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  • The Ins and Outs of Hot Yoga: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

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    This January marks 5 years since I started my 200-hour yoga teacher training! And this year I will be co-leading our studio's 200-hour teacher training, which starts tomorrow! I think I can safely say that while I love all of my many jobs, teaching  yoga is the one that lights me up the most and [...]

  • Ambassador Announcement + Weekly Workouts + A Farewell

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    Does anyone else feel a little out of sorts right now? I feel like it's been one big weekend for the last 5 days. We kept calling the days we were gone for Thanksgiving "the weekend" and then got back and it actually was the weekend. One of the biggest perks about this 5 day [...]

  • Ocean Spray PACt Cranberry Extract Water {Review + Giveaway!}

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    This post is brought to you by Ocean Spray and includes an Amazon gift card giveaway at the end! This may come as a surprise but one of the things that I struggle with most when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle is hydration. In my mind I can think of a million reasons [...]

  • The Benefits of AMRAP Workouts + This Week’s Workouts

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    Hi and welcome to the weekly workout recap! I regularly consider whether or not to keep writing this post every week because sometimes it feels a little "all about me" and redundant but then I receive feedback that it's really helpful for some of you and gives you ideas and inspiration. As a compromise, I've [...]

  • Summer of Stairs…And Weekly Workouts

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    I make my clients run stairs on the regular because it's really great cardio. It's quick and efficient for getting the heart rate up and a nice change from running and rowing. And I think it's safe to say that most of my clients would pick stairs over burpees. ;) Recently, I've been including more [...]

  • A Total Body Strength Workout & A Cardio CrossFit Workout + Weekly Workout Recap

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    Hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend. Rainy weather yesterday brought in some cooler weather. It's currently 79 and low humidity and it's amazing. A welcome change after two weeks of 98-100 degree days. I'm going to head out for a run and soak up the sunshine after I publish this post. Here's my recap of [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Easter + Weekly Workouts

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    Hi! I hope everyone had a very happy Easter! I had a good day but I always really miss my parents and my grandmother on this day. I've taught yoga on Easter morning for the last four years in a row. As I shared recently, I've been feeling ready to give up Sunday morning "yoga [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The Best Weekend + A Great Week of Workouts

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    This has been a really great weekend. I've been trying to spend as much time outside as possible because the weather has been incredible. It's 70 and sunny right now! I'm currently sitting outside and working. Zoey is playing in the rosemary bush and Sullie is sun bathing. I had a pretty awesome Saturday. I taught [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Pre-Turkey & Pie Burner Workout + Weekly Workout Recap

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    Hello and happy Thanksgiving week! It's my favorite holiday of the year! In preparation for the upcoming feast, I have a great workout to share with you that's high in intensity and sure to make some room for the turkey and pie! :) In addition to testing this workout myself, I also put several clients [...]

  • 5 Minute Stability Ball Ab Workout + This Week’s Workouts

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    I have a quick but effective ab workout to share with you today. I've been using it with some of my clients for the last couple of weeks as a warm up/core circuit and I've done it myself a few times too. I did it to finish up my workout yesterday and my abs were a little [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Last Week’s Workouts + Visiting CrossFit Above the Bar

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    Good Monday morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Sullie did! (Her life is really hard.) Here's a recap of last week's workouts. Well balanced, still heavy on the lifting/CrossFit and a complete rest day! Body feeling great and focusing on good nutrition right now. Monday AM ashtanga practice by the pool [...]

  • 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 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Five Miles Never Felt So Good

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    Happy weekend! Mine is a balance between hanging out and relaxing and running around trying to get the last of Christmas taken care of. This month flew by! It is a beautiful day here in North Carolina - 72 and a little overcast with peeks of sunshine coming through the clouds. It was too nice [...]

  • Violet Love {Giveaway}

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    Happy Monday! I'm over here battling delayed onset soreness from Saturday's workout that is so bad that my yoga practice this morning consisted of me taking the few chaturangas I did decide to do on my knees, no handstands, no backbends, no arm balances...nadda. I did feel better after I did some stretching in the [...]

  • Weekend As Usual

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    One day I'm practicing ashtanga poolside with the sun beating down on me and the next day I'm running outside with snow blowing in my face. Vacation is officially over. What a wake up call! I've jumped right back into my normal routine. Saturday morning started with peanut butter toast, espresso and CrossFit. I actually [...]

  • Yay!

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    Happy Friday! I'm so excited! I'm at the airport on the way to go visit my mom in Florida this weekend. My dad is in Georgia so we're going to have some girl time! I bought her a yoga mat and she'll soon learn that we're going to have a yoga private lesson every day [...]

  • Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    My Sunday activities consisted of sleeping in, making brunch, baking cookies, blogging, hot yoga, house cleaning and a meeting at lululemon. While I did keep myself busy, none of these were "have to do's" and everything was done at a relaxed pace. It is still weird for me to wake up on Sunday morning and [...]

  • The Little Things

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    Sometimes life can feel a little overwhelming. It seems that when things are good, they're so good. You're happy, work is good, everyone around you is happy, blessings and opportunity abound. At the other end of the spectrum, there are those times when you literally ask yourself if one more thing could possibly go wrong. [...]

