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REFUND POLICY

  • There are NO REFUNDS for ANY reason for payments made to Sharon Fennimore or Yoga Matrika.

  • Clients who make payment plan arrangements are required to make all payments until payment in full has been received regardless of their actual participation, number of sessions completed or services used.

  • Graduation certificates and CEU credits are only distributed to course participants who meet or exceed the requirements.  Payment of tuition is not a guarantee of graduation, certification or credits received.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Please provide a minimum of 24-hours notice when scheduling appointments, cancelling appointments or re-scheduling a previous appointment.  If you make a last minute change, please e-mail Sharon at sharon@yogamatrika.com or call 412-855-5692 to let her know.

  • Sharon will occasionally be called out to a birth as a birth doula with little notice.  Every attempt will be made to contact private clients to re-schedule appointments that may fall within the time Sharon is attending that birth.

  • For students who cancel, re-schedule with less than 24-hours or are “no shows” more than once, Sharon will hold the client accountable for the full fee of the session.

DISCLAIMER

 

This is written in “legal language” below, but I’d like to first just tell you in my own words because it is so important to me that you are healthy and well:

I do not intend to offer any kind of advice.  I am NOT a doctor or medical professional by ANY definition.  Nothing that you read on this website should be taken as medical advice and it is very important to me that you seek out appropriate medical care for yourself, your children and your family.  I do not provide any therapeutic services in the sense that I can not diagnose or provide treatment for any physical, emotional, or mental health concerns.  I provide information for educational purposes only.  The majority of writing on this site represents my creative work and personal opinions and ideas.  While yoga and meditation may have some documented benefits, how these practices affect you will be unique.  Not all techniques are good for every person.  Please, whether due to information on this website or in any yoga class or workshop that you take, stop doing anything if it doesn’t feel good to you or you have any discomfort, pain, dizziness, etc.

I provide information on fertility awareness and some people use this information to try to help themselves conceive a pregnancy and some people use it as part of their efforts to not conceive.  I provide the information only and make not claims as to the effectiveness of your use of this information for either purpose.  If you are having sex, then you can get pregnant.  PLEASE discuss your reproductive health, birth control options, and/or fertility concerns with your doctor.

Usage Policy

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The information provided on this site is for educational purposes only. Participate at your own risk.
  • If you feel dizzy, light headed, faint or if you experience any other discomforts, stop exercising immediately and consult a medical doctor. You are responsible for your condition during your practice of any meditation or yoga exercises or techniques introduced on this website.
  • We do not recommend that you attempt any of these poses or yoga excercises without suitable experience and supervision. We offer no medical advice. You should consult a medical practitioner before attempting any excercise and particularly yoga, to ensure that you do not injure yourself. This is particularly important if you are overweight, pregnant, nursing, regularly taking medications, or have any existing medical conditions. This site may not be tailored to match your physical and mental health.We accept no liablity whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of this website.
  • While Sharon Fennimore uses its reasonable efforts to maintain this website in an accurate and up-to-date fashion it may contain some technical or other mistakes, inaccuracies or typographical errors. Sharon Fennimore cannot be held responsible for any mistakes or omissions on this website.

Restrictions

While Sharon Fennimore uses its reasonable efforts to maintain this website in an accurate and up-to-date fashion it may contain some technical or other mistakes, inaccuracies or typographical errors.  Sharon Fennimore cannot be held responsible for any mistakes or omissions on this website.

Liability

Limit of Liability

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Sharon Fennimore will not be liable for any loss or damages arising out of or in connection with your use of the website. In no event shall Sharon Fennimore be liable for any damages whatsoever resulting from the statements or conduct of any third party or the interruption, suspension or termination of any services, whether such interruption, suspension or termination was justified or not, negligent or intentional, inadvertent or advertent.

Indemnity

As a user of this website, you agree to indemnify us against any loss, damage or cost incurred by us arising out of any violation by you of these Terms Of Use. You will also indemnify us against any claims that information or materials which you submit, post to or transmit through the Site are in violation of any law or in breach of any third party right.

