San Francisco Adventures

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Phil and I have been settling into married life here in San Francisco and having fun making decisions as a team. Not to say that we hadn’t been working together to solve problems before but it’s seemingly different… decisions are more permanent now: ‘where will we invest our money?’ ‘when do we want to start having kids?’ ‘what kind of house do we want to buy?’


We’re taking it all in stride though and enjoying what comes up! We did a little exploring this past weekend – heading over the bay bridge to check out the shopping outside the city. It was so nice to get away from the chaos of tourists in the city and the views from the bridge were pretty impressive. Both Phil and I experienced one of those “I can’t believe we live here” moments as we gazed out over the views of cityscape, mountains, and bay! We’re so totally blessed!!!


Speaking of blessed, I am really feeling so grateful for my amazing students at Moxie. I’ve started to get in the flow of my regular teaching routine and I couldn’t have done it without their enthusiasm and energy. Each and every one of them is so dedicated to learning and working hard which makes me just sooo excited to show up to work everyday! If you’re in the bay area, check out my yoga page and come flow with us!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)




We’re Back!!

Hey Strangers!

It’s been just over a month but Phil and I are finally back on the west coast and getting into the swing of married life! We had an absolutely perfect wedding, blissful honeymoon, and now it’s time for me to figure out this whole wife thing, haha! But seriously, now that we’re home in San Francisco I have taken on a regular teaching schedule and really need to work on building my business. I am thrilled to be teaching at Moxie, both Nob Hill & Mission locations, but am looking to build up a broader private & corporate client base.usMy amazing husband is supporting me in the pursuit of my dream and it’s up to me to take advantage of the opportunity in front of me! Over the next month or two I will be working on weekly content in the hopes of launching a more functional site in 2016.us2I will post once a week between now and then with updates on how things are going, what I am thinking in terms of reoccurring content, and little tidbits from the honeymoon, wedding & yoga teaching.ring

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Plated Perfection

We’re just 48 hours from our flight back east and both our stomachs’ are in knots! I still can’t believe the wedding is almost here…it doesn’t feel real! Knowing these last days leading up to our departure would be chaotic, I decided to give one of those meal delivery services a try. My choice was based solely on the fact I’d been seeing their banner ads pop up…I picked Plated…it also didn’t hurt the special was 3 dinners for 2 at just $48 with shipping.photoThe process was simple: signed up, picked the meals (fish, meat and veggie options), and the box showed up on my doorstep. I mildly obsessed over the tracking/delivery & worrying about the perishable items staying fresh BUT that was completely unnecessary because everything was safely stored and labeled in an insulated refrigeration bag, complete with ice packs. Realistically, that box could’ve sat there until I got home from a normal work day and things would have been perfectly fresh!photoEach meal was very easy to make, came with clear instructions, and was absolutely delicious! Aside from the fact this made dinner a snap, Plated introduced Phil and I to new food! photo (1)Granted, I’ve made a version of the braised pollock we received but I had never made dukkah spiced flatbread with creamy feta sauce, nor had I attempted a thai chili and tofu soup before….both of which I will be making again soon! Plated is also very low commitment which is great! You pay for the weeks you want, and you can skip/cancel anytime…we just got the first box as mentioned, and wont be getting another until the week we get back from our honeymoon – talk about convenient! I am certainly going to give other meal delivery services a try to see how they compare but Plated has set the bar high and is worth a try for anyone considering this sort of service!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Myofascial Monday

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends as much as I did! We had the nicest day in Napa Saturday and spent Sunday teaching yoga, watching football, and cooking for our last few days in San Francisco. I can not believe we’re leaving on Friday…its SOOO soon! wineWith all the excitement of the wedding I almost forgot about my plan to share more myofascial release with you guys…BUT as I was working out some tension in my neck and shoulders, I must have released something that triggered my memory, haha!trapOne of the places so many of us hold tension is in the trapezius or upper back/neck/shoulders area. Since the traps cover such a vast amount of your upper neck/back/shoulders, it often feels like the tension is all over. My teacher, Tiffany Cruikshank, literally wrote the book on myofascial release, so I thought it only fitting a share a shot from one of her workshops…she is showing placement on the front of the shoulder to release in the pectoral muscles (which is also really nice to throw in with your trap work).

Click the image to read the Yoga Journal article from her conference workshop

Click the image to read the Yoga Journal article from her conference workshop

To get into the traps it’s good to lay down or use a wall. The upper traps are an easy & accessible place to begin and below are two images to show placement more clearly. I almost always prefer to lay down since it allows for better relaxation of the tissues BUT there are always times I need to stand and use the wall because I can’t get a specific spot I want to release.shoulderhqdefault


Start here and move laterally to work along the upper traps…once you work your way close to the spine, move down (reference first image of the upper back) to release the middle traps. Remember, its always important to avoid bone, swollen tissues, or anything that creates shooting pain/numbness. While it may not seem like much, taking 15 minutes to work in your trapezius will make a world of difference during your work day or your next work out…feel free to share your MFR tips or questions in the comments below!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Wedding Planning Revelations

Hey there friends!

