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  • YTT Graduation Party + Build Your Own Buddha Bowl


    Last weekend was the final weekend of our summer 200-hour yoga teacher training. We formatted this summer’s training differently than our winter training. Instead of eight weekends, their training was condensed to five. Their schedule was 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Our winter training has the same schedule but [...]

  • Weekend: Lots of Yoga + Namastay Kitchen + First Stair Master Experience


    Thanks for your slipper recommendations in yesterday’s post! I’ll be sure to let you know which ones I decide on. I feel like I have some really solid options now. :) I can’t say that our weekend was especially restful or relaxing but it was fun and rewarding. Lots of this. On Friday afternoon I [...]

  • Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: What I Learned and Key Takeaways


    A couple of weeks ago I spent the weekend in a prenatal yoga teacher training and I promised to share my experience. The short version…LOVED it and took so much away from it to apply not only to my students and readers but also to myself as a woman. It was incredibly eye opening on [...]

  • Top 5 from the Weekend


    We are in the middle of three days of steady rain and chilly temperatures. We’re really getting our “April showers” in before welcoming May. I actually love a few days of dreary weather. I have a big pot of soup going for dinner tonight that’s full of veggies and seasoned with the ham bone from [...]

  • Weekend: Back in Yoga Teacher Training


    Hello there…I hope Monday was kind to you. I shared this quote from Mother Teresa on Facebook this morning and talked about it with my 8:15a yoga class and it really helped me get the week started from a good place. I set my alarm for 5:30a with the intention to get up and practice [...]

  • 6 Tips for New Yoga Teachers


    On the first weekend of our 200-hour yoga teacher training program, we always ask for a show of hands of how many would like to teach after completing the training. It’s usually about 50% of the room. Many sign up for teacher training to deepen their practice and increase their knowledge of yoga (and of [...]

  • 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: The End of Teacher Training + Graduation Celebration


    I took a little step away from my blog and the real world over the weekend to soak up our last teacher training weekend. (You should see the state of my house…I need to do some serious cleaning and laundry after I publish this post!) (photo Wanda Koch) These 29 beautiful yogis completed their 200-hour yoga [...]

  • Weekend in the Life: Yoga Teacher Training Weekend #5 + Weekly Workouts


    I’m assisting in leading our studio’s 200-hour teacher training this winter/spring. Our training takes place over the course of 8 weekends where we meet Friday evenings, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. Here is a “weekend in the life” look at what those are like for me. Friday 3:40 p.m. – meet my fiance for a quick [...]

  • Let’s Catch Up: Learning to Snap and Scope, Yoga Teacher Training, Goldens and More!


    Good morning! Some bloggers do these “coffee talk” posts where they conversationally write leading with, “if we were having coffee right now, I’d share…” But sadly, my coffee is empty. So we’ll just chat. I had a sweaty and tearful start to my day. I taught my 6 a.m. and it was my friend Virginia’s [...]

  • Weekend: Growth, Love & Transformation


    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Weekend & Winners


    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 [...]

  • Weekend: Lulu Trip, Sushi, Yoga & Movies


    Happy Monday! I hope the week is off to a great start for everyone. I got to sleep until 7:30 this morning so I am feeling pretty amazing after almost 9 hours of sleep. The rest of the week won’t be so kind with 5:30 and 6 a.m. clients to I took advantage while I [...]

  • The Walls Come Crumbling Down


    Last weekend was…emotionally heavy. The studio where I teach started their fourth teacher training on Friday night. I participated in the very first training the studio offered three years ago and have now been teaching yoga for three years. I wrote a post about my experience in teacher training. Every year when a new yoga [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • A Better Way


    Good morning. I am a bit lost with myself right now. Part of me wants to hop in the car and head to Asheville for the day to hang out, eat and take a yoga workshop (the carrot cake from French Broad is reason enough to make the drive…no, really) but the logical side of [...]

  • The First Friday


    Good morning and happy first Friday of 2012. I don’t know about you but I am relieved that it’s Friday and that the week is wrapping up. Sometimes I feel like there is so much pressure at the start of a new year to make these big statements about what kind of year it is [...]

  • 2011 In Review: The Top 10


    I am not even sure what to think about 2011. I have said this at least 100 times but it has been a year of complete transformation. When I look back at January 1, 2011 I was working full-time in advertising, teaching two BodyPump classes per week and had just made the decision to go through [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Yoga News and Running Shoes


    Teacher training is DONE! Thank you for the congratulations and good wishes. I am kind of in disbelief right now that it’s over. It’s all still sinking in and I’m not quite ready to write my final thoughts on teacher training post. I promise it will come this week. I just want to have time [...]

