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Weekend: Summer TT Kick Off, Pups and Date Night

The weekend kicked off our 200-hour summer teacher training at Y2. It seems like we just wrapped up our winter/spring training. It’s our first year offering a summer training but there has been a demand for it, especially among high school and college students that want to complete a teacher training during their summer break.

We met on Friday night for our first practice and introductions.

Y2 Yoga Teacher Training

And then spent all weekend diving into teacher training! So much good stuff went down on the first weekend…meditation practice, practice teaching Sun Salutation A and B, practice assisting Sun Salutation A and B, watched Ashtanga New York, yoga nidra meditation, listened to Spirit of the Vedas and much, much more. It was awesome! 🙂

Y2 Yoga Class

On Saturday morning I took our 9:30 a.m. hot flow class along with the teacher trainees and a bunch of other yogis. It was hot, hot, hot! I taught my 11:15 a.m. after and had an equally as packed room. It always makes me so happy to see people keep showing up during the summer months!

Namastay Kitchen Remix Salad

After meditation, taking and teaching, I needed food ASAP! I had the remix salad from Namastay Kitchen, add avocado and chicken with our coconut milk vegan ranch. So good.


After we wrapped up training I stopped into Marshall’s “just to look around.” I ended up trying on a bunch of stuff but leaving with two tops and some sandals.

Golden Retriever

When I got home we walked the dogs over to a field in our neighborhood to run around. It was Sullie’s first post-surgery exercise (and approved by her doctor).

Golden Retriever with Ball

Zoey went crazy running after her ball.


So much so that she spent a good 5 minutes laying down and drinking water when we got home. We’d never seen her do that before and it was so funny. Guess she ran so hard that she didn’t have energy to stand! (Sullie doesn’t do much running much days. She mostly wanders around, smells things and rolls in the grass when we go to the park but she does LOVE to go on walks.)


We went out for dinner at one of our favorite spots on Saturday night, Foxcroft Wine Co.

Grilled Okra at Foxcroft Wine Co

We shared the grilled okra with chipotle aioli to start. Check out my roasted okra with Sriracha aioli recipe.

Foxcroft Wine Co

I had the chef’s special for my entree. It was a black sea bass over crispy chorizo grits with a tomato sauce.

Steak Tartare at Foxcroft Wine Co

And my fiancé had the steak tartare with a local duck egg on top.

Carrot Cake

We wrapped up the night on the couch where I enjoyed a slice of carrot cake with a mug of hot tea and he made me endure the movie 10 Cloverfield Lane. HOLY NAIL BIGHTER! I think I said, “I can’t watch this. I need to go to bed.” at least 10 times. John Goodman was seriously creepy in this movie.

Yoga Forward Fold Drill

Sunday was another day full of yoga. I spent a few hours with the teacher trainees before getting a massage and then teaching my Sunday 4 p.m. class. We took a break after the warm up to talk about forward folds (we had just covered it in TT!). I had my students do a forward fold drill against the wall where you back heels and hips all the way up to the walls so you can experience what it’s really like to get the hips over the ankles. We also talked about when to straighten and when to bend the knees and a few other things.

The weekend wrapped up with some cleaning, laundry and hanging out on the patio and grilling dinner.

Tell me about your weekend! What was the highlight? Did you watch any movies? Best thing you ate? Did you spend time outside? 

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  • Julie June 6, 2016, 1:03 pm

    I’m going to go home tonight & do a forward fold w/ my backside up against the wall… genius! We did a long charity bike ride yest w/ some friends. It was a gorgeous day, but a leetle too windy! (The ride biack was no bueno.) But they were serving lunch in the park when we got back & after 26 miles on the bike, that scrawny little hot dog was about the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time! 😛

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2016, 3:05 pm

      Haha! It’s definitely a game changer. You’re like, “oh…I always thought my hips were over my ankles. Clearly they weren’t!” 🙂

      Gosh, I’ve never rode a bike for that long. Way to go!

