have you updated your GPS lately?


so, i went to another funeral. the last funeral i spoke to you about was led by a priest who didn't know our Zia very well, as he was new to the parish, but knew of her legacy in the church. this time i was at a funeral for my friend's mother, and the pastor knew her well.

everyone who spoke mentioned my friend's mom's poor sense of directions.....the much needed comic relief. the pastor, though, wove this into a wonderful talk about our GPS.....the tool that guides us...that gives us direction. GPS: grace, peace, and security.

when we take time to connect with ourselves, with that power/energy outside of us (that is greater than us), with nature, with what makes our heart/soul feel full, we receive grace, peace, and strength, which will guide us through our hours, weeks, days, and months. our GPS doesn't just happen. i mean, it will happen. however, we must do the work. when we have an ardent effort, a heartfelt effort, over a constant period of time.

you may find that the training we are offering this fall and winter, and self care provided by therapeutic bodywork, can help you orient your own GPS.

light your lamp & you light the world around you

-june xoxo

i'm back....

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did you hear about the one about two women going to India?  well you can! i hope you can join us sunday, march 24th, for chai, sweets, photos, and laughs.

the first question always asked "is how was your trip?" it's so hard to say in short response.  i will say i never have laughed so much and so often, it was hard (at times), it shifts your world view, and most importantly, it shifts you! India was never on my bucket list (and Italy is at the top).  however, i knew in my soul this trip was what i needed to do for myself and for us.

the practices we did have deepened my knowledge and my personal practice. as teachers, our practice feeds our teachings.  we teach from our experience.  i  already feel (and can't wait to see what else unfolds) a more intimate relationship with the whole practice of yoga.  i know now more than ever (a deep and abiding knowing) there is a divine love always here for us...always! we just have to get out of our own way and that is where the many,  many varied practices within yoga come in and support us.

i am humbled and excited to share this all with you.  i am in service of helping you live your best life....because you can!!!

much love & light 

-june xoxo

so you may have heard....


In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.


so you may heard, i am going to India. i am going for the Ardha Kumbha Mela and study of Rudra Yaga at the Himalayan Institute campus in Allahabad.

the Kumbha Mela is a celebrated tradition practiced for thousands of years.it happens at the right place-on the bank of the holy river Ganga, and at the right time-when planets, constellations, and other celestial bodies are perfectly aligned, creating a powerful vortex of spiritual energy.

The word kumbha means "vessel or container." It refers to the vessel that holds the elixir of life, the sap of immortality. The time and place that holds this liquid life force is called the Kumbha Mela. One of India's many ancient legends tells us that this elixir of life pours down from heaven every 12 years at the confluence of three rivers-the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mystical Sarasvati-near the modern-day city of Allahabad, in north-central India. For thousands of years, the great sages have undertaken intense group practices at this spiritual locus to channel wisdom into human hearts and to establish harmony in the physical world.

Rudra Yaga is a rare tantric practice which will be taught by Panditji (Pandit Rajmani Tigunait) the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. this practice awakens the forces of benevolence, ensuring that we live without fear and uncertainty.

Rudra Yaga invokes and awakens Rudra Shakti, the life force, also known as prana shakti. We exist only because there is life force in us. We remain healthy, happy, clear, vibrant, and radiant when Rudra Shakti is in its prime. At a personal level, this shakti awakens as kundalini. With the practice of Rudra Yaga, we awaken this shakti on a much larger scale, infusing collective consciousness with unconditional love, kindness, wisdom, enthusiasm, courage, and trust in ourselves and in Divine Providence. This, in turn, frees us from fear, doubt, anger, violence, and self-defeating tendencies.

you can read more from the Himalayan Institute's website and see some pictures of the campus click here.

i can't wait to share all of this with you!

much love & light

-june xoxo

what can grow in 11 years....


this is what i am grateful for...YOU...our sangha.

it started with Greg's class friday night.  it was surreal.  i am used to Greg teaching a class when i am there and i have been there a lot.  now Greg is teaching a class with my husband and all of you in this space.   the space and teacher are certainly familiar but not with my husband and not with all of you. 

 then during our retreat, as i sat in the auditorium listening to Luke and Sandy share their knowledge of how to use a yoga practice for skillful living, i reflected on how 11 years ago i sat in that same auditorium listening to Luke & Sandy as they taught me how to become a yoga teacher.   11 years ago i was a wide-eyed yoga teacher trainee hoping to teach a public class with the grace and aplomb they both demonstrated.  yes, i had a long range plan to open a yoga studio, but at that time my first goal was to stand where they were standing in the auditorium and teach without being so nervous.  i remember telling myself "deep breathes June , deep breaths. no one is going to blow up". although i thought i was the one who would blow up! 

