This piece was originally posted on my Instagram account. You can find it here.   I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve struggled with judging myself with food and drink. It’s hard to get through a Holistic Health Education program and a subsequent Nutrition...

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Friday Q&A: How do you heal from trauma on a budget?

Friday Q&A: How do you heal from trauma on a budget?

Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash Here's another round of our Friday Q&A: Q: How do you heal from trauma on a budget? A: This question is certainly apropos today, when the world found out the devastating news that Anthony Bourdain had committed...

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Friday Q&A: How do I improve digestion?

Friday Q&A: How do I improve digestion?

Photo by Alison Marras on Unsplash It's Friday, and time for our answer and question session. This week's question is:   Q: How do I improve digestion—aside from not eating fast food?   A: Well, first of all, I'm glad you understand eating fast food is not...

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The Gift Within: Fibroids and Their Message

The Gift Within: Fibroids and Their Message

Photo by Jake Davies on Unsplash Sprinting to the bathroom before I headed out the door for dance practice, I sighed as I looked down and realized I had started my period. I opened up the cabinet to rummage around for my diva cup, quickly sanitized it, and...

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Lessons I Learned At 38

Lessons I Learned At 38

1. Speak Your Truth Early And Often Ask your real questions or tell your truth real early because it will get you to where you want to go a WHOLE LOT FASTER. It’s friggin' HARD to be vulnerable. I’m a Capricorn Sun with Scorpio Moon and Venus, Virgo Rising and North...

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Stepping Into Your Sensual Birthright

Stepping Into Your Sensual Birthright

Gathered in a circle, I asked the women my favorite question, "what is your deepest, darkest secret?" (What can I say, I like to get to the heart of things.) Answers varied - and I wouldn't dare share any of them with the outside world, these conversations we held in...

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Resiliency in the Time of Chaos

Resiliency in the Time of Chaos

Resiliency is keeping your heart open even when it wants to shut down completely. It's damn painful to look at the news everyday and see so much hate, and then it's compounded 20-fold when something as striking and jarring as Charlottesville happens (though lets...

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Sometimes (In Praise of Your Full Emotional Spectrum)

Sometimes (In Praise of Your Full Emotional Spectrum)

  Sometimes, your body’s gotta eat just as much as it wants to, which is a whole shitload more than it “should”. Sometimes, you have to say no in order to get the yes you really want. Sometimes, you realize you have many soulmates, and they surround you on a daily...

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Work, then flow

Work, then flow

Work, then flow. It's my new mantra. Let me back up a moment. I find myself - my proclivities - to fall somewhere in between the grounded and woo. It's been the course of my life; if you are at all interested and understanding of the woo, my south node of Pisces and...

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Nine Steps for Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

Nine Steps for Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

Over the last several weeks, I've been sharing on Instagram some of the tools that I wish I had as a child/teenager/young adult to get me through my depressive (and unknown to me at the time, deep anxiety) episodes. I pondered anti-depressants many times, was told by...

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For the Love of Performing

For the Love of Performing

One of my favorite things about being a dance teacher is watching my students perform. For the first few years of teaching, I often performed with them, and so I missed out on the joy it brings to see them do their thing on stage. There was also more of a dependence...

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CGD+T Dancer Certification Spotlight: Alison Pettigrew

CGD+T Dancer Certification Spotlight: Alison Pettigrew

  Alison (aka Ali or Alie) Pettigrew, 31, Customer Care Coordinator for Galaxy Digital Note from Christine: Ali (or Alie, as I always write) started taking Hip Hop with me a couple of years ago. Her Hip Hop class inexplicably changed into a performance class (that's...

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CGD+T Dancer Certification Spotlight: Crystal Edwards

CGD+T Dancer Certification Spotlight: Crystal Edwards

Crystal Leigh Edwards, 31, Assistant General Manager  Note from Christine: Crystal is one of our first dancers to become a certified CGD+T dancer. I am floored by how far she has come since beginning dance classes with me last summer; not only has she put a lot of...

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There’s No Such Thing As Balance

There’s No Such Thing As Balance

  Oh, I used to believe there was. I used to repeat that mantra over and over again to friends, family, clients. "Balance is what brings you good health. It's what so many of us are missing in life, and what would make us so much happier." The truth of my life looked...

