“It's not what you get.  It's what you keep that really matters.

It's not so much what you do.  It's how you do it, that’s gonna make ALL the difference in the world.”  -  Tom Purvis of RTS (Resistance Training Specialist)




I was born in the Philippines and people there eat with their hands (use their fingers) often.  My aunt, who lived with us in Chicago, used her hands at home to eat all-the-time.  

I eat with my fingers sometimes.  I love it. 

So when I was in India in 2014, using my hands to eat felt freeing.  

It felt home, or complete when eating with my fingers.  

In India, they talk about PRANA.  Life Force.

They compare eating with utensils (which doesn’t have Prana or Life) versus eating with your hands (which have Prana or Life).  Food coming from something that has Prana as opposed to food coming from something with NO Prana.

Scientifically, here are some benefits of eating food with our own hands:

1. Hands touching food will give strength to the body and mind (where millions of nerves send the signal to the brain.

2. When we touch the food with our fingers, brain signals the stomach so that proper digestive juices and enzymes are produced.

3. It ensures mindfulness and greater concentration. 

4. Metal reacts with oil and food looses its taste. 

5. When you mix food with our fingers, that ensures proper blood circulation.

6. The moment our fingers touch the lips, it produces saliva in the mouth.

7. Each finger in the hand has different characteristics:

Thumb: represents fire

Index Finger: air

Middle finger : Space (sky)

Ring finger : Earth

Small finger : water

When these fingers touch our food, LIFE forces will be activated in the body.

Happy Eating!




I got stuck several times in the snow today.  

I now drive a little SUV, since my Chevrolet Volt had a habit of getting stuck at parking spaces during wintertime.

The first time I got stuck was in the Very beginning of a left turn into a wide street, perpendicular to a very busy road.  I was coming out of a big parking lot of a major fitness chain.  I say all this because it was completely unexpected.  It was already 10 in the morning, but, I suppose, the plow trucks hadn’t gotten to it yet.  

It was a good thing that there were no cars around me.  That most people had stayed home that morning.  It took a few tries, but I didn’t have to get out of my car to get unstuck.  

I then stopped at a store.  It was tough choosing a parking space since the plow trucks had, again, not gotten to that area yet.  

I wasn’t in the store for more than 10 minutes.  I then got stuck finding my way out of there.  I thought I could wiggle my way out, but to no avail.  I got out of my car to free up my tires.  I noticed a plow truck nearby and he came towards me.  He informed me that he would plow a path in front of my car so I can drive forward.  After a few tries, I went on.  

Then on that same parking property, while making a right turn at the light, I was, once again, stuck.   It took a few tries to get going.  A few was about seven tries.  

The consolation prize to being stuck is that, we have no choice but to drive oh-so-carefully: We become very giving drivers.  

Being in the middle of a snow storm, especially while stuck, and no choice but to stay put, is serene.

I became present.  ALIVE.







One of my students in India sent me this, though we don’t know who penned it:

“When we don't accept an Undesired event, it becomes Anger; when we Accept it, it becomes Tolerance.

When we don't accept Uncertainty, it becomes Fear; when we accept it, it becomes Adventure.

When we don't accept other's Bad behavior towards us, it becomes Hatred; when we accept it, it becomes Forgiveness.

When we don't accept other's Success, it becomes Jealousy; when we accept it, it becomes Inspiration.

Acceptance is the key to handling life well.”




Maybe I should be talking about the snow fall in Illinois.  How terrible it was to be right in the middle of it — driving.  

Yesterday, I was 25 minutes late for a 50-minute yoga class.  A drive which usually takes a half an hour, took me an hour and a half.  The other colleges all around the area closed early, but not mine. 

At 5 this morning, while driving to my first class, I thought the snow would have been all cleared away, but it was not.  I think the temperature outside was too cold to be efficient. 

But I love Chicago winters.  I do!  They are serene.  It makes life interesting.  And snow… is just so beautiful when fresh.  

Yes it’s dangerous in more ways than one.  But it’s also nurturing.

Yes it’s bothersome.  But it also saves lives.

Yes it adds the work of scraping car windshields.  But it also adds the color of purity in the eyes of the beholder.

Yes it’s freezing.  But it also makes summertime, spring, and fall, that much more appreciated.

Yes it’s frightening.  But it’s also HOME.



FOR $9.99


I was telling my retired yoga students today how I’d been freezing all morning.  How the rooms I had been teaching in were freezing (including the current one), and that it had gotten me internally cold.  

A student who comes only once in a while replied, “You need a bed buddy!” 

Oh dear! 

I figured he was joking because he’s been such a respectable person and student in the past that I didn’t, AT ALL, take it the wrong way.  No, not from him. 

I answered, “Yea that’s not hard these days.”

I was thinking of how internet dating has made it so easy for men (and women) to date (therefore sleep around). 

Then we (the rest of the students and I), soon realized, he was talking about the “Bed Buddy Body Wrap” that you can purchase from a local store for $9.99.  This student (who I appreciate even more after this incident / mishap) who is well in his 70’s and suffers from much physical pain, began to describe it… and how it makes his hips “feel so much better”.  

Oh, I just had to act like I knew what he was talking about all that time.  I think we all did.







Have you heard of Tao Porchon-Lynch?

She's the oldest yoga instructor at the age of 99!  

She says, “There is nothing you cannot do”.  She proves just that!

I just found out she teaches in a town where a friend of mine lives.  I’m gonna go take a class from her!  New York here I come again!





I’m reading 90 Days of God’s Goodness by Randy Alcorn.  He mainly speaks of major tragedies, ones we often only witness from the sidelines — making the news.  

These individuals find themselves with deeper faith in God.  HOW do they find Light after Darkness?   

They believe in the God “Who knows the End from the Beginning”.  Because even though we don’t know what lies ahead, the Imperial God does.

“Our own knowledge is remarkably small,” he says.  “God’s is infinitely great.”  

There is nothing He does not know.  Therefore nothing can take Him by surprise.  Nothing can spoil His plans.  Nothing can thwart His promises.

One of the sufferers said, “I’m here to tell you, I would not have the relationship with God that I have, if I had not suffered deeply.  God revealed treasures to me that could only be found, I believe, in the darkness.”

When I was in 6th grade, one of my classmates and his family (mom, dad, older sister, older brother) were hit by a drunk driver.  All of his family died instantly.  He was in critical condition for awhile, but lived.  

I CANNOT even imagine what he went through (or is still going through).  The whole school was devastated.  We all knew the family — they were outstanding.  Beautiful — inside and out. 

He did come back to school when he got better.  I never really got to say much to him.  I mean, what do you even say?  I may be better equipped now as an adult, but I was 12 -years-old and I had never been that close to anyone losing his Entire family all at the same time.

How does one keep their Faith?  How does one begin to be grateful?  How does one even Live or Breath — never mind breathing Deeply? 



“When people lose their faith because of suffering, it suggests a weak or nominal faith.  It didn’t account for or prepare them for evil and suffering.  Any faith not based on the Truth needs to be lost, the sooner the better.  Suffering and evil exerts a force that either pushes us away from God or pulls us toward him.  But if personal suffering gives sufficient evidence that God doesn’t exist, then surely I shouldn’t wait until I Suffer to conclude He’s a myth.  If my suffering would, one day, justify denying God,  then I should deny him Now, in light of other people’s suffering.

Believing that God exist isn’t the same as trusting that God exists.”  — Randy Alcorn.

Know that We will all have a happy ending.  If it isn’t happy, it isn’t the end.