throughout the weekend, i would look around and see all of you whether in the auditorium, the cafe, the grounds, the guest house, the tea lounge and the dining area and i thought  "holy sh*t! life can and does exceed our expectations!" i never thought that 11 years ago  i would be at HI on a retreat with students from my yoga studio.  when Luke & i discussed doing a retreat, i was hoping for 15 of you to join us.  we had 32! 

please know that this.....you!  is the what sustains me right now.  the Divine shows us what is important and that my friends is our sangha.  i am one lucky woman ! i had the opportunity to share a place that has so much meaning in my life with you.   thank you for joining me!  those of you who couldn't make it...we missed you..and we'll see you next time ;)


-june xoxo

and then this happened.....


the end of august was a very difficult one for me.  

on a monday, i learned about a friend and colleague's sister who lost her battle w/ cancer.  her sister fought so hard. she had battled breast cancer 5 years ago and now lost the battle w/leukemia. my friend had even given her bone marrow. her sister wanted to live! her children are 13 & 16 . she wanted more time. 

on the following wednesday, i learned a good friend (read sorority sister-- it's sounds a little juvenile to say that in your 50s) from college lost her battle with depression. we had seen each other over the years here and there. we reconnected last year.  she came to our grand reopening and along with other friends from our sorority, it was the first time since we all graduated that we had been together--it was a gift, i just didn't know how precious at the time. she didn't want any more time.

as the days passed, i struggled with this thing we call life.  a woman who wanted more time, but wasn't granted it; and a woman who had more time, but didn't want it. my last conversation with Sue, my friend, i remember it clearly, was in moondog.  in chandra, after a class,  we talked about her daughter & how excited she was for her to go to Ireland to study for a semester.  it continued into the lobby near the cubbies; we didn't want to stop talking.  we were catching up. the last time we had dinner together our children were in elementary school and it felt so good to reconnect with someone who knew you when you were 19.  we finally finished our conversation about who we see from college in our neighborhoods near the bathroom area.  coming to the studio took on a whole new meaning--it made me sad...and THAT has never happened.

what the &*%@! how is this divine force benevolent? how is any of this beautiful?  all i see and feel is in pain & tears for those who loved these woman. i know life doesn't always make sense, but it sure is doubling down on that now.  one of my favorite places (moondog) now was a huge source of sadness literally every turn i took.

it was saturday, sept 1st  moondog's 8th anniversary.  i was in my usual saturday morning routine before leaving for the studio to teach my 2 morning classes.  i realized i hadn't really thought about moondog's anniversary other than planning the anniversary challenge. this too struck me, that something so meaningful to me "slipped my mind".  i hold this day September 1st in great reverence.  it is the day a dream manifested for me. so i thought "i'll acknowledge at the end of my class and thank those students who are there to share it with me" i didn't have the capacity in my heart for anymore than that.

as i looked around my first class i saw some of our teachers in my class who hadn't been in my class in a while, students who haven't taken this class in a while, and, of course, the students who do come often.  as i closed class i was overcome w/ a deep love & support. i truly felt benevolence...i felt joy in my heart for the first time in many days.

so, my next class starts...the same thing happens! long time students, new students, students who were with me when i taught at the Y and United friends school, students who have been with us since front street, students who have been with us since we moved and some who i hadn't seen in a long time, all deciding that today was the day they were coming to moondog.  

while my last class was in savasana ( ahh-- the mystery answer to "what do yoga teachers do while students are in savasana ;) i thought about how all the people that came to my two classes that morning were a perfect representation of my life as a yoga instructor for the past 13 years.  it was the divine wrapping its arms around me,  giving me a huge bear hug and saying, "i have heard ALL your thoughts these past few weeks.  i heard your heart today and here, my friend, is what life is really about". 

it's all about love. the courage to love no matter what!  the courage to continue to love in the face of loss.  life is about the love we give and the love we receive...that's all.

much love, light, and laughter to you all

-june xoxo

important note: i have been rolling this story in my head since it happened. when i started writing this today  i didn't know how i was going to end it.  the last paragraph just came to me as i proofread everything before hand.  It came to me today...the day which marks the 18th year of my dad's passing (9/24). 

my dad, the man who gave me the greatest gift... unconditional love.  he wasn't my biological father. he met my mom when i was 2, and yet his love was immense and unconditional.  i guess this is really the point of my story...love never leaves.  be not afraid, be courageous! love your family and friends with all your heart.  their love doesn't die with them.  it stays in your heart and guides you....always and forever.  love you, dad!

