The Path to Finding Your Dream and Pursuing Your Destiny

The Artists Way and The Alchemist

  It is no coincidence that the day I returned to practices for rediscovering and awakening my creative self, I began to learn the great lessons of The Alchemist, the tale of a boy who discovers the true desires of his heart and embarks on an ambitious quest to fulfill his destiny. In a powerful Super Soul Sunday, when Oprah spoke with Paulo Coehlo, the author of the international … [Read more...]

MasterChef Competitor Jaimee Vitolo Increases Awareness About Dystonia

Jamie of MasterChef Season 5

Additional spotlight has been cast on dystonia lately, thanks to one of this season’s MasterChef competitors speaking up about having the disorder. A Season 5 contestant of FOX’s cooking reality show, Jaimee Vitolo, who has successfully avoided elimination in the show thus far, explains her “voice issue and awkward movements” to viewers as symptoms of the movement disorder. On August 11, Vitoli … [Read more...]

New York-Native Uses Focus, Flexibility and Balance of Yoga in Extreme Broken Skull Challenge

Briana in Broken Skull Challenge

What does a 27-year-old tattoo designer and aspiring yoga teacher from New York have in common with a 34-year-old Wealth Management COO and powerlifter from Florida? They both are battling for $10,000 in the latest extreme competition reality show, Broken Skull Challenge, airing on Sunday, Aug. 10. In Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, eight elite athletes go head-to-head with everyday men … [Read more...]

Heeding the Call to Teach the Healing of Yoga

Certified Sports Yoga Instructor

I still remember the day I sat in my then-rheumatologist’s office more than a decade ago, fatigued and broken, seeking yet another treatment, desperate for solutions. Seemingly helpless in the fight against insomnia, suffering from daily migraines, brain fog and digestion problems and saddled with excruciating pain, numbness and pins-and-needles sensation of misbehaving nerves, I was so physically … [Read more...]

Senior Powerlifter Shows Dreams Can Come True At Any Age

Pursuing Athletic Dreams at Any Age

When 71-year-old Ray Fougnier was in his late teens and early 20s, he dreamed of competing internationally in weightlifting, specifically in the Olympics. Then work, marriage and a family took over as top priorities. Little did Fougnier know that a half-century later, he would get to see his vision for international competition come true—he will be competing at the 2014 International Powerlifting … [Read more...]

Connecticut runner moves beyond tragic event to train for 2014 Boston Marathon

Connecticut runner competes in Boston Marathon

After a lifetime of imagining the day, West Hartford native Elizabeth Lynch was awed as she stood at the starting line, ready to compete in her first Boston Marathon last year. Ever since she watched her mother first run the race when Lynch was 7, she dreamed of the day she too would tackle the route. At 15, she sprinted Heartbreak Hill with her older brother as he ran the marathon. Then in 2013, … [Read more...]

Cesar Chavez's legacy lives on in fight for food system workers' rights

Cesar Chavez's legacy lives on in fight for food system workers rights

Today, March 31, honors Cesar Chavez, the civil rights leader and labor organizer who grew up the son of migrant farm workers. As farm workers continued to face long hours, poor working conditions, low wages and the use of dangerous pesticides into the ‘60s, Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (now known as United Farm Workers union, UFW) with Dolores Huerta. Chavez and this … [Read more...]

Yoga Meets People With Movement Disorders Wherever You Are

Vrksasana, or Tree Pose

Toward the end of 2013, I was looking for more tools to not only help me serve clients as a health coach, but to also become a part of my own healing regimen. I had studied and become certified as a holistic health coach, specializing in nutrition at IIN. I had studied as a women’s fitness specialist with NASM. I had even taking the first steps toward getting certified to teach various mind-body … [Read more...]

Ode to the Wild Woman

I am a wildwoman

I am a wild woman I know, inspite of myself and in spite of what I've been told that there's beauty in every age no matter how old I am a wild woman I've learned what it means to be a life bearer* to bear children to create art to plant seeds of love I am a wild woman from the depths of the dirt underneath my fingernails to the height of my very soul I am one with the Earth the winds from the four … [Read more...]

Pro Athletes Don Pink For Breast Cancer—Is It Worth The While?

It is October, and once again the month is awash with pink. Pink pens, pink water bottles, pink ribbons and pro athletes, like NFL players and the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, are donning pink game apparel. On Thursday night, one side of the White House was lit up pink for breast cancer awareness. While I appreciate the sentiment and effort for awareness, I can’t help thinking: Is all the pink for … [Read more...]