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Valentines Weekend Recap and Paleo Heaven in NYC

Well, what a great couple of weeks it’s been!  February has been a super busy month for me and the blog has sadly felt the brunt of that.  I had to write about this weekend though because it was such a great one.  For Valentines Weekend we headed to NYC for a Kings of Leon concert on Friday and found ourselves in Paleo Heaven on Saturday.

Friday was a great day!  I got beautiful flowers from Andy at work.

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I left work to meet Andy on the train to head to Grand Central.  It’s always fun to meet him on the train.  It’s almost like a game trying to figure out where he is and it makes it that much more exciting.

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I surprised him with a couple of cold ones.  So yes, we brown paper bagged it on our way into the city.  I promise a lot of people do this 🙂

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Then I gave Andy his valentines gift.  For some reason I was feeling particularly creative this week and decided to do a DIY project.  I made him a love jar!  I found a few examples on some great blogs including Creme de la Craft.

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We got into the city and rushed to our hotel to meet up with my best friend and her boyfriend for a quick dinner.  We went to a restaurant called Stout.  It apparently is the go-to place before any game or show at MSG.  It was perfect for some good drinks, bar food, and quick service!  We headed to show and got there right before Kings Of Leon went on.  It was an awesome concert!  The i-phone doesn’t take great pictures in a big dark arena so unfortunately I don’t have any.

We did get some touristy ones with the Empire State Building of course!

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After the concert we had some cocktails at another bar near our hotel.  We had such a great night!

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On Saturday Andy and I headed to this cafe / restaurant that I had heard about in the Paleo / Primal world.  It’s called Hu (as in Human) Kitchen.  It was seriously one of the coolest places I’ve been.  Andy and I were in Paleo Heaven!! The decor was super cool and right up my alley of rustic chic.

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They had an organic coffee bar.

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And home-made almond milk!

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They had big flat screens streaming random paleo / primal facts.

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There was a prepared foods section.  Andy got some grass-fed meat balls to take home.

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I got a bowl of root vegetable mash, veggies, and an over easy egg.

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Andy got primal french toast with cashew cream, blueberries, and maple syrup.  This was to die for!

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I was super happy to be here!

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We also bought some goodies to take home including flax-seed crackers, paleo granola, and almond butter truffles!  Everything was so delicious!

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After breakfast we headed back to Connecticut to get massages which were a Christmas present.  For dinner we planned on going to a new restaurant that I have heard great things about (Andy even saw some 18/10 flatware sets clearance there, so we had to go check).  The Walrus and Carpenter is an award-winning barbecue restaurant in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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This place was awesome.  Very gastro pub like which I love.  I had a great cocktail called “Gingers Have No Souls.”  I’ve been on a big ginger kick lately.

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For appetizers we got deviled eggs with yummy crunch bacon on top.

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And the most delicious pork belly drizzled with maple that I’ve ever had!

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For dinner I got their smoked pork shoulder with brussels sprouts and bacon.  The pork shoulder literally melted in my mouth.

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Now to top it off (and as we didn’t eat enough this day) we ordered a Bacon Chocolate…..wait for it….CHIPWICH.  It was two chocolate chip cookies with bacon bits and butter pecan ice cream in between. Oh my I can’t believe how much I ate yesterday now that I’ve written it down.  But it was all so worth it!

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Have you ever had a day where you feel like all you did was eat?!

Yoga Teacher Training – Weekend One

I can’t believe my first weekend of yoga teacher training is here and gone.  It was honestly an amazing weekend full of smiles, making new friends, and “aha” moments.  It fed my soul and I left on Sunday knowing I made the right choice to go on this journey.

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Yes, there are still questions and curiosities of wow will I actually be able to teach this to others?  Is there really that much that goes into the simple standing pose of tadasana?  But I have to believe that this is a process and trust this process.

I am writing this post because I know when I was researching Yoga Teacher Trainings for myself, I wanted as much information as possible. What do you learn, what does the day to day look like, etc.  So I present to you Yoga Teacher Training – Weekend One.

Saturday

Introductions: We all went around and introduced ourselves and said what we were most excited for.  I’m awful when it comes to this type of thing.  I said I am most excited to deepen my practice and learn how to teach that to others (duh Kelsey that’s what the entire training is intended to do).

