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  • Running (Marathon Maybe?) + Running Playlist


    Running. It's the only thing I want to do right now. While I've made it to my mat four times in the last two and a half weeks, I'm mostly avoiding it. I shared with my class tonight all the things that my practice is bringing up for me. I'm just not ready yet. And [...]

  • Jumping July HIIT Workout + Playlist


    I have taught a few group exercise classes at the Y this month, including a HIIT class last Sunday that was a total sweat fest. I knew as soon as class was over that I had to share the HIIT workout with you guys. The workout features three blocks of four, 45-second intervals that have [...]

  • Words + Songs


    Just a quick check-in tonight. After a day of teaching, training and computer work, I cooked my favorite lemon parmesan salmon recipe for dinner. And we took Zoey and Sullie for a sunset walk. It's been so hot here this week but we had a quick storm this evening that cooled everything down nicely. It ended [...]

  • I’ve Decided


    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 [...]

  • A reading, a playlist and things to read.


    I took a "mental health afternoon" today because I was going to lose my mind if our house didn't get clean and laundry didn't get done. Do you ever get to that point where nothing else can be done until your surroundings are tidy and clean? I spent most of my morning at the studio [...]

  • Weekly Workouts + December Favorites Playlist


    Happy Sunday! I didn't exactly have the most relaxing start to the day. Zoey ate about 15 miniature red velvet cupcakes off the counter on Friday morning (wrapper and all) so her tummy is still paying the price for those two minutes of glory. We were in the shower together at 8 a.m. cleaning up [...]

  • 20 Top October Favorites Playlist on Spotify


    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 [...]

  • Weekend + Workshop + Playlist + Workouts


    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


    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


    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!)


    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!)


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 [...]

  • Worthy Now. Right This Minute. As Is.


    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


    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


    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 [...]

  • Mother’s Day Yoga + New Playlist


    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


    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


    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


    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) [...]

  • The BEST Playlist I’ve Made in Months


    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 [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + New Playlist


    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 [...]

  • Playlist + Bachelorette + Food


    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 [...]

  • We Finally Meet + A New Playlist


    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 [...]

  • Currently…


    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. [...]

  • WOD + Eats + New Yoga Playlist


    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 [...]

  • A Weekend Alone


    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 [...]

  • The Soundtrack Of My Life


    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 [...]

  • Tuesday > Monday


    I'm happy to report that my Tuesday outlook has been much sunnier than my Monday mood. The day started off on a good note when I decided to sleep until 7 a.m. rather than get up in the five o'clock hour to practice yoga. I love yoga, immensely, but right now my practice has taken [...]

  • Noteworthy


    My peanut butter consumption is at an all-time high. In the last 24 hours I've eaten... Peanut butter toast on Great Harvest Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin with honey, bananas and cinnamon. Plain Greek yogurt with apple butter, Trader Joe's Trek Mix Granola Cereal and peanut butter. Apple cinnamon oatmeal with pumpkin in the Trader Joe's [...]

  • What Makes You Feel Alive?


    Thanks for the input on my yoga playlist. What I heard loud and clear is that you guys would rather hear mainstream/modern music rather than new age, "yoga-y" music. I feel the same way and am happy to cater to that! Here is what I ended up with for tomorrow's class. What do you think!? [...]