Wild Thing (You Make My Heart Sing)

I love designing yoga classes, although “designing” usually entails jotting down a few notes on key poses I really want to focus on. However, this Friday’s hour-long class was all about animals … nearly every yoga pose named after an animal, in fact! Of course, in keeping with my tradition of sharing a poem during…

What are your top gym gripes?

We all have them. Check out this Prevention.com article, featuring myself and other trainers, to see if yours made the list!

How Do You Find Gyms While Traveling?

I don’t always get the luxury of having a hotel gym at the ready when traveling. At home, I work at a boutique gym and have a membership at a big box gym with a very strong west coast presence (read: Tough to find anywhere except California, Oregon and Washington). I lucked out when spending…

The Art of Making a Class Playlist

I’m lucky. Really lucky. I get to completely design my own classes for teaching yoga and lifting at Balance 365 Fitness (a boutique gym) where all instructors are encouraged to really own our lesson plans. I teach half Vinyasa yoga with traditional music, and half rock ‘n’ roll and hip hop yoga (basically bootcamp style…

Where’s Your Favorite Place to Practice?

Do you have a favorite place to practice yoga? Check out ClassPass.com’s recent yoga teacher survey to find some new locations to strike a pose. (I’m at #5!). 9 Yogis Share Their Surprising Fave Place to Strike a Pose

My Pennsylvania Workouts

Why so quiet? It’s a question us introverts hate, but I’ll admit the blog has been a bit of a ghost town the past few days. I’m in Allentown, Pennsylvania teaching a writing workshop at the International Women’s Writer’s Guild Summer Conference. I’m also staying in a dorm—the kind that didn’t really exist at my…

Let’s Get (a) Physical

I’m writing this post at 7 a.m. as I wait for my semi-annual fasted blood draws. A full panel screening that includes fasted glucose levels (for Type-2 diabetes) and a check for vitamin deficiencies is one of the easiest things you can do for your health. The vast majority of insurance policies cover it, and…

Poetry: The Wellness Shot We Keep Forgetting

It’s hump day, so let’s keep it short and sweet. I often read poetry when leading savasana because it’s such an overlooked part of holistic wellness. Here’s an easy challenge: Read one poem per day. It doesn’t have to be long, it doesn’t have to be written by someone famous, and it doesn’t need to…

Is Gardening Your Glittery Unicorn?

    Yesterday I made this quick collage for my personal Facebook page because 1) I looked ridiculous and 2) it let me put off actually going outside and battling with the blackberries for a couple of minutes. (I won yesterday, by the way). But it did get me thinking—maybe yard work really is that…

Anatomy of a Rest Day

Yesterday, Sunday, was my rest day. Not that it’s an “official” day for me. I’m not that regimented, though I know a lot of people are. It simply turns out that Sundays are usually my rest days and, like most four-letter words, it begins as plenty fun. For starters, my hyperactive, non-procrastinating, morning-bird of a…

CPR or Bust

I spent all day Friday—eight hours—tucked into a squat office building getting my very first CPR and First Aid training and certification. I’m almost thirty-five years old. Isn’t that a pretty long time to go without having any clue of how to really perform CPR? To even see an Epi pen in person, an AED…