All posts tagged: mindfulness

What matters is that we showed up – together. 

Powerful class today.  12 people total showed up – vulnerable, open-minded and honest. I did the same.  We are all in this together.  While I’m learning to teach yoga and mindfulness to our community, versus solely speaking and writing about it, those who’ve come to our last three mind-body classes, have showed up to face their own fears surrounding movement and anything that may cause additional pain or trauma. What matters is that we showed up – together.  What matters is that we allowed ourselves to be vulnerable and open-minded.  What matters is that we know that we are not alone.  What matters is that we allowed ourselves to focus on the positives and what we can do, not just what we can’t – even if it was for #just5minutes.  I’m blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to walk this journey with all those who open themselves up and allow me to walk with them. Not lead them, but walk beside them.  Today was humbling.  Thank you to Deborah Norris, Ph.D. and everyone at …

Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility and Chronic Pain

This 4 class/seminar series on Mind-Body Strategies for hypermobility and chronic pain, and is a collaboration between EDS Wellness and Dr. Deborah Norris with The Mindfulness Center in Bethesda, MD. The purpose of this series of 4 classes is based on two principles: 1. Part of the RYS 200 Yoga Instructor Training Program is a Seva requirement. Seva is a series of 4 yoga classes taught by a particular community – free of charge. It’s the community service requirement of the RYS 200 certification. Of course, I picked the hypermobility/EDS community to teach classes to. 2. One of the projects that I’ve been working on for EDS Wellness is a mindfulness for hypermobility program with Dr. Francomano, based on her experience with a study that she conducted years ago. Originally, the Seva component of my yoga instructor training and the project with Dr. Francomano under EDS Wellness were not one in the same. However, as time went on and because of Dr. Norris’ and The Mindfulness Center’s support of Wellapalooza and the work that I …

MindBody Retreat in Costa Rica with The Mindfulness Center

Costa Rica Yoga and Meditation Retreat 2017 with Debbie Norris, Ph.D., and Jessie Norris Taylor  “We will be staying at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa, in Allejuella Costa Rica. Pura Vida Spa located in Costa Rica’s Central Valley is a beautiful estate surrounded by coffee plantations and breathtaking views of the valley below. Pura Vida is known for its delightful gourmet meals, outstanding accommodations extraordinarily gifted Healing Arts Spa Therapists and an impressionable team of staff members. Our Hatha yoga practices, led by TMC founders Debbie Norris and Jessie Norris Taylor, will include a blend of vinyasa flow yoga, as well as gentle and restorative yoga and meditation. Yogis of all levels of experience are welcome, and practices will be the lead in a way so as to meet each at their level of comfort. So, whether you are an experienced practitioner or brand new to yoga, you will find both the opportunity to challenge yourself and to deeply relax and rejuvenate safely! For More Information Visit: Or, contact Jessie at“  

I Hope You Dance …. 

You are so much more than your illness. Or, the DNA that your body is made with – good and not so good. You are so much more than how others perceive you. Your identity and value as a person, mother/father, spouse, employee, daughter, etc., is not defined by what society values most, or how someone else determines his/her self-worth. Your worth isn’t determined by how you look, the clothes you wear, or the money you make. Your value, your worth, the legacy you leave, is determined by your integrity, the life you choose to lead, and the impact you make on those you come in contact with.   “True strength comes from helping others while we are walking through our own storm.” – KNMyles for the Our Stories of Strength – Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Anthology (published May 2015. Not currently in available).