National Eating Disorder Awareness Week



National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is upon us.

As a therapist/eating disorder survivor, the care and activism of Eating Disorders will always have a special place in my heart.

…As such, I will be one of first to say eating disorders are incredibly difficult to understand. Because, really, they do not make sense on any rational or logical level, making them all the more confusing and frustrating for those that suffer and their loved ones. As a result of this lack of understanding, it is all too common that they are stigmatized, oversimplified, overlooked, and undertreated.

…So, if I could have you understand one thing about Eating Disorders, I would want you know that they are far more complex than being just about FOOD. And despite what it may look like on the surface, they are not about VANITY, either.

Rather, they are “about” deeper, longstanding mental and emotional issues that manifest themselves through one’s relationship with food and the body.

They are about self-love, self-loathing, self-esteem, and self-worth. They are about tidal waves of emotions such as anxiety, depression, anger, resentment, and fear. They are about addiction, dissociation, detachment, self-medicating, and a desperate attempt to anesthestize intense pain. They are about the perceptions of perfectionism, power, control, and a lack thereof. Trauma, abuse, objectification, and victimization. They are about family dysfunction, peer relationships, identification, trying to stand out and simaltaneously disappear…

The issues that underlie EDs are as unique and complex as the beautiful soul that struggles with the disease. And if recovery is to be successful, they need to be treated as such. They do not need to be pathologized or minimized. Nor do they need shame, judgement, insensitivity, or stigmatization.

Rather, those that struggle with this disease need empathy and they need compassion. Validation, patience, optimism, and hope. They need to be supported, challenged, and reminded of the essence of WHO they REALLY are.

And most of all, they need love. Love from others, and most importantly, love of SELF.

If this resonates, be inspired. Be encouraged. Have hope.

#yogawithel #NEDA2017 #NEDA #fuckED


This week at Sojourn

Monday | 02.20.2017
5.30pm-7.00pm:  Tapas Flow
The Sanskrit word Tapas means literally “to burn” and evokes a sense of fiery passion and discipline in students.  Tapas involves cultivating a sense of self-discipline, passion and courage in order to burn away ‘impurities’  of the physical, mental and emotional bodies, thus paving the way to our highest self and true greatness.  Tapas Flow is inspired by Astanga Yoga, which is a challenging and vigorous style of Hatha Yoga, consisting of the same asana sequence that moves students from pose to pose, paying special attention to unwinding and aligning the entire body to increase both strength and flexibility and to enhance overall health by incorporating heat, breath control, isometrics, and internal focus.
Thursday | 02.23.2017
5.30pm:  Meditation
This 30 minute practice will introduce students to a new meditation technique each week.  Following brief discussion and guidance, students will then have the opportunity to explore each technique on their own, or practice a meditation technique of their preference.
6.00pm-7.00pm:  Happy Hour Yoga
Happy Hour class is open to students of all levels and will incorporate a variety of yoga poses and practices, including deep, targeted breath and body work to build strength, increase flexibility, and improve the overall functioning of the body.
Friday | 02.24.2017
10.00am: Sukha Flow
Sukha is a Sanskrit word that is translated to “quiet happiness, ease, pleasure or contented bliss”.  Sukha Flow is a hybrid of Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Flow, as it synchronizes the breath with movements and postures that emphasize relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation.
7.00pm-8.00pm and 8.00pm-later:
 New Moon CandleLight Flow and Lounge Party
Join Courtney and me as we transform Sojourn Studio into a  New Moon CandleLight Flow Session and Lounge Party to honor and celebrate this New Moon.
WHO – You | Your loves | Come one, come all
WHAT – A New Moon CandleLight Flow Sesh and Lounge Party
WHERE – Sojourn Studio | 1055 West Moana Lane | Reno
WHEN – Friday | 02.24.2017 | Yoga at 7.00pm | Lounging at 8.00pm
WHY – To honor and celebrate the New Moon | To flow and unwind, chill, enjoy one another’s company, laugh, and vibe with like-minded souls.
Free to all, and any donations will be gratefully received.
#yogawithel #healingwithcourtney #sojourn #grooverenotahoe #newmoon
For more on classes and studio events: and facebook/yogawithel and
Saturday |02.25.2017
RISING IN LOVE:  A  half-day self-love workshop?
Come play, and soak up the love as you receive:
❤️ a guided-meditation and heart-opening yoga practice with El
❤️enlightening, soul-stirring group discussion
❤️inspired, experiential manifesting and healing practices
❤️powerful and uplifting sharing and support
❤️ Dr. Erin’s proven strategy to increase self-love and confidence
❤️free goodies
❤️opportunities to schedule free one-on-one sessions with both Dr. Erin and Ellie
#lovingyou #andyouandyouandyou #yogawithel #sojourn #risinginlove #drerinoksol


Take care. Be well.  Namaste.

What is Yoga?

In a recent interview, I was asked “what is yoga for you personally?”

Yoga, of course, is the sequence of postures and movements that is asana. It is the quiet transformation of pranayama. The stillness of meditation.

But, to me, yoga is also soso much more than that.

It is ever-evolving study of the self. It is philosophy and principle in action. It is bhakti, the embodiment of worship, and the expression of prayer.

Yoga is a creative artform. It is a vessel through which we may heal. And it is a science.

Combine all these things, and you will have yoga. In sanskrit, yoga translates to union. In life, it translates to love.
#yogawithel #lovebytesfromel #amindfulminute #bhakti #yogaislove