Exciting news! I am doing another retreat with the amazing Lika in early June near Harpers Ferry, WV.

We had an amazing time last fall, and I was reminded how lovely it is to teach and be taught yoga and to be in the fine company of other yogis.

So….. I am climbing out of my pseudo yoga retirement to teach. This weekend away will have yoga, yoga, yoga, meditation and my personal favorite, Yoga Nidra (aka, guided savasana), breath work, hikes and/or time on water in boats and on paddle boards, myofascial release, mala making with beads, delicious food, fire pit time with music, and exceptional company. Join us!

June 10-12, 2022

Blue Mountain Retreat Center

To learn more about the retreat and to register,

Fall Into Yoga Retreat

Exciting news! I am doing a yoga retreat in the beginning of October right near Harpers Ferry, WV with Lika Elwood: Fall Into Yoga.

We will have everything I personally would ever wish for in a retreat: delicious flowy and challenging yoga, meditation, yoga nidra, restorative work, myofascial release, mala making, healthy food, great company, a beautiful setting, walks along the river, and more.

Join us!

All of the details and registration available at

Early bird discount only available until Sept 1st, which I know is tomorrow!!!

Seriously Beautiful Onion Dyed Eggs

A seriously old Finding Pause blog that I pulled out of the archives… if you can find white eggs and some onion skins. It is a great #stayhome project. Big love, beautiful people.


I love dying Easter eggs. It may be the youngest child in me. A friend just told me that as the oldest of many children, she was always playing helper to the little ones dying eggs. Now she hates it. So, depending upon your birth order, perhaps, or the things that bring you joy or not, or your religion or lack thereof, or your life, your schedule, or perhaps if you are vegan, depending upon many things, you may or may not be interested in this post. Yet, even for those of you who don’t dye eggs, or hate to dye eggs, especially with those little tablets from the grocery store, read a little further for possibly a new take on making Easter eggs. You may even be inspired to make something else with the miracle of onion skins.

Every year, without fail, I make onion eggs. They are the most beautiful eggs I have ever seen, and we do spend our time making Ukrainian eggs and other fancier types of eggs at our house. Still, for me, the onion eggs win, hands down every time, as the most beautiful, and satisfying egg dying experience ever.

Here’s how you do it:

1) Go to the grocery store. Root around in the yellow onion bins, collecting all of the onions skins available, the ones lining the bottom of the bin. The messier the grocery store, the better. Whole Foods doesn’t exactly have many random skins. You can also talk to the produce person and ask for skins. They have them, in all of the crates in the back, for sure. (And I know this is more challenging in our COVID times, so you can just buy 1-2 bags of yellow onions.) Then buy a dozen white eggs.

2) Lay out your onions. Get a knife. Remove the dry outer skins, not the inner wet stuff, just the brownish, yellow outer skins. Get those onions naked. Place skins in a bowl.

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3) Cover skins with cool water and plunge skins down under the water. Really soak them. Allow them to sit for about 15 minutes, periodically pushing hand into water, making sure to soak all skins.

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4) With your bowl of skins, go to a happy little work area you like, where you can sit down. Bring your raw eggs, an empty pot that can hold all of the eggs, a spool of thread, and a pair of scissors.

5) Take one egg. Wrap wet skins, one piece at a time, around it in a tidy or messy fashion, but trying to get skins as close to egg as possible. You can take small bits, place on egg, and cover with bigger bits, just scrumple them up and smash them around the egg, or very carefully wrap eggs neatly. I do a combination of all three, and never really know which is better in the end. The beautiful veins in the skins are good to lay across egg neatly in some places, for sure, as are messy clumps as they make for a more marble look. The real trick is to cover egg completely. (If you have any skins with black spots, rip off the black spot part and throw it away.) Keeping thread attached to spool, begin wrapping it around skin and egg, using it to pull skin closer to egg. Really wrap string, in all different directions being mindful in your handling that the egg is still raw, eg, don’t crunch it. Once skins seem secure and snuggly on your egg, cut string and try to finagle it under one of the other wrapped strings to tie it off. But don’t get too caught up in this; they are unlikely to unravel. Place egg carefully in the bottom of your empty pot.

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6) Do all of your eggs, the same way.

7) Cover eggs in pot with water, less than an inch above them. Add a tablespoon of distilled vinegar, or apple cider, probably anything but balsamic would do. Cover. Bring pot to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off. Let sit there for about 3 hours.

8) Take pot to sink. Cover with cool water, rinsing and flushing. Drain water. Go back to your nice seat. Bring a shallow and pretty bowl (I prefer white), your scissors, some newspapers as placemat, and a cloth rag.

9) Pick an egg, any egg. Begin to unwrap the string. You can cut it carefully with scissors, or even a seam ripper, or just find the beginning of the thread and slowly unwind, whichever is easiest and/or brings you the most pleasure. Then carefully peel away the onions skins. Sometimes using a little running water can help if they are really stuck on the egg. Wipe clean.

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10) Lo and behold, you will hopefully uncover one of the most beautiful eggs you have ever seen. Place in pretty bowl. Go for egg number 2, then 3, then 4, and so on. Rinse them off as necessary. Ooh and ahh over each egg, because they are totally worth it, even if you are the oldest child and dyed too many damn eggs in your life with small children, even before you had your own.

