Dec 22 2016

Taking Yoga Off the Mat & Into Your Life with a Free Coaching Session


life-coach-picture-navigating-life-transitionsHappy Holidays!

Some big changes are on the horizon. I am shifting a portion of my yoga instruction from the mat, into life. I have found over the years, as I was instructing asana (postures) for physical and mental well being, I would naturally remind people, what is learned on the mat also applies in our lives. Over the last few months, with all of the personal changes in my life, I have been exploring ways to redefine what it means to be a yoga instructor. When I discovered the course Yoga2Life Core Coaching for Effective Change, I knew I had found a way to bring my ‘on the mat’ lessons into the world in a way that could change even more lives.

I am very excited about this new chapter in my life and am looking forward to the changes this will bring, not only my life, but those I work with and family, friends & community. As part of my training, I am offering 20 FREE coaching sessions between now and March 1, 2017.

What better time of year to take advantage of a free coaching session!life-coaching-process

What a coach will do for you:

  • Bring clarity to what you really want in life.
  • Break down each goal into manageable action steps.
  • Hold you accountable for the choices you make.
  • Provide unconditional support and encouragement.

What a coach will not do for you:

  • Prioritize what is most important for you.
  • Offer advice.
  • Do the work for you.
  • Criticize or judge you for the choices you make.

If you have a long ‘to do’ or I want to…’ list, but just don’t know where to start, a coaching session is for you.

If you are interested:

  • You will contact me at via IM.
  • I will send you a form to fill out.
  • You will complete and return.
  • We will agree upon a time to “meet” via a phone call.
  • Phone call will take 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Follow up.

I look forward to changing the world with you!!


Peace, Love, Laughter & Pirate Yogis!


Oct 09 2016

Change is…

there-is-nothing-so-stable-as-changeWhen I was younger, my mantra used to be “change is bad”. I yearned for a feeling of stability which I perceived to be a condition of no change. I grew up in what I believe was a very stable home: routine, dependable, clean… in retrospect, I can see that I was shielded from the external changes in order for me to be allowed to experience my own internal changes throughout my childhood and high school years. Once I was a young parent and in the world, change became the norm, which I resisted. Now, in midlife, I embrace change, sometimes willingly, many times reluctantly. I am beginning to understand and trust the growth that change provides me. With this understanding, I can find my stability within change.

May 15 2016

Choices… allow introspection which leads to growth

i_am_on_my_wayWe all make choices in our lives, some big, some inconsequential; but everyday we make more choices than we are consciously aware of. Throughout my life I have made many choices, some good, some not so good, some amazing. Regardless of the perception, they all have led me to now, and all have served in my growth.

I have never been one to “do the right thing” or “do the normal thing”, but I can say I have led a life that I was meant to live. Apparently, I have some past fear issues and have unconsciously been taking them on. It seems as if every time I get settled and the fear has subsided, BAM out of no where The Universe is telling me, “It is time.”

In high school I had my early adult years planned out, I was going to University, getting a degree in Marketing, marrying around 25/26 and having my children a couple of years later. I even bet a friend of my parents a case of beer on each. I married at 19… paid my case of beer to him, gave birth to my daughter 2 months prior to my 21st birthday…and paid my case of beer to him. Ah, the best laid plans.

Since that time, my two amazing kids moved with me to Boise and to Mexico. Since they have grown, I moved back to Mexico by home while travelingmyself, on to Miami Beach to teach yoga full time, bought a 41′ sailboat and chartered with the boy scouts for a summer, moved to Tortola, B.V.I. then to the Florida Keys where my husband and I opened a restaurant (the scariest thing of all!). We are now in the process of selling the boat, which we are living on, and purchasing a bus. The bus, like the boat will offer us the opportunity to travel while being in the comforts of home (which as I age has become very important to me).

Each time a change is happening, I always have very mixed feelings. I feel sad for what I am leaving behind; anxious, excited, apprehensive, curious and, well, down right afraid of the unknown. During this time while I am ‘being’ with all the emotions, and ‘doing’ what has to be done, many of those close to me question if I am doing the right thing.

