Category Archives: Essays

“Arabs are the worst.”

I want to share an experience I had yesterday with all of you. Right before I taught a yoga class, someone who does not know me at all began a conversation with me. She mentioned that she was a schoolteacher … Continue reading

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How to Make a Heart a Home

I sink into the backseat of his cab and read him the address of my destination. He asks me where I’m from and I reciprocate. He’s from Afghanistan, and not much older than me. He’s been in this country for … Continue reading

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25 Things I Love About Myself

It’s my birthday today, so I’m all about that self-love good good right now. After years of intense longing and yearning to the point of self-abuse for a differently shaped body as a teenager, I now see my body more … Continue reading

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Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Chakras (But Were Afraid to Ask)!: What Is a Chakra and What Are You Smoking?

What is a chakra? The Sanskrit word chakra (hard “ch”) translates roughly to energy “vortex” or “wheel” in English. Sanskrit words are onomatopoetic, meant to sound like the objects they describe. Chakra is a good example of this linguistic quality, … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Q-106 & Country Radio Stations Everywhere: If You Value Women’s Lives, Please Stop Playing “Redneck Crazy”

I see I have some explaining to do. I’m going to have to admit to listening to (and liking) country music before I get any farther. As a young woman of Middle Eastern descent who grew up first-generation American in the … Continue reading

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5 Reasons I Wasn’t That Pissed When My Friends Made Me Watch Frozen

A couple weeks ago, I found myself in a little living room on a bone-chillingly cold Wisconsin winter day with a bunch of my friends, watching Disney’s latest animated film, Frozen. Yeah, picture it. A room full of yuppie quarter-century-old women, a … Continue reading

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“Send Your Groins Back” – Sridaiva Yoga with Desi & John (Not for the Faint of Heart)

I was there to learn about the newly engineered sridaiva method of yoga, a theory of anatomical alignment that supposes that both on the mat and off, we should aspire toward a lifted chin, proud heart, stretched belly, and anterior … Continue reading

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10 ways to be better in 2014

1. move more. take more yoga classes. seek out new teachers. run more. maybe another half marathon. maybe not. come spring, hike again. nix the phone. leash the dog. go for miles. take long slurps of fresh air. stop at a … Continue reading

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