Manual: We also received our manuals which are awesome.  Mitchell and Tracey (our amazing teachers) created this 150+ manual over the years but told us this year it is by far the most detailed and elaborate.  It has pictures of every yoga pose we are going to learn – so cool!

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Practice: We started with an hour long practice to get our bodies warm and moving.

Alignment:  We learned about the spine, the different parts to it, and the natural curve that we are always trying to maintain through yoga practice.  Mitchell and Tracy broke down tadasana, urdvha hastasana, uttanasana (the beginning of Sun A) and demonstrated correct alignment (and also incorrect alignment).  It’s crazy how much goes into correctly standing in this pose – there are four pages of it in the manual!

Discussion: What is Yoga?  We had a great discussion about the history of Yoga and what is has transformed in to today and even how that can be different for everyone.  I am excited to learn where Yoga originated from and how it’s evolved.  I feel like there is SO much to learn.  Did you know that Yoga is 3500 years old, but the physical hatha practice didn’t come to be until about 600 years ago?

Pranayama:  Pranayama is the practice of consciously breathing.  Many yogi’s know the one most popular pranayama, the ujjayi breath.  Ujjayi is when you breathe in and out of your nose, narrowing the back of the throat.  You’ve probably heard Yoga instructors refer to this breath as if you are fogging a mirror.  We practiced this towards the end of our Saturday.

Sunday

Meditation: Tracy led us through a meditation.  At the end she told us it was 15 minutes!  It definitely didn’t feel that long.  I hope every time we practice mediation it feels that way!  I know I’ve heard stories of people really finding meditation challenging.  So far so good!

Practice:  We had an awesome 90 minute practice to start our Sunday.  It felt awesome.

Sun Salutation Alignment:  This was one of my favorite learning parts of the weekend.  Mitchell and Tracy broke down caturanga, upward dog, cobra, down dog, and all of the transitions in between.  Learning the correct alignment of all of these poses has been so eye opening. You realize that you can easily do poses incorrectly for years.  Until I started coming to this studio I was basically doing caturanga wrong. Sometimes you really have to un-learn bad habits!

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Mythical Interpretation:  We learned the story of Ganesha, one of the Hindu Gods.  This was a part of the weekend that I probably wasn’t expecting but really enjoyed.  Mitchel told us two different stories.  They’re playful and entertaining stories that he translates and completely relates back to life, even modern every day life.

Reflection

This first weekend and introduction into Yoga Teacher Training was amazing.  It’s so refreshing to learn familiar things, unfamiliar things, and put yourself in a position to be open to it all.  It’s hard to put in to words how excited I am for the next five months but I look forward to sharing the journey!

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My Kind of Saturday and Signing Up for Yoga Teacher Training!

Happy Saturday!  Today has been a my kind of Saturday so far.  Not to mention that I just took the first step in signing up for yoga teacher training….application sent!

I started my morning with a fantastic Yoga session at Yogapata.  It was pretty cold here in Connecticut when I woke up to drive there…

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I honestly don’t remember the last time it was this cold!!  But because we just had snow this week, I can’t help at smile at how beautiful it is.  I pulled into Yogapata’s parking lot, and the sun rise was beautiful.  Of course I had to snap a picture…and Instagram it, obviously.

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After a great class I made a stop at Starbucks.  My sister got me this travel mug from there for Christmas.  Now this mug isn’t any mug, it came with a free coffee every single day of January!  How cool is that?  After my free coffee stop, I headed home and had some breakfast.  My leftover Bacon and Broccoli frittata.  It hit the spot!

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Oh and before breakfast, I decided to do one more head stand.  The sun coming in to my living room made for a pretty cool picture.  Yes, I am becoming one of those yogi’s who posts yoga pose pictures on Instagram.  And I am sure it’s only going to get worse…oh well!

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After my breakfast I sat down with my computer and finished my Yoga Teacher Training application!!  I’ve been working on it for a couple of weeks.  It asked some pretty thought-provoking, deep questions so I wanted to take my time with it.  I finished it and sent it in!  I am so, so excited for this next chapter of my life.  I’ll write a post about my decision to take this leap soon.

For my afternoon snack I made my first shake with my Oster MyBlend that I got for Christmas!  It came out yummy!

Strawberry Almond and Coconut Shake

StrawberryShake

  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of Justin’s Almond Butter

Put all ingredients in blender, and ta da! A yummy, delicious, healthy shake.  Well that was easy.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

What’s the idea of your perfect Saturday?