Choosing to live a lifestyle that is different than what was once the norm is fast becoming the ‘new’ norm. Having been

in the cruising (on water) community for some time now, I have seen the demographics shift, with more and more young people taking on their lives, alone, together and with families. I have met families that had over 6 figure incomes leave that life, so they could be with their families, explore and learn from the world and the people they meet, waiting tables and tending bar to make ends meet. We are now moving into a new cruising community (on land), and will be able to explore the entire United States, with plans to spend time in Mexico and Canada as well. While doing our research for this shift in our lives, we are discovering that the same demographic shift is happening in this cruising community. More and more cruisers, while on land or at sea are discovering how to ‘earn a living’, while actually living. We are blessed in the fact that as a yoga instructor and my husband being a musician, we are able to take our passion anywhere. We are able to meet new friends, and expand our extended family and explore this beautiful planet we call home.knowing people


New BeginningsDon't Be Afraid of Change

A new chapter or phase is starting in your life.

Remember life is an adventure

To explore whilst you have fun.

This is going to be great.

It is time to live your life.

It is time for change

Go for it!

courage amidst fear

Expanding ones comfort zone takes courage, I am told. I don’t feel courageous, I feel normal. Yes, I am afraid, but I will never let that or the perception of others stop me!

Apr 07 2016

Evolve or Die



“Except for the word change all other things in this world are subject to change. It is an inseparable part of life. Some changes bring progress while some do not but there is no power that can stop the process of changing. The wise people make the best use of change and take it as an opportunity while the rest stare helplessly at the change taking place. As Winston Churchill pointed out, if one wants to attain perfection, he or she has to change very often, which is an inevitable part of life and if you fail to change yourself, and remain stubborn in the past, you will not be a part of future. Change is inevitable, change brings about a change in life, and change should be welcomed and cherished and not despised.”

Don't Be Afraid of Change

As with all things, my life & Tropic Yoga are evolving once again. Beginning my love of yoga and my yoga career in 2000 teaching on the beaches in Sayulita, Nayarit, MX, my journey has taken me home to Central Idaho, returning to Sayulita, then on to Miami Beach in 2003 where I took my studies to a deeper level and truly began my career as a yoga instructor, until finding myself in the beautiful British Virgin Islands in 2011 teaching Yoga Onboard to cruisers on their boats. In 2012 Tropic Yoga offered yoga in the Florida Keys for four years, and is now eagerly awaiting the completion of this current evolution. 

Sometimes change is by choice, other times, not so much. This is one of the “not so much” times. While I open my heart and soul to what the Universe is offering, I am leaning into the changes and looking deep inside for the lessons learned and the opportunities that lie ahead. I may not know exactly what is on the horizon,but I do know one thing for sure, I am coming home, back to that place deep within me that loves, learns, inspires and trusts. I have always said that spirituality isn’t pretty, and this is one of those times. Spirituality is like a pig rolling around in the mud, to evolove_or_diethe witness, looks dirty and chaotic, to the pig, when all is said and done… absolute heaven! It is my belief that if you are not getting dirty, you are not growing. Getting dirty many times means tears and heartache, sleepless nights and not so great nutritional choices. Each day, each moment, each breath a new opportunity; stay lying in the mud, or dance in the rain!



Right now, I am going to hop on my new yoga mat and…. Party Om!

My new yoga mat... and outlook on life!

My new yoga mat… and outlook on life!

Nov 28 2013

I Am Grateful!

turkey kissesThis morning I have much to be grateful for… a beautiful and amazing husband, two over the top, words cannot describe, wonderful kids (well, young adults), a family (both mine & Eric’s) that I am proud to be a part of, an abundance of supportive and loving friends (most of whom I call family)  my health, and now a new business that is already booming and will be a wonderful platform to begin my yoga career in sunny Marathon FL. I had so many requests for yoga classes last night on our official opening day of Dockside Tropical Cafe’.  I guess I hear the Universe speaking. Keep an eye posted for upcoming schedules.

