• Uncategorized,  Wellness

    I started a functional medicine program three months ago. Here’s what I’ve learned…

    I’m on a lot of nutrition and wellness email lists so over the last few years, I’ve been hearing more and more about functional medicine. Eventually I started following Dr. Mark Hyman, the best-selling author and creator of The Broken Brain series. Since then, I’ve been hooked on functional medicine and late last year, I decided to switch from a traditional general practitioner to a functional medicine doctor.   What is functional medicine? It’s a science-based, holistic, preventative, individualized medical system. It determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. For example, if you were diagnosed with hypertension, functional…

  • 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.…

  • Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece,  Wellness

    An Open Thank You to Snatam Kaur and all the Kundalini Yoga Musicians Worldwide

    Today I want to take an  opportunity to post an open thank you to Snatam Kaur and all the Kundalini Yoga musicians worldwide. Your music has made all the difference for me and many of the people I teach.   In November, I started teaching yoga at Skaramagas, one of the biggest refugee camps in Greece. I first got involved in the refugee situation back in 2015 when I went to Lesvos for a weekend. In 2016, I briefly taught at another refugee organization in Athens, but then I got busy writing my book, and since that time, I hadn’t been involved at all. Last fall, when I saw a…

  • living in Greece,  Wellness

    How to Lose Weight in Four Steps

    The holidays are coming, and many of you are asking me how to lose weight. Hm.   I’m going to try to answer that, with the disclaimer that I’m not a dietician or a nutritionist. I’m a yoga instructor. However, I do have ideas on weight loss, and I’ve laid out four steps that have worked for me and will probably work for you.   My experience is that: 75% of a toned body is what you eat 25% is how and how much you exercise. I say this because I was at my heaviest ever when I was training for triathlons. I was exercising a lot and eating a…

  • 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…

  • Wellness

    “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…

  • Wellness

    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,  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.  …

  • 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 (about $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. And then I found…