I snapped myself out of that one real quick. 

It never matters what others think. Your truth is what matters. What’s best for you (that does not intentionally hurt others) is what matters. 

Once we shared our concerns and got out of there, I was able to start the process of “getting the lessons.” In the past, I would have had a really hard time moving on from something like this. I credit my spiritual journey, much of which has been the path of yoga, for helping me learn to shift from disappointment and frustration to growth and inspiration rather quickly. Here’s what I learned (or was reminded of) from this experience and a summary of my process for flowing through plot twists less suffering.

I learned/remembered:

  • GRATITUDE: I have an amazing life right here. I’ll admit I got a little caught up in the fantasy of “it’s better out there.” It usually isn’t and won’t be if you’re not fully appreciating what is already present in your life.
  • You always have what you need: If I want to learn farming, there are TONS of opportunities right here in my local community.
  • We are never in control: Sigh, can someone just tattoo this on my forehead please. I was so sure this would work out because I “did everything right.” I over communicated, I researched, I planned and planned but at the end of the day, we are co-creating with the Universe and what manifests is Divine even if our egos’ don’t think so or our minds’ can’t see the forest through the trees.

The process:

  1. Feel the truth of the situation: Plans are usually based on hopes and dreams and when they don’t work out there is a grief emerges. Admit that it sucks that things didn’t work out. Resist the urge to simply “look on the bright side” right away and instead let yourself express the sadness, anger, fear, etc.. Talk about it with loved ones. Journal it out and be sure to slow down and rest. It takes energy to process emotions and doing so brings clarity as to the next steps to take. Even though we were in paradise, Elle and I took the first couple days after leaving the farm to mainly hang out in the hotel.
  2. Handle any loose ends: I reported this incident to the WWOOF organization which will help this host improve and/or prevent anybody else from going through what we did. Depending on your situation, what needs to happen will vary. This may not be comfortable but is necessary for moving on.
  3. Embrace the coarse change: This will be easy to do if you completed step one. If you find it hard, return back to that first step and do the emotional work. Tap in to gratitude here too, it usually “could have been worse.” Also, when things don’t happen in our life, its probably means we don’t need that experience or it’s not the right time. Let go and let life lead.

The bottom line is, life is dynamic. It’s a play, Lila, is what it’s called in the yogic tradition. You can’t take it too seriously but you can trust there is love in the chaos and that you are whole of heart no matter what manifests. Enjoy the ride!

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Simple Sushi (no fish needed)

Are you a sushi fan?

It took me a long time to come around to this popular cuisine.

My main resistance was that I don’t do raw fish. Come to find, you don’t even need fish! That said, seafood is still an option if you do like it cooked. The pic to the right shows a “California Roll” which has cooked crab in it. My second barrier to trying this delicious treat was that it would not be satisfying. I expected I’d be hungry an hour later. I’ve discovered this not to be the case. Now that I tried sushi, it’s one of my favorite on-the-go meals because I can pick it up at most of my local grocery stores. Since I like it so much I decided to give it a try at home. Here’s the basics for making a simple veggie or California roll. From this recipe you can get creative and make your own sushi magic to match you appetite. 

Ingredients & Directions:

  • 1 cup dry sushi rice
  • 2 sheets nori (seaweed paper)
  • 1/2c shredded carrots
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced lengthwise in 1/c strips
  • 1/2 medium cucumber cut lengthwise in 1/2 in. strips
  • Optional: cooked crab (imitation is what I used here), pickled ginger, wasabi, soy sauce
  1. Cook the rice per package directions. Generally 1:2 ratio of rice to water. Boil water then add rice and reduce heat to medium. Cook covered for 20min. 
  2. While rice is cooking, slice carrots (or buy pre-cut as shown), cucumber and avocado. 
  3. Let rice cool enough to work with. You can buy a bamboo sushi roller thingy like I did but honestly, I found it unnecessary. Lay a piece of wax paper down or just work on a clean cutting board. Lay your nori sheet down and gently spread the rice with the back of a large spoon. Cover the paper evenly about 1/2 in. thick.
  4. Lay your ingredients lengthwise at one edge then gently roll it up. Cut with a serrated knife into bite size pieces as shown above. Serve right away or chill for 30min first. Stores well for 2 days.

