Category: The Yoga Slut

Vegan in the Middle

  By Dana Gornall Becoming vegan was pretty easy for me. I wouldn’t have thought so. If someone had asked me before I made that choice—a year earlier or perhaps five years earlier—I would have said I couldn’t do it. Growing up as picky eater whose main vegetables were corn or french fries, I was definitely resistant to new things. But as my lifestyle began to change with meditation and yoga, and my perspective on health and life began to spin in another direction, suddenly the idea of becoming vegan became more and more appealing. And when I did it...

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An Ordinary Mortal: Trying to be Wonder Mom while Raising Teens

By Dana Gornall It’s no secret. Anyone who knows me knows I am a bit of a Wonder Woman fan. As a kid growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, I would sit on my family’s brown, cracked vinyl couch in my nightgown, donning the blue plastic Wonder Woman bracelets with a red star sticker on each—the corner of one peeling back a little—and watch mesmerized as Lynda Carter flashed her smile, leapt to the top of buildings and every single time saved the day. Glancing down at my frail 7 year old body with freckles spotting my...

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The Day this Yogi Mom Lost Her Sh*t

  By Dana Gornall I am not the type of person to lose my temper. Ask anyone who knows me. I am fairly easy-going, somewhat free-spirited to the point of being a little flighty, and I rarely yell at or punish my kids unless they do something pretty major. I let things roll off my back. Most times when something bothers me, I breathe a little, remind myself how lucky I have it even when things aren’t going well, and I move on. But every once in awhile, I lose it. This day was one of those days. It...

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What Yoga Isn’t (& What it Is)

By Dana Gornall It was a typical Monday morning. I was running around taking care of the last minute things I need to be ready for work: some sort of food to eat, check; water bottle/coffee mug, check; book, check; key card for entry into work, check; phone, check. I pressed the home button and swiped, then opened up my Facebook app. Why? Good question—bad habit. That’s when I saw I had been tagged in a post. Can anyone tell me the difference between Tai Chi and Yoga. Underneath the post I saw my name in a comment suggesting I...

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The Problem with Magical Thinking

  By Dana Gornall As a kid, I was mildly effected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). My family jokes about this now at holidays when we are gathered around, telling funny stories about when my brothers and I were kids. Growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, there was no internet and OCD wasn’t talked about much. I was just kind of quirky. I can clearly remember the small rituals I performed all seemed necessary: tapping each finger on the kitchen counter (sometimes one finger repeatedly if it didn’t “feel” right) or grazing each side of the...

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