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Can You Ease Up? Or, How to Approach 2017

Can You Ease Up? Or, How to Approach 2017

I woke up with a sweat-covered face and chest. The sweat I could handle; the worst part was that pit-feeling space in the middle of my stomach. I've been here before. Note: this does not make it any easier in the moment. But I was able to feel some comfort more...

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Looking For A Fresh Start (aka Happy Holidays)

Looking For A Fresh Start (aka Happy Holidays)

It's hard for many of us to look at the holidays as anything other than a crazy busy time. We may jump into seeing some holiday theater, or music, or venture out to see the lights and the Christmas markets, but we're mostly running around trying to take care of...

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Forward Movements

Forward Movements

I stopped following the news as closely as I had been. Don't worry, I still get the overall picture. I read the headlines to know which person is being appointed, what mind-numbing tweets have been made, and I delve into some articles to read about the tragedies that...

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I Don’t Want a Revolution.

I Don’t Want a Revolution.

I used to. Definitely for all of my 20s. During all of the anti-Iraq war marches I participated in in San Francisco, during my work with a low-income black women's organization my first couple of years in the Bay Area, when Bush won the first and second times, when...

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Now is the Time for Authenticity, Shadows and All

Now is the Time for Authenticity, Shadows and All

I hold the well-being of all others close to my heart every single day. * I get wrapped up in trying to sort out my own emotional world, which can lead to self-absorption.   I accept that I am a complicated, emotional being with a rich internal world that is hard to...

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There’s Nothing To Worry About

There’s Nothing To Worry About

Easier said than done, but if you want to see what this angel card answered when I asked, "What steps do we next take to heal as an American culture?", check out the video below. Guidance Reading for What's Happening week of 10/24/2016 from Christine Garvin on...

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The Power of Community

The Power of Community

Over the last few years, introvertedness has come to the forefront, and that has been damn good for me. I grew up wondering what was wrong with me for not feeling like hanging out with groups of friends for as long as they wanted to. Or why I always preferred hanging...

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Health #nakedtruths

Health #nakedtruths

Health - such a broad term, I know - is endlessly fascinating to me. I spend hours each day reading through articles, blogs, and books about a variety of topics related to our minds, bodies, and souls, and the intersection of the three. New discoveries and connections...

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Every Woman Deserves To Access Their Wild Woman

Every Woman Deserves To Access Their Wild Woman

They sat us at a prized table on the sidewalk, in perfect view of the hustle of tourists and locals of Florence. It was not easy to get into Harry's Bar, world-famous as an Italian go-to destination, and my friends were ecstatic. I was just tired. We were 19 and 20...

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The Space In Between

The Space In Between

He sat in the front yard, surrounded by over-grown grass and a haze that was caught somewhere between summer and imagination. I longed to touch his face, for him to grab me onto his lap, to feel close, loved, secure. But he was gone, looking towards someone else....

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Why I Created the Metamorphosis Program

Why I Created the Metamorphosis Program

We marched around the backyard single file, all six of us, with me at the front. When I stopped in the middle of the yard, all the other kids looked at me expectedly. I had no idea what to do. I was five years old. I knew I wanted to take my classmates on an adventure...

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When Angst Threatens To Take Over

When Angst Threatens To Take Over

It feels fuzzy. Not in the warm, cuddly kind of way, but the disconnected, can't think clearly, heart-numbing sort of feeling. I've gone to battle with my own mind many times over the years of my life, a microview of the death and destruction of human nature up...

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You Want Change? Then Cozy Up to Discipline

You Want Change? Then Cozy Up to Discipline

Though the question may now be, “can women have it all?”, in my mind, it’s just another reiteration of the question of balance. We talked a lot about this idea of balance in my holistic health program, this notion of having a pie figure and slicing it into six pieces and giving your health, relationships/family, work, spirit, body, and mind equal footing in your life.

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Uproot Those Labels

Uproot Those Labels

It's a survival mechanism to classify people pretty quickly after meeting them. Our reptilian brains have to put people in the 'safe' or 'unsafe' category in order to protect us, identifying others that are not a part of our tribe and classifying them as an enemy...

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Grab Your Judgments By The Balls

Grab Your Judgments By The Balls

The other day, I was listening to a friend tell me about a tense situation she was having with another friend. She said, "Honestly, I think she's pretty judgmental." I responded, "So are most of us." ************************** I've been thinking a lot lately about...

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