Should I Do a Yoga Retreat in Bali or India?

Should I Do a Yoga Retreat in Bali or India?

I receive several emails a week about doing yoga retreats abroad. The most common question is, “Should I do a yoga retreat in Bali or India?” For background, in 2013 I did a three-week DIY budget yoga retreat in Ubud, Bali, and in 2014 I completed...
The Craziest Things That Happened in India

The Craziest Things That Happened in India

India was, for lack of a better word, the most hard-core trip of my life. At various points in my six weeks I was struggling to breathe from the stench of cow shit, vomiting from (many) bouts of food poisoning, violently shivering in a wind-whipped...
Kuari Pass Trekking Guide: How to Safely Hike the Kuari Pass

Kuari Pass Trekking Guide: How to Safely Hike the Kuari Pass

It’s no secret that I had a spectacular time completing my Kuari Pass trek. (Read Part I and Part II of my experience here.) I loved the Indian Himalayas — I truly have never seen more beautiful mountains. But often when travelers decide to hike...
The Taj Majal at Sunrise: A Photo Essay

The Taj Majal at Sunrise: A Photo Essay

Before leaving India I knew I’d have to make one last stop- the Taj Majal. The Taj Majal is located in Agra, a few hours south of New Delhi. Built in memory of the Emperor’s third and favorite wife Mumtāz Mahal, the Taj Majal is one of the...
High-rolling in Delhi

High-rolling in Delhi

After a month of Yoga Teacher Training and 10 days hiking the Himalayas, we were back to civilization in New Delhi. In the past five weeks, I had eaten meat once (goat stew), drunk one beer (Kingfisher- blergh), completed 100+ hours of yoga in 110-degree heat and...
Magic in the Mountains: My 10-Day Kuari Pass Trek (Part II)

Magic in the Mountains: My 10-Day Kuari Pass Trek (Part II)

You can read about part one of my Kuari Pass trek here. After three days of trekking, I finally started to get the hang of hiking. Okay, fine- both sleeping in a sleeping bag and uphill hiking were still miserable, but I was acclimating. And as we ascended higher and...
Magic in the Mountains: My 10-Day Kuari Pass Trek (Part 1)

Magic in the Mountains: My 10-Day Kuari Pass Trek (Part 1)

Let’s just get the tough stuff out of the way: my ten-day Himalayan trek in Northern India was hard. While I didn’t get altitude sickness, I did suffer from blood blisters and sunstroke. And obviously, there was the whole not showering for 10 days...
What to Pack for a Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

What to Pack for a Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

When I was packing for my Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, I failed to find a single packing list on the internet. And unsurprisingly, once I got to India I realized that I had packed poorly: I brought one pair of athletic shorts, one maxi skirt...
What a Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh is Really Like

What a Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh is Really Like

This spring I completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India. My 30-day training was hard, physically, emotionally and spiritually, but ultimately so worthwhile. Yoga Teacher Training improved me in a myriad of ways, from my posture to my anxiety...