  • The Final Saturday


    I really appreciate your encouraging comments on my Butterflies post. I said this in some of my replies but how cool would it be if I could teleport you guys here for a PBR yoga class!? I had an over-ripe banana that was begging to be made into banana bread so I whipped up a [...]

  • Butterflies In My Belly


    Oh my gahhhh…I spent the whole afternoon with major butterflies. My stomach hurt and I felt like I might throw up in the trash can at my desk at any moment. The reason for all of this anxiety? Last week my yoga teachers asked if I would like to told me I had to teach [...]

  • A Winter Weekend in Spring


    I hope everyone’s had a great weekend! I can’t believe that it’s already winding down. Why do they pass so quickly!? Unfortunately, it’s been all rain and winter temperatures here all weekend. What happened to those 80 degree days we had last week!? Spring needs to be here to STAY! Despite the weather, I really [...]

  • I’m actually becoming a yoga teacher!


    It’s been a long, exhausting and amazing weekend. I just wrapped up weekend seven of eight of yoga teacher training and can’t believe that we only meet one more time. The past three months have been so focused on teacher training (thank you for hanging in there with me for it!) and the end seemed [...]

  • PBR At Capacity


    I knew when I decided to commit to teacher training that my life was going to get even busier than it was before. I can honestly say that I have felt relatively in control of everything and still able to maintain my normal routine through the past two and a half months of training.  So [...]

  • Yoga and Pizza – My Favorite Things!


    I’m emerging after a long (but completely awesome) weekend of teacher training. Saturday was a crazy busy day so I took a break from blogging and taking pictures. I started training at 7:30 a.m. and we went through to 5:30 p.m. When I got home from training we had to head straight to an engagement [...]

  • 10 Day Clean Eating Challenge


    Hello and happy Friday (by the time most of you read this)! I hope everyone had a good week…mine seemed to fly by. Tomorrow kicks off another weekend of yoga teacher training (only three left – can’t believe it) and we have it again next weekend. I’m really looking forward to having two weekends in [...]

  • Rainy Day Fun


    Today has been a great day! It’s been really rainy and gloomy here (like, we were under a flood watch rainy) but I’m still full of smiles and energy. :D No AM workout today. Oatmeal at my desk. Oats, blueberries, banana, dried cranberry, cinnamon, pinch salt, almond milk, water, chia seeds. Topped with almond butter [...]

  • Yoga Day, Oscar Night


    I know everyone is probably sick of Oscar talk but I am so excited that Natalie Portman won Best Actress last night. Sadly, I was way too exhausted to stay up late enough to see it happen but I checked the news first thing this morning and watched her acceptance speech online. (source) Natalie Portman [...]

  • Teaching and Learning


    Whew…it’s been a crazy two days. I missed out on posting Friday night because I had yoga teacher training until 9 p.m. and then came home to eat a late dinner and then prep for a class I taught this morning. Let’s work into all the details on that. I’ll start with lunch on Friday. [...]

  • Weekend Part One: Joyful Exhaustion


    I’m going to have to break my weekend recap into two or three posts. First up, yoga teacher training in review while it’s all still very fresh. Then tomorrow I’ll post a recap of all my eats and hopefully also an overview of what happened with Brandon and Sullie while I was gone. There are [...]

  • I Love Yoga Teacher Training


    Hey guys! I hope you’ve enjoyed Friday and that your weekend is off to a good start. Mine certainly is – I had great day at work and yoga teacher training tonight was fun and relaxing. Big news – I finally ran today! Sullie and I knocked out and easy (freezing cold) three miles before [...]

  • 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. [...]

  • The Best Weekend


    I had an amazing weekend. I loved every second of the 21 hours I spent in yoga teacher training and our group is great. Everyone really came together in a short amount of time and there is so much positive energy between us all. I’m not sure why I doubted my readiness for teacher training [...]

  • Day One – DONE!


    Yoga Teacher Training day one is officially OVER. And it was not bad at all! I arrived at the studio at 6 p.m. and learned that we were kicking off training with an ashtanga practice. Big sigh of relief…I love ashtanga! I added it to my yoga routine last summer and recently completed the Eight [...]