We Manage What We Monitor

GretchenHealthy Habits

Monitoring means to watch closely for purposes of control; to keep track of; to check continually. It is an essential tool for habit change. When we don’t monitor our activities we are often wildly inaccurate about how well we are … Read More

Discover Where You Feel Deprived


Today, I listen to my feelings

I’m reading “The Art of Extreme Self-Care” by Cheryl Richardson. I thought (hoped) she was going to tell me to hire a maid, chef, butler, and chauffeur to care for my family while I checked in to a luxurious spa … Read More

Tiger Time

GretchenHealthy Habits, Productivity

Tiger Time

I’ve worn many hats in my career: engineer, material planner, manager, consultant, mom, yoga teacher, writer. Under every hat there were long-term projects to complete and a whole lot of noise; fires to be fought and requests to be met. … Read More

Get an Accountability Partner

GretchenHealthy Habits

Accountability Partner

Changing an old habit or starting a new one can be hard. We decide to do it. We schedule it into our routine. For the first few days we stick to it, but after a while, when we think nobody … Read More

Daily Break


It’s great to be “in the zone”, accomplishing task after task and progressing through your to-do list, but stretch yourself too far and you might start feeling unfocused, zoned out, or worse – cranky and irritable. Taking breaks throughout the … Read More

What you can learn from a yoga sequence

GretchenIyengar Yoga

This week marks the final week in the 2015-2016 Cabana Studio season. As I contemplated the sequence I would teach for the final hurrah, I wondered, “what did BKS Iyengar publish for week 33 in Light on Yoga?” WOWZER! His … Read More

Home Practice – Just Get On Your Mat

GretchenIyengar Yoga

If you printed and practiced the sequences I posted last week, BRAVO! Your daily home practice has begun!! If you are still feeling overwhelmed and over scheduled then I challenge you to get on your mat at least once a day … Read More

Kick Start Your Home Practice

GretchenIyengar Yoga

The theme around the Cabana Studio for the next several months is HOME PRACTICE (OMG! I said it out loud!!) The first edition of the Home Practice Workbook has been released. You can get your hands on the second edition … Read More

Circles of Influence vs. Concern

GretchenPhilosophy of Life

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Saint Francis I’m working my way through Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 … Read More

Spiffing things up

GretchenRandom Musings

This summer I started spiffing up the Stretch with Gretch website. Now I’m playing around with new website tools. So this is just an experiment to see how an RSS feed works. I promise there are more interesting posts to come. But … Read More