• living in Greece,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    Last Week I Went for a Walk in Spain…

    Last week I went for a walk in Spain, hiking the last 118 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I first heard about the Camino because I’m a big fan of the writer Paulo Coelho. He wrote his book “The Pilgrimage” about his experience on the Camino. The full walk is 780 kilometers and while there are many routes, the traditional one crosses northern Spain ending at the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried here. People walk the Camino de Santiago for a variety of reasons…

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    “Biohacking” was just added to the dictionary–here is what you need to know!

    I’m a big fan of biohacking so I was excited to learn the term has now been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. You can check out other new additions here, including words like Instagramming. They say language follows culture. 🙂 What is a biohacking? In simple terms, it is using science and technology to make your body function better and more efficiently. You “self study” by observing and measuring what various things do to your body. Then you refine and tweak. You basically take ownership of the way your body functions and focus on what you want to improve. You may have heard of the keto diet, bulletproof coffee and…

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    I Went On The Ketogenic Diet For 30 Days. Here Is What I Learned..

    I’m on a lot of email lists relating to nutrition and wellness so over the last 12 months, I’ve been reading more and more about the Ketogenic (Keto) diet. But the catalyst that made me decide to try it was watching “The Broken Brain” series by the Dr. Mark Hyman. He talks about how the ketogenic diet is actually good for not just your body but your brain. I was intrigued so I decided to try it for myself to see what would happen.   What is the Ketogenic diet? The Keto diet is a very low carb, high fat diet that puts your body into a state of ketosis.…

  • Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece,  Uncategorized

    SUP Yoga in Greece!

    Q: What is SUP Yoga? A: SUP Yoga is doing yoga in the sea on a Stand Up Paddleboard. It’s like a regular yoga lesson, but your mat is a SUP Board, and your studio is the sea. Stand Up Paddleboarding has been practiced in Hawaii since the 1940s and started getting popular worldwide in the last 20 years. And SUP Yoga has been gaining popularity over the last 10 years.   Q: How did you start doing SUP Yoga? A: I’m from the San Francisco Bay area in California and had been casually surfing there for about 10 years before moving to Greece. My favorite surfboard was a 9’6”…

  • Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    Is Kundalini Yoga Dangerous?

    For the Greek translation, go here. Για την ελληνική μετάφραση, μετακινηθείτε εδώ.   Is Kundalini Yoga dangerous? I was just at the Kundalini Yoga festival in Athens this month, and another teacher mentioned an Athens yoga studio was hesitant to add Kundalini Yoga because they were concerned it might be dangerous. A Greek Orthodox priest I meet with asked the same thing when I mentioned I teach Kundalini Yoga. “Isn’t that dangerous?” This question comes up again and again because there’s a lot of misinformation out there about the potential dangers of Kundalini Yoga.   At the core of this misunderstanding is confusion between kundalini energy and Kundalini Yoga.  …

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    The Nine Keys Introduction (a sneak preview)

    Για Ελληνικά, πηγαίνετε εδώ Introduction: When I was 23 years old, I moved from Los Angeles, California to Boston, Massachusetts to be part a new East Coast office for the CPA firm I was working for at the time. Shortly after arriving, I started dating an attractive Boston chef. He was charming, affectionate and attentive and since we met as housemates, we were always together. And then, about 7 months into our relationship, I learned he was stealing money from me. He would forge checks from my checkbook and then steal my bank statements so I wouldn’t understand what was happening.   On the day it all came to light,…

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    And Then We Just Move On… (excerpt from The Nine Keys)

      This is an excerpt from “The Nine Keys” Amelia, Enthusiast (7) married in a 26-year relationship with Jan, Loyalist (6)   “My husband is hilarious and playful with a razor-sharp and millisecond-quick wit. I love that he makes me laugh almost every day and that he is a good and solid man. He is  extremely loyal, dependable and thoughtful. He brings wisdom; I can come to him with a problem, and his insights are wonderful. He models hospitality and generosity, which are not effortless or easy for me. He helps keep me grounded and reigns me in when I start getting too scattered with my many activities and projects.…

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    The Tender Marine (excerpt from The Nine Keys)

      This is an excerpt from “The Nine Keys” Photocredit: Josh Christophersen Sydney, Peacemaker (9) in a 2-year relationship with Richard, Leader (8) “I value Richard’s strength and decisiveness, and the fact that we share great conversation, a sense of humor and much laughter together. He is fiercely and uncompromisingly principled, and I can count on him to do the right thing. He came from a very painful childhood in which even his basic survival was threatened, but he came out not only strong and independent, but also surprisingly tender at times. His tenderness is made all the more sweet because it is occasional and not smothering. He is a…

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    Ordinary People (excerpt from The Nine Keys)

     This is an excerpt from “The Nine Keys” Anita, Achiever (3), formerly in a 30-year relationship with Donald, Peacemaker (9)   “The traits which attracted me to Donald were his wonderful sense of humor, his intelligence, his unflappable sense of calm, his ability to  “not sweat the small stuff”, his support and his stability.  I met Donald very young–we went to the same elementary school and were about one year apart academically.  We began dating when he was in high school.   Energetically, we were opposites. The notation under my picture as student body president in our school’s yearbook read, “Rushing madly and incessantly about, she is always doing something…

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    Till Death Do Us Part…(excerpt from The Nine Keys)

     This is an excerpt from “The Nine Keys” Elsa, Perfectionist (1) married in an 18-year relationship with Lars, Enthusiast (7) “I was with my husband for 18 years (married 15 years and 2 days) before he died suddenly of a massive heart attack. We were both 44 years old. I still miss him beyond words just over 5 years later. We had both been in active recovery from addiction for a couple of years before we got together as a couple so we had the advantage of being in a very conscious relationship.   There are so many things I loved about my husband…He was quick on the uptake, brilliant…