Thank you to everyone that dropped their spare change into the jar. We'll be sending $54 to the Lehigh Valley Walk to End Alzheimer's.  

This month's recipient is The University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center in honor of Carin Schaufele who sadly lost her battle with Leukemia yesterday.

Brenda Schaufele, Carin's sister is a longtime Moondog student and the owner of Golden Cabinet Acupuncture. You can read about Carin's fight at her blog https://ordinaryfridays.blogspot.com/

To learn more about the Cancer Center or to donate directly please go to https://giving.apps.upenn.edu/fund?program=MC&fund=600499


Good Karma Jar

Thank you to everyone that dropped their spare change into the jar. We'll be sending $48 to the GoFundMe for Maggie Chesla's service dog. 

This month's recipient is The Lehigh Valley's Walk to End Alzheimers.


About Walk to End Alzheimer's

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!

When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.

Moondog will match the amount of change we collect but for more information on the Walk or to donate directly click HERE.

summer surrender


at the risk of getting an eye roll with this alliteration ...  summer surrender... what are you going to surrender into this summer?  

we did a Big Spring Cleanse several weeks ago.  perhaps you heard? or read our conversations in our facebook membership page? ( more about that later).

one of the practices was removing (giving up) a habit for the duration of the cleanse and replacing it with a habit that  is considered self-care.  before you wonder too long; yes, i gave up Starbucks, yes, i have been back, and, no, honestly, not as frequently. it shifts things...i mean, really shifts things

so it's summer.  i have always seen summer as the time when we get to do "fun summer activities,"  but now i am thinking ...what can we surrender into this summer...working late? sleeping late? getting up early? reading a book? doing crossword puzzles? 

in the summer, when we were young, we surrendered the structured time of a school day...we had plenty of time in the summer, to do...whatever...cloud watch...sleep late...play late into a long summer night.

although as adults, we can't completely surrender as we did when we were kids, what are you going to surrender...just for the summer? ...you define summer how you like, but make it at least 60 days.  i am going to use the summer solstice until the fall equinox..(hopefully...lol)...well, who knows, maybe not...and would that be so bad?

much love, light, and laughter to you all

-june xoxo

Good Karma Jar

Thank you to everyone that dropped their spare change into the jar. We'll be sending $10.50 to Transformation Yoga Project. 


This month's recipient is A Service Dog for Maggie Chesla.

Maggie has hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), a rare genetic connective tissue disorder, as well as dysautonomia (POTS) and mast cell activation syndrome. As a result she has chronic pain and headaches, joint subluxations and dislocations, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues, fainting spells and seizure-like episodes.  After being misdiagnosed for over 10 years, she was finally able to start proper treatment in 2016, but by then many of her symptoms worsened and new symptoms developed. She's had to stop dancing - her passion - due to joint pain and instability, and more recently chronic vomiting, and she has been unable to tolerate medications to alleviate pain and other symptoms. Despite these challenges and countless visits to various specialists and hospitals, she handles everything life has thrown at her with a remarkably positive attitude.

A service dog would not only give Maggie emotional support but also alert others when she has fainted or fallen, provide stability and support for walking, retrieve medicines when she is having an allergic reaction, help stop tremors and overall offer her more independence. Maggie has always connected deeply with animals, and for her 16th birthday her family would like to get a puppy that can be trained for her unique needs. 

Your donation would enable them to purchase a puppy and provide the  training, equipment, and care that the dog will need.

Moondog will match the amount of change we collect in the studio but if you would like to donate directly to the Go Fund Me for Maggie, click HERE.

where did the year go?


it's been a year.  it's been a year? it's been a year!!

that is exactly what i have been thinking, in that order, with its corresponding inflections. yes, the last one has 2 explanation points for two reasons, too (yes, i chose the word "too" instead of "also" purposefully--diane, are you proud of me?)

it's been a year. april 15th marked the year anniversary of our moving to broad street.  on that day i was reflecting back to last year when we moved.  this year it was raining and it made me smile, as i thought about the deluge we had on moving day. when I was telling luke ketterhagen about our move and the rain, he told me that, in the tantric tradition, rain symbolized washing away the old, cleansing, and moving forward. so, this year, when it was raining, i thought of luke, and how appropriate the rain was.

it's been a year? where did THAT go? i find myself saying this more and more with many yearly occurrences in my life.  on one hand, it seems the year went quickly, but then when i reflect on the year i lived in between--i realize i did a lot of living! time seems to fly, but upon further look...said time was full of great and challenging things, good times spent with family & friends, many hours spent living and teaching my passion (but not as many as i would like) mediating and reading for fun.  next time you find yourself saying... It's been a year? take a some time and reflect on all the living you actually did in that time, it was more full than you think! and THAT is a good thing.

