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

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    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 [...]

  • Weekend: Summer TT Weekend One + Summer Running + Summer Fun

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    Hey, hey! I'm in the midst of the pre-trip crazies. Lots to accomplish in a short amount of time. I've probably tried on 50 pairs of casual shoes and have yet to find my match. I'm going to head out and look again in a little bit here and I have some Birkenstocks being delivered [...]

  • Up Next: Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training + A Big Trip!

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    Good morning! Wednesday mornings are one of my favorites of the week because I don't teach until 10:30 a.m. It's so nice to sleep in a bit and then spend a few quiet hours working while I sip on my coffee...especially since Tuesdays tend to be a little jam-packed. Yesterday was no exception and I [...]

  • Weekend: My First Travel Yoga Workshop!

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    Over the weekend I taught my very first travel yoga workshop. It's been a goal of mine for many years but to be completely honest, I doubted myself and my ability to do it SO much that I was never proactive about booking any. And being the marketing director for a studio, I know how [...]

  • Finding My Flow

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    I sat down at the computer this morning to begin working. On my blog editorial schedule for today I had "Zoetry review" and while that is coming (soon!), I felt like I wanted to share something else instead. Photo Wanda Koch Over the last couple of months I've felt more ease, joy and flow than [...]

  • Reader Questions Answered: Cauli Rice, Yoga & Pregnancy, Sleep Schedules, Group Ex and More!

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    Happiest of Thursdays to you guys! I hope your day is off to a great start. I frequently receive emails and messages from readers with questions about a whole range of topics. I often feel it would be relevant and useful to many if I answered some of them on a larger scale. I've themed [...]

  • Boston Strong + Running Wishes + Weekly Workouts + Playlist

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    It's Marathon Monday! I was watching a video of the elite women taking off at the starting line and I thought to myself, "I'm pretty sure that's what I think I look like taking off for a 5K." I can't even imagine going out of the gate like that for a marathon. Incredible athleticism and [...]

  • Workshop Weekend + What I Bought at Whole Foods

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    We made it to Friday! While work on the back end has been really busy for the studio and my blog, Charlotte has been really quiet this week. The public schools are on spring break and it seems like half the city is gone on vacation. Before I dive into a peek into my Whole [...]

  • Ohhhhh Mexico…20 Photos from our 2017 Yoga Retreat

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    We just arrived home from our yoga retreat in Mexico late last night. There was a ground stop in Charlotte on Wednesday evening due to some crazy storms so we were diverted to Jacksonville, Florida. The initial plan was for us to deplane and go through customs in JAX but thankfully they kept us on [...]

  • A Sunny, Social Weekend + The Funniest Dog Video

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    I had such a fun weekend! As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the weather was amazing so that always puts me in a great mood. It wasn't a teacher training weekend so we enjoyed having a break from that. Also, I ended up having a lot of plans with friends and co-workers so that was [...]

  • Philly/DC/Baltimore Weekend Workshop Details + Updates from the Week

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    I am thrilled to share with you guys that I'll be visiting Studio B Power Yoga in Harrisburg, PA the weekend of April 28-30 for a workshop weekend! GET FULL WEEKEND DETAILS AND REGISTER HERE The weekend will feature two master classes, a heart openers workshop, an inversions workshop, a special yoga for runners session [...]

  • Must Have Gear for Hot Yoga: Mats, Towels, Clothes and Accessories

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    One of the questions I get asked most frequently is about the best gear for hot yoga. I shared my favorites back in 2011 on the day that I taught my first class at Y2 Yoga. WOW to how long that's been and WOW to how long I've been at this blogging stuff. My seventh [...]

  • Team Human Being

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    Every now and again I find myself in a spot of questioning my authority/ability/worthiness to do what I do. I tell myself this story that there are many others who are more knowledgeable/qualified/serious than I am and that I'm somehow not in the place I should be professionally or personally to be telling anyone anything [...]

  • 62 Day Meditation Challenge

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    It's November 1 and 2017 is going to be here before we know it. I feel like a broken record, but where has the time gone? This year has passed so quickly and I know the holiday season will be no different. Every year our yoga studio hosts a 62 Day Challenge from November 1-January [...]

  • Choose Your Attitude + 3 Special Deals Just For You! :)

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    I have been teaching yoga at 6 a.m. for over 5 years now. It's an early wake up call but a gift to be able to begin my day in such a positive and intentional way. One of the things that I message to my early morning yoga classes most often is, "you choose your [...]

  • A Labor Day Lesson

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    On Sunday afternoon I taught three classes in a row. A double header of HIIT and Total Strength at the Y for my once-a-month rotation followed immediately by hot yoga. These Sundays are four hour marathons of teaching but always leave me feeling energized and remembering why I fell in love with group ex and [...]