  • Welcome Weekend

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    The weekend is off to a great start. Good food, killer workouts, friends, yoga and the farmers market. It's so nice to be in town and back to the normal weekend routine. I really enjoyed my Friday. I spent the morning shadowing/observing personal training sessions before coming home for lunch. Lunch featured the leftover Grit [...]

  • Saturday Stuff

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    My Saturday included everything from yoga to cleaning baseboards to pool time with friends. It was pretty nice, especially since I started the day by sleeping until 9 a.m. I actually had to drag myself out of bed and over to the gym of our very first Saturday class at the new location. We had [...]

  • Zico Coconut Water Review and Giveaway

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    It’s no secret that I live a pretty sweaty existence. Between teaching and practicing hot yoga, running and CrossFit, most days require multiple showers and outfit changes. But it’s not just staying clean and dry that I have to pay attention to due to my high activity level, I also have to be mindful of [...]

  • Sweaty Saturday

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    I had a great Saturday but no time to slow down and post. It was pretty much full of my most favorite things - teaching yoga, taking yoga, hanging out with the pup, baking, shopping and drinks with friends. My alarm went off at the very early hour of 6 a.m. since I had to [...]

  • Sunny Sunday

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    Happy Oscar evening! I am camped out on the couch watching the red carpet coverage. I'm pretty underwhelmed so far but then again I have only half been paying attention as I've been playing on the computer and cooking dinner. I haven't seen many of the movies that are nominated this year so I'm not [...]

  • Will You Ever Post About Running Again?

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    Happy Monday! I had intentions of getting a post up yesterday but found myself in bed at 9 p.m. instead. Oops. Sometimes rest has to take precedence over blogging. So, I just received a comment on my last post asking, "Will you ever post about running again?" Excellent question. The answer to that is yes but it's not [...]

  • Back To Normal

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    Ahh...it feels so good to be back to my normal routine. I so enjoyed teaching yoga, leading bootcamp, taking yoga and cooking dinner today. I know I only had three days off of teaching but it felt like an eternity. I was so happy to be back to my yogis this morning. Catching up after [...]

  • The Day The Laptop Died

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    I hope it's been a good weekend for y'all. Mine was pretty low-key but perfect. Lots of yoga, a baby shower, two nights spent relaxing on the couch and incredible weather. What was not so incredible about my weekend was my laptop deciding it was time to go to computer heaven on Saturday night. I [...]

  • Weekend Love, Part II

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    Weekend part two was equally as awesome as weekend part one. This was the first weekend in a very long time that hasn't been devoted to studying, traveling or teaching a ridiculous number of classes and it was just perfect. Since we went out on Friday night we stayed in and cooked on Saturday. We [...]

  • Weekend Love

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    WEEKEND! :D Mine has been fabulous so far  - pedicure, dinner with friends, over two glorious hours of hot yoga and getting my life organized. Last night we met our friends Lelia and Matt for dinner at Sir Edmond Halley's. Sir Ed's is a and old Charlotte establishment that is tucked away behind a shopping [...]

  • Unexplained Hunger

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    I popped out of bed this morning at the early hour of 5:30 and made my way to the yoga studio. There was no class this morning but I was craving quiet time on my mat. I plugged in my iPod with a mix of some of my favorite chill songs and got to work [...]

  • Rocking College Style

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    Happy Friday! I loved the comments on the beauty post...I'm happy to know that I'm not the only waxing fanatic. I also got quite a few comments about you guys having to color for gray hair. I responded to those comments saying that I definitely have my fair share. I've had them since I was [...]

  • Successorizing for Yoga

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    In honor of teaching my VERY FIRST yoga class at Y2 Yoga today, I thought it would be fun to do a post about my "must haves" for yoga. These are the clothes and accessories that always go to class with me. First up, the most important accessory - the mat. The Manduka Black Mat [...]

  • New Yoga Experiences

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    I am so happy to hear that you guys found the Foam Rolling 101 tutorials helpful. I was excited to receive comments from many of you that you are already getting to work on the foam roller. Awesome! It was also funny to see how many of you commented on my accent. I was born [...]

  • The Hunger Monster

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    Since my last post was all about feet it’s time to give you an update on food. I didn’t really think it was appropriate (or appetizing) for me to have food photos in the same post as feet. :D One thing I want to share is that I have been so hungry the past few [...]

  • No Running, More Backbending

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    Thank you for being nice and understanding readers regarding my grammar issues the other night. :) I think the biggest news of the day is that I continued my no running streak. I have not run in 10 days. TEN DAYS! I planned on running this evening but when Sarah g-chatted me asking if I [...]

  • Housewife Just For A Day

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    We have some catching up to do! After my long, photo heavy Charleston recaps I didn't have it in me to blog much more than the giveaway winner last night. I had MLK day off from work. Our office was open but we have the option to take MLK or President's Day as a holiday. [...]

  • Christmas Is More Fun With Headstands

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    We had Christmas with Brandon's family tonight because we're going to Georgia to visit my family this year. Somehow after present opening the girls ended up comparing flexibility and yoga moves. My mother and sister in law are both ridiculously flexible...it is crazy to me how some people are so naturally open (they do not [...]

  • Preparation

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    I'm in full Marine Corps Marathon prep mode. There's a detailed list (that's a little dirty - it's been living in the kitchen!) and I've started laying everything out in our extra room. Also, I'm prepping my body with food and beverages. Lunch was a delicious panini creation. White cheddar, provolone, spinach and blueberry preserves [...]