Taking a Moment for Fall

Let’s all take a moment and PAUSE!!! Ok, now breathe... so here we are.


Fall has slid her little self into our lives and we are in the mist of THE election of our life time. It is so heavy out there in the streets. What do we do? We have to take care of ourselves. 

Now is the time slow down, and evaluate where you are.  What do you need to sow now to reap the benefits later? What do you need to release? What do you need to invite? Create a space where you can sit and figure your shit out. 

The colder temperatures slow us down and it’s almost the holidays. It's just so much... sometimes too much! We have to really get down to the nitty gritty. Now is not the time to sit in the pews and watch. Get yourself out there. 

Move your body a bit. (Just move mindfully, because it is cooler) Throw on an extra pair of socks or a wrap. Get warm, take yourself to lunch/dinner. Take yourself to a movie. When I’m home alone, I like to throw on some music and dance like no one is watching. Honestly, I don’t care if they watch...

This all makes it the perfect time to get out there and make sure you VOTE! Make sure you tell your family and friends as well...

Always and in love,

New season, new classes, new prices...

Over 400 people showed up for yoga in Prospect Park with Jyll this summer!

Over 400 people showed up for yoga in Prospect Park with Jyll this summer!

Well, it’s about that time again - newsletter time... I get all in my feelings when I have to write these damn things. It’s such a mind fuck. I’m not quite sure why it gets me in a way... As I swallow the bitter pill, let’s get uncomfortable to get comfortable. I’m not a writer, but I do enjoy sharing. Sometimes I overextend the share. Hell, I would prefer to release my shit, instead of holding on to all of it. Soooooo, here we go! 

I’m currently at the beach, trying to keep my senses through the heatwave. I have sand in every crevasse of my body. It puts me in the mind of teaching lately in this heat, with the sweat being like sand. Sand and sweat the same bedfellows in my head. Yet on the flip side, in a month this won’t be a problem... unfortunately! 

Autumn, the season of change is right around the corner. 

Summer is my heart, but I’m a fan of the Fall. The crispness in the air, the leaves changing. Oh, a cute wrap. Fall is cute!!!  As most of you know, I took my first born to Bard College a few weeks ago. Oh man, I wasn’t ready for all those tears, MINE! I know she will be fine, and she is so equipped for college. She is still my baby, and will forever BE! My heart ached. My left arm lost its range of motion. I haven’t practiced in weeks. The tears internally and externally would not stop. My acupuncturist explained to me that it was grief. Go figure! Now after some weeks, I’m shifting my gears, and moving forward. Her ancestors have her, as my ancestors have me! And I have shit to do.... 

The studio is thriving, and the only way that could happen is YOU! If you are reading this, you stepped in the door, and shared your energy in that space. From the bottom of my soul, I thank each and every one of you! I tend to think of the studio as the little train that could. I work for this shit! I’m not a trust fund kid. No one gave me money. My husband ain’t rich. I don’t have investors....etc etc etc.  What I do have is a dream. I wanted this and worked my ass off to get it here. I have these AMAZING angels around me - you know who you are. Absolutely, I have moments when I can’t pull my shit together, and I feel like throwing in the towel. But those amazing angels/tribe let me know, Don’t even try it. I GOT THIS SHIT!

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I’m learning to practice what I kindly suggest. I’m asking for help. If I can’t do it all, it’s fine. Surrender is sweet! I have to be kind to myself. I have to slow the fuck down! Rome wasn’t built overnight. With that being said, the studio is spreading its wings! We are currently planning to expand both our studio space and offerings in 2019.

I have fought tooth and nail to keep the prices reasonable for 6 years. This is my community and I want to always to keep the doors open, but I also have to keep the lights on. I've heard it for years and it was a challenge to accept, but it's finally time to raise our class prices so we can continue to serve this awesome community and grow in new ways for you all in the coming year.

