Categories for Philosophy

Love Yourself with Self-Care

February 2, 2017 / Announcements

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” ~ Eleanor Brownn I used to think that self-care was time consuming and a bit selfish. Now I know that both of those things couldn’t be farther from the truth. When we show ourselves love and self-care we can show up as the best version of… Read More

Getting Real About Resolutions!

February 2, 2017 / Announcements

Many of us feel compelled to make New Years resolutions. Perhaps this is something we do routinely on January 1st every year, or we make it a point every once in a while. We want to lose a few pounds AND gain more muscle, eat less ice cream AND more veggies, drink less coffee AND… Read More

Gratitude is Best When Shared…

December 15, 2016 / Announcements

Three yogic practices that led me to my new self: Asana, Dhyana, AhimsaWhat a difference a year makes. Looking back I can hardly recognize my old self. Where did all the angers and unhappiness go? All the circumstances of my life are still the same. I still live in the same house have the same… Read More


December 14, 2016 / Announcements

There is a quote by Albert Einstein I really like and read often as a reminder:“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”We are privileged to live in a country where we have shelter, clean water, food on… Read More

Gratitude, All Year Long

December 14, 2016 / Announcements

As Thanksgiving gets closer and our thoughts turn to all the things are thankful for I have asked one of our teachers, Gretchen, to share her thoughts on gratitude. Thank you, Gretchen!In August of last year I was inspired by a friend and mentor to begin each day with gratitude. Nearly every morning since then… Read More

Getting to Know Yourself

December 14, 2016 / Announcements

One of our yoginis, Susan Quilty shares her thoughts on the value of learning new things and, in turn, learning about yourself. Thank you, Susan! In Northern Virginia, Autumn brings two special things: pumpkin spice everything, and a new group of students to IPY’s yoga teacher training. It’s been two years since I began my… Read More

Finding Mindfulness On and Off the Mat

December 14, 2016 / Announcements

One of our wonderful yoginis, Jennie MacGoy, shared her experience with yoga and the benefits it has brought to her life. Thank you for sharing, Jennie! If you Google the word “hypochondriac,” my picture appears. I’ve spent almost 19 years cultivating this feat while raising four children. Sore throat: gonna be strep or influenza. Little stomach ache:… Read More

Find the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

December 14, 2016 / Announcements

Our wonderful teacher, Anya, recently went on an trip to Ireland. She blogged about her adventure and I asked her to share some of the things she learn on the way. Thank you, Anya! In early August, I traveled to Ireland. I wrote a blog post about the experience: 10 Things I Learned in Ireland…. Read More

Taking Your Mindfulness on the Road

December 14, 2016 / Announcements

August is here, a major vacation month in our area, and we notice traffic on the roads is light, since many of us are out of town. Traveling, for business or for pleasure, is exciting but can be draining as well, especially air travel. I wanted to share a few tips on how to make the… Read More

Why Tapering is Like Yoga

October 31, 2015 / Announcements

I am struggling right now. It’s about control, letting go and just letting things just be. I have to “taper” leading up to my second Marine Corps Marathon next weekend. For non-runners, tapering the latter portion of a training plan for a longer race where you run less miles and rest a lot. Usually spans… Read More