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  • Energetic Exchange & Teaching Yoga + Playlist & Workouts

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    I don't even know where to begin. This week was exhilarating and exhausting. I taught more yoga classes in a single week than I ever have since I started teaching. In an average week I teach around 10 classes. I would say my sweet spot is 7-8. This week I taught 14. For some of [...]

  • Let Me Upgrade You {iPod Touch Review} + Recent Eats

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    You're totally singing Beyonce in your head now, right? My life changed a little bit yesterday. I received a very generous gift of a brand new 64-gig iPod touch for all of my yoga music and work social media needs. Within an hour I had it fully loaded with all my favorite apps and every [...]

  • Weekend + Workshop + Playlist + Workouts

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    Hey, hey! The remainder of my weekend consisted of more yoga, sushi, lots of work and some puppy play time. I went out for sushi on Saturday night and it was blissful. Sushi Guru has THE BEST SUSHI in all of Charlotte. If you live here...go! After sushi I convinced myself that Zoey still fit [...]

  • New Playlist + Weekly Workouts

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    Hi there. Hope it's been a good weekend. Quick check in with a playlist and this week's workouts. Here is a link to my playlist for the week. I couldn't embed it in the post because it contains some songs that aren't on Spotify. I included them anyway but you'll have to find them elsewhere [...]

  • New Music Sunday + Weekly Workouts

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    I hope everyone is having a nice Sunday. It's 34 degrees and raining here but it makes for a cozy, productive day. It was especially nice for teaching hot yoga this morning. I made a new playlist for class. And here is the Spotify link to follow. I am really trying to embrace Spotify to [...]

  • Lovefest Playlist + Weekly Workouts (With Some BodyPump!)

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    Ahh! I've spent the last few hours trying to make sense of the healthcare options available to get coverage before today's open enrollment deadline (way to wait to the last minute...right?). One of the negatives to being self-employed is definitely having to navigate and cover all of this on your own. I feel like there [...]

  • This Week’s Playlist + Workouts (Lots of Squats!)

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    Hi and happy Sunday! Once I finally got everything up and working right (thanks for being patient!)...it seemed that you all really liked the Spotify playlist so I'm going to post them weekly (as long as I make a new one). Here's the latest: And here's the link to follow it on Spotify. Quick note, [...]

  • New Playlist (Including Spotify!) + Music Faves

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    Hi, hi! I am currently parked at my favorite local bakery for what I like to call "power hour." It's a no distractions, hammer through the to-do list and get sh*t done mission...aided by a oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and a soy cappuccino. Short tangent. Sometimes I think to myself that I'm going to cut [...]

  • Why I Told My Yoga Class to Eat Pizza + Playlist

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    I am feeling the holiday crazies something serious this year. When my editor told me my book deadline was January 5 and apologized for the holiday timeline, I didn't think much of it. Now that I'm in the moment...I have to admit that I'm dying a little. I want to be shopping, baking cookies and [...]

  • This Week + A Requested Playlist

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    This week has been a beautiful blur. I have spent a ton of time in the studio both teaching and practicing. I took an extended break from my practice over the summer and into the fall and it feels so good and so right to be back to it. The energy at the studio with [...]

  • Fall Running Playlist

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    Hey there. I was really happy to see the squat/burpee ladder workout get such great feedback. A big thanks to everyone who liked and shared on Facebook and Pinterest. I make a lot of workouts available for free so that I've usually used in my own training or with clients so I really appreciate the help [...]

  • A Kinder Wake Up Call + Last Week’s Workouts

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    I hope your Monday is off to an excellent start! As usual, I kicked off my week with a very early alarm to train clients. I had three in a row this morning starting at 5:30 a.m. Great start to the week! Speaking of alarms, I've had a revelation... Last week I changed the "sound" on my [...]

  • Worthy Now. Right This Minute. As Is.

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    I woke up this morning feeling kind of blah. I got on the computer and started working on a new playlist for my Sunday yoga church class. I was feeling a more chill and relaxed playlist and that came together nicely. The message was another story. I was at a loss for words. My heart [...]

  • Rained Out + Recent Eats

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    Last night was a little bit of a let down. I had plans to see Kings of Leon with some friends but the weather was not cooperating. Our seats were on the lawn and there was an 80% chance of storms and a hazardous weather warning. We decided to chance it anyway and drove to [...]

  • Awesome New Playlist + Songs I’m Loving

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    Hey, hey! What a day...but such a good one. I had clients at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. followed by teaching hot yoga at 8:10 a.m. The general consensus among my clients and students is that I was NOT nice today and kind of crushed them a little (eh, a lot...oops!). Guess I was feeling a [...]

  • Don’t Forget to Breathe

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    One of the words that I say the most as a trainer and yoga teacher is "breathe." And I cannot tell you how many times I have had clients thank me for the reminder because they realize they were holding their breath while they were working. A couple of weeks ago I had a yoga student [...]

