Alaska, Memorial Day, & Our New Ride

We made it home from Alaska without being eaten by any bears or throwing each other overboard! The trip almost didn’t happen since our plane was delayed and my brilliant husband insisted on booking the latest possible flight BUT God was on our side and the Port Authority was feeling generous so we made it onto the ship! IMG_0527-2With sunrise around 4:30am and sunset around 9:45pm there was so much time to get out and explore! I think my favorite day was when we went riding through Dyea – I absolutely love being on a horse! There is something about having a strong animal trusting you to guide them, and you in turn trusting them to carry you through the wilderness – it’s so great! Secretly I want to buy a horse now but seeing as we just bought a car, I think I need to halt on the horse. IMG_0837Yep, that’s right, we bought a car! Phil and I pulled the trigger on a 2015 Certified Preowned BMW X1 Sport & I can’t tell who likes it more, Phil or Theo! I’m just thrilled to finally have a set of wheels in this city & the ability to get around. Of course the car came as a result of our pending move but I will take it any way I get it.IMG_0870 The car will come in handy for transporting yoga props to Halcyon for my Hennessy sponsored, Jigger & Dash hosted, myofascial release workshop. I currently hold a bi-monthly myofascial release workshop at Moxie Nob Hill, and on the 18th I will be adopting it for industry friends…I am so excited to work with such a deserving group of hard working professionals!

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

Big Changes

Holy Cow it’s May! I guess you could sum up the last two & a half months (since I clearly didn’t post anything) in a word: rough! For whatever reason I’ve been in a funk. I’ve felt like a shell of myself watching life play out and doing my best to participate. Phil and I had ski weekends, wine country trips, a Palm Springs getaway, and fun times with friends but still…this funk. I hated my body, I was under motivated to do much of anything I wasn’t obligated or scheduled to do, & I even began to resent my job (and I’ve got the greatest job in the world – just look at my awesome students at the last UNRAVEL workshop *click here for link to sign up for round 2 this Sunday*)!IMG_0506I am quite skilled at forgetting to practice what I preach & it was time for me to take a deep dive into the root of the problem. I realized certain shifts had to be made, and while change may scare the shit out of me, it is inevitable. As my father always says, “The only constant is change.” If we want to keep succeeding and taking steps towards future goals, things have to change. So what did I change? I adjusted my studio offerings to give myself self care time in the mornings. I’ve started doing more meditation and activities I like, rather than exercise to look a certain way. I also stopped lying to myself. I didn’t want to admit it but I was living for others – trying to be perfect for everyone instead of just being happy with myself. I know that I need to be my most authentic self, & I can’t please everyone. I can only take responsibility for my own happiness & hope it rubs off on those around me. IMG_0445Oh, also Phil and I are moving to Walnut Creek. Yep, in a few short months we will be moving over the bridge & establishing a new routine in the East Bay. For the record, we are NOT moving because we are pregnant, haha (my family ALREADY asked), but we do think this is better for our family. The thought of leaving the city is bittersweet but I’m sure they’ll be more to come on that later.

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

 

Meditation Basics

Happy Hump Day friends! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday – having Monday off is making this week fly by. It has only been a few days but I am happy to report I’ve been sticking to my resolutions…I napped more than I wanted to yesterday but that’s okay. I’m working on giving myself a break; in fact, that is the focus of my meditation.

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For me, meditation is best kept simple: commit to a time of day & a length of time that work, find a comfortable seat, and breathe. To settle in I focus on my breathing, and once I’m comfortable I typically allow my mind to wander. This year I’m trying something new. I thought about something I really need to work on & kept coming back to the fact I’ve always been my worst critic.

I’m taking this first quarter to focus my meditation on being kind to myself, having a little more compassion, & giving myself a break. It takes just 20-30 minutes a day for 16-18 weeks to begin to notice change.

If you’re new to meditation even 5 minutes daily can make a real difference. Simply find a time during your day (in the morning, right before returning to work during your lunch hour, after your shower, before bed…) and sit quietly with your thoughts for 5 minutes. Try to just be an observer, allowing whatever thoughts that pop into your head to exist without judgement, and repeat that everyday for a month. After a month try 7 minutes, then 10, then 15…you get the idea!!

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

Happy New Year

Happy 2018 Everyone!

I am excited for another year of excitement here in San Francisco with my wonderful husband & precious fur baby! It has been nearly 21 months since I completely abandoned the blog & simply focused on teaching…but I’m back! I plan to keep things as simple as possible – just focus on my life & practice. With that in mind, here are a few goals for 2018.

