Posts By: Erin

Namaste: soft “yes”, hard “no”

Two years ago I stopped closing my yoga classes with namaste. It wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. In fact, I probably spent six months sitting with the idea and doing test-runs to see how groups would respond before fully committing. Responses fell somewhere between confusion and oblivion. Some students waited a beat, then said “namaste” anyway,… read more…

“Yoga is for everyone” and why that’s not good enough

In conversations about cultural appropriation in yoga, the most common way of dismissing the issue is by saying “yoga is for everyone”. Recently, it occurred to me that saying “yoga is for everyone” to avoid looking at the historical context of white people taking what they want from brown people is akin to saying “all… read more…

Interview: Restorative yoga

In August 2020, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mona Warner of Janati Yoga. Our conversation is all about restorative yoga: why it’s radical, who it’s for (spoiler: everyone!), how to get started, and so much more. It was wonderful to chat with Mona and to celebrate our mutual love for “the dessert… read more…

It’s not enough to have wishes, you need to make them known

Imagine this: You’ve been seriously injured in a traffic accident. You’re lying unconscious in the hospital. For the moment, you’re stable, but there are important decisions to make about your treatment and care, and you can’t speak for yourself. Now answer these questions: Do you know who your substitute decision maker is? Is this the… read more…

On doing and being at hospice

I’ve been volunteering at hospice for the better part of a year. I’m still very much a newbie, but I’m also beginning to settle in to the somewhat predictable rhythms of my Wednesday morning shift. Rhythms of my shift I sign in at 8:45 and receive morning report from the volunteer who arrived an hour… read more…

The yoga of dying: Japa meditation

In this series of blog posts, I discuss yogic practices that relate to death and dying. In a previous post, I looked at corpse pose (savasana). Mala, japa, samskara Have you noticed those strings of beads that yogis sometimes wear around their necks or looped around their wrists and wondered what they’re for? Those are… read more…