200-hour Yoga Teacher Training

I'm super excited to announce that I'll be co-leading a 200-hour Yoga Teacher training with the super awesome Jessie Kates at Life Time Athletic, Columbia, MD.  More information at LifePower Yoga.


200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

April 12 - July 3

Saturdays 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Wednesdays 6:30 - 10:30 PM

Thursdays 6:30 - 10:30 PM

You don't have to be a member to participate. All you need is big love for yoga and we'll help you rock the rest.

Cost: $2,995 (non-member) or $2,895 (member)

Payment plans are availabe (4 installments)

Pay in full and receive a $300 discount

Click here to register

See me Belly Dance at DC Tribal Cafe, February 23rd

I'm super excited to be dancing at DC Tribal Cafe on Sunday February 23rd at Mad Momo's in Columbia Heights! This is my favorite dance event.  It's always a good time, with great community, AND it's my first performance since breaking my ankle in September.  Come celebrate with me!


DC Tribal Cafe is a monthly dinner destination featuring fantastic fusion belly dance performances, great food, friends and fun!

Featuring performances by Belladonna Boheme, Naimah Dances and Flissy (that's me!) - with transnational beats in between sets by Myra Sinnott Beatrix. 

$10 at the door offers food & drink specials and all three performances. Come enjoy the *original event* that has inspired tribal cafes across the country!

DCTribal Cafe - DC's monthly fusion Bellydance Showcase
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Doors & Seating: 5pm
Shows: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
$10 at the door
Mad Momos
3605 14th ST, NW WDC 20010

Plenty of FREE street parking

RSVP at the Facebook Event

I've changed how I teach yoga, here's why

I've recently made some changes to how I teach my yoga classes.  Towards the end of the year, I took some yoga classes with my peers, got some more training, and had the opportunity to hear some feedback about my teaching.  All this made me think a lot about my teaching and how I can make better connections with my students.  The most obvious thing I've done is I've changed the orientation of the room.  What was the back of the room is now the front.  I think that might disrupt students even more than saying, "tonight is all partner poses!"  People get really attached to their little rectangle!  I didn't really want to rock the boat, but here's why I have.

I realized that some of my teaching habits are things I developed for my own comfort, and not for the comfort and benefit of my students.

The way the studio is arranged, on the side the room where the door is, there's a wall of mirrors and two cabinets.  The facing wall faces the indoor pool, which can be seen through two windows.  I used to set my mat between the two cabinets because I could kind of nestle in and be out of the way and the front row of mats could be nice and tidy.  The stereo is in the cabinet, so it's easy to adjust volume, etc. from that position, too.

However, for the students, I realized it's not so great.  First, the mirrors are a huge distraction.  No joke, I totally busted one of those muscle bound jock types flexing and checking out his muscles during meditation! So not the point!  The door is at the front of the room, and so if anyone comes or goes, naturally, everyone (including me) turns their head to see what's up, and whoever comes in late has to walk in front of everyone to get a mat and settle in.  Again, distracting.

The new front of  the room.

The new front of  the room.

I flipped the front of the room to minimize these distractions to make it easier for people to draw their attention inward.  I also stopped bringing my yoga mat because the mat is also something I use for my own comfort.  I LOVE my Manduka mat.  LOVE.  But it's for my own practice.  It really isn't necessary for teaching (or for practice, even!), and it takes up a ton of real estate.  If I need to demonstrate something, I have more freedom to float around and be present with whoever needs to see me.  I also have found that when I have my mat, I am drawn to its homey comfort and I will hang out there instead of moving around the room and interacting with my students.  It's like a security blanket.  Security mat.

So now before class, I float around and chat and help people get set up.  During class, I'm more available for whoever needs me.  After class, I hang out by the door and give heartfelt "thank-you-for-coming"s.

Every class I am reminded that this is not about me. I sometimes have to reach beyond what is comfortable so that I can better serve my students.  My mission is to help people find more ease in their body, to guide students in their investigation into how it feels to move and breathe and be, and to empower them to find their own comfort and freedom in their practice.  We don't need mirrors for that!

EVOLVE: 21-Day Yoga Cleanse


Coming in January, I'll be leading the EVOLVE: 21-Day Yoga Cleanse at Life Time Athletic in Columbia, MD.  I'm really excited about running this program again.  This four-week series includes a 21-day cleanse diet (optional), mindfulness meditation practices, and a potpourri of asana practices to completely rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.  It's an amazing way to kick off the new year!

EVOLVE: 21-Day Yoga Cleanse

Evolve is a four week journey that gives us the wonderful opportunity to create openness to the healing qualities within ourselves.

  • Jumpstart your yoga practice through this progressive intensive.
  • Cleanse the body and learn about mindful connections to the food we consume.
  • Dig deeper into yoga philosophy by starting to think about yoga as a lifestyle.
  • Enjoy building community with other dedicated yogis.

Included in this series:

  • Yoga and meditation practices to inspire transformation
  • Support for the cleanse diet (no animal products, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, or gluten)
  • Homework! Mindfulness exercises and other practices to create and sustain positive lifestyle changes
  • Additional resources about yoga, mindfulness, and personal transformation

Informational Workshop
Sunday, January 12, 1:30 PM, $25

4-Week Workshop Series
Sundays, January 19, 26, February 2 & 9, $100
Register at the Activities Center or call 443-430-2119


Hawaii Packing List

Everything for 2 1/2 Weeks in Hawaii

Everything for 2 1/2 Weeks in Hawaii

I just wrote a series of posts at Her Packing List all about packing and traveling for yoga.  Well, now this yogini is heading to Hawaii for 2 1/2 weeks!  Pictured above in in a slightly sloppy array, are all my clothes.  There will be a lot of lounging at the pool and beach, but we'll also be hiking and going out for dinner and Christmasy festivities.

On the left is my flying outfit:

  • Scarf (hard to tell in the photo but it's a tiki print!)
  • Reversible pencil skirt - warm and comfy
  • Tank top
  • 3/4 Sleeve Tunic Top - for warmth and travel
  • Leggings


  • Hiking pants (zip off convertible) - for hiking and sightseeing
  • Cropped yoga pants - for yoga (obviously), gym, and around town with a tunic top
  • Colorful Rayon Skirt - light and pretty for nice dinners out


  • 2 tank tops - for hiking and working out
  • Fancy tee - for dinners and sightseeing


  • Hoodie
  • Cardigan (not pictured, but you can imagine it as part of that black blob in the upper right)

Dresses: (the black blob in the upper right corner)

  • Icebreaker Dress - favorite travel dress
  • T-shirt Dress (beach cover up, or on the town over leggings)


  • 2 swim suits
  • rash guard for sun protection

Not pictured, but just as important are my other travel comfort essentials (yoga towel, sleep mask, earplugs, neck pillow, etc.), toiletries, and of course, a few small gifts for my mom and husband!

Until the new year ... Aloha!