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  • The First Core Desire Yoga Weekend

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    Hi, hi. Hope it's been a great Monday. I announced a month or so ago that I've partnered with my friend Dorie to create Core Desire Yoga. We are offering weekend workshops that combine Danielle LaPorte's The Desire Map with yoga. You can read all about it on our website. I'm still on a high [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: CrossFit Progress + Quest for the Press

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    Quick Sunday night check in with the weekly workout recap. I did a little of everything (as usual) this week but nothing crazy. As I've mentioned about a million times before, I don't plan my workouts. I just monitor how I feel day-to-day and do whatever it is that fits best with my schedule and [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • And Upside Down & Inverted Saturday + Recent Eats

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    It's been a wonderful but exhausting day. I taught two hot yoga classes this morning and then headed back to the studio to teach an arm balance and inversions workshop this afternoon. I love, love, love all things inverted and upside down and teaching these workshops is rewarding and a lot of fun. This was [...]

  • 11 Yoga Basics and Etiquette Tips from a Teacher

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    I love yoga. I want everyone to practice yoga. I think it changes lives. That said, it took me every bit of five years of dabbling in it to finally decide it was for me. It's complicated. But it shouldn't be. One of the things I've loved most about writing this blog is introducing so [...]

  • Weekend: So Much Yoga + The Girls + The Food

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    I had a great weekend! It was a nice balance of work, fun and relaxation. And there was this... I almost feel guilty posting this because I know so many of you are digging out of snow but it was insanely gorgeous in Charlotte this weekend. 65 and sunny on Saturday and 70 and sunny [...]

  • A Sweet Saturday + Arm Balance & Inversion Workshop

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    Hi and happy Saturday! I had such a wonderful day. It began with a tropical green smoothie while I finished up making a new playlist for my morning yoga classes. I went straw instead of spoon and no granola today. I spent my morning teaching yoga...7:45 a.m. hot vinyasa at Charlotte Yoga followed by 9:30 [...]

  • A Weekend Workshop + Weekly Workouts

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    This Sunday is a breath of fresh air for me! Other than teaching my normal Sunday morning yoga class, I have had the whole day 100% to myself to do whatever I feel like doing. I slept 'til 8:15, taught, came home and menu planned for the week (first time doing that in foreverrrrrr and [...]

  • Yoga Videos + Weekly Workouts

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    Is anyone else totally mixed up on the days after having Christmas fall in the middle of the week along with travel? I can't believe the weekend is almost over and it's time for the weekly workout recap. The last few days have felt like one long stretch of weekend although I am not complaining about that. I [...]

  • Two Guided Meditations I Use to Fall Asleep at Night

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    I am not the best sleeper. I sometimes have trouble falling asleep at night and I almost always wake up in the middle of the night sometime around 3 a.m. and have to coax myself back to sleep. What is it about the 3 a.m. hour that intensifies everything and makes you feel like you [...]

  • The Day Everything Changed

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    Sunday was a big day over here. 1) The time changed. In case you didn't know (I only bring it up once a week ;))...I'm a summer girl and the arrival of short days and cold weather makes me want to hibernate in a hole until April. I really should work on that plan to [...]

  • Flip Dog to Full Wheel Video Tutorial + Yoga Reading: You Are Not Broken

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    While I love every yoga class that I teach and do my best to bring my all to each one, I spend a lot of time preparing for my weekend classes. They are my "special classes" where I put extra effort towards putting together a new playlist, sharing a reading or a message and having a [...]

  • Practicing Fearlessness & 7 Headstand Variations

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    I was talking with a friend recently about how much power fear has over many of the decisions we make (or simply do not make...indecision is the worst). Often, we stay in situations for too long because we're comfortable and/or afraid of change. Or we avoid pursuing a dream or passion because we fear change [...]

  • The End of Hashtanga + The Yoga & Running Dance

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    I finished Michael Gannon's 30-Day #Hashtanga Challenge today. During the month of September I made my way through the ashtanga primary series through 30(ish) Instagram videos. I have been practicing ashtanga (on and off) for about five years now and this challenge gave me some new energy around not only my ashtanga practice but my yoga [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • September #hashtanga Challenge: Week 3

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    I'm participating in my first Instagram yoga challenge and I've successfully completed three weeks of the month long challenge. I'm having a lot of fun with it and it's definitely inspiring my practice. When I watch Michael Gannon and Minnar Martinez's challenge videos it lights a FIRE under me. I want more than anything to get my [...]