We are leaving for the east coast in less than 10 days and I am itching with anticipation. All the last minute wedding details are coming together little by little and we’re doing our best to stay distracted…there is only so much more we can do from San Francisco, the rest will be waiting for us when we get home. This weekend we’re keeping ourselves busy with a trip to wine country Saturday and a Sunday full of teaching yoga and watching football! sfThis week we’re tackling a few things like getting motion sickness medication for our honeymoon, finalizing menu choices for the rehearsal dinner, confirming travel arrangements, etc… but it’s really important to have a non-wedding planning weekend. Especially with last week’s confession Phil and I both really wanted to shift our perspective…leave the worrying to everyone else, this is our day!!!UTAdmittedly, I kind of feel like a kid playing hooky from school skipping out on all this potential wedding planning time but lets get real, what is the point if you’re not enjoying it…am I right?!?!? We’re entering the home stretch and there is no way we’re gonna do anything but enjoy our wedding day!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Foodie Friday

Welcome to the weekend my friends!!!

I am a little tired from what ended up being a late night last night but looking forward to a weekend full of teaching, practicing, farmer’s markets, friends and fun! I don’t know if I mentioned it but I recently started working part-time for Conservacion Patagonica. Last night we had an event at the Patagonia store in SF to promote the ‘Mile for Mile’ documentary which highlights three Patagonia run ambassador’s and their 106 mile journey through Patagonia Park to bring awareness to this 11 year restoration project. We had an amazing turn out, raised a ton of money, and enjoyed the company of passionate, like minded people – it was awesome! PLEASE check out the amazing work being done in South America, read about Doug & Kris Tompkins, and donate (if you’re so inclined) to this incredible cause! mile_for_mile_headerMoving right along…since its football season, I thought for today’s Foodie Friday it would be fun to share a vegetarian twist on a game day favorite, taco dip! I made this for Monday’s Eagles game and let’s just say it saved the night (since the Eagle’s kinda tanked…sorry guys!). Obviously you can make this with ground turkey, beef, bison, chicken…but its delicious meatless as well!!photo (2)Taco Dip

  • 1 pkg vegetarian ground round or soy ‘chorizo’ (from TJ’s)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can beer (lager)
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • diced roasted red bell peppers (or salsa)
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning OR home blend (paprika, chile powder, cayenne, cumin, garlic…)
  • 1 bag whole wheat tortilla chips

Put can of black beans (slightly drained) into a pot, add 1/2 can beer, and put on medium/low heat. While beans cook down, shred 1/3 head of the iceberg lettuce, grate the cheddar cheese, and preheat the oven to 375. Add seasoning to the ground round with the remaining beer and put under low heat in a sauce pan. Once the beans have cooked down (about 20-30 minutes – the liquid should be thick and nearly gone and the beans are super soft), its time to assemble: start with the ‘meat’ layer, then the beans, peppers, sour cream, and finally the cheese to bake for 15-20 minutes. Once the cheese is all melty and bubbly pull it out of the oven to sit for a few minutes, top with the shredded lettuce and dig in!! Enjoy this with some whole wheat tortilla chips or just a fork…it’s that good!! photo (1)

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Wednesday Wedding Confessions

Happy Hump Day Friends!

I hope everyone is making it through the week with a smile on their face! Phil and I sat down to dinner last night and started talking about our favorite topic, the wedding. During the talk of payments, confirmations, timelines, etc.. we both looked at each other without saying a word, we knew what the other was thinking: neither of us are particularly looking forward to our wedding at this point.

Young woman experiencing headache with man on the sofa behind her

While that might sound terrible to put in writing or say out loud, I believe honesty is the best policy, so I’m not taking it back. Look, the reality is our wedding day will be amazing, and we’re both genuinely looking forward to being man and wife but this whole ‘event’ is just A LOT and we’re drained! There are less than 25 days left until we say ‘I do’ and we still have welcome bags to arrange, seating charts to do, finalizing the gifts for everyone, making sure the timeline for the day of is properly arranged, a marriage license to procure, and at least a dozen other things to get done. w2

We agreed we were not going to allow the wedding to stress us out anymore but now its not even stressful its just exhausting….which I guess is why we feel the way we do. We keep hoping/praying we’re not going to let a trivial detail ruin the day. We are terrified that all this time, money and energy from so many people will somehow/someway get ruined, so instead of being excited for what will be the happiest day of our life, we’re just dreading it. w1

In our heart we know things will work out but we can’t help but feel the way we do! I know there is no way we’re the only couple who’ve felt this way during the wedding planning process, so I wanted to put it out there for anyone who might be feeling the same!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)