Sometimes you need to get lost to find yourself. Whether you are traveling or just switching up your everyday routine, a change in perspective can help give you a new one.
10 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
06 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
Following up on yesterday’s post of starting where you are, here’s a video from my virtual studio suitable for the yoga beginner. I originally created this video for a private client. Working one-on-one with clients allows me to tailor make a yoga, Pilates or barre class for your specific wants & needs. Message me for more information on virtual private sessions.
Enjoy the video!
05 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
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I often get asked by people how to start being healthy, working out or doing yoga & Pilates. It can be a daunting task to start a new routine or return to one after an absence. Many of us have perceived notions of how we should look or things we should be able to do before we join a class. I hear, “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga,” or “I need to lose weight before I try Pilates.” Nothing could be further from the truth!
We all start sometime. No one walks into a yoga class & is able to master every pose. Mastering a pose isn’t even what yoga is about! It is smart to find the right class though. There are so many variations of yoga out there now that walking into the wrong one could be disheartening. For example, if you don’t like the heat or sweating a lot don’t try a Bikram yoga class (it’s 104 degrees in there). Whether you’re looking for yoga, Pilates or an aerobics class look for something that says beginner or gentle. If that feels too easy for you, you can always move to a more advanced or challenging class.
I have fallen into this idea of not being ready to start several times. I got caught up in a perfectionism/procrastinating cycle. Looking back I wonder what I was so worried about?! It’s better to start whatever it is you want to do now than procrastinating & regretting it later on. Find a buddy, try a private class or start out small. Everyone starts somewhere. Any great change begins with one small one.
26 Feb 2014 1 Comment
In an effort to get more organized & disciplined in posting on this site I am starting a new series. Wellness Wednesday will focus on everything wellness. Look for healthy recipes, workout videos & routines & much more! Have a wellness topic you’d like for me to focus on? Message me or leave a comment below.
26 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
Ever since having George I have been on a mission to find the best, cruelty-free products to use on his pure skin. I use primarily organic & paraben free products on myself so naturally I’m looking for the same for my little angel. This winter has been harsh & his skin is showing some dry patches (especially from the wind).
I came across the brand Just Hatched while searching for products online. Their products contain “no yucky stuff inside” so we gave them a try! We got the Soft Baby Body Lotion & the Cuddle My Baby Cream Talc. Both are sulfate, paraben, phthalate free & gluten free.
First we tried the Soft Baby Body Lotion after bath time. We used it as part of our post-bath baby massage routine. It’s light & absorbs into the skin quickly (important with a wiggly baby). It combines essential oils with naturally derived skin conditioners & moisturizers. It’s also hypoallergenic. I like that it contains coconut oil & aloe. It has a light baby fresh smell & easy pump container.
Next bath time we used the Cuddle My Baby Cream Talc. I thought the idea of a cream talc sounded interesting. It is also a mix of natural extracts such as algae, chamomile flower & pomegranate. Just as the name suggest it leaves baby’s skin with a powdery soft feel. It has a slightly stronger fragrance than the lotion.
I tend to look for fragrance free products for myself & for baby. This would be a more of a concern for babies with extra skin sensitivities or allergies. Also, these products are not organic. However they do not contain “yucky” ingredients which is my main priority. Overall, Just Hatched products are yoga baby mama approved!
25 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
Do you have trouble finding the time to fit cardio into your fitness routine? Now that I’m at home with Georgie I have found that I miss cardio. We go for lots of walks & I do a daily yoga & pilates practice (sometimes for just 5 minutes). It’s important to move everyday. I kept thinking I would get some cardio in by going to take a class but that’s harder for me to commit to now between my schedule with George & my husband’s work schedule. So, I decided to start doing my own cardio routine at home & share here.
This routine mixes lower body cardio with upper body resistance, weight training & yoga stretches.
* standing side bend. 5 breaths each side.
* forward fold for 5 breaths.
* 25 jumping jacks
* 20 burpees
* 20 overhead presses with 5-8lb weights
* 1 minute of mountain climbers
* 20 tricep kick backs
* 1 minute squat jumps
* 20 bicep curls
* 25 jumping jacks
(To extend workout, repeat this series)
* child’s pose
* supine twist