Tag Archives: mother

Debra Hodgen Fills In the Blanks

1. When I’m hosting a dinner party, my go-to best dishes are vegan chili, cornbread or veggie lasagna. 2. The book I most want to see turned into a movie is The Dalai Lama’s Cat because it’s a very sweet and humorous story with some wonderful teachings. 3. I fight the urge to give advice […]

Jennifer McMenamin Alexander on Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Jennifer is known in Encinitas for taking two or three yoga classes a day, being late to class, being very skinny and posting cat photos on Facebook. This interview will explain some of that. Tell me about when you were first diagnosed with MS. Pretty much my entire life I’ve been ill in some way or […]

Marcia Siegel on Self-Reflection with a Soundtrack

Marcia has been a yoga student since age 16, but has “only been teaching it about 12 years.” She teaches LifeForce Yoga, a style that deals with anxiety, depression, chronic pain and PTSD. I knew through the yoga-teacher grapevine that Marcia recently had rotator cuff surgery. I planned to ask her one random, revealing question but first […]

Amanda James on Remembering What We Were Born Knowing

Amanda and I were roommates back when she was vegan and not yet teaching yoga. Her dog, Jada, was a clever meat-lover who could open the fridge when we weren’t home, despite us blockading the door with furniture or duct taping it closed. One night when Amanda got home late from her job at the […]

Aiden Moran on Growing Up with Yoga

I’ve only met Aiden a handful of times in yoga class. It’s Tracy Moran, his mom, that I see often. She’s a metaphysician, which, until you meet her, might sound a little nuts. She calls on Divine Light to help someone spiritually heal their aura and chakras. The Morans are a high-functioning family and I […]

Catherine Clancy on Adoption

Catherine adopted her daughter 9 years ago. She admits to something wonderful in this interview that applies everyone, parents or not. She admits that during a tough time, yoga didn’t help. Yoga wasn’t magic. But her life now is quite magical and her outlook is very thought-provoking. For example, she calls the decision to be child-free “courageous.” […]

Anonymous Postcard on Surrendering a Child for Adoption

The postcard says: We will never know anything about you- not even your name… We DO know how much courage it took to make the decision you did… THANK YOU! Because of that decision we have a beautiful, amazing daughter… You likely know parents with an adopted child. It’s out there in the open, a huge […]

Liz Lacy on Being a Sailor, Mother and Gardener

I don’t remember when Liz let it slip that she spends months on a sailboat. As soon as she did, I wanted to know more. I mean, who does that?!? But alas, we only see each other in yoga and that’s not a good forum for chatting. So I invented this blog thing as an excuse to […]

Judy Berlfein on Aspects of Family

I’ve seen Judy in yoga class once a week for a few years. She always requests neck and shoulder stretches because of how much time she works at a computer. After class she might discreetly announce Meet-The-Candidate events and fundraisers. She’ll say one or two sentences and add, “Let me know if you’d like more information.” At a fundraiser […]