under construction…

Our kitchen is undergoing total transformation – the tear everything out, set up a camping stove and make-do-in-the-master-bath-for-four-months kind of renovation.  I knew there would be chaos and crack of dawn contractor schedules to be coordinated, so I purposely freed myself of commitments.

I’ve purposely been quiet.


kitchen empty


I stopped teaching yoga and set workshops aside.

bisbee & me

I rolled out my mat, practiced and meditated at home,
(with Bisbee by my side.)

Yet, quiet hasn’t meant idle…

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My sister and I threw Dad a 70th birthday party,
created a storybook out of 500 family pictures,
and organized a fabulous family photo shoot

family photo screen shot

I’ve read 10 books on how to think, tap, eat, move, love, knit, die,
and forgive your way through life.
My favorite was about a dog.

I spent 21 days meditating with Oprah and Deepak
and 42 Making Miracles with Gabby.

I created monthly menus so I won’t have to worry about what to make for dinner again.
(I don’t want that frustration in my new kitchen!)


I’ve been knitting dishcloths – anticipating my new arrival,
like a mama making booties for hers.

I Started a Foolish Project (and you should too!)
One day I might share it. If I can pull it off. It’s that foolish.

Now, as the drywall dust settles,
amidst all this quiet…
I’m inspired.
I miss you.
I have ideas
(and an almost-finished, rock-star-sparkly kitchen)
to share with you.

Stay tuned for the unveiling
(of all kinds of good-ness).

kitchen covered


Start the Summer feeling your best ever! Workshop starts May 18th.

There”s nothing like a health scare to jump start the journey to live your best life. A chat outside my piano lesson, watching The Big C (thanks to my sister), a friend”s motorcycle accident and casino pa natet family illness has me particularly aware of how precious health can be.

So, when a friend asked me to lead a 40-Day workshop, I jumped at the chance to support the path toward health and wellness.

Hope you can join us… here”s the scoop…  email me at denese.bottrell@gmail.com to enroll (space is limited to 10, so sign up now!)

40 days workshop May 18



So, what happens when you do 40 days of yoga, meditate and eat mindfully?

We ended the workshop with a candle-lit 40-Sun-Salute ceremony honoring each day of our journey.

We ended the workshop with a candle-lit 40-Sun-Salute ceremony honoring each day of our journey.

Several a-ha’s emerge, like…

  • Consistency is magic – moreso than motivation.
  • Motivation is an emotion – it wanes, even with the most heartfelt intention.
  • Consistency is a daily decision. It’s a commitment to JUST DO what we know works.

These 40 Days were about creating a routine around the tools of yoga, meditation and mindful eating, each proven to produce presence, vitality, equanimity, rejuvenation, centered-ness.

Just by getting on the mat and sitting quietly for a minutes each day,

  • obstacles were cleared, moves were made,
  • relationships changed,
  • smoothies were embraced (even by meat-loving husbands),
  • and headstands were mastered.

Something shifted for everyone. For me, it was the desire to clear clutter…from closets to my web site to how I spend my days. I finished the 40 Days craving my piano and digging a little deeper into the food that works best for me.

Which was another a-ha for the group – how much food matters. Food affects everything. We spend a lot of time and emotiont on food. What could be one of the most nourishing, uplifting aspects of our life is often the most confusing, overwhelming, exhausting.

Somehow, by consistently using the tools of yoga and meditation, each one of us became aware of some way of eating, being, thinking, behaving that was not necessary anymore. Light was shed on things taking up space – doubt, worry, fear, forcing, fixing, judging, ignoring – precious space where some new way could come in, or where we could simply relish in the breathing room that open space (and a clean closet) brings.

Session Yoga teacher, Jes Gale summed up the 40 Day experience with this quote:

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann

The key is recognizing what is draining you, and what energizes you… and doing more of that. Pick one thing you know works for you, and do it consistently. Start with 40 Days and see what unfolds.

Take care,


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