it's been a year!! one exclamation point is for "damn that was a lot!!"   it represents the steady, ardent effort we must put into the things in our life that are meaningful our life, work, relationships, and yes our yoga and fitness practice. anyone who has moved a home knows moving, in and of its self, is a big undertaking.  it certainly has been a year of ardent, steady effort moving  moondog. our team grew into our new home, physically and mentally, through the transition of this past year in our new home.

the second exclamation is "woo-hoo it's been a year!" and represents the ease  and joy that accompanies and follows the ardent, steady effort.

much love, light, and laughter to you all

-june xoxo

Good Karma Jar

Thank you to everyone that dropped their spare change into the jar. June has decided to match whatever we collect each month which means we'll be sending $15 to the Love Your Brain Foundation. 

This month's recipient is Transformation Yoga Project. Benjamin and I are both instructors for TYP and we're happy to be hosting one of their trainings in the studio this month. 

Transformation Yoga Project serves people impacted by trauma, addiction and incarceration through trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based yoga. Participants develop skills to heal and navigate life with comfort and ease.

Learn more about TYP HERE



Introducing the Good Karma Jar

Every month we'll pick a different non profit organization to benefit from your spare change. Donations can be placed in jar at the front desk. Any amount is welcome!

You may know that every week June works with a group of students that have suffered traumatic brain injuries so in honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month this month's recipient is LoveYourBrain. 


Kevin Pearce suffered a near fatal traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 winter Olympics. Kevin’s remarkable resilience was documented and transformed into the award winning HBO Documentary, “The Crash Reel,” which brought light to the experience of traumatic brain injuries.

LoveYourBrain is the message that embodies our positive approach to brain injury prevention and healing. Our programs are designed to build community, foster resilience, and help people understand the importance of loving your brain.


Learn more at http://www.loveyourbrain.com/


The Rich Tapestry of Life

rich and intertwined, just like a tapestry.  these are the words i keep coming back to in describing life...the long, deep, rich threads of our lives that seem independent (each color thread is its own), but marvelously interweave with other threads and form a beautiful expression of a life lived.

i came to this metaphor from a recent experience i had.

many moons ago (literally, 1992) i, too, like the queen elizabeth ll,  had an annus horribilis.  i was 28, and what i was going through at the time was the deepest, darkest time in my 28 years.  at my lowest point, i got into my car and this song came on the radio, the music just hit my heart and broke it open.  i was crying so hard i could hardly see to drive. there was something about the song, the music,  the way it just broke my heart open and let the pain out.  because it was a popular song i would hear it often and for the next several weeks, it was my vehicle to languish in my pain.

then we pick ourselves up and move forward. the song was under the bridge, by the red hot chili peppers.  as you can imagine, from that time forward, this song was always playing.  i could no longer listen to it.  i avoided it like the plague. honestly, i spent too much energy avoiding that song.  the words " i don't want to feel like i did that day" haunted me, reminded me of a time i really didn't want to remember. i really didn't want to feel like i did that day!  as many of you kno,w i am a huge chili pepper fan! eventually (by that i mean about 5 years later), i  came to a place where i could listen to the song, but i didn't like it!  a few notes from that song and i could be transported back to THAT day, THAT time in my life.  add 5 more years, and i could listen to it, i could sing to it w/ no real emotions, but hey! it was progress. i wasn't changing the station and I actually listened to the whole song.  i became ambivalent...that's progress for you!

now fast forward to last year--connor & i go to our first RHCP concert, first for me, first for him.  side bar:  two or three years prior, we tried to get tickets to their concert and couldn't.  one day he & i were driving in my car and jamming to a RHCP song (a common occurrence with us). after the song was over, he looks at me (he was about 16) and said, " i really want to go to a RHCP concert with you before you die."  yes, yes, you read that right.  so what does a Mom do? the next time the RHCP tour, you get tickets, come hell or high water, or high ticket prices, but you get them!  

so,  there we are on the floor, 10th row in philly.  we are dancing & singing ; both in our own joy & sharing in each others! it was magical.  yup you guessed it!  ( i actually have tears in my eyes now as I type this).  Under the Bridgeplays!  we are singing & dancing together to this song and i am so caught up in the pure joy of the moment!  then it hits me!  i start crying...crying tears of pure joy, and feeling such a deep richness that is my life.  this song, this song that 24 years ago represented pain.  this song,  that i didn't like, that i avoided listening to. this song, this song that I am now sharing with my son.  a son? when i was  28 years old, I was never having children.  and now this song represents one of the most joyful times in my life, with a son i never dreamed of having then.  this song now will always remind me of  a common bond, a common love, and a wonderful experience with my child.  this song has woven together separate threads of my life, so separate and so many years and experiences apart.  

