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  • Weekend: Assist Training, Family Time and A Long Run


    I hope you guys had a great weekend. I spent mine at the yoga studio (SURPRISE!). We're doing a summer session of our 200-hour teacher training so we've got eight weekends of training with our students. My fiance (hereby referred to as Tanner because I think at this point we can give hime a name) [...]

  • Weekend: Yoga Boot Camp, Rompers & Routines


    Hi and hope your week is off to an amazing start! It felt nice to stay in Charlotte this weekend after traveling for the last two weekends. It made me appreciate my little weekend routines even more...especially the farmers market! On Friday night I led a yoga boot camp at Y2 with my fiance. It [...]

  • The Day Everything Changed


    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 [...]

  • A Weekend Full of Love + Friends


    The last three days have been full of celebrating friendship and love! It was the wedding weekend of one of my friends here in Charlotte. I met her through yoga several years ago we've since shared many sweaty practices, wine nights and experienced yoga in paradise on retreats. It makes me so happy to see my [...]

  • Yoga Changes Things + This Week’s Workouts


    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 [...]

  • So Much Beautiful


    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 [...]

  • Wrapping It Up


    Merry Christmas Eve! I'm headed to Georgia for Christmas with my family. The past few days have been a whirlwind of last minute shopping, baking, packing and wrapping. This was the scene in my living room last night as I tackled all the gifts that needed to be wrapped while I watched Elf. Sullie acted [...]

  • Wednesday Workouts & Eats + 3 Songs I’m Loving


    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 [...]

  • Comfort Food, Macarons, Workouts and Parties – Back to Reality!


    Let's take a quick break from the Mexico posts to talk about reality. This week has flown by which is one of the benefits of a short week. Food I made one of my favorite comfort food dinners on Tuesday night, chicken parmesan. I've been making this for over five years and I can cook [...]

  • A Day In The Life Tuesday


    I thought it would be fun to do a post about what Tuesday looked like for me versus another "day in the life" post I did on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. The 2011 post was written just a few weeks after I left my full-time job in advertising to pursue fitness but I had not [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Acro Yoga Workshop with Scott Cooper


    I spent my weekend in an acro yoga workshop being lifted, spun around and turned upside down. Y2 Yoga, the studio where I practice and teach, hosted Scott Cooper this weekend. (photo) What is acro yoga? The AcroYoga website describes it as "a blend of the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics and [...]

  • A Private Andy Grammer Concert


    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 [...]

  • Weekend: Erin McDermott + Cheese & Wine + Market + Cute Sullie


    I feel like I'm finally starting to recover from last week. It was a short one but so jam-packed. I didn't get home from work until 7 on Friday night so I took Sullie out for an easy run so we could enjoy some fresh air after being cooped up in the gym all day. [...]

  • Standing in the Same Spot Two Years Later


    It's been a rainy, cool weekend and that has felt pretty perfect for me. I have spent a lot of time in the yoga studio, coaching CrossFit and hibernating at home. On Friday afternoon I got an SOS request to help out with the yoga teacher trainees at the studio. I led them through their [...]

  • Yoga + Vacation + Friends = Paradise


    I arrived back in Charlotte around 7 p.m. tonight but not sad that vacation is over but incredibly grateful for the experience. The past seven days of vacation have been more amazing than I ever could have imagined. I think was more smiling, laughing, loving, happiness, peace and gratitude on this trip than there's been [...]

  • Sunday Yoga Day


    My Sunday mornings have become pretty routine over the past couple of years. Light breakfast and coffe while finalizing playlist, sequence and message for my hot class, teach a 90 minute class to the most amazing yogis, post-yoga brunch with friends and then grocery shopping and house organization. I like it. I don't like to [...]

  • Living The Dream


    I had a really awesome weekend with many highlights. - Teaching two packed yoga classes to the amazing yogis at Y2 Yoga. They flowed, they sweated, they learned a new mantra, worked on a new deep upper backbend (more on the mantra and backbend tomorrow for yoga Monday!) and listened to this motivational speech about [...]