Jul 16 2013

Back To My Roots

view from balcony in Sayulita

View from balcony in Sayulita

When I first began to practice and teach yoga, I was living in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico.  The house we were living in had a huge round, empty palapa that overlooked the village and the bay. After my tea, visitors to the village began making their way up the hill, and placed their mats in such a way that insured them a beautiful view throughout their practice.  Never wanting to turn anyone away for lack of money, I accepted donations; sometimes receiving money in pesos or dollars, sometimes receiving gifts or other items. My roots: an outdoor practice overlooking the water, welcoming all. 

A few years later I found myself back in Sayulita, after returning to Idaho to teach for a couple of years and fulfilling the requirements to become a certified yoga instructor in Miami Beach. This time, I moved my classes to the beach; a short walk through the cemetery just past Villa Amor, would find you on Playa de los Muertos, a quiet beach surrounding a calm cove. Each morning I would arrive early, filling a large garbage bag full of bottles and cans that either washed ashore or were left by beach goers. As my students arrived, the beach filled with blankets and beach towels vs traditional mats.  We would emulate the flowing

Lobo during yoga class at Playa de los Muertos

Lobo during yoga class at Playa de los Muertos

palms in tree pose, and watch dolphins jump as we did our sun salutations. The breeze kept us cool, even as the sun filled the beach toward the end of class.  Always, my wolf Lobo (yea, we were very creative when naming him! J) could be found lying next to someone throughout the class. He had a peacefulness about him that only added to the practice as he moved around the class making sure everyone felt his loving energy. After class, some students would stroll back through the jungle to enjoy breakfast in the village; some would strip down to bathing suits and take a cleansing swim in the Pacific Ocean. 

Although I have practiced and taught in some of the most beautiful studios though out the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, being outdoors, especially near the water, to me, is the ultimate studio. Mother Nature offers invaluable lessons unobtainable from anything man can come up with; patience, trust, wonder, flexibility (in life), and dedication are just some of these.

I am a true believer that how you Be on the mat is how you Be in the world. What that means is you can observe your behaviors during your practice and if you are honest, see those same behaviors or approaches to circumstances in life. Some things to notice: How committed are you? Do you commit to each moment, pose, breath? Or do you commit to the practice, just to check it off your list for the day? Do you push yourself too hard? Or not hard enough? In other words, do you find and ride your edge? How easily are you distracted from your goal or commitment? All of these questions become very apparent when one is practicing outdoors, especially if near any sort of population. These are reasons I believe an outdoor practice offers the opportunity to grow your practice much deeper than one in an indoor environment. 

Living in Miami Beach I was given many opportunities too not only teach, but to bring my own practice outdoors, to the beach, but most of my classes took place in beautiful studios, in impressive resorts and gyms. Teaching indoors is predictable, quiet, and well, can be sterile. While this is a great environment to focus on specific postures and alignment, allowing for outer growth, it does less for any real internal growth. For this, we need to get down and get dirty. Practicing outdoors offers this.

Dockside on Boot Key Harbor

Now that we are living in the Florida Keys and I will be opening a restaurant with my husband right on Boot Key Harbor, I am looking forward to bringing my practice and my classes back outdoors.  Once we are open (plans are for October), I will offer morning classes on the deck of Dockside Tropical Café, with the breeze blowing and the dolphin and manatee swimming by. Classes will be basic hatha, geared toward all levels, with the possibility of adding additional classes that will have more specific objectives (power vinyasa, meditation, gentle, yoga nidra, yoga onboard for the cruisers out there).  

SUP Yoga

SUP Yoga

Plans to offer water sport rentals and adventures are also in the works; kayaks, paddleboards and snorkel sail charters. Once the paddleboards are in place, be prepared for SUP Yoga & Fitness!

All of this will be made possible once Dockside Tropical Café is open and running smooth. We are currently offering the opportunity to purchase lifetime discount cards, bar tabs, cool swag, or your very own bar stool or table. Anyone that takes advantage of this opportunity will give you the distinctive honor of being DTC Charter Crew. All Charter Crew will have a plaque with their name on it, and special t-shirt and hat. To become Charter Crew go to Yes, that was an unabashedly, not well hidden promotion for our crowd-fund we are currently running. Check it out then make plans to come see us in the Keys!