and that my friends is the rich tapestry of life.  stay in the game, with heart and mind open long enough, and everything intertwines, forming a beautifully rich tapestry that is your life!

la dolce vita!

post script: we went two months later to see them (RHCP) in concert again in d.c.

post, post script:   i was driving to moondog, contemplating writing this story, and under the bridge came on the radio.  i pulled into the parking lot (it was very early--i was the only car there)  and i sat in my car listened to the song. i let the whole story wash over me.  then, with tear in my eyes, i looked up at the sky and said..."okay, I got the message. i will tell my story."

life is amazing...truly...stay in the game, keep your  heart and mind open.  it will be a roller coaster...but oh! what a ride.

much love, light, and laughter to you all

-june xoxo

what will your dash hold?


our beloved zia marilyn passed recently.   zia is Italian for aunt.  zia, as she is called, is my husband's aunt, my father-in-law's sister. since i married into the hunt family 29 years ago, she is my aunt. the service was difficult, beautiful, and thought provoking.  what is in your dash?

the priest spoke about the dash.  i'll use zia as an example.  when we pass, our lives will be referenced by our birth and our passing, as february 17, 1930 - january 6, 2018.  however, the life that was lived is in the dash.  the small, seemingly insignificant dash holds the story of our lives.  what will your dash hold? what is the life you led? the people you loved? the joys, the challenges you lived? the beauty and tragedies you saw? the dreams realized? what is in your dash? the dash, seemingly insignificant, holds the story of your life, if you are reading this, you are still the author of this dash which actually supports this new year's beginning.  what is/are your words/words for 2018? how do you want to live this year? how do you want to fill your dash this year? you are the author of your life, your dash. as kelly always says, "yes you can!"

more food for thought from the priest: he quoted  Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie (one of his favorite books) 

"Death ends a life, not a relationship." 

interesting thing--we (larry, the boys & I) are not practicing catholics (zia was very devout).  we all (larry, connor & i) separately told the priest what a wonderful, beautiful service he conducted for zia.   he gave us all a gift that will stay in our hearts forever.  i can only imagine how rich his dash will be.

much love, light, and laughter to you all

-june xoxo

Decluttering by Not Procrastinating

I think being more organized is a standard New Year’s Resolution. For me it’s not as much about organizing and decluttering as it is about getting to all the projects I’ve been putting off. I posted an article a few weeks ago about minimalism, the goal is to get rid of 2018 things in the year 2018. Part of getting there will require passing on clothes that the kids have outgrown and donating things I haven’t worn since 2006 but a lot of it is that I’m finally going to have to go through the pile of preschool art projects that I couldn’t bear to part with and before I download another book on to my kindle, I need to go through the pile of magazines that sucked me in at the grocery store checkout line. 

Almost three weeks into January, I’m at 450 items. I compromised on the art projects - I took pictures of everything and saved them to an app called Artkive, I’m almost through the magazine pile and Purple Heart has already done one pick up from my house. I don’t really have a method - I can’t say I’m going room by room or spending so much time per day on decluttering but I am trying to be less of a procrastinator with my projects. If I have some down time, I am choosing to spend it going through a pile I’ve pushed off to the side rather then getting sucked into Facebook or Netflix. 

Now, the real challenge is going to be not replace it all!


What I’m loving
My Messy Bun hat. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a hat with a hole on top so you can pull your ponytail through. For someone with long hair, it makes wearing a hat SO much more comfortable. I got mine at Love Obsessed on Broad Street.

What I’m reading
Do Your Om Thing by Rebecca Pacheco. I say all the time that it’s hard to balance being a good yogi with real life but this book takes all those ancient teachings and puts them into modern day perspective. This review from The Huffington Post will tell you about the book way better then I ever could.


Final YTT Weekend

Hello All! So yoga teacher training has finally come to a close and let me tell you, I am both excited that all of our hard work has culminated into this amazing experience where I have grown in knowledge and in my yoga practice, and I am also really sad that I will no longer see my fellow trainees on a regular basis.  The group of people that you go through this training with are so special and unique and they are lifelong friends and part of my yoga family. Yes, I did cry on the last day, and no, I am not ashamed of it.  Even writing this blog brings happy tears to my eyes and I am blessed that I still feel so strongly about every single one of those people who helped me get through the weekends.  