  • Weekend: Slowing Down + Opening Up

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    I spent the summer getting outside of my comfort zone and focused on creating connection and experiences with new and old friends. I put myself out there in a way that I really haven't in the past. I said yes to almost every invitation I got for everything from dinner to beach trips to workouts [...]

  • September #hashtanga Challenge: Week 2

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    Last week I shared that I am participating in my first ever Instagram yoga challenge hosted by Michael Gannon. Read all the details in this post. I have kept up with the challenge every day! Here's a recap of the second week. Monday Utthita hasta padangushthasana for day 8. Tuesday Day 9 ardha baddha padmottanasana. Wednesday [...]

  • Workouts: HM Training Week 2 + Back to BodyPump

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    It was such a great week of workouts! First, I wrapped up week 2 of half marathon training feeling super strong. I am following a training plan that is challenging me, especially when it comes to speed and tempo runs. I go into them wondering how I can possibly pull it off and then it [...]

  • Lately: Pumpkin, Yoga & Game Day

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    Happy Saturday! After a nearly hour and a half weather delay, I'm parked on the couch cheering on the Dawgs! It's game day and it's always a stressful game when we're playing South Carolina. I wore myself earlier today so couch time is welcome. I did my long run early this morning, taught hot yoga, [...]

  • September #hashtanga Yoga Challenge

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    I love Instagram. I have to say that it's probably my favorite social media channel at the moment. I love how visual it is and how much community and connection it creates. I have enjoyed connecting with the blogging community and my readers via Instagram but the yoga community is also rocking on Instagram. One [...]

  • Last Week’s Workouts: First Barre Class + First Long Run of HM Training!

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    Good morning and happy Monday! Okay, first. Sorry that there are some blog related glitchy things going on. There have been issues with the comments not showing up (although I am seeing your comments on the backend and will respond to them so keep leaving them!) and also still with the mobile ads blocking text. [...]

  • Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga + This Week’s Workouts

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    This summer I've had two occasions to try stand up paddle board yoga. The first was on my beach trip last month. We had a board at the house and took turns going out and goofing around on it. I got a good feel for the board but fell in the water MANY, MANY times. [...]

  • Backbend Workshop + Workouts

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    Hi everyone! I hope you're enjoying the weekend. I have had a great one and will get a weekend post up a little later. For now I have the week of workouts to share including details on a backbending workshop I took over the weekend. Just because she's so cute... :) Monday 3.5 mile run + Strength [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Weekend: Pool, Peaches, Sunshine and Yoga

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    Good morning! Holiday weekend is over and time to get back in the swing of things. My day kicked off bright and early with 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. training clients. As I mentioned last week, I am training one of my friends who is in her third trimester. She is still rocking it in the [...]

  • Morning Meditation: Living with Intention

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    My alarm went off this morning at 4:55 a.m. and I was woken from a very deep, restful sleep that I haven't been experiencing too often lately. All I wanted to do was sink back into that deep sleep but I had a client to train and a class to teach so I got my [...]

  • Loving Lately: Welcome Summer

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    Today is the official first day of summer and I couldn't be happier. Summer is hands down my favorite season of the year. I can't get enough of the long days, warm weather and everything that goes along with it. Here's a look at what I've been loving lately as we welcome summer. Tomato sandwiches [...]

  • The Weekend + The Best Meal + The Saddest Movie

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    I had a very low key but nice weekend. After continuing education all day on Friday, I crashed Friday night and didn't do much of anything. I had hopes of getting up and practicing at Om Yoga on Saturday morning before I taught my hot vinyasa class but then I slept until 8:30 so that [...]

  • The Power of Privates

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    I had dinner this evening with a group of the women I worked with who recently completed their 200-hour yoga teacher training certification. Over the course of our conversation we talked about the questions they were receiving frequently from friends and family about their certification. The number one inquiry seems to be, "So are you going to [...]

  • The Weekend + Love, Empowerment & Acceptance for All

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    I wish I could say that my weekend was full of fun and exciting things but about all I've got for you is book writing, avocados and a cute golden retriever. I received an 80 page word document full of tracked changes to review from my copy editor that was due by Sunday evening. It [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: Taking It Easy

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    This week's workouts were pretty much the opposite of last week...last week I CrossFitted 4 times, this week I CrossFitted ZERO. Last week I did yoga once, this week I did yoga three times. Last week I rested none, this week I focused a lot on rest. Just like my post on working so hard to [...]