  • Yoga Flow for Digestive Health & Relaxation

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    Today's yoga flow is sponsored by UP4 Probiotics.  Since completing my Whole30 earlier this year, I have become much more aware of gut health and how it impacts the rest of my body. As you've probably noticed, I've upped my intake of fermented foods (hello sourdough sauerkraut toast!) and I've also started taking probiotics daily. [...]

  • Day in the Life Thursday + Costco Trip

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    5:38 a.m. - alarm goes off to teach my 6 a.m. hot yoga class. I was thrilled to wake up and discover that I'd slept through the night without waking up one single time. Note, my late wake up time is thanks to living 3 minutes from the studio. Win, win for early classes! 6 [...]

  • Weekend: Inversions Workshop, Staying In & The End of Summer Camp

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    Last Monday morning I danced my way out of bed and onto my yoga mat at 6 a.m. Fast forward a week and it was a completely different story. I woke up at 3:30 a.m. with terrible cramps and was up until 5:45 a.m. when they finally subsided enough to sleep again. I even took at [...]

  • Om Shanti Peace

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    I sat down to write my about my Friday favorites and I just couldn't do it and feel good about it. I haven't been able to get last night's events in Nice off my mind all day today. I read the CNN coverage and it was horrific. I'm like, "Really? Again? How? Why?" Paris, San [...]

  • 6 Tips for New Yoga Teachers

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    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 [...]

  • Sweaty Summer Yoga Flow {video + photos + giveaway}

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    Raise your hand if your workouts have taken a turn for the sweatier since the arrival of summer! It's a HOT one here in Charlotte (we're supposed to hit triple digits this week!) and it seems like I'm sweating buckets no matter if I'm at the gym, at the yoga studio or working out outside. Case in [...]

  • The Practice and How It’s Changed Me: International Yoga Day

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    Guess what!? Today is the official International Day of Yoga and as I told my yoga class this morning, it's not just one of those random "National Pancake/Ice Cream/Talk Like A Pirate/Cheese" days. (If you really want a good laugh, check out the National Day Calendar for June. Apparently, today is also National Handshake Day.) The United [...]

  • How to Balance Running with Yoga and Cross Training without Losing Endurance and Speed

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    I received a couple running related questions from readers last week that I thought would make a great blog post. When I started this blog six years ago I was training for the Marine Corps Marathon and mostly focused on running. Over the years my workout mix has evolved to a blend of strength, running [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The Lie I Give Up

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    One of the exercises that we do in our 200-hour teacher training program is called "The Lie I Give Up." I think it's safe to say that most of us walk around with lies that are just waiting to pop up anytime we are triggered or put in a vulnerable or difficult situation. Most of the [...]

  • Weekend + Workouts

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    I'm a day late in getting the workout recap to you. I sat down last night to write it and was going to do a high level overview on the Spring Equinox but then inspiration took over and it became its own post. I love it when that happens. :) Friday was spent in the [...]

  • A reading, a playlist and things to read.

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    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 + Travel Yoga (And Love for Balance 30-A!)

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    My default travel workout is to throw on a pair of running shoes and hit the road. It's easy, free and a great change of scenery. That said, it can be really fun to try out new classes and gyms if time allows and options are available. Usually when I'm visiting my parents I stick to [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Treadmill Time + “Add 5 Reps Workout”

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    We have officially reached the time of year where I embrace the treadmill. Don't get me wrong, I am NOT complaining about temperatures ranging from the 20s-40s when that's balmy for many of you (and I am fondly remembering all those 70 degree runs I had in November and December). What I do find is [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015 (All-Time)

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    Yesterday I shared the the 10 most popular posts of 2015 that were actually written in 2015. Today I'm sharing the top 10 posts of 2015 for all-time. These 10 posts got the more views than any other posts on Peanut Butter Runner and 9 of the 10 were not even written this year! For [...]

  • Practice Progress: Handstand to Crow and Learning to Be Stronger

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    I wasn't planning on practicing today. I started my day at 6 a.m. teaching yoga, trained a client at Metro after and then had my butt glued to my office chair for eight hours. I was driving back to the gym to train a client at 6 p.m. when I got a text from her [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: A Yoga Challenge & Current Focus

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    I loved my week of workouts this week! I am participating our annual yoga challenge at the studio so it's been pushing me to get to my mat more and the difference it's making in my body is wonderful. I'm feeling really open and really good. The challenge is 62 practices in 62 days or [...]

  • The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions is now available!

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    I have a pretty big announcement today. My second book, The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions, has been published and is now available to purchase from several major online retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The intention behind this book was to provide yoga students with a realistic guide to advancing their yoga practice [...]