Flowing into February at Urban Asanas

We welcomed high school students and teachers to the studio in January for a special Wellness curiculum at Brooklyn Ascend

We welcomed high school students and teachers to the studio in January for a special Wellness curiculum at Brooklyn Ascend

As I begin to quiet, and reflect on my 2018 thus far… let’s just say one month down and eleven more to go. It has been a bit of a bumpy start, but I feel this Super Blue Blood Moon, with this Leo Lunar Eclipse is bringing some clarity to this journey/life of mine. It seems like, more than ever, this is the time to slow down, and PAUSE!  Post holidays, it’s freezing and there isn’t a lot of sunshine. Why should I fight the rhythm that is being offered from the universe?

I sat with the moon and my crystals in my backyard. I sat with the cool breeze slapping me in my face. Wow…what a time to be a BLACK WOMAN! That is what came to me - this black girl from Canton, Ohio is living her life. I love that I have created a safe space for folks to let go and fucking exhale. If you need to cry, sweat or cuss, these walls are gently wrapped around you, reminding you to “inhale…exhale….inhale….exhale”. I can share this, because I have the same moments myself. I have been told by some pretty phenomenal people that I need to slow down but I don’t know how. I always think Hell, well who is going to guide the ship if I do that?  Well, if you don't listen, things around you will force you to!

I rocked a migraine for four days. I have never felt that much discomfort in my life, including having three children naturally. I had no choice. I had to clear my calendar and rest. It did a number on my ego. YES…MY EGO!!! That was a hard pill to swallow. I had to surrender, and ask for help. I actually slept. I had a dry January, and I had a chance to sit… and JUST BE! In these moments of quietude, I realized that I am on the right path, but I have to take moments to PAUSE. Those moments need to happen before my body shuts down. I also need to floss and drink more water. I usually practice what I preach, but now I have to take this to a whole different level.

Jyll has been teaching a free yoga class every Saturday at Bedford branch of Brooklyn Library

Jyll has been teaching a free yoga class every Saturday at Bedford branch of Brooklyn Library

With that being said, what a perfect time to restart my New Year… February 1st BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!!!!  Absolutely, I feel an extra surge of power. The time is now! I am standing on the shoulders of some powerful black women. I also have three young women watching me. I know I have to be a voice for those who don’t have one and I will hold space for those who are searching for their PAUSE. It's also important for me to continue calling out bullshit for what it is. We can have different views as people, but BE KIND! I will be that chick to throw glitter all over the world, but I can completely get my Kali on!

As a woman of  color, it seems like I always have to go that extra mile (even in this yoga game), but hey, that is what we do. We hold up the world. If you don't believe me, Google it. You can also follow me on IG @itsjyll. I’ll be posting Black History tidbits throughout the month of February. And don’t forget to support small black owned businesses!

Always and in love,


Coming Back To The Mat After A Summer Of Transitions

Students practicing for the first time at the new studio, July 2017

Students practicing for the first time at the new studio, July 2017

Well here we are again… seems like Summer is on its way out the door, and Fall is knocking, preparing to make her grand entrance. I am such a Summer chick, it’s bittersweet. The summer went so fast, but this particular summer was life changing for me. I had the opportunity to go to India. Talk about a transformative experience.

I went wide open, and with no expectations. Well…I got more than I could have wished for. It’s funny - I was prepped for all this negative shit: classism, racism, and sexism (a lot like our current status in America). Don't believe everything someone tells you. Your journey can be different. After a 24 hour flight, I arrived. I was greeted like I was a star. Ha, “Peaches is NOT Beyonce”!!! Such a sweet innocence. The cows in the streets, the homelessness, the smells, and just having my ass there was something else. Oh, and the mosquitos!

I did not see one African American the whole trip, which was a bit odd. At times I felt like a freak, but that was squashed quickly after I spoke in detail with an Indian person I met. He explained that people there had never seen anyone who looked like me. It was more like a curiosity thing and this was something so endearing about the Indian people I crossed paths with. They stared, and I met each stare with a smile.


