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I have had a really nice weekend. Spring finally decided to arrive in Charlotte and it’s been all blue skies and sunshine. I was able to take some space from work and spend the weekend doing things I wanted to be doing. One of my favorite things about this weekend was having long blocks of time where I could just hang out at home without having to rush off to be somewhere.

Here’s a look at some Friday/Saturday highlights in photos.

I met a friend for lunch at Dean & Deluca on Friday. I built my own salad with spinach, mixed greens, salmon, mushrooms, oranges, artichokes and a huge scoop of goat cheese.

I organized a happy hour for Metro CrossFit on Friday so I swung by to hang out with everyone after I finished coaching a CrossFit class. It was a beautiful evening for sitting outside.

I got home late from the happy hour in desperate need of a shower and dinner. I ended up going out for a late sushi dinner at Sushi Guru at the last minute. I think I ate this roll at 10 p.m. but it was still so delicious.

I was beyond excited when the owner and chef sent out a plate of toro. Toro is a fatty cut from around the belly of a bluefin tuna. It has a higher fat concentration (in a good way…think pork belly for tuna) and more developed flavor. This stuff is literally melt in your mouth good.

After sushi I promptly passed out into near comatose sleep and didn’t wake up until 7:10 the Saturday morning. Last week wore me out.

While I have been teaching yoga, I haven’t been able to practice yoga much lately due to my schedule and also trying to give my hip a break from intense stretching (I have maybe practiced 3-4 times in the last month) but I took advantage of a free Saturday morning and took superflow at Y2. Someone asked me yesterday if it was a tradeoff to keep teaching when I don’t have much time for my own personal practice and I said no! While I love to practice and I need to practice, I also need to teach to feel like myself. I always tell people that I think I get as much from teaching as my students do from taking.

But I digress, oh my god. I remember what it is like to not practice yoga. My hamstrings were so insanely tight that I ould barely fold forward in my first sun salutation. My legs have been feeling tight in general when I run lately so I knew I needed to get to my mat. It just shows how important it is to stretch out and lengthen the muscles that you contrat and shorten from running and strength training.

Breakfast after class was a green smoothie and a slice of Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin toast.

I grabbed a sandwich at Whole Foods before teaching a hot yoga class at Y2. I got a turkey, mixed greens, brie and fig jam on cranberry walnut.

My Saturday class was a little smaller than usual (probably due to people wanting to be outside in the sunshine and not sweating away in the yoga studio!) so I took advantage of the extra space and mixed things up a little. We did partner abs and backbends and then finished with a lot of wall assisted stretching at the end of class. I think everyone appreciated the change in routine.

After class I met up with a group of yoga teacher trainees from the studio to go over assisting and to talk about being a new teacher, finding your voice/personality, how to plan classes within allotted time frames, etc. Teaching is WHAT I LOVE TO DO more than anything in this whole entire world and I so love working with small groups like this.

I have a big scary exciting goal to start traveling around the country to lead yoga workshops within the next year and yesterday’s class and small group got me so on fire about making that happen. Stay tuned…you guys will certainly be the first to know when I start planning these workshops and I will be happy to come to your city! 🙂

I can’t believe I just wrote those words down.

Part 2 of my weekend coming soon. Off to grocery shop, cake bake and cookout.

What do you love to do more than anything else in this world!? 

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  • 1
    Whitney April 7, 2013, 2:37 pm

    Please do this! And please come to Birmingham!!

    • 2
      Emily April 8, 2013, 9:52 am

      Yes!!! Definitely come to Birmingham!!

      • 3
        Jen April 10, 2013, 6:57 pm

        it would be on my short list, for sure!

  • 4
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit April 7, 2013, 3:05 pm

    COME TO NJ/NYC! You have a place to stay 🙂 And Sullie too if you road trip it!

    • 5
      Jen April 10, 2013, 6:57 pm

      totally! would love to come to your area!

  • 6
    Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit April 7, 2013, 3:14 pm

    So exciting. Would love to see you in Portland, OR 🙂

    • 7
      Jen April 10, 2013, 6:58 pm

      dying to visit the pacific northwest!