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New Year’s Resolutions

  • 35 minutes of daily fitness
  • daily meditation
  • explore the bay area
  • find better balance
  • stay in better touch with friends & family

 

My goal is to blog 1-3 times a week…depending on what I am working through in practice or life, you’ll find it here. What are some of your resolutions? Any exciting goals?

 

As always, keep smiling! 🙂

 

 

Wellness Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

imageI’m gearing up for Phil to leave for another business trip and making sure to spend as much time together as possible! One of the worst things about Phil going away is getting to sleep. Some people may think it’s a blessing to have the bed all to themselves but for me, it’s hard to get settled. Thanks to yoga I have a few proven techniques to calm my anxious energy & for Wellness Wednesday, I’m going to share them with all of you.

sleeping beautyFind a comfortable position, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. As you deepen your breath start to imagine yourself sinking into the mattress, one body part at a time (starting with your toes and working to the crown of the head). Once you are settled, the real magic begins… Inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 2 seconds, exhale for 6 seconds, and repeat until you are asleep. It might sound simple but is incredibly powerful. For me, as soon as I think “Man, this is taking forever, maybe it isn’t going to work” I fall asleep. A good night sleep is a foundation to a healthy life, so what do you have to lose?

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivation Monday #9

What a beautiful Monday!

IMG_0957I hope everyone else enjoyed their weekend as much as Phil & I. When I said we wanted to get back out on the mountain and prove ourselves  (to ourselves), I wasn’t lying. We took it relatively easy Saturday and totally blew past where we thought we’d get to on Sunday…with a little help from our friends. After a lunch time pow wow we decided to join our them yet again and tackle some tougher runs. We dove in head first and went down some of the more challenging terrain – it felt great! IMG_0954I of course couldn’t have survived the 6hr ski days without my yoga practice – starting the morning with some mediation / light vinyasa and finishing the day with some yin to stretch things back out. Now, it’s back to the power yoga grind with 11 classes this week (2 advanced, 1 beginner, 8 all levels).IMG_0876Obviously there is no shortage of physical activity here, haha, but the dietary routine is on point too…it has to be to stay happy/healthy! We’ve got 7 more weeks to make some real changes & it’s feeling great!

Week 9

“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way”

Exercise Routine

  • weights/cardio 3x wk + yoga 2x wk (Phil)
  • daily yoga + cycling/jogging 3xwk (Me)

Dietary Routine

Breakfast

  • Banana Pecan Bread
  • Multi-Grain Cereal w/banana & lowfat milk
  • Scrambled eggs & veggies and sprouted toast

Lunch

  • Vegetarian Taco Salad
  • Tomato Soup w/parmesan crutons
  • Grilled Chicken or Shrimp w/brown rice & veggies

Dinner

  • Protein Shake
  • Squid ink pasta w/garlic and herbs
  • Mixed greens w/pumpkin seeds, almonds, dried cranberries, feta & homemade dressing

Snacks

  • Popcorn
  • Apple w/peanut butter
  • Hummus w/cucumber & pita chips

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

 

 

 

Foodie Friday

Happy Valentine’s Weekend Lovers!

I ho12002928_10207658248477136_945958856807416547_npe everyone is excited for a romantic weekend, haha!! Of course, I am kicking things off with a lovely evening of FREE yoga and exclusive shopping! That’s right, tonight is the night I teach at HAVEN collective yoga’s trunk show hosted by the beautiful & talented Jacqueline Palmer. I am so excited to slip into their amazing contour leggings and share my offering with the Bay Area beauties in attendance. But enough about that, today’s Foodie Friday is sort of a Valentine’s themed because I made this recipe specially for my handsome husband. He asked me to pick up some zucchini bread ingredients earlier this week and they sort of just sat there. So I took the hit, haha, and got to work concocting a healthy but still delicious zucchini muffin for us both to enjoy this weekend & coming week.IMG_0651Just like everything I make, this still needs some tweaking, but certainly good enough to share as is…I present:

Zucchini Muffins w/PecansIMG_0648

  • 2 scant cups whole wheat flour (sifted twice)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 2 eggs (or egg substitute)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey (heavy measure)
  • 1/2 cup 2% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 zucchini grated and squeezed of excess moisture
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 325. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in large bowl. In separate bowl, combine eggs, yogurt, honey, oil, sugar, vanilla, and zucchini and whisk until well mixed. Add wet to dry and fold all the ingredients together until uniform. Then add the pecans, spoon into cupcake tin (lined, sprayed, and filled 1/2 – 3/4), and bake on center rack for 14 minutes.IMG_0650I was definitely skeptical at first but I must admit, I could become addicted to these moist, delicious, little wonders!! I hope you and yours find yourselves inspired to get creative with some of your favorite treats this weekend!!

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