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  • 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 [...]

  • Vacation Week Workouts

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    Hi! I'm home! I kind of decided to take a break with the blogging for the last few days of vacation and focus on writing during my limited working hours and soaking up the experience the remainder of the time. There was a moment yesterday where I thought "I could blog or I could take [...]

  • So Much Beautiful

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    Only two days left of this amazing trip so soaking up all the sun, friends, yoga and relaxation that I can. Here is a quick photo recap of what my days have looked like. It's truly been a trip full of beautiful everything...moments, people, scenery. I have been getting up at 5:30 or 6 most [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + Learning to Love Deadlifts

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    My workouts this week were really well balanced. Three strength training workouts, two good runs and lots of yoga. Furthermore, I loved the balance of my strength workouts with one big squat day, one deadlift focused day and one all over circuit training day. As I've mentioned before, I try to get in barbell squats [...]

  • Arriving and Exhaling

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    Hola from Mexico! My alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. and I happily bolted out of bed to get ready for an early flight. We have a great airport in Charlotte and I knew there would be lots of good breakfast options. It was nice not to have to choke down breakfast at home at [...]

  • This Week’s Eats + Off to Mexico!

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    Happy Friday! This time tomorrow afternoon I'll be practicing yoga on an open air pier in Mexico with this view... This trip crept up so fast! I can't believe that I'll be spending the next week in Mexico on a yoga retreat with many of my close friends and students from Y2 Yoga. We had [...]

  • Weekend & Winners

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    My weekend was nothing too exciting but perfect for me. I'll give you one guess what the theme of it was... Yep, yoga. I am assisting with 200-hour teacher training this winter/spring and we had a teacher training weekend scheduled. (They complete the 200 hours over the course of eight weekends and assisting/observation work done [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts (They Made Me Sore!)

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    My workouts this week were kind of all over the place due to the snow but I was sore all week! First from a CrossFit WOD and then from the snow day home workout that I did. It's been a long time since I've been as sore as I was this week. Monday Hot Yoga [...]

  • Weekend: Crazy Curls + Massage + Yoga

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    Good morning and happy Monday! I am setting my intention to have a focused and productive week that includes LOTS of writing for my book. :) Before I dive into the new week, here's a look back at a few weekend highlights. Fun fact: my hair is naturally curly/wavy but I never wear it this [...]

  • Day In The Life Tuesday: Different Every Day

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    Hey, hey! Hope everyone had an awesome Tuesday. For whatever reason this always seems like the best day to do a "day in the life" post because my Tuesdays have always been my busiest and most diverse days since day one of this fitness full time gig. So, here's your day in the life Tuesday! [...]