Disclaimer of Liability

With respect to content available on the website, neither Sharon Fennimore nor any of its employees or agents makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by Sharon Fennimore. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of Sharon Fennimore, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Governing Law

These Terms Of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the United States and you hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of the United States. This will not prevent Sharon Fennimore from pursuing a claim for breach of contract, copyright infringement or otherwise in respect of these terms and conditions in any other jurisdiction throughout the world.

 

Privacy

Your privacy is important to us and we want you to know what we do with your data when you use our site or communicate with us.

1. Introduction

At Sharon Fennimore,  we respect your right to privacy and comply with our obligations regarding data protection.  The purpose of this website Privacy Statement is to outline how we deal with any personal data you provide to us while visiting this website. By visiting Sharonfennimore.com, you are accepting the terms of this Privacy Statement. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such, and we are not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of these other websites.

2. Types of Information Collected

We retain two types of information:

  1. Personal Data
 This is data that identifies you or can be used to identify or contact you and may include your name, company name, address, email address, user IP addresses in circumstances where they have not been deleted, clipped or anonymised and telephone number. Such information is only collected from you if you voluntarily submit it to us.
  2. Non-Personal Data 
Like most websites, we gather statistical and other analytical information collected on an aggregate basis of all visitors to our web site. This non-personal data comprises information that cannot be used to identify or contact you, such as demographic information regarding, for example, user IP addresses where they have been clipped or anonymised, browser types and other anonymous statistical data involving the use of our website.

3. Purposes for which we hold your information

  • Non-Personal Data
 We use the non-personal data gathered from visitors to our website in an aggregate form to get a better understanding of where our visitors come from and to help us better design and organise our website.
  • Cookies 
This website uses “cookie” technology. A cookie is a little piece of text stored by the browser on your computer, at the request of our server. We use cookies to improve the quality of our service by storing user preferences and tracking user trends. You are always free to decline our cookies. You can also delete cookie files from your computer at your discretion. Note however, that if you decline our cookies or ask for notification each time a cookie is being sent, some of the features and services of the Sharon Fennimore website may not function properly.
  • Personal Data.
 We will process any Personal Data you provide to us for the following purposes:
(i) to provide you with the information or services you have requested;
(ii) to contact you if required in connection with your request or to respond to any communications you might send to us;
(iii) to send you the Sharon Fennimore newsletter, event alerts, information about product releases, service notifications and to communicate with you about relevant industry information and activities. This is only pertinent if you voluntarily sign up for this service.

4. Disclosure of Information to Third Parties.

We do not sell, trade or rent your personal information to others. All information is used solely for our own internal marketing.
We may provide non-personal data to third parties, where such information is combined with similar information of other users of our website. For example, we might inform third parties of the number of unique users who visit our website, the demographic breakdown of our community users, or the activities that visitors to our website engage in while on our website. The third parties to whom we may provide this information may include potential or actual advertisers, providers of advertising services (including website tracking services), commercial partners, sponsors, licensees, researchers and other similar parties.
We will disclose your personal data if we believe in good faith that we are required to disclose it in order to comply with any applicable law, a summons, a search warrant, a court or regulatory order, or other statutory requirement.

5. Sale of Business

We reserve the right to transfer information (including your personal data) to a third party in the event of a sale, merger, liquidation, receivership or transfer of all or substantially all of the assets of Sharon Fennimore provided that the third party agrees to adhere to the terms of this Privacy Statement and provided that the third party only uses your personal data for the purposes that you provided it to us. You will be notified in the event of any such transfer and you will be afforded an opportunity to opt-out.

6. Security

Your personal data is held by Sharon Fennimore in accordance with industry best practices. We do not store your credit card information, number, expiry date or CVV security code on our servers. To ensure optimal security, we use a third party (PayPal or MoonClerk) for all credit card billing. We take all reasonable steps (including appropriate technical and organisational measures) to protect your personal data.