I love mine with lots of ginger and wasabi. Play with adding different veggies like snap peas and peppers. Some people even add fruit! Bon Appetite! 

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Welcome To The New Site!

Greetings friend! Thanks for stopping by the blog. This post is both a welcome to new folks just finding their way to my work as well as a big virtual hug to those who have followed me over to this incarnation of my yoga passion. In either case, I appreciate your presence here in this moment. As I write this, I’m knee deep in refreshing my free Body Karma Healing eCourse for the new site and finally getting this body of work into a book for those who prefer that format. I am also getting my second poem book together. Stay connected for updates by sharing your e-mail HERE if you’re not already on my list.

It’s been about nine months since I last wrote a blog. The symbolism of that time frame is not lost on me. It seems like a huge cycle of death and rebirth has happened, something I believe happens for each of us many times in our lives. Sometimes we allow these cycles, sometime we are forced through them. If you read, or rather listened to, my final Body Karma Healing blog you know that I was on the precipice of big change. The short form of it is, I realized just how much my work was still driven by old patterns of doing too much, pushing too hard, perfectionism, comparison, and that chronic sense of “not enough.” Once I fully acknowledged this to myself I knew I had to step away and focus inward again. I am coming to recognize this cycle needs to happen periodically to stay in balance and be of effective service to others. It seems even more crucial these days that we do our own deep work, which in and of itself is service, and that we share our stories, our passion, our love and learning to inspire and support each other.

The path of yoga in such a gift in my life and yet I see so many students struggle to reap the full benefits. As I took time to rest and reflect, to face and erase the ways of being within me that brought suffering to something I loved, I realized more fully that yoga is just that; a remover of obstacles. Sure I’ve heard that before in teachings but it really sank in that the barriers to deeper peace were mostly within me. I also “got it” that the process of transformation is much more fluid and cyclic than it is linear. Again, these were concepts I was familiar with but needed to live into. I found myself feeling lighter and freer with doing less and allowing for more space, questions and ease instead of feeling anxious letting go of the wheel. It’s amazing how clarity, healing and abundance emerged. More than anything, I realized yoga is all about “getting out of our own way” a phrase my riding coach used to bark at me all the time way back when. He’d be delighted to know I finally get what he meant!

I say all this to express my intent for my work moving forward. It is much the same but with a refreshed awareness of heart and understanding of yoga. My wish is to simply be here for others exploring it. I will share my classes and resources with a hopeful heart that you will find your way to what you need here and/or elsewhere. I will trust that all of us are constantly growing towards the light through our delightfully different, winding (sometimes wild) personal pathways. I intend to continue cultivating and sharing the love that I Am and treating my fellow humans as the same.

Thank you, Julie


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Dark Guides: Your Greatest Yoga Teachers

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Do you have someone in your life that can crawl right under your skin?  You know, that co-worker or ex-husband/ boy-friend/business partner/etc. that you ramble on about with friends over wine/beer/ coffee/ tea/food? A person you are convinced needs to change? They likely trigger “The FAT Experience” for you. That icky feeling of heaviness, body discomfort, unsettledness, etc. I know I do! In particular these last few months I’ve been met by with a negative force like no other. A person who’s attacked every aspect of my being from my body, to my cloths, my career, my child, my integrity, my friends, my community, my past and future. They even threatened my life.

Here’s a surprising fact that will blow your mind; THESE ARE YOUR GREATEST TEACHERS. Sure we all love to listen to Oprah and post flowery affirmations on Facebook, but what really sets us free is embodying what doesn’t feel so hot. That being the Fear, Anxiety and Tension which precedes each leap of spiritual growth we take. Every person we meet is a sacred mirror. They’re either reflecting our light (Atman-our True Self: Spark of The Divine) or our darkness (ego). They can awaken what lives deep within us that’s been forgotten or denied in order to fit in, to survive. We are relational animals. Interacting with others helps us become more conscious of ourselves. Take being inspired  for example. Once a client shared she was in my workshop because she loved me, that I was changing her life. That’s nice to hear, but truth is all I’m really doing is illuminating the love of herself she is reconnecting with through our work together. It’s what the word NAMASTE is all about. The Hindu salutation that acknowledges the innate Divinity within ourselves and others. Often translated as, “The light in me, sees (honors) the light in you,” in other words: 

I know I’m awesome. I can see that you are awesome too.

