Nancy McCaochan is a workshop leader, retreat facilitator, writer, editor and yoga teacher.  She has formal training in Philosophy, Women’s Studies, Writing Instruction, Meditation, Shamanic Journey Techniques, Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on therapeutics and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.   

Nancy has been sharing what she loves and facilitating group experiences  for 30 years. She’s the author of Yoga at the Wall, a practice manual for beginning students and their teachers.  Her blogs have appeared in Elephant Journal and 

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When I divorced, I thought it would be easiest to keep my ex-husband’s name.  We lived in a rural Appalachian community where I was relatively well known.  I didn’t want the burden of explaining why I was no longer “Nancy Zito.”  I didn’t have the patience to deal with reactions of everyone I encountered at the grocery store, the post office, or school events.  Besides, I liked the name.  So I kept it. 

But 3 years later, my ex began planning to marry his second wife.  As the wedding drew near, I realized part of the reason I clung to the name was that I hadn’t been completely willing to relinquish my marriage–even though it was clearly over.

The big question became “If not Nancy Zito, then Nancy who?” 


“Chakra” is Sanskrit for “wheel” and, within our energetic anatomy, refers to cyclonic movement, or vortex.  There are many, many chakras situated throughout our bodies.   An autopsy will not discover them however, for they reside within the body’s energy field.  Some experts speculate that they  are in fact, the meridian points of Taoist medicine.  For most purposes, we speak of 7 primary/major chakras located along the spinal column.  While they aren’t physical structures, they influence out bodies and our health.  They also correlate with moods and with specific thought patterns.




I believe

a. that we come into this world to learn.

b. that what we need to learn is determined by genetics (or past life karmas–I think these are one and the same)

c.  that the conditions of our lives are designed to help us w/our learning

d.  that ultimately, we must learn to love and trust–to be open and vulnerable w/o putting ourselves at risk