  • 8
    DkotaGirl April 7, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Love this post! Reminds me of the “Life is Good” tagline: Do what you love. Love what you do. What is it I love to do? Run. Preferably outside, sometimes with people, sometimes with my dog, sometimes solo. I’m recovering from a foot injury, so it’s been a rough month, but I’m on the mend and doing my best to stay positive and enjoy the other good things in life.

    Hope to see you bring your workshops to the Midwest. Cedar Falls, Iowa, has two great studios. It’s a (relatively) small community but has an incredible active community!

    • 9
      Jen April 10, 2013, 6:58 pm

      i have a mug with that saying that i drink coffee from all the time! i hope that your foot heals quickly and you’re back to what you love soon!

  • 10
    Laura April 7, 2013, 5:12 pm

    Please, please, please come to Seattle!!! I know you have wanted to visit the Pacific Northwest! Just make sure you come in August or September. I’ll be first in line for your class!

    • 11
      Jen April 10, 2013, 6:59 pm

      YES! i am dying to visit up there. thanks for the suggestion!

  • 12
    Sarah G April 7, 2013, 6:42 pm

    Oh oh! Come to Boston! And do a yoga for runners workshop!

  • 13
    Colleen April 7, 2013, 7:56 pm

    I think that is awesome!!! I would LOVE to get involved in something like that!

  • 14
    She Rocks Fitness April 7, 2013, 8:07 pm

    WOW that sounds like a amazing goal and cannot wait for you to follow through with it! Oh the people you will meet and the places you will go…Dream Big woman! Spring has arrived here too and it feels so wonderful. Really really hoping I can retire my winter coats!

  • 15
    Lindsay April 7, 2013, 8:48 pm

    Come to Vancouver!!!! I work for Lululemon and would love to attend your class or training!!

    • 16
      Jen April 10, 2013, 6:59 pm

      lindsay – i would love to make it to canada!

  • 17
    Erika April 7, 2013, 10:36 pm

    I would love fir you to come to the Denver/Boulder area!

    • 18
      Jen April 10, 2013, 7:00 pm

      such a great yoga culture out there. a consideration for sure!

  • 19
    Liz Simpson April 7, 2013, 10:42 pm

    Those big scary goals often turn out to be the most rewarding 🙂

  • 20
    Dana April 8, 2013, 4:35 am

    I have NEVER taken a yoga class, but if you come to Tyler Texas I will be in the front row!

  • 22
    Linda April 8, 2013, 12:20 pm

    I need to take one of your yoga classes! I’ve taken some remix at Y2 and the regular classes are so hot! I’m a little nervous what real hot class would feel like there!
    Those Sushi Guru pictures look so good! I might need to get a fix….soon!

    • 23
      Jen April 10, 2013, 7:01 pm

      i teach a remix on tuesday mornings at 8:10 that isn’t quite as hot as my weekend hot classes. BUT the remix are vinyasa flow so more rigorous physically where the hot classes have no chaturangas and we only do sequence 1x. i think you’d be great!

  • 24
    Abby April 8, 2013, 12:58 pm

    That is so exciting! Please come to Nashville and/or Atlanta!

    • 25
      Jen April 10, 2013, 7:02 pm

      FOR SURE! ATL will probably be first on the list!

  • 26
    ashley April 8, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Oh I hope you make it back to Birmingham!! Super excited about your big goal!

    p.s. What is it about turkey and jam jiving so well together? I can no longer have a turkey sandwich w/o it!

    • 27
      Jen April 10, 2013, 7:03 pm

      birmingham would definitely be on the first list. and i love turkey with any kind of jam. yum!

  • 28
    Amber April 8, 2013, 2:05 pm

    Would you come to Canada?? I would love you to come to one of the two studio’s (one hot and one not!) I frequent here in Kamloops, British Columbia. They are regularly bringing in people for workshops too!!

    • 29
      Jen April 10, 2013, 7:02 pm

      i would consider it. probably not in the initial few workshops but once i got going, yes! i would love to get up there.

  • 30
    Lara April 9, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Come to NJ!!! I seriously want to fly down there just to meet you and take a class lol Jersey Shore – its great in the summer and we need some yogi love after the storms we’ve had!
    Best of luck in all that you do!

    • 31
      Jen April 10, 2013, 7:03 pm

      aw, i would love to come up there!

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