Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m Lee, a native New Orleanian living in Savannah, Georgia. I share the empty nest I call home with a guitar-playing husband, two dogs and a noisy little parrot who runs the show.

There are lots of loves in my life: my family, dogs, bookstores, football, dark chocolate, yoga… I fell in love with yoga years and years ago when I discovered the mystical, magical way it soothed that frazzled space between my ears, which led me to become a certified instructor, so I could learn more about yoga and share it with other stressed-out souls.

But one of my very first loves is writing. I actually make my living writing about employee benefits and wellness in my day job. So as a writer, I get published all the time. I’m just not sure who’s reading.

It was during meditation teacher training in 2015 that the seeds for Real Life Bliss were planted when my meditation instructor suggested I write about yoga and see what happens. This is the result.

Why Real Life Bliss?

If you’ve ever practiced hatha yoga (or if you spend much time around people who do), maybe you’ve heard the term “blissed out.” It describes a profoundly peaceful energy arising during the deep relaxation part of the practice, when the body and mind release their burdens and for a sweet moment, all the rest falls away – the job, the bills, the frantic scrambling. Yoga teaches that this bliss is your true nature. It’s always there, waiting for you to get quiet enough to experience it.

Getting quiet can be the tricky part. Most of us have a hard time relaxing. I’m one of those people. Left to my own devices, I can be a high-strung worrywart who should probably switch to decaf. I’d love to tell you that I’m the picture of bliss all the time, but that wouldn’t be true.

My yoga practice is joyful, challenging, deeply nourishing, and just that: a practice. I tend to be undisciplined, but the study of yoga is teaching me, slowly, to apply its principles to every area of my life. Yoga is so much more than the physical postures. It’s also deep relaxation, meditation, breath control, self-reflection, devotion to God and service to others. In the stories told here, I’d like to share my experiences on the path with you.

If anything resonates with you, I’d love to hear about it. And I hope to inspire you to try it for yourself. Yoga can open your eyes to what really matters and give you greater capacity to experience bliss in real life. With or without chocolate.

OM Shanthi