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August 27, 2019

10 years ago today, I wandered into a Bikram yoga studio in lower Manhattan feeling betrayed, heartbroken, anxious, and lost. I remember every detail of that first class: the view of the Flatiron building across the street, the woefully unabsorbent fabric of my outfit,...

June 19, 2019

Today was our fourth yoga teacher training “practice teach”, our last here at Kripalu. We were each given 60 minutes and free reign to design a class using a theme, opening and closing centerings, various breathing techniques, warm-up sequences, the 21+ postures we’ve...

April 15, 2019

Quite a few opinions have (re)surfaced recently about people smushing their palms together at classical music concerts, particularly between movements. Here are some of mine!

• Once upon a time in a faraway land, talking, eating, and throwing stuff at performers during...

May 1, 2018

In my second year as a student at Curtis, my right arm started going numb from my elbow to my fingertips on a fairly regular basis. It was sort of like how your limbs feel right before they fall asleep: not full-on pins and needles all the time, but a dull, hot emptine...

November 23, 2017

Part I: Stan

The Hollywood Bowl: iconic, awe-inspiring, almost laughably behemoth. Before August, I had experienced this dazzling monument to musical giants past and present only once.

Radiohead released In Rainbows in October of 2007 and a few months later began to tour...

September 18, 2017

(A version of this post recently appeared in Strad Magazine. For the purposes of this blog, American spellings and a few omissions have been restored.)

Until a few years ago, neither of us had never given much thought to the idea of mindfulness, paradoxical as that may...

April 7, 2017

A high-level administrator of a reputable orchestra recently paid me what I — and I imagine most of my colleagues would have — perceived as a backhanded compliment mere moments after walking offstage: “You played beautifully; all those little things don’t matter,” she...

February 8, 2017

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization and Competition. Especially in these trying times, to be able to celebrate such a remarkable organization and mission, even from afar, is an immense gift. Happy birthday, Sphinx! I will miss you this we...

January 20, 2017

I woke up to a brilliant London sun, a momentary diversion from the darkness of this day. Then I remembered the date, pulled the covers back over my head, and began to cry.

I spent the morning performing to a packed auditorium of North London schoolchildren and the afte...

October 16, 2016

On Charleston, SC after two strong cocktails and a moonlit stroll:

I think the reason I’ve always felt so viscerally connected to San Francisco is because it reads like a child’s rendering of a city: houses of periwinkle and marigold and sage in curious shapes, trimmed...

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