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…

Yoga for Beginners: Seated Heart Opener Partner Pose

A beginner’s guide to the Seated Heart Opener 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…

Why I Handstand

The other day my boyfriend and I were talking and he asked me “Sam, why do you do handstands”. I laughed and my first thoughts were that it makes me feel like a kid again and  the fact that they were so hard to master, so I do them all the time so I don’t lose that skill. I blurted out something about “they are fun” and we went on…

Moroccan Carrot Soup

When you think of carrots, soup is probably not the first thought that pops into your head. Don’t let that deter you from making this creamy, hearty soup. The Moroccan spices perfectly complement the sweetness from the carrots. Smokey paprika and cumin paired the intense kick from the ginger and a hint of sweet from the cinnamon. This soup is easy to prepare and can be ready in no time!…

Where is your Zen?

I am participating in an online community group dedicated to helping people stick to their New Year’s Resolutions. As part of this group, we are given a prompt or “challenge” to complete for the day. I was happy to see that Sunday’s are “Zen Days” where we are all asked to show how we Zen. I automatically assumed I would see a million pictures of everyone doing yoga this past…

Sesame Seed Kale Chips

Wintertime. Something about the cold weather makes me crave less salads and more comforting foods. It’s also a time when I usually have the oven running, baking comforting breads, casseroles, and sweets. My diet doesn’t change much though. Still lots of veggies and fruit. Whole foods that are just prepared differently. Seasonal vegetables are the way to go for me. They are cheaper and stand up better to the heavy flavors of…

The Power of Yes

The Power of “Yes”. Yes is a powerful word. It often brings us joy, happiness, gratitude, and often times, it commits us. Do you ever sit back and think about the power of “Yes”? You make decisions everyday about how to spend your time, what activities you want to engage in, who you want to see,  and how you want to be seen. Do you ever think about the “Yes” behind…

Yoga Core Strength

Yoga practice has so many benefits, from stretching and flexibility to relaxing the body and mind. It also gives you a great workout without moving off your tiny yoga mat. Part of the benefits of yoga is a strong core. Having a strong core will help you  build a stronger yoga practice. If you have a strong core, you have a strong body. Today, I’m going to share with you…

Yoga for Beginners: Double Diamond Partner Pose

A beginner’s guide to the Double Diamond 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!…

Practicing Mindfulness

Let’s talk about our New Year’s resolutions or as I like to call them my new intentions for the year. I’d like to share with you my intentions for 2015. For me, my intentions are about being more aware and living in the present. I am going to practice being mindful this year. Mindful of my thoughts, words, and actions. From what I’m eating to how I decide to spend…

Gluten Free Vegan Pear Ginger Muffins

These gluten free, vegan pear ginger muffins are the perfect way to start the day.  Full of fiber and flavor, these muffins are soft and tender and are begging to be paired with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea and enjoyed slowly while starting your day.  Perfect for breakfast or the perfect complement to brunch or afternoon tea. Filled with pear and ginger, these flavors are sure to…

Why I Practice Yoga

As we enter the New Year, I am forced to reflect back on the things that made this year both amazing and life changing. There were some big events this year and 2015 is promising some even bigger events. I have to admit this is both exciting and nerve wrecking, I know I have the skills to approach the new year with poise and grace. Yoga taught me to be…

Realistic Resolutions 2015

With New Years Eve just around the corner it’s that time of year where we start setting our resolutions for the new year. Do you normally set resolutions? Perhaps this year is your year to follow through on those goals you set. For some of us resolutions often fall to the way side come February. But maybe this is the year you’ll see them through to the end! Setting the goal…

Yoga Over The Holidays

I have been reflecting on the past few holiday seasons, and realize that most of my memories are of family and friends, not of gifts or events. I also have memories of extreme stress and often feeling overwhelmed. Remembering to get everyone gifts, hosting dinner, fighting mall traffic, and keeping the house tidy for guests can be overwhelming. That is why I’m going to practice yoga over the holiday season…