7. Users under 18

Sharonfennimore.com content is not directed at users under 18 years of age. When you provide information about yourself as a user, you are thus representing yourself as 18 years of age or older. Our policy is that we do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information about visitors under 18 years of age. However if we do become aware of having collected personally identifiable information from a user under 18 without consent of a parent or legal guardian, we will remove such information from our servers.

8. Updating, Verifying and Deleting Personal Data

You also have a right to have your personal data corrected, if inaccurate, or, in certain circumstances, erased. Please forward any such requests in writing by email to sharon@yogamatrika.com.  If you wish to stop receiving email newsletters, the way to permanently end your subscription is to click on UNSUBSCRIBE on any newsletter you have received.  This will permanently remove you from ALL mailing lists.  Please do not mark it as spam as this will not prevent the delivery of all communications from Sharon Fennimore through the subscription mailings.

9. Right of Access to Your Personal Data

To find out what personal data we hold on you or to have your personal data updated, amended or removed from our database, please email us at sharon@yogamatrika.com

10. Changes to the Privacy Statement

Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted on this website so you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any time we decide to use personal data in a manner significantly different from that stated in this Privacy Statement, or otherwise disclosed to you at the time it was collected, we will notify you by email, and you will have a choice as to whether or not we use your information in the new manner.

11. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This Privacy Statement is governed by the laws of the United States, and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in the United States.

12. Questions or Comments

If you wish to contact us to discuss any matter in relation to this Privacy Statement or our processing of your personal data, please feel free to contact us.

DISCLAIMER CREDIT: This disclaimer was taken and modified from EkhartYoga’s website.  

Website disclaimer

  1. Introduction

1.1    This disclaimer shall govern your use of our website.

1.2    By using our website, you accept this disclaimer in full; accordingly, if you disagree with this disclaimer or any part of this disclaimer, you must not use our website.

  1. Credit

2.1    This document was created using a template from SEQ Legal (http://www.seqlegal.com).

  1. Copyright notice

3.1    Copyright (c) [2006] [Sharon Ellen Fennimore].

3.2    Subject to the express provisions of this disclaimer:

(a)    we, together with our licensors, own and control all the copyright and other intellectual property rights in our website and the material on our website; and

(b)    all the copyright and other intellectual property rights in our website and the material on our website are reserved.

  1. Licence to use website

4.1    You may:

(a)    view pages from our website in a web browser;

(b)    download pages from our website for caching in a web browser; and

(c)    print pages from our website,

subject to the other provisions of this disclaimer.

4.2    Except as expressly permitted by Section 4.1 or the other provisions of this disclaimer, you must not download any material from our website or save any such material to your computer.

4.3    You may only use our website for [your own personal and business purposes], and you must not use our website for any other purposes.

4.4    Unless you own or control the relevant rights in the material, you must not:

(a)    republish material from our website (including republication on another website);

(b)    sell, rent or sub-license material from our website;

(c)    show any material from our website in public;

(d)    exploit material from our website for a commercial purpose; or

(e)    redistribute material from our website.

4.5    We reserve the right to restrict access to areas of our website, or indeed our whole website, at our discretion; you must not circumvent or bypass, or attempt to circumvent or bypass, any access restriction measures on our website.

  1. Acceptable use

5.1    You must not:

(a)    use our website in any way or take any action that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the performance, availability or accessibility of the website;

(b)    use our website in any way that is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity;

(c)    use our website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software;

(d)    [conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on or in relation to our website without our express written consent];

(e)    [access or otherwise interact with our website using any robot, spider or other automated means[, except for the purpose of [search engine indexing]]];

(f)    [violate the directives set out in the robots.txt file for our website]; or

(g)    [use data collected from our website for any direct marketing activity (including without limitation email marketing, SMS marketing, telemarketing and direct mailing)].

5.2    You must not use data collected from our website to contact individuals, companies or other persons or entities.

5.3    You must ensure that all the information you supply to us through our website, or in relation to our website, is [true, accurate, current, complete and non-misleading].

