Tennis Performance Moves

Most people know I’m a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, but  I have another tool in my toolbox…It’s Applied Functional Science, which is the science of evaluating and improving “real life” or functional movement. 

AFS is a great tool when someone has a problem in a certain kind of movement, like walking, running, or playing sports. It helps us find the problem and assign homework that will help the person move more easily. 

This video was actually a “school project” from when I was studying AFS at the Gray Institute in 2014.  Watch this video to see some examples of how we used AFS to improve right hip motion for a tennis player.

A big huge THANK YOU to my willing student Dan Hallman for allowing me to share this video.

If you’re interested in using a combination of yoga and functional movement to improve your life, contact me! 

The Open Door by Danna Faulds

I’ve never been much of a poetry reader. Poetry seemed like something I should savor with a cup of tea, and for most of my life, I’ve been moving too fast for that.

But I’ve had a photocopy of a poem for years. I’ve shuffled it back and forth between home and office, put it in a plastic page protector, moved it from file box to notebook to storage bin, and despite many attempts to “get rid of all these papers,” I have held onto this poem.

This year it came up in the surf of decluttering – again. And I decided to save it – again.

I love it so much that I wanted to share it with you.

The Open Door

A door opens. Maybe I’ve
been standing here shuffling
my weight from foot to fot
for decades, or maybe I only 
knocked once. In truth, it
doesn’t matter. A door opens
and I walk through without a
backward glance. This is it,
then, the moment of truth in
a lifetime of truth: a choice
made, a path taken, the 
gravitational pull of Spirit 
too compelling to ignore any
longer. I am received by
something far too vast to see.
It has roots in antiquity but
speaks clearly in the present 
tense. “Be” the vastness says.
“Be without adverbs, descriptors,
or qualities.” Be so alive that
awareness bares itself
uncloaked and unadorned.
Then go forth to give what you
alone can give, awake to love
and suffering, unburdened by
the weight of expectations.
go forth to see and be seen,
blossoming, always blossoming
into your magnificence.”

-Danna Faulds, from Root to Bloom

Read more about the author Danna Faulds here.

What is on the other side of your open door? Tell me about in the CHOOSE JOYFUL HEALTH Facebook group.

What’s goat got to do with it?

Wondering if goat milk is good for you?

Get the scoop here with Jessica Bell of Split Creek Farm in Anderson, SC....


  • Goat milk has about 1% less lactose than cow's milk. So if you are truly lactose intolerant, it won't be a good fit. But it might be for a lot of other reasons...
  • Casein allergies can mimic lactose-intolerance and produce similar symptoms. Goat milk has less A1 casein than cow milk.  So you might be better able to digest goat milk than cow's milk for this reason.
  • Goat milk has more medium-chain fatty acids, which are quick sources of energy.
  • The fat globules in goat milk are smaller than in cow's milk, which eliminates the processing step of homogenization. The smaller fat globules are also believed to contribute to easier digestibility.
  • Goat's milk is high in oligosaccharides, which are prebiotics that feed the good bacteria in your digestive tract.
  • For the nitty gritty nutritional profile details see: Goat v Cow Dairy


  • 10-12 goats can live on about the same acreage as 1 cow/calf pair.
  • Goats are browsers instead of grazers; this means they prefer to eat from shrubs, trees, and bushes instead of the ground. The landscape of a goat farm needs to be more diverse in plantlife than a cow dairy farm.
  • Even though one goat produces less milk than one cow, the overall balance of milk production is higher per acre from goat farms.
  • Just like in cow dairies, there is a wide variety of types of farms, which impacts not only the health of the goats but the health of the milk. As always, find out where your food comes from and buy local with minimal processing! 

PS: Love learning about healthy food choices? I'd love to help you in Five Star Eating!

Love cheese, but not cow's milk doesn't agree with you? Here are 9 cheeses that are typically not made from cow's milk.

Some cow's milk is A1 and some is A2, and that's a whole 'nother story you can investigate here.



Influence of pasture on fatty acid profile of goat milk.
J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl).
 2008 Jun;92(3):405-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0396.2008.00824.x.

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Fatty acid profile of milk - A review Article in Bulletin- Veterinary Institute in Pulawy · June 2013
DOI: 10.2478/bvip-2013-0026

Goat milk can be considered as functional food, Spanish researchers find

Comparison between Holstein cow's milk and Japanese-Saanen goat's milk in fatty acid composition, lipid digestibility and protein profile.
Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2006 Nov;70(11):2771-4. Epub 2006 Nov 7.
Tomotake H1Okuyama RKatagiri MFuzita MYamato MOta F.

Systematic Review of the Gastrointestinal Effects of A1 Compared with A2 β-Casein.
Adv Nutr. 2017 Sep 15;8(5):739-748. doi: 10.3945/an.116.013953. Print 2017 Sep.
Brooke-Taylor S1Dwyer K2Woodford K3Kost N4.

International Dairy Journal
Volume 16, Issue 2, February 2006, Pages 173-181
Goats’ milk as a natural source of lactose-derived oligosaccharides: Isolation by membrane technology

The Buzz on Bees and Watch your Water

Hey Joyful Ones, 

Here’s the last in this series of videos with organic agriculture and organic certifications expert Ryan Merck.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s in the video PLUS some information that we covered off-camera.

  • There are many kinds of bees and other wildlife (not just honeybees) that depend on native plants.
  • As individuals and businesses, we can leave some land “as is,” letting weeds and wildflowers grow.
  • When we plan landscaping, we can include native plants which do not need as much fertilizer or pest control.
  • Gardeners can choose to use organic fertilizers such as manure and compost. 
  • Fertilizers like 10-10-10 and Miracle-Gro, as well as many pest and weed control chemicals, are highly soluble and penetrate into groundwater and bodies of water.

Getting informed through this visit with Ryan motivated me to take action! I want to make choices that are good for my health and good for our planet.

Here are some action steps you can take:

See the rest of the interview here to learn more:
What you need to know about Organic Food
Is it expensive to get the organic certification?
All About Chickens and Eggs
#1 priority for organic food