To Be or Not To Be… Chronic Pain

Dharma is a Sanskrit term that implies one’s path, one’s direction, the principles that uphold Life’s purpose. There is collective dharma and individual dharma. My personal dharma is linked to the path of Yoga. Asana is seen as a starting place on the Yoga path and my years as a Yoga Asana instructor have been fruitful and blessed. However as with any athletic endeavor (Ashtanga Vinyasa being an athletic asana style) repetitive stresses are known to wear on the body and joints. Such is my situation with teaching asana for 40 years, Ashtanga Vinyasa for 20 of those years. My left hip joint wore out.

This problem developed over a lengthy period of time during which I maintained some range of motion with a therapeutic yoga practice. However when bone hits bone (aka no cartilage) the pain is constant. In the past year it became obvious that a hip replacement would be necessary to see me into my senior years. I write this post in hopes that there will be others who are facing similar choices who may benefit from hearing my experience.

Any major surgery is scary, risky, and requires a lot of  commitment to the process. I have been very blessed to align with Dr. Michael Kimball and his team at Girard Orthopedic Surgeons. The surgery, the weeks of healing in hospital & rehab center and at home, the physical therapy both in home & clinical, have been tremendously successful. Modern medicine doing what it does best, using technology and science to facilitate healing.

My special thanks to San Diego friends, Nolan Thomas, Felicity & Matthew Taylor, Corie Seibert, and Louis & Aminta Haiman. Without their support this difficult process could not have been possible. The love and kindnesses from them and the hospital staff members has been unselfish and freely given.

These X-ray photos show the position of the prostheses. Bionic Woman indeed! Now in 2019 I am enjoying activities that for several years have been restricted.  In the words of Dr. Kimball, “It’s life changing!”

In all ways I am counting the Blessings. Namaste!



Chair Yoga in La Jolla

Happy Spring Break!

During 2000-2001 I offered a year long Yoga Teacher Training Course at my studios, the Ashtanga Yoga Centers of San Diego. My student and friend, Corie Seibert, was a graduate of that course. Here in 2018 I have been happy to help cover classes for Corie, who has worked as a full time yoga teacher in San Diego these many years.

Casa de Manana is a beautiful retirement community on the ocean front of the city of La Jolla. Chair Yoga, as with most yoga asana, involves stretching, breathing, and body focus techniques. Many persons in the senior population are dealing with joint and balance issues. Chair yoga offers supported stretches while still providing movement through an extended range of motion, and a perfect seque into group meditation practice.

It was a pleasure to make the acquaintance of the lovely group of yoga students at Casa de Manana. I will look forward to returning to the Casa when additional “subbing” is needed.


Super Blue Blood Moon 2018

What a magnificent celestial event! Super in that the moon was near its closest point to the Earth, Blue as the second full moon to occur in the month, Blood created by the red tints of scattering light rays (similar to a sunrise/set), with an Eclipse, the passing of the moon through the earth’s shadow. A perfect occasion for celebration! Thank you to everyone who participated in our Super Full Moon Meditation and Sound Healing on the evening of January 31.

Drawing on my background in Meditation and Tibetan Buddhist techniques, we came together to practice visualization, chanting, and meditation at the Communitea Yoga Studio in Oceanside, CA. Jenn Paez provided her knowledge and expertise in offering a cacao elixir ritual and a gong healing bath. Our friend Dass performed beautiful native American flute accompaniment. By coming together as a community during special celestial events we are using our personal energies to align with and increase the benefits of cosmic light and love, for ourselves and our planet.

Many thanks to Tina Fitzgerald, director and owner of Communitea Yoga Studio, a beautiful space! We hope to see you all again for future celebrations of light and love.


Eclipse Jan 31