  • Summer Running Playlist + This Week’s Workouts

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    I regularly post my yoga playlists for y'all but I received a request last week for a running playlist. Recently, I have been listening to TED Talks and audiobooks while running more than music but I put together a playlist for you with my current favorite upbeat songs that are sure to motivate you through a summer run! And [...]

  • This Week’s Workout + New Playlist

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    I missed recapping my workouts last week when my mom was visiting. It was a very low key week with lots of rest and not a lot of high intensity. I stepped it up a bit this week and felt great overall. None of my workouts left me sore or overly fatigued. It was a [...]

  • Two Sweet Giveaways

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    Good evening. Hope it was a good day. I'm about to make it a little brighter with two SWEET giveaways! TCBY is now offering a dairy-free frozen yogurt made from Silk Almond Milk. I swung by on my way home from working out, training and teaching at the gym tonight for a little sweet treat. [...]

  • Mother’s Day Yoga + New Playlist

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    Happy Mother's Day! While I wish that I could have spent the day with my mom I am so happy that I was able to celebrate Mother's Day with her while I was in Florida last weekend. I spent my Mother's Day with beautiful, beautiful yogis teaching class, taking class and with teacher trainees. This [...]

  • A JOYFUL Weekend of Yoga + New Playlist

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    This was a really, really, really good yoga week on the teaching front. I am grateful every time I lead a class but this week my yogis went above and beyond with their energy and focus. They showed up BIG. I can't even describe what it's like to be a part of but it makes [...]

  • Easter Yoga + Playlist

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    Happy Easter! For the last few years I have spent my Easter Sundays the same way I always spend Sunday mornings...teaching my 90 minute hot class at Y2. After two days of pouring rain I woke up this morning to find the sun shining, the air crisp and everything green and vibrant. It's the perfect [...]

  • This Week’s Yoga Readings + Playlist: On Taking Care

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    Last week I shared that I'm going to start posting my weekly readings/discussion topics that I use for my yoga classes. I thought that in addition to that I will also post my playlist. Many of you have told me that you enjoy seeing my playlists (students, fellow teachers and readers looking for new music) [...]

  • For Your Entertainment: Zombies, Books, Movies & More

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    Thanks for all of the thoughtful discussion yesterday's strength training post. Keep those questions coming and again, please let me know if there are any specific fitness topics you'd like me to address in these "weekly workout" posts. I'm going to take a little more of a lighthearted approach with today's post and share with [...]

  • The BEST Playlist I’ve Made in Months

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    This week has flown by in a haze of teaching, training, writing and photo shoots. My photographer and I decided to knock out all the photography for my book in one week to try and get as much consistency as possible. We've done two days of shooting and have one left to go tomorrow. It's [...]

  • Saturday with Jay Z & Dinner Uptown

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    Hello and happy Monday. I think it's back to reality for most of us after two weeks of holiday schedules. This is definitely the busy season in the fitness industry. The yoga studios were unbelievably packed over the weekend thanks to a new year and really cold, rainy days. I had over 60 yogis in [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + New Playlist

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    This was a much lighter week for me on the workout front. A lot of yoga, minimal running and only one CrossFit workout. Also, two complete rest days. I say this all the time but I really listen to my body when it comes to structuring my workouts. I try to stay true to whatever [...]

  • Favorite finds to snack on, listen to and read.

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    Morning! Today's post is going to be a hodge podge of recent favorites from music to food to reading material so let's get right to it. Perfect early morning coffee sipping activity! :) To snack on... This artichoke spinach "hommus" from Cedar's. So tasty! These crackers from Glutino. I tried this brand a few months [...]

  • Real Life Friday + 3 New Song Picks

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    Happy Friday! Just a few updates for you before I go brave Ikea. If you don't hear from me tomorrow send out the search teams. :P The first noteworthy item to share is that I am wearing regular people clothes to work today!!! This might be the second time ever. I took a 6:30 a.m. [...]

  • Playlist + Bachelorette + Food

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    I hope that you all enjoyed your weekend. The highlight of mine was definitely my presentation to the gymnasts on Saturday along with my friend Lina's bachelorette. I did nothing on Friday night. I just made the granola bars and sat on the couch with some cheese, wine and a bowl of soup. I was [...]

  • Wednesday Workouts & Eats + 3 Songs I’m Loving

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    Good morning! I had an early wake up call for a 6 a.m. client. It's always tough to get out of bed when the alarm goes off in the five o'clock hour but once I'm up, I love it. Early morning has always been the most productive time of the day for me. When I [...]

  • Sweet Sullie + Yoga Love + Run Inspiration

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    I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! Sullie's certainly is! She has been camped out in my office playing with her toys...one of her favorite things to do is play with multiple toys at one time. Today it's laying on her duck while she chews her bone. I cannot tell you how [...]

  • My First Mumford!

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    Several weeks ago some of my girlfriends decided to get a group together to journey down to Simpsonville, South Carolina for the sold out Mumford & Sons concert. We gladly overpaid for tickets on Stub Hub and started making plans. It started with just four of us but before we knew it our group doubled [...]