I am eagerly awaiting getting back to my roots… teaching and practicing outdoors.

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Dockside Tropical Café:  Start the day stretching, end the day dancing, eat well in between!

Peace, Love, Laughter & Pirate Yogis

Kim Hess-Stone

SV Ave de Paso




Apr 14 2013

We must sail, not drift, nor lie at anchor…

compass“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving:   To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

– Oliver Wendel Holmes

a note from November ’08

I recently had the opportunity to attend Sea School as the first step in obtaining my Captain’s license.  During the time spent on plotting and since then, I continue to think about the courses I have set for myself at various times throughout my life and how many times that course has changed either due to external conditions beyond my control, or internal conditions based on choices I have made.  When discussing the set and drift and point to aim when plotting I imagined having a navigation chart that represented my life and how it would look. I recall being close to graduating from high school and making a bet with a family friend that I would not be married until I was at least 26 years old and wouldn’t even consider having kids until a few years after that.  Well, that course was certainly effected by the currents of life.  I was married at 19 and brought the most beautiful baby girl into this world shortly before my 21st birthday with her brother following two and a half years later.  I paid my bets and carried on with the new course that had been set.

After my divorce, (yet another course change) I did my best to raise two independent and Erika & Dallascourageous human beings. I believe I did succeed in staying on that course.  Since that time, my course seems to be constantly changing, bringing into my life excitement, fear, new friends, challenges and adventure.  Almost four years ago when I landed here in Miami Beach after living the previous 6 months in Mexico, if someone would have told me I would be doing what I am doing right now, I would have laughed until I cried.  For that matter, if someone would have told me 15 years ago I would not only have lived in Mexico, but moved there with two teenagers and our two dogs, I would have thought them crazy!

I wonder sometimes what has been guiding me.  What has led me to NOW. I did not set a course to be HERE or anywhere near HERE.  I have felt for the last few years that I have simply been doing what I was told.  Not by any one person, but by something greater than myself.  I listen and I take action.  It seems so simple. Having clarity of what it is you truly want is crucial, however that doesn’t necessarily mean knowing what that is going to look like.  I have said for years “All I want is to sail and teach yoga.”  I had no idea it would look like this.

sailingEvery choice I make in my life now is based on the question, “What feels best?”.  I have let go of allowing guilt, obligation or should’ves guide my life and now let peace, joy and passion guide me. Based on results it is working.  Seeing, believing, but most of all trusting are the keys to a life that causes me to declare on a daily basis, “Life is good!”

What courses have you set for yourself throughout your lifetime, and how have you dealt with the wind and currents that may have blown you off that original course?

Peace, Love, Laughter and Pirate Yogis!


P.S.  I passed my tests and am now gathering my paperwork for the Coast Guard and shopping for my boat!

KeysChartsP.S.S. Today is 15 May 2013, five years after writing this blog, and WOW where the wind has blown me since then! I bought a 41′ sailboat, worked as a Captain with the Florida Sea Base Boy Scouts for a summer, and met & married a wonderful man who I am living with on our boat in the Florida Keys with our two macaws, after spending a couple of years living in the British Virgin Islands. We are, much to my surprise, in the process of purchasing a tiki bar and restaurant in Marathon, Florida, mid-way between Miami and Key West. We have plans to turn this into a premier music venue (my husband is a singer/songwriter with a passion for good music and good times) I will bring my passion of the outdoors and health & fitness through yoga into the space offering yoga & fitness classes in the mornings prior to opening. I also have plans to include water sports via kayak & paddleboard rentals & SUP Yoga right in front of the venue. Keeping our dreams alive and moving forward with love and passion.

Everything that happens is moving you to live a bigger truth.

— Alan Cohen

Apr 13 2013

Inspiration from a Universal Citizen(TM)

you are hereI just ran across this inspiring quote again, not sure where I found it so many years ago, but the words ring true for my aims in life.

