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  • Friday I’m In Love: ELLIE GOULDING!

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    I had a dream come true last night. After over five years of Ellie Goulding fandom, I finally got to see her live in Charlotte and she was INCREDIBLE! I have been a fan of Ellie Goulding since she released her first album back in 2010. She started becoming famous around the same time I [...]

  • Friday I’m In Love, Volume 11

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    My girls both gave me minor heart attacks this week. Sullie jumped off the couch on Sunday night (She's allowed to come up and visit at the end of the night. She's like clockwork. It's so cute.) and must have landed funny because she started limping. Of course this led to a few tears on [...]

  • I’ve Decided

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    As I've shared with you many times before, I really enjoy putting together playlists for my yoga classes. Music is such a powerful way to connect engage your students with the experience of class. Since I started using Spotify last summer (I wish I'd have listened to all of your encouragement to make the switch long [...]

  • 20 Top October Favorites Playlist on Spotify

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    Hi! I hope your week is off to a great start! Our is off to a WET start in Charlotte. It rained all day today! I actually love rainy days here and there. I find myself super focused and productive. I kicked off my day by teaching yoga at 6 a.m. and then trained two [...]

  • Week in Eats, National Dog Day, Music and Peanut Butter

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    Did you know yesterday was National Dog Day? I had no less than 10 people text or ask me in person where my post was. It appears I'm at "crazy dog lady" status with my friends. I finally got it together and posted one on Instagram around 10:30 last night. Haha.  I do have to [...]

  • 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 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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…

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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 Funday {Food, Music and Things to Read}

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    Good morning and happy Friday! I had a 6 a.m. client today so I found myself wandering the aisles of Harris Teeter at 5:45 a.m. to restock my breakfast supply that I keep at work for these early mornings. I left with a Chobani Banana (really liking this new 2% flavor) and two products that [...]

  • 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. [...]

  • Christmas…Postponed

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    My mom called on Saturday with news that my dad has the flu. We always have Christmas at my grandmother's house in Georgia but my parents didn't think it was the best thing to make my dad sit in the car for six hours and then bring his germs to family Christmas. So...Christmas is postponed [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Workout Motivation – A Playlist And New Music Sources

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    I don't know about you but the Olympics sure are motivating me to work extra hard in the gym. Yesterday's workout involved lots of fun with kettlebells, sled pushes and dragging a plate across the turf by walking on my hands. It was amazing and I am so sore today! I find a killer playlist [...]

  • Pizza And The Biebs

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    Thanks for the great feedback on yesterday's yoga post. And thanks again to Brittany for the inspiration. :) I really enjoy writing posts that aren't so "this is what I ate, this is the workout I did today" so it was a fun one for me! Now, back to "this is what I ate." Ha. [...]

  • Thursday Fun Day with Food and The Civil Wars

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    Today has been a good day. Started with an early morning ashtanga practice followed by a peanut butter and jelly smoothie and a yoga private with my amazing client who touched his toes with straight legs this week for the first time since his teenage years. Happy heart. Peanut butter and jelly smoothie = peanut [...]

  • Whiggin' Out

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    Brandon loves coming up with titles for my posts - I will admit that he is much more creative than me and usually spits one out in about two seconds. I just go with it so I don't have to think about it any more.  ;) Last night we saw The Whigs, The Black Keys [...]

  • Good Food + Good Tunes

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    Whew, this has been a busy day and I'm gearing up for the rest of the week to be the same way. So much going on - but all good stuff! I subbed a BodyPump class after work and then booked it over to Y2 to squeeze in a quick ashtanga practice. So grateful that [...]

  • AthFest Day 1

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    Hello from Athens, Georgia! On the way to Athens I had a Synergy Kombucha. We received a warm welcome last night when we arrived at Drew and Natalie's house with friends, dinner and drinks waiting on us. Natalie and Drew prepared quite a spread for dinner. Edamame dip. Whole wheat couscous with red bell pepper, [...]