Then the magic occurred. When you take away all the exterior bullshit, we are ALL human. We don't have to speak the same language, but the eyes and heart don't lie. It rained every damn day…YES, YES, YES!!! I got sick. I had never felt that discomfort before. It took me down, and humbled me for sure. I studied Iyengar with one of the most amazing women. Gulnaz had my body doing things that it hasn't done since my lyme diagnosis.  That broke me open, but the icing on the cake (one of many beautiful moments along this journey)… the SHRINES!!!!

Man, oh man! It’s hard to put this into words. I sat in a temple, and felt all of these hands on my body. I went hot, I went cold. I literally couldn't breathe (thanks Nikki Costello for holding my hand). Spirit was on me, even as I type this I feel them and my eyes are tearing. When you can go into a space and just let whatever needs to happen, happen…PROFOUND! Throughout it all, I knew I was on my path. I know, unequivocally, that I’m right where I need to be.

With that being said, we are in a new space at 843 Sterling Place, second floor. We are working on the new Fall Schedule which will begin Oct.1, but before that we will have a Sound Bath on September 9th at 9pm. Can’t wait to lift the vibrations in the studio. This week we will have our doors open to receive donations for the Harvey survivors in Houston.

I have to say, every morning I thank Spirit for allowing me another moment to be here. Material things are just that…THINGS!!! I have a great family and I’m relatively healthy. I’m blessed to be able to do exactly what I LOVE to do. I don't take that lightly or for granted. Be grateful, and count your blessings, because tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone.

Always and in love,

Sit in Yo Shit!

As the holidays are approaching, and the year of 2016 is coming to an end, all I can say is "don't let the doorknob hit you on your way out!!!!"  I am grateful that I had the opportunity to put that notch of fifty on my belt. Hell, after that... It's all a blur of a blob. I'm don't want to appear to be pessimistic, but I am writing this post election.

The energy out there is so overwhelming. Folks are in pain. I have to admit, it has affected me as well. I was disappointed, but surely not surprised. I mean my last newsletter I had just left Cape May, and felt like the only jiggaboo!!! It's apparent there is hella work to do out there in the world. I mean the day after the election, I drove my kids to school. The younger two cried and the older one wasangry. What do I tell these babies to comfort them, and help them process this???? I was at a lost. That day I opened the studio for meditation. We sat, AND BREATHED!  The emotions were high. We exchanged all those feelings. I wallowed in the shit all day. I woke up on Thursday and thought... What can I do to shift, and make sure this asshole doesn't get re elected?

I have to look in the mirror??? What do I see... An amazing black women who controls her own destiny. No one owes me. I got me, and I got me STRONG.  I have to make sure Urban Asanas  is prepared to supportfolks as they journey on this ride.  All of this starts within.... SELFCARE!!!! We have to slowdown and exhale. Breath supports the nervous system.  Take the time to sit with yourself, and love yourself.

Take the time to get to know you. When was the last time you looked in the mirror and said "I love you?"  If you don't love you, how can you go out there in the world? Self love is imperative. Do the things that make your toes curl back.... Date yourself. Nurture your spirit. Sit and dine with you. Take a bath, get a massage, a mani/pedi. We all have different desires, slow down and tap into yours. I can pretty much guarantee, once you do YOU... You can do for others.

Love manifest love. Love will ALWAYS conquer hate. Try to go out everyday and say HI to a stranger. We have to communicate with each other. We are we... I love you as I love myself. I'm making sure that the studio can accommodate you on this journey. We are offering more community classesand special workshops to deepen your practice. AND, I am excited to announce I'm leading a RETREAT in Greece, 2017! Sign Up for a payment plan and lets bask in the Mediterranean Sun and lift our spirits to the Sky!