  • Tara June 6, 2016, 1:38 pm

    i had a crazy weekend. it was our anniversary so we went to a baseball game and out with a bunch of people. stayed at a hotel and stayed out till 2 AM ! i felt super young doing that LOL. and super old at 9 when i got up like blah. but then we went to the zoo and walked a ton. Then went home and booked it to my parents for a late bday celebration for me mom. sorta took forever and we didnt get home until almost 11. so i didn’t see my house from Friday at 7 AM till Saturday night at 11 PM. Boy did i leave behind a mess ! oh well. Sunday was yoga, laundry, cleaning, cooking, groceries, etc and then watch the depressing cavs game. ick. i am so with you on places like marshalls. i feel like i try on a thousand things and leave with a tshirt and thinking i wasted my time. glad sullie is feeling better !

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2016, 3:07 pm

      HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! i also feel old when i stay out that late! (and usually don’t feel great the next day either!) your sunday sounds like a good balance to the rest of your weekend!

  • Laura June 6, 2016, 2:57 pm

    My fiancé took me for dinner on Friday night to Burger & Lobster. We had both dishes, and dirty nachos on the side. Followed by a huge meringue with ice cream, raspberries and mint leaves. And I had a couple of cocktails, since it was an early birthday meal. I was so full, I’m amazed I could even move to walk back to the car!
    I spent Saturday & yesterday mostly chilling out with a book, and we had a couple of drinks in the garden last night to enjoy the last of the day’s sun.
    I went for a little walk today to pick up a parcel, but although I wanted to go for a run the heat has been ridiculous. I’m used to rain and freezing fingers, so running in the heat is really hard!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2016, 3:09 pm

      I just had to google Buger & Lobster and YUM! Looks amazing and your dinner sounds awesome. Happy Birthday! 🙂

      I agree that it takes a while to get used to running in the heat ever summer!

  • Amanda June 6, 2016, 3:15 pm

    We went to Smith Mountain Lake, so I spent a lot of time outdoors and it was so great! Best eat of the weekend would have to be the homemade pumpernickel bread loaf we got. I toasted it with peanut butter for breakfast and it was so yummy!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2016, 3:10 pm

      Love, love, love lake and outdoor weekends! Homemade bread is always so delicious!

  • Cassie June 6, 2016, 6:31 pm

    Loved this post! I want to try hot yoga super badly!

    • Brittany June 7, 2016, 9:19 am

      Do it!!! You definitely won’t regret it.

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2016, 3:42 pm

      You totally should Cassie. It’s so wonderful!

  • Brittany June 7, 2016, 9:18 am

    We started TT at my studio this weekend as well…..Leading TT is my favorite part about being a yoga teacher!! We also have a lot of students/teachers and recent graduates participating.

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2016, 3:11 pm

      Love that we’re on the same timeline. I also really enjoy teaching other teachers. It’s so fun to take a deep dive into everything and to teach people how to stand in their power! <3

  • Allyssa June 7, 2016, 9:32 am

    Wow that sounds like a busy, but fun, weekend! My weekend ended up being a lot more relaxing. I had some plans fall through on Sunday so I ended up getting to enjoy some time with my husband and Netflix ha

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2016, 3:15 pm

      I’m sorry to hear your plans fell though but sometimes it’s nice to have a little extra relaxation.

  • Linda June 7, 2016, 10:52 am

    Love Foxcroft! They have a fantastic chef. His fish specials are always fantastic and reasonably priced!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2016, 3:14 pm

      Agreed, I love how reasonably priced all of their food is and that you can get a bottle with no corkage as long as it’s over $30.

  • ACKTIVE LIFE June 7, 2016, 12:51 pm

    OMG I ate so much good food this past weekend, I can’t choose just one…Since I don’t do brunch that often, I would have to say that these fluffy pancakes with banana slice inside, with cranberries, and a homemade granola were the highlight, because I haven’t had pancakes in FOREVER! 🙂

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2016, 3:15 pm

      Yum, yum and YUM! That sounds amazing!

  • erin June 8, 2016, 8:29 pm

    I finally hit up a prenatal yoga class this weekend at Y2 – loved it!! We spent Friday evening devouring grilled cheese at Food Truck Friday & loaded up at the Kings Drive Farmers Market on Saturday. I’ve been trying to do more weekend prep with veggies for salads and roasting … it makes the week so much easier!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 9, 2016, 3:34 pm

      Yay for prenatal! Also remember that we have the non-heated Straight Shot classes and Long Slow Deep. YUM grilled cheese truck. I must experience this thing soon!

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