  • Muse Madness

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    I received a text from a friend on Monday afternoon that another of our friends had backed out on her Muse ticket and asking if I wanted it. I immediately replied "YES!!!" I have loved Muse for years. I saw them in Atlanta a few years ago and it was one of the best concerts [...]

  • Exciting Thursday

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    It's an exciting Thursday over here! First , after a flurry of text messages this morning between me and some of my girlfriends we decided "you only live once" and bought tickets to a sold out Mumford & Sons concert in two weeks!  (source) The concert is on a week night, an hour and a [...]

  • We Finally Meet + A New Playlist

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    Sunday was a really special day for me. I finally got to meet three women who I have been interacting with via social media and the blog world for years. I sent a group message to Teri, Miriam (formerly of Bellaspire which she has stepped away from...you've seen her on this blog before) and Leslie [...]

  • OneRepublic in Charlotte

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    I have been playing a lot of music from OneRepublic's new album in my yoga classes. I didn't even know that I liked them so much until recently. I honestly had no idea that they sing that song Apologize and I've liked it for years! I heard on the radio on Thursday evening that they [...]

  • Currently Loving: Moisturizers, Music, Reading Material, Chocolate

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    Lots of things I'm currently into that I want to share. Two Body Products I'm OBSESSED with.  Johnson's Baby Oil Gel. I discovered this stuff about six months ago and it's been a staple in my bathroom ever since. It's unbeatable in its moisturizing abilities...especially during dry winter months and for exposed summer legs. It's [...]

  • Currently…

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    Currently... - The only workout I feel like doing or can get excited about is yoga. I need it in a bad way right now. I've done one strength workout in 2 weeks. Running requires extreme amounts of mental motivation. I did it on vacation because it was my only choice but other than that...nada. [...]

  • A Private Andy Grammer Concert

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    We were very lucky yogis at Y2 Yoga on Tuesday night...Andy Grammer played a private charity concert at the studio benefiting ALS. It's kind of a crazy story...Andy played at the studio three years ago when it first opened to all of about 10 people. The studio was lucky to have 5 people in a class [...]

  • Friday Stuff: Google Reader Alternative, Read This, Music, Summer Love

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    Happy Friday everyone. I've got nadda to show you on the food/life front although I assure you that you aren't missing anything. My life has been extremely photo unworthy over the past couple of days. I'm just doing the best I can to even get through this week right now. However, I do have several [...]

  • WOD + Eats + New Yoga Playlist

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    Workouts this week have been good. Lots of yoga, lots of strength and little running. I'm just really not feeling the running right now. But I did have to get some running in on Wednesday in honor of National Run Day. I did this WOD but substituted a 500 meter run for the rowing. This [...]

  • Til I Collapse

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    I find music to be incredibly motivating when it comes to workouts. There have been studies that show that music can increase performance and enhance endurance. While I can sometimes listen to audio books, podcasts or nothing at all when I run outside, music is a non-negotiable for me when I'm working out in the gym. [...]

  • Winter Weather + Workout Tunes

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    It's a gray, cold and icy day here in Charlotte. It's 27 degrees and we are supposed to get a lot of freezing rain and ice this afternoon. Of course that has caused the closure of many schools and businesses but our plan here at the gym is to stay open and run classes as [...]

  • So Much To Share

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    I love Sundays. They inspire me. Always. I woke up before my alarm so I had some time to lounge before teaching my 9:15 hot class. I made espresso and oatmeal and got back in bed. It was a gray, rainy morning so it was so cozy to hang out in bed. (And that's one [...]

  • A Weekend Alone

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    Oh, Monday. It seems like I was just gushing over how happy I was about the arrival of Friday night. The weekend passed so quickly and I'm proud to announce that I did...pretty much nothing. I spent a lot of time alone and loved it. I took myself to yoga, Starbucks and the farmers market [...]

  • lulu Staples + Workout Tunes

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    Good morning! Yesterday was completely insane...as Wednesdays usually are...so I didn't post but there wasn't much to share anyway. I taught an early yoga class and then spent the remainder of the day alternating between sending rapid fire e-mails, sitting in meetings and working the front desk at Metro CrossFit. Luckily, the day ended with [...]

  • Baby I Like It

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    It only seems right to bring in the weekend with a post title courtesey of Enrique Iglesias. Haha. Although every time I hear that song it puts me in BodyPump mode because it's a triceps track. I just want to yell out "singles." Okay, so let's actually discuss the relevancy of the title. This post [...]

  • Listen Up

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    Food has been a little boring. Peanut butter, honey and banana on a gluten-free Trader Joe's frozen waffle. I am loving using these as an alternative to toast in the morning. Thanks to whoever recommended the TJs brand. I like it better than Van's. Leftover Mexican Quinoa. I can't get enough. This stuff is so [...]

  • The Soundtrack Of My Life

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    After yesterday's post about workout music I thought to myself, "they might think I have terrible taste in music." Pop, dance and club remixes certainly have their place when I'm working out, running or teaching but they are not the soundtrack of my life. Far from it...the soundtrack of my life is actually more "cook [...]