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Weekend: My First Travel Yoga Workshop!

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 much goes into hosting out of town teachers and recruiting students for the workshops. Even though I’ve asked you guys several times where you’d like for me to come teach, I made up a million excuses for not following through and making it happen.

Funny how we tend to be our own worst enemies in this way, you know? It’s like, “I WANT THIS THING…but oh shit I’m scared to put it out there.” The fear of failure is real even when you have tons of tools for dealing with these kinds of thoughts in a more positive way.

All that to say, when the owner of Studio B Power Yoga reached out to me earlier this year about teaching a spring workshop, I couldn’t say no. It felt like a sign that it was finally time to face my fears and make it happen.

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I’m so glad I did. It was the most incredible weekend and I left Harrisburg with a full heart, many new meaningful connections and the belief that I can not only do this thing but do it in a way that helps people.

Here’s a complete recap of my very first travel yoga weekend workshop. Brace yourselves, it’s a long one!

Friday

I was on the fence about whether to fly or drive. The flights were really expensive and I’d have to rent a car. The drive was 7 hours. I ended up driving and it was a good decision. The drive was absolutely gorgeous. The majority of the trip was through Virginia on I-81 and the mountain and farm scenery was breathtaking. It left me wanting to plan a trip to the Virginia mountains this summer or early fall.

I took off around 7:30 a.m. and packed all the food I’d need for the trip there. I snacked on pita chips, ate this leftover kale salad with hummus and an apple.

My Friday night session didn’t begin until 6 but I wanted to give myself plenty of time for the drive in case traffic was bad. Luckily, the trip was easy and I arrived at my hotel around 3:15 p.m. I checked in and booked it down to the gym to move my body after 7+ hours of sitting. I had one of those awesome runs where everything felt easy and good (probably because I was coming off of 8 days without running!). I did five super sweaty miles of tempo works, hills and sprints. It also helped me run off some of the nerves. 😉

studio b power yoga

I was warmly welcomed at the studio. On Friday night I did a 30-minute lecture and a 90-minute flow. We were all kind of getting used to each other on Friday night. They were getting to know me and I was trying to learn their yoga language. It’s always interesting to learn how different studios cue poses and what they call postures. Class was awesome and super sweaty. The best compliment I got was one yogi who shared, “that felt like an amazing hot yoga class and therapy all at the same time.” 🙂

I was feeling the drive + the run + 2 hours of teaching and left the studio wiped out. I stopped by a restaurant near my hotel to grab dinner to go. I had a glass of wine while I waited.

Back in my hotel room I devoured this cedar plank salmon with potatoes and veggies, showered and headed straight to bed.

Saturday

Despite how tired I was, I didn’t sleep great on Friday night. Regardless, I woke up on Saturday morning feeling energetic and ready for the day. I got a quick strength workout in at the hotel gym and then ate breakfast while I reviewed the material I was going to teach that day.

healthy hotel breakfast

Oatmeal from the hotel breakfast with sliced banana, raisins, chia seeds and peanut butter. I packed the chia seeds and pb.

backbend workshop

Our Saturday morning session went from 9-11 a.m. and was focused on heart opening and back bending. We did all sorts of partner prep before getting into the backbends.

drop back prep

We wrapped up the session working on drop backs.

Mellow Minded Cafe Salad

Almost everyone in the group joined us for lunch at Mellow Minded Cafe. I had a salad with mixed greens, berries, goat feta, dried cranberries, crushed walnuts and poppyseed vinaigrette.

mellow minded cafe desserts

I couldn’t choose between the carrot cake cupcake or the molasses cookie for dessert so I got both. It was a good call. I ate the cupcake later that night and it was to die for.

yoga for runners

From 2-4 p.m. I taught inversions and arm balances. I didn’t get any pictures of it because I was so focused on teaching but it’s always one of my most favorite workshops to teach. I wrapped up the day teaching yoga for runners from 4:30-6 p.m. It was mostly focused on ball rolling and restorative deep stretch. We ended with legs up the wall.

gabriella's italian harrisburg

I headed back to the hotel to shower and then met my dad’s cousin and her daughter (who are my cousins too but I always feel like I should call my dad’s cousin my aunt…she certainly feels like one!) for dinner. They were SO sweet to come and support me. It felt so good to have family there. We met at Gabriella’s for Italian. I had the most delicious veal dish with eggplant, roasted red peppers, cheese and tomato sauce. Thank you Fran and Christine for dinner! 🙂

Sunday

There was no getting up early to workout on Sunday. I was so tired! I enjoyed sleeping in a bit and then lounging before I had to teach.

I had a mix of granola, sliced banana, chia seeds and peanut butter for breakfast.

I taught a 90 minute master class on Sunday morning that tied together everything we had learned throughout the course of the weekend. Here’s a time lapse that the studio shared of the class.

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There were big sweaty hugs all around after the class.

studio b power yoga

With the Studio B teachers and students.

My cousins! <3

brittany holtz

The biggest thanks to this girl for hosting me. If you live in the Central Pennsylvania area, please go check out Studio B Power Yoga. I am so proud of Brittany for her tenacity in going for her goals and opening not only one studio but for expanding and opening a second. She has one location in Annville and one in Harrisburg. Tell your friends!

After a quick shower and pack up back at the hotel, I drove into downtown Harrisburg to meet Brittany for brunch and a debriefing at the Millworks. We started with virgin bloody marys. They were spicy, just the way I like them!

For brunch I had the ancient grains salad with a poached egg. I also ordered a biscuit on the side after seeing quite a few of them pass by our table. So fluffy and tasty. We had a great time chatting and I’m hoping to host Brittany in Charlotte this summer to check out our studio!

