7 Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress this Holiday Season

Ahhh….the holidays are here. It’s a time for joy, getting together with family and friends and celebration. By Denise McGill SO MUCH TO DO AND SO LITTLE TIME However, the flip side of holiday merriment is stress. There are parties to plan, holiday meals to prepare, gifts to purchase, holiday crowds to contend with and travel plans to make. And if that isn’t enough, with all the irresistible foods and…

Warrior Poses for Strength Building

Warrior Poses for Strength Building

The poses in yoga that always seem to give me the most trouble are the Warrior poses. Not because they are overly elaborate or difficult, but because when done properly they really challenge the strength of my legs, core and shoulders. I will openly admit that sometimes by the time I’m done holding warrior pose my legs are shaking and I’m secretly praying for a break. Does that mean that I…

Sun Salutations to Start the Day

Sun Salutations to Start the Day

Ever since the time changed, I’ve been having a hard time getting up in the morning. I was having an even harder time feeling energized and excited for the day. I knew I needed to change my routine, and by adding a few rounds of Sun Salutations has really changed my energy in the morning! Connecting with my breath on the mat and spending time quietly with myself before starting…

5 Things to Expect at Your First Yoga Class

Yoga can be a bit intimidating, especially to a beginner. I remember when I started doing yoga, I had a few main questions that I thought I would answer here. Things like what to you bring, wondering if it would heated? What does vinyasa mean? I remember thinking whoa, this is going to be hard, I think I’ll just stick to stretching at the gym! I’m sure most people expect yoga class…

Pear Apple Butter

Pear Apple Butter

When I moved to the South 15+ years ago I was quite overwhelmed with not only the change in scenery, moving from a big city to a quite rural town, but I was probably more surprised and less prepared for the change in cooking style. There were so many new foods I had never heard of. Hushpuppies and collard greens to name a few! Granted I was pretty young, I…

Yoga for Beginners: Double Tree Partner Pose

Yoga for Beginners: Double Tree Partner Pose

A beginner’s guide to the Double Tree Partner Pose. Beginning yoga can be a challenge; your life is busy, stressful and demanding. But you deserve some “you” time to find yourself and seek happiness! Yoga is a great way to improve your mood, health and spirit. If you need an extra push to get started, or just want a new routine to spice up your yoga journey, look no further!…

Apple Cinnamon Tart

Apple Cinnamon Tart

  Today marks the last day of February and that deserves a celebration in my book. Let’s celebrate with a cinnamon apple tart! I love tarts, they come together easily and are full of healthy fruits. I like to keep my tarts pretty simple, and let the ingredients speak for themselves. This tart is dairy free, using coconut oil to provide the fats needed to make a crispy crust for…

3 Things You Love About Yourself

3 Things You Love About Yourself

This is one of my favorite exercises in yoga. I often find it so difficult to name 3 things I love about myself that have nothing to do with others. What would you say? Right now, go ahead, list them. I’ll still be here when you are done. Ok now look at your list, was that easy? Has it been 20 minutes? Did you list things like “I’m a great…

Vegan Veggie Pizza

Vegan Veggie Pizza

In my last post, I talked about the benefits of eating a vegan diet every once and awhile (or all the time depending on your personal preferences). While I don’t eat vegan, I do make a conscious effort to eat a vegan meal at least 2-3 times a week. I personally love trying out new “veganized” versions of things, especially when that means I get pizza! I don’t know about…

Yoga for Beginners: Double Backbend

A beginner’s guide to the Double Backbend Partner Pose. Beginning yoga can be a challenge; your life is busy, stressful and demanding. But you deserve some “you” time to find yourself and seek happiness! Yoga is a great way to improve your mood, health and spirit. If you need an extra push to get started, or just want a new routine to spice up your yoga journey, look no further!…

Try Vegan

There are many reasons to try vegan cooking every once and awhile! In fact, it can be very fun to experiment with new methods of cooking, and you may even enjoy the vegan version more! I think it’s important to eat wholesome foods, and I don’t believe in eating fake foods. Therefore, I don’t like consuming many of the “vegan” substitute foods that are out there. Vegan chicken, sausage, pepperoni,…

Favorite Heart Opening Poses

I talked about the benefits of heart opening poses in my last post. If you are curious about the some of the physical and emotional benefits, please check it out! Since today is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite heart opening poses. It only seems appropriate! If you are new to yoga, I encourage you to find a beginners yoga class, dvd, or…

Yoga for Beginners: Suspension Bridge Partner Pose

A beginner’s guide to the Suspension Bridge Partner Pose. Beginning yoga can be a challenge; your life is busy, stressful and demanding. But you deserve some “you” time to find yourself and seek happiness! Yoga is a great way to improve your mood, health and spirit. If you need an extra push to get started, or just want a new routine to spice up your yoga journey, look no further!…

Heart Opening Yoga Poses

If you are anything like me, you sit at a desk in a hunched over position for most of the day. Or worse, you are hunched over your phone at night as well searching pinterest and texting friends and loved ones (I’m guilty!). We are likely all guilty of this posture due to our daily movements. You may also walk around very tightly wound up, with so much going on…

Gluten Free Brownies

With Valentine’s Day just a short week away, I thought I would share with you a very easy gluten free brownie recipe because, lets be honest, Valentine’s Day is all about the chocolate! This recipe is also great for any of us that are trying to keep our new year’s resolutions to eat less sugar and more whole foods. These brownies are more cakey than fudgy but very tender and soft.…

Yoga for Beginners: Shoulder Release Partner Pose

A beginner’s guide to the Shoulder Release Partner Pose. Beginning yoga can be a challenge; your life is busy, stressful and demanding. But you deserve some “you” time to find yourself and seek happiness! Yoga is a great way to improve your mood, health and spirit. If you need an extra push to get started, or just want a new routine to spice up your yoga journey, look no further!…

Handstand Prep Part 2

I wrote about the benefits of inversions, particularly handstands. They are my favorite inversion, because I think they are beautiful and require an enormous amount of strength and stability. I’ve found they also require constant practice. Just because you master handstands does not mean that you will always be able to get into handstand and hold it for any amount of time without constant practice. I went over the basics…

Handstand Prep Part 1

When I first started doing yoga, I knew I needed to build up my strength to be able to do a handstand right. As you might know, there is a ton of shoulder and core strength involved in doing handstands, and building that up took time and lots of practice. Some of that practice was humbling, but it was all fun! I’ve said this before but think it’s important to…