  1. Limited warranties

6.1    We do not warrant or represent:

(a)    the completeness or accuracy of the information published on our website;

(b)    that the material on the website is up to date; or

(c)    that the website or any service on the website will remain available.

6.2    We reserve the right to discontinue or alter any or all of our website services, and to stop publishing our website, at any time in our sole discretion without notice or explanation; and save to the extent expressly provided otherwise in this disclaimer, you will not be entitled to any compensation or other payment upon the discontinuance or alteration of any website services, or if we stop publishing the website.

6.3    To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law and subject to Section 7.1, we exclude all representations and warranties relating to the subject matter of this disclaimer, our website and the use of our website.

  1. Limitations and exclusions of liability

7.1    Nothing in this disclaimer will:

(a)    limit or exclude any liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence;

(b)    limit or exclude any liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;

(c)    limit any liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or

(d)    exclude any liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law.

7.2    The limitations and exclusions of liability set out in this Section 7 and elsewhere in this disclaimer:

(a)    are subject to Section 7.1; and

(b)    govern all liabilities arising under this disclaimer or relating to the subject matter of this disclaimer, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort (including negligence) and for breach of statutory duty, except to the extent expressly provided otherwise in this disclaimer.

7.3    To the extent that our website and the information and services on our website are provided free of charge, we will not be liable for any loss or damage of any nature.

7.4    We will not be liable to you in respect of any losses arising out of any event or events beyond our reasonable control.

7.5    We will not be liable to you in respect of any business losses, including (without limitation) loss of or damage to profits, income, revenue, use, production, anticipated savings, business, contracts, commercial opportunities or goodwill.

7.6    We will not be liable to you in respect of any loss or corruption of any data, database or software.

7.7    We will not be liable to you in respect of any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage.

7.8    You accept that we have an interest in limiting the personal liability of our officers and employees and, having regard to that interest, you acknowledge that we are a limited liability entity; you agree that you will not bring any claim personally against our officers or employees in respect of any losses you suffer in connection with the website or this disclaimer (this will not, of course, limit or exclude the liability of the limited liability entity itself for the acts and omissions of our officers and employees).

  1. Variation

8.1    We may revise this disclaimer from time to time.

8.2    The revised disclaimer shall apply to the use of our website from the time of publication of the revised disclaimer on the website.

  1. Severability

9.1    If a provision of this disclaimer is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other provisions will continue in effect.

9.2    If any unlawful and/or unenforceable provision of this disclaimer would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the provision will continue in effect.

  1. Law and jurisdiction

10.1  This disclaimer shall be governed by and construed in accordance with United States law.

10.2  Any disputes relating to this disclaimer shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the United States.

  1. Statutory and regulatory disclosures
  2. Our details

12.1  This website is owned and operated by Sharon Ellen Fennimore

12.3  Our principal place of business is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

12.4  You can contact us:

(a)    PO BOX 81061, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

(b)    e-mail: sharon@yogamatrika.com

(c)    412.855.5692

(d)    [by email, using [the email address published on our website from time to time]].

[additional list items]

 

 

Free website disclaimer: drafting notes

This website disclaimer does three different jobs for a website operator: it disclaims certain liabilities that might arise out of the use of the website; it sets out the basis upon which a website may be used; and it prompts certain disclosures that are or may be required of website operators by English/EU law.  The document is a shortened and simplified version of our standard website terms and conditions.  If the website in respect of which the document will be used includes any ecommerce features, user-generated content features or other service-like features, you should consider one of our more detailed terms and conditions documents, rather than this disclaimer.

Section 1: Introduction

Section 1.2

Optional element.

The completed document should be easily accessible on the website, with a link from every page.

Section 1.3

Optional element. Does the website use cookies (including session cookies and third party cookies)?

The inclusion of this statement in your website legal documents will not in itself satisfy the requirements of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (as amended) concerning consent to the use of cookies. Guidance concerning methods of obtaining such consent is included on the Information Commissioner’s website (http://www.ico.gov.uk).

  • What is the title of the document on the website that contains cookie information?

