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Easter + Weekly Workouts

Hi! I hope everyone had a very happy Easter! I had a good day but I always really miss my parents and my grandmother on this day.


I’ve taught yoga on Easter morning for the last four years in a row. As I shared recently, I’ve been feeling ready to give up Sunday morning “yoga church” but this morning was…perfect. For whatever reason, I feel more myself in this class than any other. It feels like we’re just hanging out for 90 minutes. I teach exactly how and what I want to teach and feel so comfortable sharing whatever it is that is on my heart or in my head. There is just so much connection.

The last two Sundays I have taught this class, I went into it with the attitude I was going to give it up but the classes made me wonder how I could possibly do it. This class pushes and challenges me as a teacher, in all the best ways. I am torn.


I came home after class to find some Easter treats. Reeses + Cadburry Eggs + Easter = yes.


I made a simple but really delicious brunch of scrambled eggs with goat cheese, uncured baked bacon, cinnamon chip scones and citrus. French press coffee on the side. I don’t know how I went so many years without French pressing my own coffee. Game changer.

The rest of my day consisted of getting sucked into the vortex of website updates (I start with one minor change and then go down the rabbit hole…), practicing yoga and girlfriend time with my BFF.

And now for a quick recap of my weekly workouts.


Hot yoga


5 mile run


Hot yoga (kinda)

I was not feeling well and thought that moving around a bit would help (ladies, you know what I mean)…it did not. I spent most of practice in child’s pose or on my back in gentle twists.


Hot yoga


4.5 mile run + CrossFit & lift

I ran 1.8 miles to the gym and then decided to do the WOD on the whiteboard. It was 50 pullups and 50 back squats at bodyweight. The instructions were to do pull ups and then do the same number of back squats until you reached 50. I did them in sets of five (kipping pull ups) and back squats at 115. I do high-rep back squats on the regular at 75-85 pounds but the 115 was a big challenge. I could feel with every one exactly where I would be sore…and was I ever sore. Good lord. Haven’t squatted that heavy at that volume in a long time.

After the WOD (took 10:45), I did 50 GHD sit ups, 50 bicep curls, 50 strict dumbbell press and 50 tricep overhead extensions. (I did this in 5 rounds of 10.)

And then I had to run home…I ran the long way and ended up at 4.5 miles total. My legs felt like jello for the first half a mile but the run ended up being nice recovery.


6 mile hike


Hot yoga

What’s your favorite Easter candy?

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Cassie April 6, 2015, 12:20 am

    Hope you had a lovely Easter!

  • Laura April 6, 2015, 7:42 am

    Your Sunday morning “yoga church” was how I first discovered yoga three years ago when I moved to Charlotte postgrad. It became one of my favorite weekend rituals. Lately I’ve reclaimed Sunday for sleeping in. I went to class yesterday since Ive loved starting my last 3 Easters that way, and it reminded me of how much I love your yoga church. Good luck with your decision! Either way it will be the right one

    • Jen April 8, 2015, 4:54 pm

      that’s so awesome laura. thank you for taking a moment to share that with me…it means a lot. <3 thank you so much for coming to class on sunday.

  • Molly April 6, 2015, 9:48 am

    If I’m ever in the area, your yoga classes would be first thing on my list! Any chance you could do an instructor rotation on Sunday? Maybe you could do every other week and that way you would have some of your Sunday mornings free without giving it all up? I have done that teaching Saturday spin classes. I have a hard time committing to every Saturday but every other week is great.

    • Jen April 8, 2015, 4:55 pm

      great suggestion but i find with yoga classes that consistency is better than a rotation. when i teach other group classes like bodypump, rotations are great but the yoga is just different for some reason. the energy is weird when you rotate in and out of class times.

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt April 6, 2015, 10:24 am

    What great weekend! I was in Charlotte this weekend visiting my Brother and it was gorgeous!

  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona April 6, 2015, 12:55 pm

    Goat cheese and eggs are the perfect combination – so delicious.

    • Jen April 8, 2015, 4:57 pm

      goat cheese and anything is the perfect combo! 🙂

  • She Rocks Fitness April 6, 2015, 4:04 pm

    I missed my family a lot this Easter too…I am not really a Easter candy fan, instead I chowed down on delicious pies and cakes. LOL!

  • misty April 6, 2015, 4:56 pm

    What about taking the summer off from your Sunday class? That will give you time away to assess what you want. You may find you can’t live without it or having Sundays for you is a form of self care. You give so much of yourself when you teach. You have to give back to yourself too.

    • Jen April 8, 2015, 4:57 pm

      that’s kind of the direction i have been heading in!

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