Happy Fall! September Is Here – Take Care Of Yourself!

Taking Care of Yourself During the Vata Season 

Summer is behind us and we are now moving into the fall season. In Ayurveda (the sister science to yoga or science of life), fall is known as the vata season, when air and space combine and increase movement in our external environment, we see more wind these days, our skin might be a bit dryer, as well as the leaves, drying and falling from the trees. This season tends to leave us a little scattered, unbalanced and can lead to anxiety. This transition from summer to fall often seems to come on quickly. The temperature is cooler, the days are shorter and suddenly were looking for our wool sweaters because now it’s fall. During these shorter vata days, it is important to nourish and take care of yourself properly.

Here are a few tips that can help you move through the vata season smoothly:  

Food: During the fall and vata season, we are moving away from the cooler meals that we focused on over the summer and looking for more nourishing, filling meals. Things like whole food casseroles, hearty soups and baked veggies. And of course, splurge on pumpkin spice everything! One of my favorites of the season is the Pumpkin Bread mix from Trader Joe’s. It’s easy and you can make muffins or bread, add in dried fruit, nuts or chocolate chips for a treat.

Keep Moving:  The best advice for daily activity is to check in and ask yourself “does my physical movement/practice make me feel more grounded?” If not, skip it. Maybe this is the season to investigate more nourishing and slower paced yoga classes, slow down your running schedule or start swimming to take some of the pressure off your joints. In the end, make sure whatever you do helps you to stay grounded and connect with yourself. Remember, that every little bit of movement helps, parking a few steps further from the grocery store or setting reminders to do some chair yoga at your desk will give you a nice little boost in your day.

Lifestyle: The fall season also brings a lot of transitions, not just the changing temperatures, but family schedules and activities tend to ramp up during this time of year. Therefore, creating and sticking to a schedule is important to keep that vata energy in balance. While you are adding things to the schedule plan in some self-care time and some connection time with your partner or loved ones.

Vata season also allows for creativity, spontaneity and lightness. This is the time to dive into your creative endeavors, enjoy time connecting with friends and immerse yourself in the changing seasons. Get outdoors, play in a pile of leaves or take a hike in the woods and enjoy the transition of nature.



This week in class I wanted to focus on the theme love and kindness.

I recited the following chant: LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU, the meaning of this chant is simply, “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

When life gets difficult and challenges arise, keep this mantra in mind and try to connect with what brings happiness and joy to yourself and others.


FALL RECIPE: Slow Cooked Chickpea Coconut Curry With Sweet Potatoes from PopSugar 

During these busy fall days, throwing a bunch of ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and letting it cook all day is one of the best ways to get a fast and healthy dinner on the table. Not to mention all the spices will make your house smell amazing!

Click here to check out this easy, healthy and delicious recipe.


It’s not too late to join the September Sunrise Yoga Series. Classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6:30 am at the Sunset Hill Community Club in Ballard. For an hour we will focus on nourishing and energizing our bodies to get ready for the day ahead. Click here to sign up online. $100 for the unlimited month or $15 to drop in. 

New Year – New Yoga

Commit to Yourself this New Year

Sunrise Yoga Series at the Sunset Hill Community Club – Starting January 3rd, Unlimited Yoga – 3 days a week only $100  – Sign up here! 

So often the New Year brings new, positive intentions for people. The New Year is a new start, a reset button, a chance to begin again.  What better way to start your year by making a commitment to yourself?  What a lovely gift to give yourself — one hour a day, 3 days a week to move in your body, connect with your breath and set an intention that can carry you through your day and your week.

My yoga classes are for every body.

Sun Salutation with the sunrise… an amazing way to start the day! Join me in 2018 welcoming the sun in the morning!

Whether you have been practicing for years, or you have never practiced before, Sunrise Yoga will give you an amazing start to your day. If you are a runner or have another exercise practice established, yoga is a beautiful compliment to your existing work out, it will provide the balance, strength and the stability you need to move even further.

The Sunrise Yoga Series is offered for just $100 for unlimited yoga for the month of January. Come to the first class on Wednesday, January 3rd at 6:30am and make a commitment to yourself to take care of yourself.

In my journey as a yoga instructor, I have spent the last 3 months creating a regular practice for myself and others in the lovely space at 5 Lights Wellness. Due to some space and convenience factors I have decided this location is not the perfect space for a regular practice and in order to reach more people, I have decided to move my practice to the Sunset Hill Community Club.

Starting on January 3rd I will be offering a Sunrise Yoga Series.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings we will practice for one hour at 6:30am. Practices will be energizing but gentle, they will be grounding, but light at the same time. Overall, they will be an amazing way to start your day and your year.

Sign up for the series or drop in – January 3rd class is just $5 to drop in, drop in for the rest of the month is $15/class.

Sign up and order online by clicking HERE.

Offering New Yoga Classes in Ballard!

I am SUPER excited!

Next week, I will start teaching yoga three mornings a week at a new spot in Ballard, 5 Lights Wellness. The practice space is beautiful! It holds about 8-10 people so classes will be small and intimate, allowing me to focus on what students really want and need.

Beautiful practice space at 5 Lights Wellness
Starting on Monday, September 11th, I will be teaching Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6:30am (Vinyasa Flow class) and 9:30am (Yoga Energetics class), both classes are 60 minutes long and will be focused on moving energetically and gently in our bodies.
You can view the schedule, read about the classes and sign up at the website: https://5lightswellness.com/yoga/
We are offering a Grand Opening Special, $50 unlimited classes from September 11th – October 11th.
Sign up online to reserve your spot and let me know you are coming (you don’t need to pay until you come to class) – I would love to have some familiar faces join my classes! Feel free to tell your friends and family and pass the information on.
Let me know if you have any questions or if you need more information. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!