Worry, and new offerings.

April 28, 2016

A student asked me today, “When I check in with myself worry is my predominate feeling, do you have any insights in defining what it is you are worried about?”

Me, I worry about everything. I like to make mental lists about all the things it would be remotely possible to take into consideration to worry about. I like to think about it as pre preparation for preparing for something. But, really, it is just looking busy whilst doing nothing.

Worry comes from not knowing or trusting. From feeling a lack of control over our own or our loved one’s safety, physical or emotional.

Worry doesn’t solve anything, but it alerts us to stop and think and break it down. What I am really afraid of here? How do I solve that?

I am sure we each have our own acorn from which our worry oaks grow. Once we can tap into what that is, we can understand our worry for what it is and work on that. For me, the nugget of doubt that hurls worry in my path is a fear that I am not lovable or capable. I used to move like a maniac to show myself I was capable and strong and awesome. But, eventually that just made me tired and feel like I was a lawn full of leaves blowing in the relentless wind. So I figured I should figure out a better way to deal with the crux of my worries.

My practice over the years has evolved. I began Yoga with a desire to unlock my stiffness in body and mind with focused and aligned yet free movement – to get lost in and feel the vibrant force of my own body winning over the forces of stagnation. But, what I kept finding was escape into movement, a loose uncentered place where the strength of gathering in was second to the need to move. And, like I said above, for me that was not so helpful. So I started to focus more on strength, on stillness on being present in each movement. I am aware that this is what Yoga is. But, vinyasa flow practices where the pace is fast and music loud, shapes many and the main purpose to sweat and release began to overwhelm me. The alignment based Hatha classes were too rigid in their shapes. I wanted everything all mixed together, simple stretches, strength, yoga, Pilates, rest, and kindness. So I went out and learned more things with the goal of figuring out how to do all the hard stuff while resting, in the hope that when I have to do it when it is hard I would be less stressed. So when you have to ask yourself that big shitty question ‘what am I worried about?’ You can answer it and not run. Or if you do run, you can do it without running away and in very good form.

If any of that resonates and you want to come and join in me in some wonderful strength building rest, improve your posture and focus I have a whole slew of new classes and workshops and time for private or small group classes.


Return to Center @ Bernal Yoga, SF CA 

Sunday, May 22nd 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 19th 1:30-3:30 p.m.

sign up here
Price per worskhop: $35 pre-pay/$40 day of


Find a place of grounding and peace in a harried world

In this two-hour workshop, we will go deep into quiet, meditative relaxation, restorative core work, and stretching. We’ll find a fuller breath; ignite our core energy softly and deeply; open our hips; stretch our hamstrings; release our backs, necks, and shoulders; and relax and restore supple length to our psoas. Then, we’ll take a good long rest…drink a little tea, have a snack and leave feeling so much calmer and connected to our lives.

This workshop is appropriate for all levels, and is recommended for anyone seeking calm and connection in this hectic world. It would be great for new parents and those wishing to become new parents, as well as folks needing to settle during or after life transitions.



Bernal Yoga

Stretch and Strengthen 101: 3-Week Series 

TueDate: 6/7/2016 – 6/21/2016From: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm


New to the world of movement, strength training, Yoga, or Pilates? Returning to activity after injury? A new parent? Or just want a simple, effective 45 minutes of working out?

In this three-week series we will work on and perfect our squat and plank mechanics, dive deep into our cores, and practice proper alignment for stretching. You can take this series over and over again, building your strength, and/or advance into any of the classes Bernal Yoga offers with confidence.

The series is open to levels and abilities.

New Class
Bernal Yoga
Strong Vinyasa 
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:15-7:15
A  Vinyasa Flow practice aimed at developing strength and stability, endurance and focus, as well as balance and mobility. Familiarity of Sun Salutations (A and B series) is recommended. This class is not complicated, but it is rigorous.



110 Sutter Street, Suite 100, SF, CA

Stretch and Strengthen Mondays 12:30-1:30

A simple one hour class that combines strength conditioning exercises, traditional yoga poses, basic stretches, and relaxation exercises designed to strengthen and tone the body, and to focus and calm the mind. Props and humor will be used frequently in class.
All levels welcome.
Core and Restore – Thursdays 1:30-2:30 (starts May 26, 2016)
One hour of deep simple core work and stretching. The aim of this class is to get you deep into the strength of your center and relax and stretch your muscles. It is appropriate and recommended for new moms and anyone wanting a restful (but not easy) workout for their middle. It is great as an active recovery for athletes and yogis.


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