  • Remembering An Amazing Yogi


    Last Saturday morning I attended a baby shower to celebrate a new life. This Saturday morning I attended a funeral to honor a beautiful life. One of my fellow yogis, Jennifer McManus, lost a long fight with colon cancer on Tuesday morning. She leaves behind two young boys and her husband of 15 years. When [...]

  • Cookies For Dinner


    Today was a great day. I have been working on the 2013 plan for the gym for the past few weeks. I presented it yesterday and the meeting went really well. The plan couldn't have been better received. I am so excited to kick off a new year and have a solid plan/strategy to work [...]

  • Butterball And Butternut


    Happy Thanksgiving eve! I hope preparations are going well and travels are safe. I kicked off my day by participating in Butterball Bootcamp at Y2 Yoga. It's an annual tradition the day before Thanksgiving. This was my third year participating. Last year I taught, this year I got to practice with 70 other yogis. Pretty [...]

  • The Weekend In Photos


    I had such a nice weekend with a great balance of downtime and fun/friend/yoga time. Here's a look in photos. Friday night dinner was seared sea scallops with an herb wine butter sauce, pine nut cous cous and sauteed greens. Lots of hot tea with my ingenuiTEA pot. It's such an easy way to use [...]

  • $4,000 Raised – The BEST Sunday Afternoon


    Wow, what an amazing Sunday. I am continually impressed by the yogis in Charlotte and the amazing things that we can do to benefit the community. It's a really cool thing to be a part of. My "home studio", Y2 Yoga, hosted a donation class yesterday afternoon benefiting Carolina Breast Friends. We had three teachers, [...]

  • Changes With The Solstice


    Today was the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the mark of the changing season from spring to summer. Growing up in the south, late May always felt like the start of the summer because school was out and the temperatures were usually well into the 90s. It's a little strange to [...]

  • Pool And Prosecco


    I'm back to the grind after a fun and relaxed Memorial Day. I was up and in the office working on the new website at 7 a.m. this morning but being able to take yesterday off and relax was totally worth it. Since I slept through my chance to go to a morning yoga class [...]

  • Cake And Veggies


    Hey, hey! I hope everyone had a great day. Things are moving full speed ahead over here and every day I get more and more excited about all the amazing things that are happening at Metro. I know I mention this in pretty much every post but I really love my job and I feel [...]

  • An Awesome(ly hard) Partner Workout


    Oh man...it's been a heavy workout day and I am so happy to be sitting down right now. Before I launch into all the details, here is a look at last night's dinner. Grilled okra, grilled king clip and brown rice. After dinner I was able to tame my sweet tooth and avoid dessert. I [...]

  • Primary Series With The Sunrise


    Guess who was up at 5:45 this morning to practice ashtanga for the first time since January? Primary series with the sunrise. I was very surprised to discover that my body fell back into the practice with little resistance. Yes, some of the poses didn't come as easily but overall it felt really good. For [...]

  • Weekend Download


    My weekend ended with a 9 p.m. bedtime on Sunday. I don't really know how to describe it but I'm just kind of tired and feel like I can't get caught up. I got enough sleep over the weekend but my body has been feeling worn out and sore. I think a lot of it [...]

  • Squats, Lunges and Cupcakes


    Remember the workout I posted yesterday? It ended up taking me about 30 minutes total to complete with the running and CrossFit WOD and clearly it was effective because my glutes (we'll be PC here) are sore today. When girls ask me "how do I get rid of this" while pointing to their upper thighs, [...]

  • Sweaty Saturday


    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The Counter Pose To Life


    Recently it's seemed like my yoga practice has really ebbed and flowed. I get in a groove with it for a period of time and then I start skipping out on my practice when I feel busy and other things are demanding my attention. Case in point, I practiced ashtanga 2-3 times a week (in [...]

