"To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give."

Seasonal transitions are notoriously difficult to absorb and often lead to us transitioning right out of the habits we are working so hard to build. This is where developing a selflessness in our training becomes of paramount importance; every choice made to retreat to the comfort of the couch and TV after a long day’s work, or to hit the snooze button on a dark and rainy morning, robs your potential partners of their practice and stunts and diminishes yours.

"To be alive beneath cherry blossoms"

The warmer weather has finally arrived in Chicago. I admit that there were times over the past months where I was convinced that we were in for a never-ending winter, and my attitude and physical condition weren’t always the best. But as with many things I’ve learned over the years, with patience and perseverance comes change.