Section 2: Credit

Optional element. Although you need to retain the SEQ Legal credit, you should remove the inline copyright warning from this document before use.

Section 3: Copyright notice

Section 3.1

  • What was the year of first publication of the relevant copyright material (or the range of years)?
  • Who is the principal owner of copyright in the website?

Section 4: Licence to use website

The scope of the licence to use will vary with each site. Consider carefully exactly what your users should be allowed to do with your website and material on your website.

Section 4.3

Optional element.

  • For what purposes may the website be used?

Section 5: Acceptable use

Section 5.1

  • Should automated interactions with the website be prohibited?
  • Will the website incorporate a robots.txt file?
  • Should users be prohibited from using the website for direct marketing activity?

Section 5.2

Optional element. Should the use of data collected from the website to contact people and businesses be prohibited?

Section 5.3

Optional element.

  • What standard of veracity etc should user-submitted content meet?

Section 6: Limited warranties

Section 6.1

Optional element.

Section 6.2

Optional element.

Section 7: Limitations and exclusions of liability

Limitations and exclusions of liability are regulated and controlled by law, and the courts may rule that particular limitations and exclusions of liability are unenforceable. The courts may be more likely to rule that provisions excluding liability, as opposed to those merely limiting liability, are unenforceable. If there is a risk that any particular limitation or exclusion of liability will be found to be unenforceable by the courts, that provision should be drafted as an independent term, and be numbered separately from the other provisions.  It may improve the chances of a limitation or exclusion of liability being found to be enforceable if it was specifically drawn to the attention of the relevant person. In English law, exclusions and limitations of liability in legal notices are regulated by the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (“UCTA”).  Legal notices regulated by UCTA cannot exclude or restrict a party’s liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence (Section 2(1), UCTA). Except insofar as the relevant term satisfies the requirements of reasonableness, such legal notices cannot exclude or restrict liability for negligence (Section 2(2), UCTA). These guidance notes provide a very incomplete and basic overview of a complex subject. Accordingly, you should take legal advice if you may wish to rely upon a limitation or exclusion of liability.

Section 7.1

Do not delete this provision (except upon legal advice). Without this provision, the specific limitations and exclusions of liability in the document are more likely to be unenforceable.

Section 7.3

Optional element. Do you want to attempt to exclude all liability for free services and information?

This sort of exclusion is quite common, but unlikely to be enforceable in court.

Section 7.5

Optional element.

Section 7.6

Optional element.

Section 7.7

Optional element.

Section 7.8

Optional element. If the website operator is a limited liability entity (e.g. a limited company), do you want to expressly exclude liability on the part of officers and employees?

Section 8: Variation

Changes to legal documents published on a website will not generally be retrospectively effective, and variations without notice to and/or consent from relevant users may be ineffective.

Section 10: Law and jurisdiction

The questions of which law governs a document and where disputes relating to the document may be litigated are two distinct questions.

Section 10.1

This document has been drafted to comply with English law, and the governing law provision should not be changed without obtaining expert advice from a lawyer qualified in the appropriate jurisdiction. In some circumstances the courts will apply provisions of their local law, such as local competition law or consumer protection law, irrespective of a choice of law clause.

  • Which law should govern the document?

Section 10.2

In some circumstances your jurisdiction clause may be overridden by the courts.

  • Should the jurisdiction granted be exclusive or non-exclusive? Choose “non-exclusive” jurisdiction if you may want to enforce the terms and conditions against users outside England and Wales. Otherwise, choose “exclusive jurisdiction”.
  • The courts of which country or jurisdiction should adjudicate disputes under the document?

Section 11: Statutory and regulatory disclosures

Do the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 apply to the website or is the website operator registered for VAT?

This section can be deleted where website operator is not registered for VAT and the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 do not apply. Generally, those Regulations will apply unless a website is entirely non-commercial, i.e. where a website does not offer any goods or services and does not involve any remuneration (which includes remuneration for carrying AdSense or other advertising).