11) Place your pretty bowl full of pretty eggs somewhere you can admire it. Not forever, but for a few hours or so. I think even hard boiled eggs need some refrigeration, that is, if you plan to eventually eat them. Treat them the way you would normally treat a hard boiled egg. I can never eat them, way too pretty to crack, so we leave them out. This may be a horrible wasteful move, but the pleasure they bring sitting on our counter for the days before Easter, is way more satisfying than any egg I have ever eaten.


Between Me & My Mat, Alone

I am still working my way back to my practice. Yes, this really is a broken record going round and round the old turntable.

New Year’s resolutions have never been my thing, although I do appreciate the intention of them. That said, I didn’t make a resolution. BUT I did set an intention a few days ago in cahoots with my friends at extendYoga to join a 30-day yoga habit challenge. Back to that broken record and it’s bumpy, scratchy cycle. Some of you remember that sound. An old record (now called vinyl), a favorite with so many plays, lots of dust and fingerprints, many scratches, maybe even a crack. The needle lands to the crackle and hiss, sometimes there is rhythmic pop . . . pop . . . pop. That is precisely what returning to my yoga mat feels like this time…..


Happy New Year to me.

I actually returned to some of my old blogs to motivate myself. Can you believe that? I have always said Yoga Nag needs a nag, but that is pretty absurd. I resurrected and reworked an old blog for Medium on Ten Reasons to Practice Yoga Alone. Check it out if you too need some clarity, and maybe a smidge of motivation to practice on your own.

Honestly practicing yoga alone is the ONLY way I want to practice yoga right now. I know community is great. I love a good yoga class. But at this moment, this practice, this return to my practice, is between me and my mat. Alone.

Pop….. pop….. pop.

But then the music plays, and you can still hear and feel it through the noise, that wear and tear of years of playing and love.



Getting Back to My Mat

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I am working working working to get my butt back to my mat more. I need witnesses.  You people, my awesome yoga community. I have been away from my mat and my practice far too much. It is showing in my body and my mind. It is time to come home. To my practice. To me.

I am coming saying it here. To hold myself accountable. And to share because it is so easy to fall away from what we know we need to do, what is good for us. The nagging Yoga Nag can so easily get lost in the fray, the busy-ness of life, of another full-time job, of too much sitting, too much work, and too little self-care. Just like everyone.

So, I am making the intentional and mindful choice to turn back to what I know I need, what I know is important. Because I know intention and mindfulness are not always enough for me, and my discipline sucks, I am sharing it with others so I will feel like a total jerk if I don’t do what I say I am going to do. How about that for a yoga mindset? Honestly, as many of you know and I have admitted before, Yoga Nag was not only born from one pose a day. I needed accountability. If I nagged others to practice, well, I had to practice myself too. Yoga Nag has self-centered intentions too. But not entirely….

I hope you are practicing more than I am. And I hope you are loving on yourselves. ‘Tis the season for self care.

Big love.

Subscription Spring Cleaning for Yoga Nag

Hi friends,

No pretty pics tonight…. All business. Scroll to the bold if you just want to get to it.

There is some pretty good news on the privacy front. You have probably been getting lots of emails in the past few days about how every group in the world is updating their privacy policies. You may already know why. The EU has some new regulation — General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — that has just gone into effect in the last few minutes….and I am probably okay as is, but I am going along with the program. It’s a good season to assess our stuff.

I am one of the senders of group emails, albeit fairly infrequently of late. Some of you aren’t reading this on my Yoga Nag site but get these blogs emailed directly to you, because you signed up to receive them at some point.

If you want to stay on this Yoga Nag email list, you have to click on the link below and send me an email.

Keep me on the Yoga Nag list

(Of course, you can also always unsubscribe later at anytime.)

As a prezzie for those of you sticking around, I will send you an audio recording (old school, baby) of a short yoga flow to get you moving and breathing ….sometime in the next 2 weeks. A good friend and client has been asking for this for a long time, so I am taking this opportunity to do it and share it.

If you want to get off my list, you don’t have to do anything. You will automatically be deleted from my list. No hard feelings. Please oh please don’t sign back up if you don’t want my emails. There is nothing worse than an inbox full of stuff you don’t want. I totally get it. And I would much prefer to know that all of the people getting my blogs via email are actually psyched about it.

My next post is brewing, and it is going to be all about just that, doing what you love…. Start now. Are you on or off. You get to choose.

Peace and pauses,



Where have I been? So many places except here….on my sweet YogaNag site. I have stepped away from the constancy of it all, not from my yoga but from blogging and posting on social media as regularly….as many of you know, as I have mentioned. It is such a time suck, sometimes a wonderful one, but not always. For me, it became a bit too mechanical and somewhat compulsive. So, I had to dial back. Moving forward, I am not sure what my plan is, but I did want to re-engage to say Hi! I am still here, I am still practicing my yoga in many ways (and have been nursing an odd back injury), and I am still energetically nagging all of you to practice your yoga, whatever that means, even if I am not doing my previous Nag-A-Day ways.

