Ten Movies in the Making of Ali



Back to the future

I simply cannot get enough of all three BTTF movies. My dad and I even have a game where we quote a line and the other person has to quote the next line. I once saw a replica of the Delorean and I wept like a little baby.


Alien is awesome, too, but Aliens is where the whole weird Mother metaphor comes into play. Plus all those amazing lines! “Game over man, Game over!” Plus Lance Hendriksen. Plus Michael Biehn.
The Quick and the Dead

Yeah, it’s a cheesefest directed by Sam Raimi. But it is beautiful in its photography, and the main character is a complex, independent woman who kicks ass. Plus young Leo diCaprio.


My newest favorite. Dark, disturbing, with fantastic acting. Really brings the desolation of Mega-City One to life in the creepiest of ways. Yeah, it’s violent, but the story is interesting, too. And it really has a surprising number of complex women. And Lena Headey!

Fifty First Dates

The only rom-com that gets me every time. Omg, waffles, the beach boys, murals in the garage! And when she wakes up on the boat…it’s too much. 

Defending Your Life

Albert Brooks brand of nebbishism really becomes endearing in the face of Meryl Streep’s awesomeness. Set in an after-death waiting area-city of sorts, it is a really fun look at what an afterworld might look like. (Fun? Yes!)

The Godfather

Debates rage on which is the best, but I like the first one. Watching Michael devolve (or evolve?) into his father’s son is fascinating and scary, but you root for him. And oh, Apollonia! Oh! 😦

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Such a real, heartbreaking, and hilarious look at a break-up (or two, or three.) And this gem: “When life gives you lemons, I say FUCK the lemons and BAIL!”

Friends With Money

A quiet movie about people, but it is subtly funny. Everyone is complex and no one makes perfect choices, yet you like everyone. Joan Cusack is wonderful.

The Matrix

Blew my mind as a high-school senior. Still gets to me.


Confessions of a Yoga Teacher


1. It makes me so happy when you take a break!

I talk about giving yourself permission to take a break all the time, but when it happens…it is like angels sing and bells are ringing! I’m so proud of you for taking care of yourself!

 2. Teaching is the best part of my day

Well, it’s a close second to hugging my man and petting my dogs, but it’s up there. I love teaching you and sharing with you. I feel engaged, alive, and full of love. This is not just a job to me. This is a passion.

3. I’ll never get over the fear that no one will come

From the time I get to the studio to the time the first student arrives, I do feel a lot of anxiety that I’ve set all this up for naught. That no one likes my class and no one will come. See: everyone has self-esteem issues!

4. I love folding towels

I LOVE folding towels. I’ve figured out how to fold almost any shape of towel into the same sized square. It is satisfying and meditative and domestic and I LOVE it.

5. I want you to succeed

I don’t make class hard because I want to see you fall on your face. When you grow and become stronger and more patient and centered…I feel like I was a part of it and that makes me feel awesome.

6. I’m not a vegetarian

I was a pescatarian for two years, but now I’m an omnivore. There. I said it.

7. I’m not religious…

I’m wary of the word “God” and won’t say that in class. All I know for sure is how little I know for sure, so I try to stay humble. It is in the spirit of humility I put my hands together and say OM.

8. But a voice told me to teach

I was in a bookstore 4 years ago reading “Four Hour Work Week.” There is a part of that book where the author assumes you have now become a millionaire, and he asks you what you’d like to do with your time. I heard a voice in my head say as clear as day, TEACH YOGA. So I do.

9. I had a falling out with yoga

There was brief time in my life, after I was already a teacher, when I stepped away from yoga. Now, talking with other teachers and practitioners, I realize this is not an unusual part of a yogic journey.

10. I’m not a perfect yogi

I get mad over little things, I only clean the house on Sundays, there are people I haven’t forgiven, I don’t always carry my re-useable coffee cup, I get impatient easily. I’m not perfect. I don’t teach you from a place of accomplishment, I teach you from a place of camraderie in the journey.