  • Being of Service

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    Today is a day of honor. Today is a day of remembrance. Today is a day of gratitude. For the incredible sacrifice made by those men and women who served our country. Whether they're strangers, brothers, friends, mothers, spouses or grandfathers, each act of service was equally as important and honorable. I am really blessed to [...]

  • Weekend: Growth, Love & Transformation

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    My weekend was full of celebration including the final weekend of yoga teacher training and graduation, a friend's baby shower and the grand opening of Metro Fitness 51. My weekend was also full of reflection about how much growth, change and transformation is constantly happening around us (and within us). I stayed in on Friday [...]

  • Practice Brings Change

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    One of the things that I say over and over again in my yoga classes is that the practice of yoga is a journey. It's about meeting yourself on your mat practice after practice and facing whatever is going on in your body, in your head and in your heart...becoming more aware of how you feel [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Four Pigeon Variations to Stretch Tight Hips

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    A couple of months ago I wrote about 3 yoga poses for tight, rounded shoulders. The response to the post was great and I've received many requests for a version focused on the hips. If I had to identify two areas of the body where my yogis, CrossFit athletes and personal training clients are tight [...]

  • A Very Social Weekend (I Put on Real Clothes 4 Days in a Row!)

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    I hope your Monday is off to a great start! I had a yoga private this morning, a coffee meeting and then I shopped and cooked meals for my client. I haven't done a weekend recap in a while because my weekends haven't been much to write about but I thought that putting on real [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + The Best Rest Day

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    Saturday was the best rest day ever. I bounded out of bed at 7 a.m. after an awesome night of sleep and knocked out a blog post while I drank a green smoothie. I finalized my playlists and readings and then headed off to Om Yoga to teach my Saturday morning hot vinyasa class. I [...]

  • 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 Workouts: My First Time RXing Fran!

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    Thanks to my unusual midweek travel to see my grandmother, I'm still off my normal workout balance in that yoga has taken a backseat for the last few weeks. It's okay though because I hit a major milestone last Tuesday in CrossFit...read on for more details! :) Monday Cardio/Strength 5 rounds: 250 meter sprint on [...]

  • 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) [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: Lots of CrossFit

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    Right on the heels of me blogging about the workout balance that works for me...I had a week with hardly any yoga and lots of CrossFit and running! The balance is definite an ebb and flow. Some weeks I'm all yoga, yoga, yoga and others it feels better or works well with my schedule to [...]

  • Letting Go Of “Should Be”

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    When I first started practicing hot yoga I looked so forward to my weekly Sunday afternoon class with Suzanne Bergen. It was not only hot and physically challenging but also spiritual and sacred. Suzanne always had a message to share with us at the beginning of class and it always seemed to be exactly what [...]

  • Finding The Right Workout Balance: Lift, Run, Stretch

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    One of the questions that I receive all the time is how to find the right workout balance between cardio, strength and mobility. I totally understand this question from both ends of the spectrum. Mindset #1 - "I do this one thing and it's all I want to do!" I spent a good 6 years where [...]

  • 3 Yoga Poses for Tight, Rounded Shoulders

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    Unlocking tight shoulders and chests are something that I focus on constantly with my yoga students, CrossFitters and training clients. Rounded shoulders and tight chest muscles have become the norm in our society as we are constantly hunched over desks and steering wheels and carrying heavy bags or children on one side of our bodies. [...]

  • Yoga Changes Things + This Week’s Workouts

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    I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Per usual, mine was yoga focused. I always teach on Saturday and Sunday mornings but it was also a yoga teacher training weekend for Y2 and I am assisting with training this year so my afternoons were spent in the training. I am approaching my third anniversary of teaching [...]

  • Weekend: Furniture, FroYo and Yoga Clothes

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    It has been the most beautiful weekend here in Charlotte. Blue skies and 70+ degrees. Happy! It was so nice to have a weekend at home for the first time in several weeks. I spent my time catching up, running errands, working around the house and teaching. I can't wait to share my ALDI trip [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + Being TOO Sore

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    Let me give you one piece of advice. Don't go on vacation for 9 days without lifting a single heavy weight and then crush your body the first day back in the gym with heavy squats and front rack lunges. Squatting and lunging are my two favorite lower body exercises and when they were BOTH [...]