Reflections from the Mat


F***the Haters!   Recently updated !

My name is Dora; I am a business owner, a teacher, an IMMIGRANT, a naturalized citizen, I contribute to the economy and the well-being of this country. I never was late to pay my taxes or my credit card. I have no criminal record; I don’t even break the speed limit; something that drives my […]


There is no show – reflections on life and yoga by Amy   Recently updated !

The essay you are about to read was written by Amy, one of Spira’s amazing teachers. The beauty of her writing, the rhythmic undulations of her thoughts completely  engulfed me, she is truly beauty and yoga inside and outside! Amy teaches mostly morning classes at Spira, she also has a lovely pilates studio that keeps her very […]


How 200 hours changed my life

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Spira Power Yoga is great whether you want to teach or simply wish to deepen your yoga, and Enrich your life with new perspective and inner peace! Make no mistake, Spira’s teacher training is great for folks who DON’T want to teach. But that message often gets lost ever since Yoga Alliance started […]


Happy Father’s Day, celebration of the imperfectly perfect family.

Happy Father’s Day The words on the calendar bring the most mixed emotions to my heart, but despite the turmoil of emotions, I am grateful. On social media, we tend to highlight the Hallmark moments of our life; the perfect smiles, the wholesome family, the happy moments. Leo Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina with my favorite line […]


It’s official – Spira Power Yoga is a Trademark

Yes indeed, it is official, Spira Power Yoga®, as well as M3B, ® are Registered Trademarks in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. You ask: Why did I Trademark my brand? Ironically, my decision was made as I watched the yoga industry becoming more corporate and variable in quality. Under the term “yoga” one […]


“Where are you from?” Is not a loaded question!

I took a quick sip of breath while I thought, “Oh Gosh, is this still OK?” “I hope I did not make her feel uncomfortable!” “Oh fudge it, I really don’t want to live in this kind of atmosphere. “ “Well, if you don’t like something you may as well DO something about it!” These […]


A chance to help a neighbor business

We often say; ‘it takes a village,’ when it comes to raising a family. I say, ‘It takes a village to live and die.’ We are not lone soldiers on this Earth. We need one and other. Last week when I went to get my usual weekly pho next door to Spira at New Leaf Bistro, […]


CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), Reagan, Twitter, History, and Mediation – oh yeah, Dora is getting frustrated…

CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), Reagan, Twitter, History, and Mediation – oh yeah, Dora is getting frustrated, so I do what I can and then let go… I made my morning coffee and opened the morning news. Wall Street Journal had a long and very level headed criticism on the CPAC. As I took shorter […]


This one is for you Lady Gaga…

I am sharing this post because I feel that I represent the fitness industry and healthy living. It is my responsibility to represent a healthy self-image and self-love. Often happiness, perfection, and fitness are symbolized with a flat tummy and six-pack. I am a fan of a fit body, but I just about had it with […]


The healing practice of yoga

I love to hear from my students on how yoga helps in their everyday lives. I received two beautiful blogs from Des. Des has been a Spira practitioner since I opened, she is also a visiting lecturer on the topics of anatomy and physiology for Spira’s Teacher Trainings.  I am publishing part one now for […]