  • All In A Day’s Work


    5:20 a.m. - alarm. 6 a.m. - arrive at Metro to participate in the CrossFit class to observe an instructor. Workout for the day done by 6:45 a.m. Crushed it. 7 a.m. - breakfast. Plain Greek yogurt, apple butter, granola, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, dried cranberries and almond butter. 8:10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - teach [...]

  • The Time I Fell Asleep In Double Pigeon


    It's been a really good Sunday. I spent over six hours in various yoga studios. I taught four classes and over 115 yogis over the course of the day and felt so inspired to practice myself at the end of it all that I took a class tonight! I started my day with a 6:15 [...]

  • Back To Normal


    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 [...]

  • (De)Clutter


    I am the first to admit that a big fault of mine is allowing myself to get all wrapped up in the day-to-day while pushing less interesting tasks to the side. I am terrible about staying on top of things that just don't interest me. I will put them off and procrastinate like a champion. [...]

  • I Made The Switch!


    It's been an awesome day! I kicked it off at Y2 with a yoga practice to knock out day 2 of the 62 day challenge and then taught a 90-minute hot vinyasa. Class was full of planks and chaturanga pushups today! ;) I finally broke my 10-day no run streak and took Sullie out for [...]

  • Farewell October


    I cannot believe it is the last day of October. The holidays are right around the corner and 2011 will be over before we know it. This has been a big year for me. I completed yoga teacher training, received my personal trainer certification and made a huge career change. It's all sitting a little [...]

  • The Day The Laptop Died


    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 [...]

  • Ashtanga + Bootcamps + Eats


    Thursdays are pretty much the opposite of Tuesdays for me. I actually kind of consider it a day "off" because as of now only have a couple of commitments on Thursdays. Did you know that it's actually one of the slowest days of the week in the fitness world? I think that people start out [...]

  • An Exercise in Letting Go


    I hope that Monday has been kind to you. I realize that I am in the minority but I love Mondays. I love the start of a new week and the opportunity to take control over setting the tone for the week. That said, my Monday wasn't totally easy breezy...because sometimes they just aren't. I [...]

  • Decide What To Be And Go Be It


    Today starts a new direction in my life. After six years of working in marketing communications/advertising, I am leaving the field to pursue a career in fitness and wellness. This is my last day at work and on Monday I will officially be a full-time yoga teacher, group exercise instructor and personal trainer. In the [...]

  • Sunday by the Numbers


    1: Hour-long nap. It was my first nap in months. In general, I don’t nap (you read my blog…you know I can’t slow down) but for some reason I was determined to take one Sunday. I came home from teaching yoga, inhaled an egg sandwich and promptly passed out. Sullie was more than happy to [...]

  • Weekend Love


    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 [...]

  • Sunday on Monday


    Happy Monday! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! Final weekend update for you before we roll into the new week. I spent most of my Sunday at Y2 Yoga teaching the morning and afternoon 90-minute hot classes. Both were fabulous. I’m not sure what it is but some days the energy [...]

  • The Time I Tortured My Husband with Yoga


    We had a great Saturday but it was so busy that I never got a chance to sit down and blog about it. When we finally arrived home at 11:30 last night, I pretty much collapsed into bed and fell asleep immediately. I practiced and taught yoga at Y2 on Saturday morning. I had an [...]

  • Yoga Teacher Training: My Final Thoughts


    I promised a “final thoughts” post on yoga teacher training. I thought that I would want to write it immediately but instead I needed time to let everything sink in. It's been about six weeks since training ended and in that time I have started teaching and have had the opportunity to reflect on my [...]

  • The Difference A Day Makes


    I wrapped up my second weekend of yoga teacher training this evening and it was even more incredible than the first. I think that I'll say this after every training weekend but I am so happy that I decided to go through with it. I can't even imagine having not done it now. I think [...]

  • Pasta and Photos


    Help! I got home from yoga teacher training tonight to find Brandon surrounded by old pictures. We had a few things in storage that we had to pick up today. One being a large box of photos. He's been entertaining himself all night with my large collection of photos from middle, high school and college. [...]