As of December 1st, the studio has been open for 4years. I couldn't be here with out YOU all. It's crazy how amazing this community is! There are not enough thank you's. My heart is complete... May we continue to flourish on this journey, even when it seemsdismal. We do have the power... stay present!!!! 

"The best way out is through" Robert Frost   
Sit in your shit!!!
Let's be the change

Happy holidays

Always and in love,

We're Moving!

Well here we are again...

Sitting here at our local Cafe Rue Dix enjoying the beautiful sun and the warm temperature . Thinking how grateful I am. This life of mine is something special. When I open my eyes every morning I say “Thank You”!!! I am thankful that I’m living my life. I'm living my life on my own terms. I’m Ms.Captain of my ship. I’m at the point of my life that if it doesn’t make me feel good, then I don’t want to participate in it. I want to be around people that I can love, and who love me back unconditionally.

I love what I do!!! I love to bring people into a (safe) space, so they can move through their shit. We go through many things on a day to day basis. We need a space to laugh, cry, grow, and just BE!!! Urban Asanas is just that.  With that being said, it looks as if the new studio will open in a few weeks.

This expansion has tested all that I have. Blood, sweat, and hella tears!!! Initially I thought we were going to open April 1st. Its apparent THAT didn’t happen. I’m sharing this, because I had to completely surrender, and get humble. My vision was HUGE, but reality set in, and I needed to be a bit more practical. The studio didn’t need to be super extravagant. I’m not going to share all the shit that I was fantasying…the smoke has cleared, and my ego has been checked several times over. I can’t wait to open the doors so we can continue the lovefest!!! 

As we move into the May, I have a challenge for all of us. There seems to be some dark and heavy energy out there lurking about. I’m a believer that love trumps hate. So how about spreading LOVE all over that shit. When you look in the mirror, tell yourself “I love you!!!!!" THEN, call someone and tell them “I love you”!!!! Not someone like your parents or closest friends. I mean that cousin you haven’t spoken to in a minute. How about that old neighbor. I promise it’s really awesome!!! I dare you…hell, I double dare you.

We will have some specials happening when we open…..

Abundant love,

Happy Black History Month!

Happy Black History Month!!! In my opinion Black History is 365!!!

There is so much turmoil going on at the moment.
There is a sense of hopelessness, despair, anger...
You get it.

We are ALL are gagging that this person is destroying everything this country was built on. I'm amazed he got elected, but not surprised.  We can continue to point to the finger at who voted for him. At this point, who gives a damn. We have to come together, and figure out how to move through this thing. I have offered to use the studio to gather, and meet and talk. This begins with communication... A hello to a stranger is a great start.... say hello to your neighbor you pass everyday and don't acknowledge!!!!!! It will make a difference.

Speaking of HELLO!!! I would like to extend a shoutoutand thanks to all you newbies coming through the doors of the studio. There has been some amazing folks that graced us with their presence. A huge amount of gratitude to those OG'swho have been here since like.... Forever:)  The new studio is flowing along at a lovely pace, and with that being said, if you don't know!...Urban Asanas is moving to a bigger space within the block of the current studio. So now you know.

Again I'm birthing a baby. I still feel the same anxiety as if it was the first time. It still blows my mind how many beautiful people come through. The openness, the realness, and the LOVE!!!!!  I could not do what I do, if it wasn't for you. I'm humbled, and honored.

I am a firm believer, this is not my space. This is OUR space. A space that is inviting, welcoming,  and embracing.  We come together to move through our baggage. We come together to breathe. We come together because we are taking care of ourselves. We have to dig deep into our soul. It will not feel good. *YOU HAVE TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE-TO GET COMFORTABLE** I think we all are more than just a bit uncomfortable lately.

Now...more than ever it's imperative to get active. Call your senator, volunteer, donate... Do something! NOW is the time to get real. Let's get on the mat, and get grimy with it.  We can't keep denying he is there...Now what are we going to do? What am I going to do... I will continue to hold space for all of us...

Abundant love,