This weekend got started in such a fun way, June and Monica cooked an Ayurvedic meal for the group so Friday night we ate and hung out for an hour before moving through more of what Ayurveda means in a food and meal context.  It was freaking delicious and once I have more free time, I am going to start exploring this method of using food for healing because I have been eating garbage lately in what I refer to as “eating my feelings”.  But anyway after a wonderful night of food, friends, and laughter, I went home feeling excited for the remainder of our time together.  The next day involved more practice teaching, but this time we had guest students who had been through the training previous to ours.  Now it was showtime and we all had portions of a class to teach to the group.  Some people were observers and some people were participants.  This allowed for some really great feedback on teaching styles and areas for improvement or to keep in mind.  By this time, we were all so much more confident in our own knowledge that it was like night and day from the first time we taught to today.  It was basically teaching and exam review for the rest of the weekend.  

I can’t end this blog without my shoutouts to my new yoga family and what I learned from each of them.

Jen is this steady force with a chocolate addiction who has such a funny sense of humor.  She never got rattled by anything we were doing and approached every lesson with confidence and skill.  I learned so much from her.  She has a lucky family and I count myself among them.

Jess was one of the quiet ones in the group, however the amount of growth she showed was amazing.  She was completely outside of her comfort zone and still approached each teaching experience head on and was able to take our feedback and make herself better each time she got up to teach.  Her quiet energy was so great to be around and she’s also pretty freaking funny.  She also asked really great questions in each class which helped all of us grow.

Dean was one of the guys in our sessions and I don’t think that I will ever meet anyone quite like him.  He has an engineer's mind and so the way he would see the information, was so unique that it helped me expand my own viewpoints as well.  He also never failed to make me laugh, even if unintentionally.  I will always be grateful that he would go and get me a large ice tea with extra lemon at the dunkin donuts whenever he went :)

Ashley…...what can I say about this girl except that while we are complete opposites in most things, we shared a really strong connection.  She was another one who I got to see grow so much, from being super uncomfortable with answering questions in the first weekend, to offering up her personal experiences for us to see without judgement.  She is so tiny, but she is one of the strongest people I have the privilege of knowing and I can’t help but sing her praises.

Kim is another quite one to watch out for.  Her dry sense of humor often caught me off guard and I loved just sitting and talking to her about anything.  She has this quiet strength and confidence in who she is that comes across.  I would often listen to her teach a pose and take notes on what I was going to steal from her and use in the future.  She knows who she is and that is something to admire.

Ann Marie joined us about halfway through our training and I am so glad she did.  She had started the process with the previous group and needed to finish up her training hours.  She is another one who has a unique look at the world and will ask questions until she understands what she needs to.  Her one liners often had us all rolling in laughter and she was always so thoughtful and empathetic when one of us needed it.

Courtney is so graceful and knowledgeable, especially with the sanskrit.  This poor girl survived multiple illness, a broken toe, and anxiety over teaching.  She also shared her amazing baking skills with us.  She has so many talents and now she can include being a yoga teacher.  Her calm quiet demeanor opened up after a few weekends and I am happy to have gotten to know her.

Dale, I have so much to say about this wonderful, and mischievous man.  Being the oldest in our group, and a male, he certainly put up with a lot from us ladies.  He has a sneaky side and he likes to mess with people.  We would often play jokes on each other and I really enjoyed learning from him and his experiences.  

I could write so much more about these people, but I’m trying to keep it short.  I’ll close this one out by sharing the picture of our “graduation” dinner.

“I honor the place in you where the entire Universe resides.  I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you, because it is also within me.  In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.”  


~ Laura

Signature Essential Oil Blend for Balance

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Essential oils are gifts from the Earth.  They are natural aromatic compounds that come from the seeds, bark, leaves, flowers, roots, and other parts of plants.  These essential oils have so many amazing benefits ranging from muscle and joint support to stress relief and emotional support.  I have spent the last few years studying the benefits and uses of essential oils.  There are so many ways to incorporate essential oils into your life.  Essential oils work much like yoga.  When I attend a yoga class, I always feel so much better when class is over.  My body craves the gentle yoga movements.  Yoga leaves me feeling rejuvenated and balanced.  When I use essential oils, I feel much the same way.  I am able to reduce stress, balance my emotions, and breathe better. 

With the grand re-opening of Moondog Yoga Studio, June and I wanted to create a signature blend of essential oils that encompasses the atmosphere of the studio and was a dosha balancing blend.  Our ultimate goal was to combine oils that were not only grounding and calming, but also invigorating and uplifting.  We worked together for a few months testing different blends and adjusting them to meet our goals.  In May, we released the MOONDOG YOGA SIGNATURE BLEND.  This blend is unique to the studio. 