  • Weekly Workouts Away: Lots of Running + BodyPump

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    I am home in Charlotte after spending the last week in Georgia. I think this was the longest I've been away from Charlotte in almost two years. While I appreciated every second of time being with my family, it was so wonderful to see my girls and get a big hug from my fiance after [...]

  • Weekend: I Taught Yoga in the Middle of the Mall + Your Mom’s Donuts

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    This was a really great weekend. A perfect balance between restful and energizing as well as downtime and social time. I took myself for a lunch date at Chopt on Friday afternoon while I was out running errands. This was one of their most popular salads, Braised Chicken Tinga. It's a warm topping salad with [...]

  • Core Desire Yoga Retreat Weekend at Wild Dunes

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    I had the honor of spending last weekend leading a retreat with my dear friend Dorie at our fall Core Desire Yoga retreat at Wild Dunes Resort. First and foremost, I would like to thank the weather gods. Going into the weekend we had a 100% chance of rain. We arrived to find this on [...]

  • Monday in the Life: Saved by the Crock Pot

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    4:50 a.m. - wake up 5 minutes before my alarm is set to go off. I love this. I feel a million times better when I wake up naturally. 5 a.m. - get out of bed and let Zoey out of her crate. We cuddle and hang out while I make some tea. Sullie is [...]

  • David William Ashtanga Yoga for the Rest of Your Life Weekend

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    Last weekend I had the honor of spending four days practicing ashtanga with David Williams. We hosted him at Y2 for a four-day workshop focused on "Ashtanga Yoga for the Rest of Your Life." If you're wondering what Ashtanga yoga is, read this. We can all thank David Williams for being a pioneer of yoga [...]

  • My 7 Favorite Ways to Sweat in Charlotte

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    This is the third and final post in my series “Why and what I love about Charlotte” for the #DesignCharlotte campaign. The Marriott Charlotte City Center Hotel is getting a big facelift and as part of this transformation, they are asking guests and Charlotte residents to show off our amazing city and what we love [...]

  • Weekly Workouts + Fitness Fashion with The Track & Field Store

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    Hey everyone! I have a quick weekly workout post for you now and then I'll be back later with a weekend recap. It was a quiet week on the workout front because things have been anything but quiet on the life and work front. All good stuff though. And as I say on repeat, part [...]

  • Why You Should Sign Up for Yoga Workshops + Weekly Workouts

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    Hi everyone. It's been a rainy Sunday here which has been really cozy and good for productivity. For today's fitness-themed post I thought I would talk about why you should sign up for yoga workshops. Oftentimes, students (especially those in their first 1-2 years of practice) don't sign up for workshops because they think they [...]

  • Dealing with Exercise Guilt + Weekly Workouts

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    A few weeks ago I received a question from a reader about exercise guilt. "Do you ever feel exercise guilt when you are unable to exercise for a few days? I ran my first 1/2 marathon 2 weeks ago and I have not been as active as I was prior to my race. Any advice, [...]

  • Beach Yoga Girl Weekend

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    Last weekend we hosted Beach Yoga Girl at Y2 Yoga. I really enjoy practicing with and learning from out of town teachers and it's even more fun when you get to host them at your studio! If you're not familiar with Beach Yoga Girl her real name is Kerri Verna and she's an "Insta-famous" yogi [...]

  • Join Me for a Core Desire Yoga Retreat in Isle of Palms, SC

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    Last spring I announced the launch of Core Desire Yoga, a new venture combining two things that I love the most...personal growth and yoga. Even better, I partnered with my friend and fellow yoga teacher Dorie Fusaro to create it. What is Core Desire Yoga? Core Desire Yoga offers weekend workshops and retreats that combine [...]

  • Best Workout Week: Boot Camp, Circuit Classes, Yoga and a 5K!

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    I'm super pumped to share this week's workout recap with you because for the entire week I felt motivated and challenged. I got out of my rut this week and actually attended a boot camp, participated in some circuit training classes at the gym and ran a 5K race. I've said this so many times [...]

  • International Yoga Day + Weekly Workouts

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    Happy Father's Day and Happy International Yoga Day! It's also the Summer Solstice, which marks the official first day of summer. Today over 10,000 people will practice yoga in Times Square in New York City in honor of the solstice and International Yoga Day. The event is taking place from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. [...]

  • Vacation Week Workouts (Mini Golf Counts, Right?)

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    Good morning! I sure do wish that every Sunday morning looked like this...coffee with a view! My beach routine goes a little like...sleep in, coffee and computer on the balcony, smoothie, more coffee and computer, workout, shower, beach. It's pretty amazing. As most of you know if you've been reading any length of time, I [...]