Culture Clash

Living in a new culture is always an interesting experience but the longer I am here, the more I realize how deeply our social upbringing affects our beliefs and our behavior.  Growing up in Canada and then moving to the US was an adjustment, but it pales in comparison to the constant mental and emotional […]

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Wherever You Go, There You Are

I have to admit.  It has been a rough couple of weeks.   I am meeting many new people on this new adventure in Israel which means I am asked a great deal of questions on a daily basis.  “Why did you move to Israel?”  How could you leave San Diego?”  “How many kids do […]

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When the Honeymoon is Over

“Failure is an experience unavoidable in order to grow.”  – my beautiful friend, A. Edger, in a text this am   Well, the honeymoon is over.    I have been riding a wave of wonder and excitement for the first couple of months in Israel while managing to set up an apt., buy a car, […]

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Humble Warrior

Today was my first day of Ulpan (hebrew language lessons).  It is the beginning of a 5 month 4 and a half hour daily class for all new Israeli immigrants.  I am infinitely humbled once again.  And I have a headache.   In my class alone, we have individuals ranging from ages 21 to 80, […]

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New Year in Israel

Hello my dear friends back in SD (and elsewhere…)   Shana Tova! (translation: happy new year) from Israel.  I am writing on this day where the whole country is on vacation and celebrating the onset of a new jewish calendar year….a time for transformation and renewal.  I am visiting with my sister in her Moshav […]

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Self Care Blues

Do you ever notice that when things in your life calm down or when you go on vacation that you tend to get sick?  It’s ironic because you finally have time to enjoy life and find yourself run down and/or fighting a cold?   This is what I have been dealing with this past week. […]

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Where the Old Meets the New…

“Blaming the past makes us disapprove of the present.  It’s our past that has brought us our present.  If you want to change your future recognize your present and work on it.”  Prasad Rangnekar    Hello from Israel!  I spent last weekend in Jerusalem at an old friend’s house and had some time to walk around the […]

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The Long Trek Home

 I am now in Philadelphia visiting with family and friends before heading off to Israel on Monday.  It is the beginning of a series of smaller journeys to the ultimate destination.  My first disappointment was having to leave my Yoga blocks and bolster at the airport as my bags were too heavy.  Luckily, one man […]

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The Future is Now!

When I quit my job as manager of a physical therapy clinic in the fall of 2002 to combine Yoga with physical therapy, I felt like a fish out of water.  It seemed that I was quite possibly the only person in the world doing this work and wasn’t even sure if there was a […]

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Navigating Change

Change is inevitable.     Intellectually, we know this, but our bodies and our nervous system do not respond well to change.  We perceive it as a stress, even if the change is positive.  We are wired for survival and the moment our safety and security is on shaky ground, the fight or flight response […]

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