Section 11.1

Optional element. Is the website operator registered in a trade or similar register that is available to the public?

The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 provide that if you are “registered in a trade or similar register available to the public”, you must provide “details of the register in which the service provider is entered and his registration number, or equivalent means of identification in that register”.

  • What is the name of the trade register?
  • At what URL can the trade register be found?
  • What is the website operator’s registration number?

Section 11.2

Optional element. Is the website operator subject to an authorisation scheme (e.g. under financial services legislation)?

The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 provide that “where the provision of the service is subject to an authorisation scheme” you must provide “the particulars of the relevant supervisory authority”.

  • What is the name of the authorisation scheme to which the website operator is subject?
  • What authority supervises the authorisation scheme?

Section 11.3

Optional element. Is the service provider a member of a regulated profession (e.g. solicitors)?

The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 provide that if “the service provider exercises a regulated profession”, it must provide “(i) the details of any professional body or similar institution with which the service provider is registered; (ii) his professional title and the member State where that title has been granted; (iii) a reference to the professional rules applicable to the service provider in the member State of establishment and the means to access them”.

  • What is the website operator’s professional title?
  • Which professional body regulates the website operator?
  • In which jurisdiction was the professional title granted?
  • What is the name of the document containing the rules governing the profession?
  • At what URL can the rules be found?

Section 11.4

Optional element. Does the website operator subscribe to any codes of conduct?

The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 provide that “a service provider shall indicate which relevant codes of conduct he subscribes to and give information on how those codes can be consulted electronically”.

  • Identify the codes of conduct in question.
  • Where can the codes be viewed?

Section 11.5

Optional element. Is the website operator registered for VAT?

  • What is the website operator’s VAT number?

Section 12: Our details

Optional element.

UK companies must provide their corporate names, their registration numbers, their place of registration and their registered office address on their websites (although not necessarily in this document). Sole traders and partnerships that carry on a business in the UK under a “business name” (i.e. a name which is not the name of the trader/names of the partners or certain other specified classes of name) must also make certain website disclosures: (i) in the case of a sole trader, the individual’s name; (ii) in the case of a partnership, the name of each member of the partnership; and (iii) in either case, in relation to each person named, an address in the UK at which service of any document relating in any way to the business will be effective. All websites covered by the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 must provide a geographic address (not a PO Box number) and an email address. All website operators covered by the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 must also provide a telephone number.

Section 12.1

  • What is the name of the company, partnership, individual or other legal person or entity that owns and operates the website?

Section 12.2

Optional element. Is the relevant person a company?

  • In what jurisdiction is the company registered?
  • What is the company’s registration number or equivalent?
  • Where is the company’s registered address?

Section 12.3

Optional element.

  • Where is the relevant person’s head office or principal place of business?

Section 12.4

Optional element.

  • By what means may the relevant person be contacted?
  • Where is the relevant person’s postal address published?
  • Either specify a telephone number or give details of where the relevant number may be found.
  • Either specify an email address or give details of where the relevant email address may be found.

 

 

 

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Recently, I was walking across Omega Institute’s campus in Rhinebeck, NY, where I was for a weekend memoir writing workshop.  I was watching some butterflies dance around the flower, herb and tomato gardens and I thought to myself that I was my own conundrum.  All these years I have been so factual with my students and claiming not to be a “rainbows and unicorns kind of girl” when, actually, I have been a rainbows and unicorns girl for as long as I, or anyone else really, could remember.

Yoga found me on a bridge.  I was walking across the Walnut Street bridge in Philadelphia, having dropped off a draft of my Masters thesis with my advisor, hands shaking after many sleepless nights and days spent at a computer consuming vast amounts of Diet Coke.  There, on one of the poles, was this flyer that asked, “Are you stressed?”.  Hell yes!  Yes, I was under an overwhelming amount of stress.  I was in my pajamas in the middle of the day.  I hadn’t eaten anything of nutritional value for weeks.   I have never been very coordinated, or very flexible, but when yoga called out to me from that flyer, it was impossible to resist.