The Moondog Yoga Signature Blend combines wild orange, sandalwood, ginger, grapefruit, frankincense, and myrrh essential oils. 

·         Wild orange essential oil is the oil of abundance.  It is calming and uplifting to the mind and body.  It fosters creativity and is both invigorating and renewing.

·         Sandalwood essential oil is the oil of sacred devotion.  It is great for prayer and meditation.  It calms the mind and stills the heart.  Sandalwood harmonizes and balances the emotions. 

·         Ginger essential oil is the oil of empowerment.  It is warming, accelerating, and stimulating.  It supports a warrior mentality.

·         Grapefruit essential oil is the oil of honoring the body.  It is balancing and uplifting to the mind.  Grapefruit is detoxifying and fresh.

·         Frankincense essential oil is the oil of truth.  It is a powerful cleanser and assists in spiritual awakening.  It enhances prayer, meditation, and focus. 

·         Myrrh essential oil is the oil of Mother Earth.  It assists in feelings of safety and security.  It promotes emotional balance and well-being. 

Along with these essential oils, the signature blend also contains moonstone fragments.  Moonstone is the stone of new beginnings.  It calms emotions and brings good fortune.  It is often associated with the crown chakra and is said to cleanse and dispel negativity from all of the chakras.  This moonstone comes from India.

We are so excited to share this unique blend with each of you.  Enjoy the signature blend and know that a lot of research and love went into its creation. 

Stephanie Borzio
Tru You Essentials

2 to Go!  YTT training in May

So this is the 2nd to last yoga teacher training before we are done and I gotta say, I am feeling very bittersweet on the whole thing.  I am excited to be completing this journey, but I am also sad that I will no longer get to see the people I have journeyed with on a regular basis.

 We are now working on our sequencing and developing a full class sequence which is both super cool and a little daunting.  I had the privilege of teaching for Memorial day (which I’ll talk about in a moment) and this weekend was super helpful in getting me prepared to teach.  We were advised before the weekend started that we would work in groups of 3 and each person would take a section of the class sequence and teach it to the rest of the group.  This is something that I have found to be natural to me.  I enjoy teaching people and love watching them understand and grow their own knowledge.

 Now onto my teaching experience for Memorial Day.  I was super excited for this opportunity and was prepared for my class.  When I woke up that morning, woah, was I a bundle of nerves!  I was worried that no one would show up and then I was worried that too many people would show up.  The latter happened.  I ended up with 19 people in my class and while I was nervous at first, as soon as I started teaching, my nerves calmed down and I was able to rest in my knowledge and the culmination of a little less than 200 hours of training experience.  Thankfully, no one got hurt :) and the little feedback I got from students was positive.  I also had the privilege of having one student from the previous teacher training there and he was able to give me constructive feedback on my sequence and how I presented the class.  I always try to be humble and grateful for feedback that is provided because it will only help me be better in the long run.  

 Back to YTT.  After working on our sequences, we started to delve into Ayurveda which is considered to be the sister science of yoga.  Ayurveda is basically the use of food as “medicine” to help with bodily ailments.  There are 3 types of dosha’s which are a person’s natural predisposition towards the elements.  There are Kapha’s which are your sturdy, reliable people, but who also have a hard time getting moving sometimes.  Pitta’s are those people who are naturally motivated and driven, but can have too much fire and may be hard to reign in.  And Vata which are those people who are airy light people who may need help bringing them back down to earth.  Everyone is a mixture of all three doshas but they will be stronger in one or two.  I, for example, am a Kapha/Pitta dosha so it means that while I am a motivated individual, I do have a hard time getting myself started, but I am organized and focused and I am a nurturer.  

When learning about the dosha’s we also learned about how they are affected by the time of day, and the season.  I won't get into more because I could talk about all of this till the cows came home, so I’ll end with this; If you are on the fence about taking this training, you should do it.  Not only will you learn so much, but you will have a new skill that no one can ever take away from you.  I am so grateful I went through this process because I feel more well rounded, and I have also grown so much over this time.


YTT and Turning 30

Hello All,

Thanks for tuning in to another mostly coherent account of yoga teacher training weekends. This weekend was all about yogic life and the start of delving into teaching longer sequences (YIKES).  First we had the responsibility of sequencing a full class (60 minutes) in a group of 3, so one person took the warm up and standing poses, the next person took backbends and twists, and the last person got the floor work of seated poses.  The trick to this was making sure the class flowed, so it was a coordinated effort of making sure your last pose flowed nicely into the next person's opening pose.  We were fortunate enough to be able to prep ahead of time so friday we had a full hour with our group and then were expected to teach it to the group the next day.  Then after that, we had some review of what we’ve been learning this whole time and also began to touch upon the Yamas and the Niyamas.