I am just back from a divine family vacation around the Great Lakes, feeling restored and a bit sad to be back to the regular daily grind, even feeling a small, slightly whiny grief over vacation past and especially missing the freshness and wonder of the amazing state of Michigan. But simultaneously happy to be home, continually delighted by this wonderful life here with family and friends, and yes, super grateful to have a grind to come back to, my yoga teaching, my writing job, and the mom work at home (that is very different from the mom work on vacation). Frankly, I love all of it.

But today, it’s a post-vacation Monday, and hi ho hi ho, it’s back to work I go….a bit begrudgingly, I must admit.

For yoga, what does that mean? Actually there are some great goodies this week in my public classes:

It is community week at Willow Street Yoga Center, which means $10 classes…. so come and check it out if you are so inclined.  I am teaching Wednesday nights, 6:15pm intermediate flow and 7:45pm level 1/2.

Or come on over to extendYoga for my Thursday 9:30am flow or my usual bargain $5 class on Fridays at noon.  That is all for my weekly public classes at the moment…. But this week I am teaching mamas again too, a workshop also at extendYoga. Details are below.

I would love to see you… in person or in cyberspace.

Keep on keeping on, yogi friends. Practice your yoga.

And if you want more nagging, I do post a bit more regularly Instagram…if you belong to that social media world.





THIS SATURDAY, July 22, 2017 1-3 pm
extendYoga, North Bethesda, MD

Pregnancy can be a magical, transformative, and complicated time. It can be wonderful and exciting, and simultaneously difficult. Your body can feel great one day or one month, and then be achy and uncomfortable the next. Your mind can feel anxious and muddled, or delighted. You can feel so tired, or some days, totally energized. Becoming a mama is a complicated business! Yoga has a lot to offer, wherever you are in your pregnancy, and it can help with labor and recovery too. Join Daisy for a workshop focused on yoga postures, breath work, muscle release tools, and relaxation techniques for pregnancy and labor. In this workshop, you will move, breathe, and create sweet connections with yourself, your baby, and other mamas. You will learn some simple self-care pregnancy and labor tools to take home with you. We will also work on a few strategies to help with recovery after your baby is born. For mamas at any stage in their pregnancy.  No yoga experience necessary.

Daily Practice?

People often ask me, especially lately as I have been living more time offline and away from social media, how often I practice yoga, and more specifically, what I practice regularly.

Rarely a day passes without some form of yoga, which usually includes these child’s pose side body stretches, ahhhhh….

I am also pretty addicted to lunges, especially a lunge twist, oh, how I love those. And I usually do at least a few sun salutations, and attempt to get myself upside down in some way or another. Some days have much more than other days. Some days much less. I certainly have had much bigger physical yoga moments than I am currently having, and I am working on this, trying to get back to a bit more. I miss it.  I definitely could do more of these….

In addition, every day I do breath work and breath focus, as part of or in addition to some form of mindfulness, if not a proper meditation.

As many know, including students in my classes, there are a lot of other ways to do yoga other than the physical postures many associate with “yoga,” and very often, those practices are just as important, if not more important than a downward facing dog.

I work hard to have integrity and balance in my practice,  and in my life as it relates to my practice. This is also my yoga. One pose at a time. One breath at a time. One moment at a time.

Videos at

Peace, practice, and pauses,
Daisy, aka Yoga Nag

Move. Breathe. Practice. 

​Less words. More action. More movement. More moving with breath. 

Grateful for ALL OF THIS, slow, juicy fireside flow. (Video at

Sweet warm up for my current pose practice. Also some pretty sweet company.

I share this in collaboration with #gratitudeandgrace. Day 3. Join us. 
Led by the wise & wonderful @dianazotos, in partnership with @proskoyoga @erica_mather @patricialadis @francescacervero @medicalyogamom @giuliapline @traceyvincel@arianayoga @yoganag

Daisy, aka YogaNag

A not so still life. 

Working at @earthtreks while one kid climbs, another sits nearby and does homework. And this mom stops for her promised daily wheel poses. Gonna get those in if nothing else. Yes, my computer and glasses in the foreground amongst the chalk. 

Grateful for capacity to create shapes with this body anywhere. Grateful for a life in mostly stretchy clothing. Grateful I don’t give a crap what people think of me when i #stopanddropyoga anywhere. Grateful for free wifi in smart, wonderful public spaces. Grateful for work I can do almost anywhere. Grateful for my wonderfully, diverse kids. Grateful for this squishy rock climbing floor @earthtreks. It is a GREAT work space for a yogi/writer!

Grateful to also be seeing what I am missing beyond a better wheel pose: a real practice, a long, sweaty one; a teacher guiding me through a wise and careful practice; less time multitasking; and a biggie, work for others beyond those in my immediate circle. 

I share this in collaboration with #gratitudeandgrace. Day 2. Join us. ‘Tis the season. 

Led by the wise & wonderful @dianazotos, in partnership with @proskoyoga @erica_mather
@patricialadis @francescacervero @medicalyogamom @giuliapline @traceyvincel@arianayoga @yoganag

Daisy, aka YogaNag