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

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 slow-cooked chicken tinga, brown rice and black beans served over avocado, tortilla chips, cotija cheese, kale, spinach and cabbage.


I taught yoga at 4:20 p.m. on Friday and had a big debate in my head about whether to stay after I taught and practice or go get my nails done (it had been months…they looked not good!). I decided on a rest day and treating myself to nails. It was a good decision. We ended the night at home on the couch with a cheese plate and watched the movie Love and Mercy. It tells the story of Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. Crazy!


Most nights around here end with puppy cuddle parties and Friday was no exception. I swear Zoey doesn’t mind being held. She’s so freaking sweet! (When she’s not eating my shoes…)


I slept until about 8 on Saturday morning and then headed out for my long run. I finished my long run at 10:50 a.m. and had to be at the studio at 11:15 to teach. I was cutting it close! Class was great (love, love, love my Saturday morning class) and I devoured this sandwich in the cafe afterwards. Chicken panini with herbed goat cheese, grilled onions, arugula and avocado.



My Saturday afternoon was interesting. I taught a yoga class in the middle of the mall! Seriously, in center court.



It was in celebration of the grand opening of The Track & Field Store, a new Brazilian activewear brand that just opened in SouthPark Mall. I am serving as an ambassador for them this fall so I agreed to teach a free class in the mall. This is actually the second time I have taught yoga in the middle of the mall. I did it back in 2011 too for another event.



The best part is all the people who just stop and stare. I don’t know how to describe how it felt to be wearing a mic and teaching yoga for the whole mall to hear but I shared with the class that it was a perfect example of yoga in action. I think the mall is a great analogy for what it’s like in our minds. Constant distractions, shiny things to grab our attention, voices in and out, etc. Learning to quiet your mind and get to a place of peace in the middle of chaos is a very valuable skill to have. Most of my participants said they totally forgot that all that was going on in the mall was even around them.


Honoring their Brazilian roots, The Track & Field Store had Rico’s Acai at the event whipping up acai bowls for the participants. Delicious post-yoga treat!


We spent Saturday night with friends where yet again I made dinner out of a cheese plate. This time with charcuterie and we had some flat breads. I will never complain about this kind of dinner! 🙂


I woke up Sunday morning with donuts on my mind. And not just any donuts, Your Mom’s Donuts. I have had them at the studio when other people have brought them in but I’ve never been down to the shop. Best idea I had all weekend!


Your Mom’s Donuts is a locally owned “farm to table” donut shop. They use NC milled flour, pastured dairy and eggs in all of their handmade donuts. The donuts are nontraditionally shaped and feature all sorts of seasonal flavor combinations. They also serve locally roasted Pure Intentions coffee.


We brought our donuts home and balanced out the sweet treats with some eggs and fruit. We shared three donuts…Chai Glaze with Orange and Cinnamon Sugar, Lemon Curd Filled with Lavender Glaze and Apple Cinnamon Donut Bread Pudding. They were amazing! This might be a new Sunday staple! 🙂

The rest of my day included a yoga marathon of taking a class and then teaching two classes, a grocery trip and cooking a yummy Sunday dinner and watching How To Get Away with Murder. Y’all were right…we are addicted! So good!

Have you watched any good movies lately?

Where’s the most unusual place you’ve ever done yoga?

Donuts…love ’em or leave ’em?

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  • Gwen @ Nutty G Fitness October 19, 2015, 1:24 pm

    LOVE donuts….and those are making my mouth water! Defnitely not something I eat often, but it the fall a trip to get apple cider donuts is a must!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 9:09 pm

      Yes! I need to plan a trip soon! I keep seeing friends post pictures of them.

  • Jordan October 19, 2015, 1:52 pm

    Love Your Mom’s Donuts!!! Definitely one of my favorite splurges from time to time. The Chai Orange sounds awesome.

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 9:10 pm

      It was delicious! Worth the drive and the splurge!