Now, if you don't know what the Yamas and Niyamas are, I’ll explain.  Yoga has 8 branches which include the Yamas, Niyamas, Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.  These eight concepts are what make up yoga.  Taking the first 2 limbs, the yamas are how to live in the work and the niyamas are how to care for yourself. I need to pay attention to the taking care of yourself portion.  The schedule that I am going to have is going to be a test of resolve and commitment so I hope I can meet my own expectations.  

We also started to delve into the gunas.  Dipping a toe into the ayurveda pool of information is almost overwhelming.  This just does not fit on my plate at the moment, but I want to know more and incorporate it into my life.  I just have to accept that while I am not there yet, I will get there at some point (I hope).  

On another note, I turned 30 this month (this was in April).  It’s kinda weird to say that I’m 30 because I still feel about 26.  and I also LOVE my birthday.  Not so much this year and I don't know if I was just repressing some hard bumming over the big 3-0 or if my hormones just threw me all out of whack but I was surprisingly bummed out about the day.  Part of it was also that it was on a Thursday and I did not take off work so it was just like any other day.  I am the type of person who wants everyone to make a big deal that I was born on a particular day and I guess the day did not live up to my expectations.  I am feeling ok now, my husband and I got all our friends together and we all went out to eat at a schmancy restaurant, so it more than made up for my lackluster birthday.  But while the day was pretty normal, I feel like I am finally hitting that point in my life where I am figuring out my direction and passion in life and actively working towards those goals.  I have never been more motivated to achieve my dreams and taking these trainings has absolutely contributed to my new life direction.  I will have my certification done this year, along with my MBA, and I will begin to delve into teaching more fitness centric classes as well.  My only regret is that I didn’t start this sooner :)  

Anyway, thanks for tuning in.  



Ytt Weenend # 7?

What??? Am I seriously this far through already?  Where did the time go?  I am writing this blog on the night of ytt weekend 8 because I’ve been slacking.  Sorry to everyone who waits with baited breath for my next work of genius (JK, it’s only half genius).  So I had to break out my notes on this weekend to remember everything that happened…..here we go.


This weekend was another guest teacher weekend!!!  YAY, let me tell you, the guest teachers that come in are super cool and amazing, and I want to be them….well the ME version of them if you know what I mean.  This weekend we had the lovely and talented Sarah G come and bestow her knowledge onto 9 of the sponge like humans sitting around her.  Friday night we were going back over the vedas (practice makes perfect right?).  We went over our systems that make up the body and went over what stress is and how if affects our systems.  Pretty much everything we do seems to come back to breath, diaphragmatic breathing and linking breath with movement, and let me tell you…..it freaking works!  My job has been kinda sucky lately and I made the decision that I need to make a change.  This is a big year for me, I turn 30 this month, YTT finishes up in June, I just passed my aerobics certification, and I plan on completing my MBA by November.  I don’t say these things to brag, I say them because, for me to write down my goals, helps me see that I can acheive anything that I set my mind to.  I am going to need stress management now, more than ever.  

But I digress, I have decided that I don't really want to work at the company I am with now,  I feel like I have finally found my passion in Yoga and I want to find ways to link this with something that can actually pay the bills.  We really started getting into the sutra’s and the writing of the yogic masters.  I am always amazed at the many perspectives and experiences everyone has.  No one comes from the same place but we all have something of value to contribute to the class.  The most amazing thing though, is that Sarah specifically talked about knowing when you are on a right path, vs. a path that doesn’t help sustain you.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  I know that everything happens for a reason and I see doors opening to me that I didn’t even know were there before.  

The one last thing I want to bring up before I bring this to a close is how we have been working on our breathing pretty heavily.  Not only with yoga and asana’s, but with relaxation, stress management, and meditation.  Breathing has really helped me learn to deal with hard and stressful situations without losing my composure.  I can’t tell you how awesome it has been.  I am a very sensitive person and issues at work used to stay with me and eat away at my sense of self and well being…..not anymore.  I am no longer a helpless passenger to my emotions, I have learned through this breath training, how to reign it in and have mastery over my emotions.  I don't always succeed, but I know that I don’t get rattled so easily and can have a cool head in hot situations.  

And there you have it, my takeaways from this weekend.  I promise to be more prompt with my next blog.  Namaste to you all!!!!!!