Seven hours later I was home with these fur babies. I listened to Sophia Kinsella’s new book, My Not So Perfect Life, on the way up and back and it was the perfect easy listen for the road trip and it actually had a great message about the comparison trap.

That wraps up the weekend. Time to plan the next one! 🙂

Have you ever taken a yoga workshop weekend?

Bloody mary or mimosa?

Fellow yogis…talk to me about inversions and backbends. How do you feel about them? Any current goals?

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{ 28 comments… add one }
  • Eileen Guidry May 1, 2017, 8:51 pm

    I’m currently working on chin stand and handstand. Trying to hold both at the top and trying to float not throw myself up there and down. Any suggestion would be great. Especially for chin stand.

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:15 pm

      Are you pressing from chin stand to handstand?

  • Lauren May 1, 2017, 9:06 pm

    I live in the VA mountains and agree that it’s beautiful here! I’d be happy to give you some travel tips! 😁

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:15 pm

      YES PLEASE! They are gorgeous!

  • Colleen May 2, 2017, 4:16 am

    Hi Jen! Awesome post, I wish you’d come to teach in Germany 😉 What do you use to listen to audio books in the car? You download them to a device? I’m new to audio books and want to start 🙂 Thank you!

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:14 pm

      Hey Collen – teaching in Germany would be amazing. Bucket list! 🙂

      I use the Audible app on my phone. It works great for audio books on the go!

  • Juliette | Namastay Traveling May 2, 2017, 6:47 am

    This is so exciting. I’ve taken a few yoga workshops (I live in DC so they happen all the time) and it’s always so great having a fresh teacher come in to bring new ideas. I’m still working on my forearm stand, sigh, and don’t seem to be progressing as quickly as I like. But, oh well. Yoga is the practice not the posture!

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:13 pm

      I love DC! I agree, I love picking up new things from different teachers.

      RE: forearm stand…1) work on your shoulder mobility and on opening up your lats. 2) have you tried it with a block between then hands? You place it horizontally between the hands and line frame it in an L-shape with your thumb and first finger. It helps with keeping proper alignment.

  • Mina May 2, 2017, 8:30 am

    Hi! I’m new to your blog. I haven’t had time to search it much. DO you have any Yoga for Runners videos?

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:11 pm

      I do not but on my radar!

  • Joy May 2, 2017, 9:06 am

    Congratulations on your travel workshop! I’m hoping one day soon you’ll come to the NYC area (I’m in Westchester, but am easily able to travel into NYC) for a workshop.

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:11 pm

      I would LOVE to teach in NYC!

  • acktive life May 2, 2017, 9:19 am

    I’m a mimosa girl all the way…I cannot do bloody Mary’s as I am not a fan of horseradish. Looks like a successful weekend and I am sure you are pooped. Love those pants that you were rocking! xoxo

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:10 pm

      Oh I love horesradish! So spicy and yummy! 🙂 Yes, the weekend was amazing but definitely wore me out. Still recovering and it’s Wednesday.

      Pants are from Liquido. They have the best patterned leggings and they’re so comfy!

  • Linda May 2, 2017, 9:25 am

    Sounds like it was great!!!

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:09 pm

      I loved it! So excited to have you on board for summer TT!

  • Laura @ LauraLikesDesign May 2, 2017, 10:28 am

    Those patterned capris that you’re wearing in the end of the post are SO CUTE!

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:07 pm

      Thank you! They are Liquido!

  • Brittany Holtz May 2, 2017, 10:41 am

    This weekend was amazing. I am so glad you decided to face your fears and make STUDIO B your first traveling yoga stop! I, too, was scared. Scared my studio was too small, too far away, not fancy enough, no one would sign up, etc. Moral of the story: do scary shit. Can’t wait to visit Y2!

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:07 pm

      Thank you for hosting me and I love your moral of the story. YES! See you SOON in Charlotte! I’ll let you know when that assist weekend will be ASAP!

  • Jill May 2, 2017, 12:43 pm

    The out of town workshop sounds like a great time! Congratulations!

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:06 pm

      Thank you Jill! It was amazing!

  • Pam May 2, 2017, 3:26 pm

    Congratulations on your first of many Workshops! I would love for you to come to Dothan to our studio!
    Yoga Weekend Workshops-YES! Love them!
    Champagne-No need to dilute…
    Inversions & Backbends-I love inversions. Working on handstand…staying away from head stands(protecting my delinquent cervical spine). Backends are very difficult for me. Shoulders, quads, chest…All THIGHT! I’m a work in progress!

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:05 pm

      That would be amazing, let me know if there is ever an opportunity! 🙂

      RE: champagne. you made me laugh! LOVE IT!

  • Eva May 5, 2017, 9:13 pm

    Random question– do you usually snack on things after you workout & before you teach a class? like after you did your run when you first got to the hotel & before you taught the first class– did you snack on smth or just didn’t eat after your run until dinner?? i ask because if there’s one thing i’m anal about, it’s always getting in something protein/carb-y within 45 minutes after a workout! it really pisses me off if i have to wait to eat because i just feel like i’m not giving my muscles proper recovery!! so it would totally blow my mind if you don’t snack on small things in between your workouts! (i realize you probably don’t post every food item you eat lol)

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:42 pm

      It totally depends on a) the intensity of the workout and b) what I’ve eaten that day already or what meal is next and how soon.

  • Meagan Caruso May 10, 2017, 3:40 pm

    Let me know if you ever come to Raleigh for a workshop or just to teach a class! I would love to take one of your classes and meet you in person! I read your blog all the time – I love reading about what you’re up to, all the yoga, healthy eats (& treats), plus those sweet golden pups! -Meagan

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:18 pm

      Will do! THANK YOU for reading! 🙂

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