• living in Greece,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    How To Get a 70 Euro ($85) Facial for Less Than 1 Euro ($1)

    Shortly after moving to Greece, I began going to a high-end facialist recommended by my friend who is a celebrity chef. Every two weeks for 70 euros ($85), I’d come out with clean, bright fresh skin. The trick was the AHA treatment, an acid-based solution that exfoliates and brightens your face. For the amount of time I spend in the sun, I felt it was worth it.   But as I’ve transitioned my life away from being a CFO to earn my living as a yoga teacher and author , it has been increasing hard to justify spending 140 euros ($170) a month on my skin. I think most of…

  • living in Greece,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    What I Learned From the Project 333 Fashion Challenge

    What Is It? I first learned about Project 333 when we screened the movie Minimalism on the Acropolis Roof Deck this summer. The movie is all about how simplifying your life makes you happier. One of the trends that it featured was Project 333—a fashion challenge that dares you to narrow your wardrobe down to 33 items for 3 months. The challenge is designed to raise awareness around consumerism and to illustrate how you can actually be happier with less. Most of us conceptually understand we have more than we need. This challenge sets out to prove it. The trend started in the United States, but it’s gaining momentum worldwide.…

  • 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…

  • 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 surfing there for about 10 years before moving to Greece. My favorite surfboard was a 9’6” longboard,…

  • Enneagram,  Kundalini Yoga,  Uncategorized

    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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    What is White Tantric Yoga?

    For the Greek translation, scroll down. Για την ελληνική μετάφραση, μετακινηθείτε προς τα κάτω. White tantric yoga is one of the most powerful methods for breaking subconscious blocks (thoughts and thought patterns that hold you back). This yoga form clears up all elements of the subconscious mind so that the actions are based on a clear mind that understands itself.  A person achieves a personal freedom and awareness and thus experiences success.   White tantric yoga was founded by Yogi Bhajan based on the belief that people should be able lead a happy life regardless of the many thoughts and emotions that occur to us throughout the day. Yogi Bhajan…

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    The Enneagram in Relationships–What Types Go Well Together

    Learn about the Essential Encyclopedia of the Enneagram in Relationships “The Nine Keys” Type Compatibility: The Theory   After people learn their own Enneagram type, the next question I invariably get asked is “what types go well together?” or “who should I be with?” Everyone wants to know. The answer is that all type combinations can be happy together if both partners have high levels of self awareness. And the reverse is true. All combinations may struggle if both people have a lack of self awareness. Type compatibility is more about similar levels self awareness than it is about personality type. The basic guidelines are: Two highly self aware people…

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    Kundalini Yoga’s Role in the Health of Your Spine

    “The flexible spine holds your entire nervous system.” ~Yogi Bhajan 80-90% of the population suffers from spinal pain at some point in their life, and if you have ever had back pain, you know how debilitating it can be. While running or going to the gym can be a great workout for your body, these forms of exercise don’t focus on the health of your spine.  This is where Kundalini Yoga comes in.  With gentle, simple, repetitive movements, Kundalini Yoga focuses on getting the energy moving in your spine. But what is the spine? The spine is made up of a series of bones stacked on top of each other…

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    Lesvos Sept 2015

    I wrote this post back in 2015 when the refugee crisis was particularly extreme in Greece and specifically in Lesvos.  Like many of us, I was very shocked by the stories of refugees having to walk 70+ kilometers (40+ miles) from where they arrived by boat  to get the refugee camps in Lesvos in the summer.  At this same time, an NGO/MKO in Lesvos put out a request for help to the Athens yoga community so a Greek friend of mine and I agreed we would go. This post is a summary of that weekend. I was in Lesvos Island, Greece Sept 12-14, 2015 to try to help out with…