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    Choosing A Yoga Teacher Training

    Simply choosing to enroll in Yoga Teacher Training is a big deal.  Most of us contemplating the decision are doing so while already working or studying full time.  Most of us contemplating the decision are doing so because yoga at … Continue reading

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    A Day in Long Island Wine Country

    Vineyards are one of my happy places.  There’s just something about them.  They’re beautiful, peaceful, and produce one of my favorite things – wine!  I am even lucky enough to have two beautiful vineyards in my own home town in Connecticut. … Continue reading

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    Bacon Guacamole

    Hi friends! I hope everyone had a fabulous start to the week.  I’m feeling much better since snapping out of a little funk I was in last week. Maybe I should add this recipe to one of the ways to … Continue reading

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    Grilled Blueberry Pork Chops

    Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a fabulous week.  The peak of my week was probably this gorgeous pork chop that we made on the grill.  Our meals can get very repetitive sometimes, especially in the summer when all we … Continue reading

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    Teaching My Very First Yoga Class

    Yes, you read that right! I taught my very first yoga class this weekend. It was sorta last minute, sort of non-traditional, and sort of awesome! My mom manages a gym in my home town. I’ve been getting antsy since … Continue reading

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    Yoga Teacher Training – Final Weekend!

    I am officially a trained yoga teacher! My final yoga teacher training weekend was already two weeks ago. I have subconsciously put off writing this post for a few reasons. I’m not sure I want to face the reality that … Continue reading

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    A Yoga Photo Shoot with Yogis of Connecticut

    Last weekend marked the end of my Yoga Teacher Training (post coming soon). To commemorate this incredible journey Alley, one of my fellow teacher trainees, offered to do a photo shoot with some of us! Alley has such a talent for … Continue reading

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    How To Make Homemade Paleo Beef Jerky

    So there’s definitely been a sort of jerky craze going on in my world lately. Andy and I started playing around with making our own back in January when I was doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Then all of … Continue reading

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    Crunchy Maple Almond Butter

    Crunchy Maple Almond Butter?!  I hope that title made you click on this post.  It would definitely make me click. Today was a great Monday.  Mainly because we gained an extra hour of sunlight tonight.  It was pretty crazy how … Continue reading

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    Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

    Happy post Turkey Day!  I think I still have a food baby in my belly from yesterday.  My sister had the most delicious menu for the day with a TON of amazing food.  I was pretty excited to bring my … Continue reading

Lessons I’ve Taken Off The Yoga Mat and Into The World

Happy Monday Lovelies! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  I am just getting used to a new non 9 to 5 schedule over here.  It’s a bit of an adjustment and making me realize I need to re-think how to stay on top of the blog. It’s funny that when you seem to have more free time, you sometimes are less productive?  At least that’s how I’ve felt on the blogging front lately!

I wanted to continue sharing my posts that I wrote for Bodeefit this past year that no longer sit on the site.  These pieces were special to me so I definitely want to make sure I share them with you!

I’ve now been practicing yoga for three years and reflecting back can honestly say it’s been a life changer.

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Living in different places has given me the opportunity to take classes from a plethora of yoga teachers. While each and every teacher has their own style of instructing there is always one constant. I always walk away learning something. Learning something about myself or the world around me.

Here are a few lessons I’ve taken off the yoga mat and into the world with me.

You can always start over. Every time you step on to your mat is a new chance to redefine who you are and what you’re capable of.

You can only control the controllable. You are in control of your own body and your own thoughts. Everything else is out of your control, so let it go.

Be present. Be present. Be present. Your practice may feel different from yesterday and not be the same tomorrow. When you are on your mat it is about here and now and nothing else.

Your breath is one of the most powerful tools you have. Your breath gives you life. It can calm you down or give you strength. Yoga allows you to take time out of your day and tune in to your breath, this power you have.

Be patient. Boy can we all use a refresher on patience now a days? In a world where so much information is at our fingertips we can forget that some of the best rewards in life take time and cultivation. Getting on your mat forces you to be patient with your body.

How has yoga changed your life?

How Yoga Can Benefit Athletes

I originally wrote this for a guest post on Bodeefit.com.  Since Bodeefit got a bit of a restructure and no longer features blog posts, I knew I didn’t want this great information to be lost into internet thin air!

I’ve actually been teaching a high school football team since I finished up Yoga Teacher Training.  It has been a great experience for me to learn and has also really benefited the players.  Not to mention they’re undefeated…it must be the yoga.
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While anyone can reap the benefits from a good yoga session, athletes in particular are starting to realize just how beneficial it could be for their training. Whether you’re a professional athlete or just training for your first 5k, yoga can prepare you both physically and mentally. We saw it with our 2014 Super Bowl Champs, the Seattle Seahawks. They credited weekly yoga to be a significant part of their training. Now more than ever more and more professional athletes are starting to integrate yoga into their schedules. Here’s why:

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Five Things Friday – Fall Edition

Happy Friday Loves! I hope you all had a great week and are taking in all of this beautiful fall weather.  I’m loving it!  My week consisted of having some free time on my hands along with some new job training thrown in.  Oh and lots of hot and sweaty yoga!

I haven’t joined Clare over at Fitting It All In for Five Things Friday in a while.  It’s one of my favorites!

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Five Things I Ate

Clearly there is a theme here…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from PaleOMG

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A fall friendly salad with grilled chicked, beets, butternut squash, and pumpkin seeds!

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