Turning Morning Habits Into Healthy Rituals

Every New Year, my yoga classes become overcrowded with new members who have made new resolutions to lose weight and transform their lives- but less than 3 percent will actually make this reality sustainable. When the New Year’s buzz dissipates, the commitment to these resolutions will typically follow suit; and every year, I find that this […]

A Yogi’s Thoughts on the Upcoming Presidential Election

As a professor of yoga studies at a local college, my students have inquired about who I favor in the upcoming presidential election. This always puts me in an uneasy position. If you read the partisan bickering from both sides, you’ll hear polarizing opinions about both Clinton and Trump. The reality is that both candidates are real people, with a […]

The Antidote For Aging

A common saying in yoga is, you’re as young as your spine. It’s not the number of years that determines your age, but the flexibility, strength and mobility of your spine that determines a person’s age. Yoga lets you trade in characteristics of old age for characteristics of youth. Physically, a regular practice slows down […]

A Yogi’s Creed for Living a Beaming Life

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines health as “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially: freedom from physical disease or pain”. How progressive this statement seems in a quick-fix physical world of flash diets and high intensity workout programs. This description truly captures the essence of health- soundness in mind, body and spirit. […]

Hands On Love

Many years ago, I became inspired to teach yoga adjustments to others when a student came to me after class to tell me how much she enjoyed my teaching. Her deep gratitude enlightened me when she said, “Stacy, I live alone and sometimes you’re the only one who touches me for weeks at a time.” […]

Is Yoga Suppose to be Fun?

Twenty-five years ago, I began practicing yoga. I came to the mat to release the stress of years of competitive athletics and pressure of starting a new company. At first, there was an excitement of looking forward to the next class, wondering what new pose I would discover. Everything was an adventure. It was like […]

If You See Someone Without A Smile…Give Them One Of Yours

What’s the most important part of a yoga pose? Your smile 🙂 Even when you are breathing through a difficult posture, maintain an inner smile. What you feel and practice on the inside will come shining through on the outside. Smiling changes our mood. Next time you’re feeling down, start with an inner smile and […]

What I Believe and Why

I discovered my love of movement and healthy living at a young age. Fortunately, when I was growing up, there wasn’t a label placed on kids with high energy. Parents and teachers would just tell me I had “ants in my pants” because I couldn’t sit still. Movement became my refuge. It was a revelation […]

The Space Between….

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The Space Between… It doesn’t seem that long ago, that I graduated from college. My four scholarship-funded years at Colorado State University were transforming and as I packed up to move to California, I felt as if I had arrived. Or so I thought. I recently returned from the East Coast after moving my youngest […]

The Magic Number of Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama and Astrology

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Over the past couple of weeks, the number 108 has been everywhere in my life. I just returned from leading a yoga retreat in Bali and brought back some Mala necklaces consisting of 108 beads. I also hosted an astrology event with Leslie McGuirk of Lucky Stars Astrology and began researching how the number 108, […]

Bali Retreat Raises Funds for Charity

Local Residents co-hosting Bali yoga retreat as fundraiser By Kristina Houck Two local yoga instructors are teaming up to rase more than hope for City of Hope. With City of Hope’s fifth annual Yoga for Hope set for June 13 at Petco Park, yoga instructors Stacy McCarty and Heidi Shurtz are planning a unique fundraiser […]

We Did It! Doga Yoga World Record

Doga Yoga World Record!               For more images follow me on Twitter, Instagram,  Facebook. When my friend Dawn Celapino of Leash Your Fitness invited me to co-teach the World’s, Largest Doga Yoga Class my answer was an immediate and emphatic, yes!   It was a picture perfect January day […]

The Wisdom That Comes With Age

As we come off the holiday high and dive into a New Year, I’d like to share a few thoughts  that help keep life in perspective.   (Edited from Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free) Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a […]

Doga Yoga World Record

250 DOGS NEEDED! Even though my dogs passed away last year, I’m not adopting 250 dogs, but trying to help break the Guinness Book of World Records for Doga Yoga. Along with Leash Your Fitness and the Humane Society, we are teaching a huge class for all Dogis and Yogis. Come help us set the […]

Sure Fire Way To Happiness

Gratitude is a sure fire way to happiness. Research shows that practicing gratitude can elevate our happiness by 25%. In fact, gratitude has the strongest link to well being compared to any other character trait. For many homes the holidays are busy & sometimes stressful, either preparing your home for others or traveling on the […]

From Yoga To Harvard

When my children were young, I use to go on and on about the benefits of yoga and how it would help them. Funny thing, whenever I proselytized about yoga they hated it, but when I was being yogic, they loved it. Beyond the physical practice of yoga, I shared the deeper teachings that would […]

Stacy McCarthy: Rancho Santa Fe Review

It’s no stretch for Rancho Santa Fe yoga instructor to ‘give back’ Stacy McCarthy runs her own yoga studio and is also a MiraCosta College faculty member. ‘I’m most proud of making a difference,’ she says. Photo by Kristina Houck By Kristina Houck As one of North County’s most prolific yoga instructors, Stacy McCarthy doesn’t […]

Impermanence: In loving Remembrance of Buddha & Lily

My beloved big, beautiful Buddha Boy and his lovely, little sister Lily passed away within 10 days of each other just shy of their eighth birthday. Buddha and Lily were special “dogi’s” who raised thousands of dollars for No Kill Animal Shelters. I adopted both of them when they were four months old. I taught […]