The Path We Walk

“Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires – disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way.”
~ Bernie S. Siegel

Boise Aerial Acts

I am so excited to be performing an aerial duet number with Katie Ponozzo. Yoga brought us together and dance and aerial has kept us together. We would love to have you come see the show.

I support RLVS



affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

Some of my favorite ways to spring clean:

  1. Attend a clothing swap party. Go with three bags and return with one.
  2. Decide the remaining leaves from last fall make the perfect mulch for spring flower beds.
  3. Pack away everything but your favorite stuff from your main living space and wait a month to see what you miss. If you can’t remember what is in the box you must not need it.
  4. Donate all cloths that don’t fit or are the wrong color. What doesn’t work for one person will be a perfect fit for someone else.
  5. Learn to fix a broken household item rather than replacing it.
  6. Re-pot and fertilize your houseplants. Tell them a good story while you are at it.
  7. Oil all the wood furniture in the house.
  8. Arrange all the books in Dewey Decimal System (only half kidding)
  9. Give the pets a spa day.
  10. Make sure every bicycle in the garage is in riding order. Now ride them.

Suggested reading:

  1. Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (Bk Currents) by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H Naylor and David Horsey (Sep 1, 2005)
  2. Too Much Stuff: De-Cluttering Your Heart and Home by Kathryn Porter (Mar 10, 2006)

  3. Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt & Waste by Cristin Frank (Mar 15, 2013)

  4. Wabi Sabi: The Art of Everyday Life by Diane Durston (Aug 1, 2006)

  5. The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty by Robyn Griggs Lawrence and Joe Coca (Nov 23, 2004)

Mister Rogers Meditation

“You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind.”

~Mister Rogers

Pole-a-polooza 2012

I had a ton of fun this year performing with my friends at Ophidia Studio.  If you didn’t get to make it, I have provided links to the two numbers I was in.  Hope you can make it to Winter Showcase in December!

Aerial Yoga Demonstration:

Group Pole Routine:

Want to study more about Consciousness and Quantum Physics?

Previously I mentioned that I was delving into studying Consciousness, Quantum Physics and String Theory.  Obviously my lifetime will probably not be long enough to get a full grasp on any one of these areas of study, but I have found it empowering to begin to get a tiny hold on some of the more general concepts related to these fields of study.  Most importantly has been the scientific discoveries that back up my intuitive understanding of the world and our role as human beings.

The philosophic underpinnings of Yoga, Buddhism and Native American cultures have one core component that is continually returned to within cutting edge science.  Every entity, whether biological or not, is connected to the rest of the universe.  This connection is not esoteric or imaginary, the connection is real and measurable.  Much of how we think of ourselves may be due to our limited ability to comprehend the truth.  Separation itself may be a grand illusion that serves to provide us with a structure from which to organize ‘our reality’.  The quantum physics of energy is where most yogis will start to get really excited.

For those of you who would like to join me on this path of discovery I have provided a recommended reading list below.  The list is interactive with but most  of the books are available at the Boise Public Library.  Please share with me what you uncover.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe by Lynne McTaggart

The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness by Bruce H. Lipton

The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force by Jeffrey Schwartz

you do yoga, yoga does not do you

There has been a lot of discussion about yoga and safety lately.  With the recent New York Times article, How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,  students are lining up to ask how yoga might be hurting them.  As with any journalistic piece it is important to evaluate the validity of the claims.  What are the sources of information from which the author bases their claims?  Is the article opinion or fact based? If the conclusions are based on a few case studies, what are the ‘bigger pictures’ of the case studies used?  What are the credentials of the ‘experts’ used to back the conclusions?

Just like the study of yoga asks us to think deeply and be discerning, so is the nature of determining the value of information.  Mark Stephens states, “The idea that “yoga can wreck your body” reifies yoga – makes it into a thing that is given the power to affect other things (say, your body). But yoga is not a thing. Rather, yoga is a world of practices that one can do; you do yoga, yoga does not do you. Once one gets this basic idea, then it’s a simple step to realize that how one does yoga along with what sort of yoga one does will have different effects.”  (How Yoga Will Not Wreck Your Body)

Ultimately your approach to your practice will be the determining factor most responsible for the outcome of your efforts.  Listening intently to the messages from your body (also mind and spirit) is of utmost importance.  This is not just another esoteric thing yoga teachers say, this is the key to your safety and enjoyment gained from your practice.  Below I have provided some basic guidelines for a safe practice.

Basic Yoga Guidelines

Mental Focus

  • Focus on being non-judgmental  and accepting of yourself
  • Concentrate on feeling the breath
  • Be curious about your internal sensations


  • Slow, deep and even
  • Engage the diaphragm/feel the belly moving with the breath
  • Notice the expansion of the ribs with the breath


  • Be mindful  and attentive
  • Notice the subtle movements of the body even when holding a posture
  • Use your imagination to ‘become’ the posture from the inside to the outside


  • Long spine and chest broad
  • Shoulders down and back
  • Head over torso without chin jutting forward

Body Alignment

  • Solid foundation/connection to stability
  • Knees bend in line with toes  & Knee over ankle when bent in standing postures
  • Thighs and abdominals engaged in standing postures

Groups Settings

  • Practice tolerance, empathy and non-competiveness
  • Be supportive and encouraging
  • Focus on your experience on your mat

So much to learn …

I recently received an eloquent email from a student and friend of mine.  We have both recently read Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection.  Susie was generous enough to let me share with you…

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

“We can learn so much of life’s important lessons when we take the time to listen.  Aren’t these regrets some of the exact lessons that Brene Brown is teaching about how to live our lives now/today, before we no longer have the luxury of time to do so?

I honestly think that we can learn the most about living from those who are dying. It seems like those facing death have given up the perceived need of a false sense of themselves and the requirement that most of us give in to of being something and/or someone we’re not. And with that clarity, they see how a great life is to be lived and they are hoping that we allow them to teach us these crucial lessons. What they are telling us, really, is that it (living a great life) is in being authentic and true to who we are – having the courage to choose to play to our gifts and imperfections, to share our stories, to express our feelings, dreams and fears, to let go of shame and guilt, to cherish the relationships that mean the most to us, to spend less time working and more time playing, and to invent our lives as we go, so as to choose consciously, wisely and honestly. Now, if only we will learn and listen so we can live that kind of life now, instead of ever having to someday regret what has been and what could have been, but wasn’t. We can find tons of really good reasons to do this work, can’t we?”



Hanging out with Channel 6 News

Follow the link above to learn more about aerial yoga and watch an interview with me, Angela Bryson, at Ophidia Studio.  I am excited to share all the great benefits of aerial yoga.  If you are interested in taking a class we offer three classes a week at Ophidia.

Monday 8:00-9:00pm taught by Angela R. Bryson

Thursday 7:00-8:00pm taught by Angela R. Bryson

Saturday 9:00-10:00am taught by Katie Ponozzo

iPhone Addiction?

Yogi gone wild....

I spent years as a technophobe.  I was practically a Luddite, ready to smash machines and only use what I could make by hand!  I am currently writing this post on the first and only computer I have ever purchased.  Well, with that said…I have to admit that I have totally given up the fight.  Some might even say I have ‘drank the kool-aid‘ without looking back. (by the way how did Kraft ever come up with that strange name for a drink mix?)  I would like to hear your opinions.  How do you determine when too much ‘connectivity’ is too much?  When do you find that smartphones, computers, televisions, etc. have become an unhealthy buffer between you and the world in your immediate presence?

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