Now bring to mind that “enemy” of yours. What feelings do they illicit? What names do you want to call them and how do you think they should change? Sit with the sensations created when you focus on them.  This is what yoga’s really all about: reality and responsibility. My clients cringe when I say this, but they know it’s true and come to realize the gift of the practice with, well…practice.

Learning to sit (which is what the word asana means) with exactly what is, to be with your full experience is essential to healing and self-empowerment. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. Mostly you’ll notice the mind struggling to stay with what you feel, to stay IN your body. It wants to think, problem solve, judge or  play out the story line around it all to distract from what’s being felt. This is called “vritti” mind and is the result of repressing our soul experience.  This is often why we eat and exercise out of alignment.  Both are attempts to stop the flow of emotions through the body by stuffing, starving, or trying to “burn off” FAT.  That’s because our mind is mostly ego, The False Self we create to psychically survive.  This fear-based side of you is trying to avoid pain.  Pain that is simply a natural part of the human experience and it’s mostly caused by Forgetting Atman Temporarily.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.


When I first recieved these vicious attacks my ego came out BIG time! I went from loving kindness to cut a bitch, pardon my french, real quick. I tried to escape the moment by ranting to everyone around me and blaming others for the actions of the perpetrator. Then I tried to talk myself into enlightenment, to rising above it all. HA! I can only giggle now looking back on my reactions. Eventually I realized all I had to do was what I teach, to sit with what I was feeling and release it. In short, I had to ground into the present affirming I was safe, surrender my mind (my ego) and allow what I felt. I had to nurture myself exquisitely.  I had to be alone with it all. Below the anger and agitation was sadness which once released opened my heart to see the situation for what it was and authentically come to compassion. This is what the path of yoga teaches. I sum up this process in my PHAT Practice technique that can be found in my free eCourse.

Hurt people hurt people. Our greatest teachers are often someone struggling to own their pain and therefore unconsciously create more in the world. This is karma and we heal it by tending to our souls fully.  By making ourselves the focus of our awareness. My favorite affirmation for when I find myself “working” on other people in my mind, through gossip, aggressive (or passive aggressive) behavior, or any of the other uniquely human defense tactics is this:

I’m my project.

When we completely embrace our experience we’re practicing self-love at it’s highest level. Immersing in the energy of love reveals our ego, our repressed pain so it can surface and be laid to rest in the light of day and leave you feeling, well…lighter! That’s why it’s so hard to stay present when things are most intense.  This is when we are doing BIG work! I find I get rubbed most when I am daring to allow more love, joy and abundance in my life. These trials remind me I am on the right track and as I stay committed to the path of yoga I just keep rising higher and higher.

This person continues their tirades for a while but as I became affected less and less, they stopped. In fact, they helped me by illuminating deeply rooted samskras (imprints left on the mind) I thought I was over.  HA! I have to laugh at myself here again because as long as we’re alive we will dance between the False and the True Self. We’ll have to live out our darkness and our light, each one just as important as the other.  We can however, learn to suffer less by coming back to Feeling All Truth more quickly. What’s really cool is this process can help the other person out. People can only fight if they have someone to fight with. By standing in your truth you set a beautiful boundary that offers others the chance to become more aware of themselves. Now, what they do with that is their business, not yours. And no taking credit for another’s evolution. Practice “apparigraha,” non-attachement to the outcome to enhance your inner peace. Pause here again and reflect on an enemy. Here’s a poem I wrote in the heat of an attack from this great teacher.  Use it for inspiration to free yourself and others. Be sure to share how this blog resonates with you.

Dark Guide

Hurting One
Crossing my path
Meeting to awaken each other
Much in common
Fearing man
Unsettled with our mothers
Psychic ties
Run deep and strong
In my ear you speak
They very words
Often heard
From my own inner freak
The one who’s scared
To just let go
Trust the Divine in me
Created in pain
To simply sustain
Afraid to live fully
And so you’ve come
To illuminate
What I try to hide
Thank you friend
Through bitter ends
You reveal my strength inside
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