“I have a holistic perspective about the world; I have a natural tendency towards co-operative action; I am international and intercultural; I am motivated by truth, integrity and unity; I am responsive to intrinsic beauty; I have an appreciation for peak experiences; I’m open-minded and treat others with respect; I have the desire to communicate authentically, naturally and easily; I am aware of my self-identity but have the capacity to go beyond the self; I use my natural talents to promote peace and goodwill; I aim to be awe-inspiring and above all I am aware of the sacredness of every person and of every living thing.”

I am a Universal CitizenTMuniversal citizen

Apr 03 2013

Living Green… K.I.S.S. ~ it’s easy!

going green“Every day we may make a hundred or more choices, some small and seemingly insignificant, and some large and unquestionably substantial.  Small or large, our collective choices and the actions that stem from them have an impact–good, bad or indifferent–on the world around us.”      It’s Easy Being Green, Crissy Trask

Keep it simple.  Start small.  Just by becoming conscious of the choices we make in every
moment and how that one, single choice affects your immediate and not so immediate environment.  Take for instance allowing the water to run as you are brushing your teeth.  Just the simple choice to turn the water off can save hundreds of gallons of water in a years time.  Worldwide, including right here at home in the United States, there are serious water shortages that have led to bitter fights over water rights with devastating outcomes for both humans and our aquatic ecosystems.

Some simple steps that you can do today are:green pledge

Reuse your grocery sacks or better yet bring your own reuseable bags.  A great one I have found is the ChicoBag.  It rolls up into a tiny bundle that stays in my purse.  Many times I forget to bring my bags in with me and have to load them at the car (I have the bag person put them right back into the cart and sack them at my car).  With the ChicoBag, I always have at least one bag with me.
Use a water filter instead of buying bottled water.  You can then purchase a stainless steel waterbottle to refill.
Turn off or unplug lights, fans and certain appliances when not in the room.  This not only saves electricity which has an impact on our carbon footprint, but also saves the impact on your wallet!
Combine errand running into one trip.  Rather than run to the store one day and another store the next, combine all into when day, saves gas and time.  OR better yet…
Walk or ride your bike when possible.
And of course, remember the four Rs.  RECYCLE, REUSE, REDUCE, REMEMBER!think green
These are just a few extremely simple things that each of us can incorporate into our lives that will have an impact if we all do them.  Being green is easy!

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”  Leo Tolstoy

I am always interested in hearing from you.  Please send me questions, ideas and photos for the website and Tropic Connections!

Peace, Love, Laughter and Pirate Yogis!


SV Ave de Paso
Florida Keys

Mar 31 2013

Finding Balance with Restorative Yoga

candleWith today’s crazy schedules, stress levels and overall busy-ness, it is especially important to find the time nurture the body, mind and soul.  What if, you could eliminate, or at least bring to a manageable level your stress levels through ancient techniques that have been proven to lower blood pressure, frustration levels, irritation, anger, and all other symptoms that come from a stressful life.

“To quiet the mind, all things are possible.”  Meister Eckhart

With a regular restorative yoga practice, we can begin to find balance in today’s world. The use of props in a restorative practice, allows the body to be completely supported for total relaxation, and is designed to open the spine through passive postures, including an inversion pose which reverses the effects of gravity. The masculine and feminine energy that reside within each of us are balanced through strategically designed sequencing. Restoring balance with intentional relaxation and passive manipulation of the spine and body, is IMG_1460essential to living well.

Silence is Power      African Proverb

In my Candlelight Restorative class, an emphasis is placed upon opening the front side of the body, countering the effects of day to day living in which we “close” the front of the body over 35,000 times each day.  Every thing we do, from walking, sitting, reaching and even sleeping closes or contracts the front side of the body. Rarely, if ever, do we consciously “open” the front of the body.

yoga nidraThe last posture of the evening is a supported savasana, preparing the body and mind for the final portion of this class: yoga nidra. A guided ‘meditation’ which stimulates various parts of the brain and balances the two hemispheres of the brain through time tested (over 5000 years) ‘exercises’ allowing the participant to go into a deeper state of consciousness, often times leaving them with the feeling of being “out of my body”.

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