Meditating at Chiang Dao Temple.

I didn’t see much of Chiang Dao before my bag and I were whisked into a waiting songthaew bound for a 10-minute ride up a winding hill to Malee’s Nature Lovers Bungalows. There was nobody in sight, so I stooped to pet a tail-wagging dog and waited, still recovering from the efficiency that had …

Telling people that you are headed to a yoga retreat solicits a lot of confused looks and bewildered reactions. My colleagues said, “Jen, you do know there is yoga in Chicago, right?” My Grandfather questioned, “You are traveling to do yoga?” (audible sigh) “Oh well.”

So, you’re walking into your first yoga class. You’ve summoned the courage to get this far despite your internal misgivings surrounding seriously hippy, bendy people who might even burn incense. Congratulations. At the very least, you’re going to get a kick-ass workout that opens your chest, hips and maybe even your mind. You might …

Somehow, over the summer months filled with flip flops and a credit card carelessly stuffed into the back pocket of my shorts, I always forget how to wear winter clothes. So, when it comes time to dust off the stocking caps, locate the gloves and root out the scarves from the back of the …