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run October 19, 2015, 2:20 pm

    Your hair is so pretty naturally wavy 🙂

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 4:39 pm

      Thanks girl! It gets pretty fierce on its own. Haha.

  • meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles October 19, 2015, 2:32 pm

    I don’t eat donuts all that often but those look great! If I had a local specialty donut shop, aside from Dunkin, I would totally be there often for dessert. I always say I love the Peter Pan bakery in Brooklyn for their donuts but I am never in the area to stop there which is a shame when I think about it.

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 9:13 pm

      Dunkin donuts don’t even begin to compare to these! They may be the best in Charlotte!

  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks October 19, 2015, 3:44 pm

    Not a huge donut person…definitely prefer croissants or pain aux raisins for a breakfast pastry!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 9:14 pm

      Yum! I wouldn’t say no to those either!

  • amy October 19, 2015, 4:10 pm

    I love your pants!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 4:39 pm

      Thanks! I love them too! So fun to mix it up.

  • Hilary October 19, 2015, 6:48 pm

    I have been craving donuts for awhile! I don’t know why but nothing beats them, and to me you must have them in the morning!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 9:17 pm

      I agree! Donuts with coffee is just meant to be.

  • Arthi October 19, 2015, 9:27 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

    I found my love of donuts in Hobart, Indiana over the weekend. I’m not usually a donut person but visited Country Line Apple Orchard yesterday and can’t get enough of their apple cinnamon donuts. Incredible!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 9:17 pm

      I keep seeing pictures of those! I need to plan a trip to an apple orchard soon!

  • Janelle @ Wholly Healthy October 20, 2015, 3:19 am

    I can’t get over how Zoey is totally game for you to hold her like that – so sweet!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt October 20, 2015, 9:20 am

    Brazilian workout clothes? I NEED those in my life!! Brazilian clothes are so cute. I was so enchanted by how cute all the girls dressed when we went.
    Never done yoga in a mall… but I have done a fashion show 🙂
    I’d rather have a bagel with cream cheese than a donut… unless it’s a reallllllyyy good donut. Those look pretty tasty!

  • Sarah @ SarahRuns26 October 20, 2015, 11:00 am

    I love Your Mom’s Donuts! We went there when were were in Charlotte for my sister’s wedding in August and it is on the list when we are back for the marathon in a few weeks!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 4:38 pm

      I’m running the half!

  • Andrea October 20, 2015, 11:01 am

    Your outfit at the mall event is fantastic!! Is that going to be a nationwide chain or am I going to have to order those amazing pants online?

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 4:37 pm

      I’m not sure what their expansion plan is for the US. They have over 120 stores in Brazil but here so far only NYC, LA and Charlotte! I hope it spreads because the clothes are awesome!

  • jodie October 20, 2015, 12:41 pm

    You are such an inspiration to me. And I have to say your meals always always look so good. Have a great rest of the week.

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 4:36 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words Jodie. <3 <3 <3

  • Cameron October 20, 2015, 3:04 pm

    Your Saturday Y2 class was amazing- such a treat to take one of your classes! Would you be willing to share your sequence or at least the last loop? I want to keep practicing it at home. Can’t wait to come back over the holidays! 🙂

    • Jen DeCurtins October 20, 2015, 4:36 pm

      Hey Cameron! It was so wonderful to see you! 🙂

      I can’t remember the sequence I taught on Saturday (because I’ve already taught 5 classes since then…ahhh!) but I can send you a couple of single shot sequences to practice at home!

      • Cameron October 22, 2015, 9:31 am

        That would be awesome, thank you !!!!

  • tara October 20, 2015, 3:24 pm

    looove donuts ! i have done yoga outside in a huge park with a bunch of people. not all that odd but probably to the passers by it was ! we just watch american sniper on hbo the other day and it was good. bring up a lot of thoughts on war and gun violence and ptsd, etc.

  • Farrell October 22, 2015, 11:14 am

    If you haven’t been to Duck Donuts in Dilworth yet they are pretty amazing- you can watch them make the donuts right there in front of you!

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