As you may have figured out by now, I'm a bit of an outdoorsy girl. I love getting outdoors, breathing in all of the fresh air, and enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer. You may have seen me out hiking, riding my bike, running, camping, or even practicing yoga, but something that I've been doing for a lifetime that you may not have known about is grounding. Recently, I went on a short hike at one of our Maryland State Parks (this was part of my 50 First Hikes adventures) and decided to take my shoes and socks off to really connect with the experience. I know that it may sound hokey, but it felt fantastic ! At one point, I placed my yoga blanket on the ground and laid down into savasana (or corpse pose). Beneath my body, it felt a bit like the Earth's heartbeat. I began to breathe deeply, closed my eyes, and just experienced this glorious moment. When I reopened my eyes, I felt a sense of calm. I said to my friend who was with me, "there has to be some science...
As a Jade Yoga Pro Ambassador, I recently received a Jade Yoga Recycled Cotton Yoga Blanket for review. All of the thoughts contained in this post are my own. If you make a purchase using one of the links below, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for your support! Recently, I received the Jade Yoga Recycled Cotton Yoga Blanket  to test out and review. Now that I'm teaching restorative yoga each week, I have become a bit of a prop queen. Yoga blankets, bolsters, blocks, and straps are my props of choice, and they really help me get deeper into my poses. Curious about how to incorporate yoga props into your yoga practice and/or recovery days? Leave a comment! I decided to test out the new Jade Yoga Recycled Cotton Yoga Blanket in a number of settings and practices so that I can provide you with a thorough review of this product.  What's The Deal with This Blanket? I received this blanket in purple, which was of course the best color I could've received since it...
I posted  this Instagram Reel a couple of weeks back, and I thought, what better way to share some of my expertise as an indoor cycling instructor than to turn this into a blog post? If you're taking an indoor cycling class (aka spin class) for the very first time, there are some basic things I think you should know before you go. I get a lot of questions from first-timers in my classes, as well as friends and family members who are interested in trying indoor cycling for the first time. Just a quick point of clarification: I am a certified indoor cycling instructor. I am not a spin instructor , as this is a trademarked program through Mad Dogg Athletics. I've been certified through Schwinn and Indoor Cycling Group (ICG). Nonetheless, people often call indoor cycling class "spin class" much like people call facial tissues Kleenex or copy machines Xerox machines. Peloton isn't too happy about the Mad Dogg trademark, but it is what it is! Keep scrolling in order...
I have been absolutely living  in my Fabletics for the past month . The color palettes they've been using have been my favorite colors to wear, which has definitely made it hard not to stock up on ALL. THE. OUTFITS. It was also my birthday in February, so I decided to treat myself to a couple of fun outfits.  Outfit #1: Aisley Seamless Bra, Seamless Long-Sleeve Crop Top, and High-Waisted Seamless Stripe Legging This outfit was gifted to me by Fabletics . It's no longer for sale as a three-piece outfit in the Lunar Blue Stripe, but you can still get the outfit in the sports bra and leggings or  you can grab it in a different color but similar style (the Time To Sleigh 3-piece bundle ). I love the color as well as the retro style. What I didn't love was that I was a bit... poochy in the first half of the month, so the seamless fabric is a little less forgiving. It did make for a pretty fun Instagram Reel , though! View this post on Instagram A post shared...
My February started out so strong, yet ended so... blah. I feel mentally and physically exhausted, writing this, but I think a little evening goal-setting will help me feel a little better! How Did I Do in February? In a nutshell: Meh. To recap, my February 2021 goals were: Go on 4 hikes: I went on exactly one. In my defense, it's been pretty rainy and snowy, so most of the days I would've gone hiking were way too wet to do so. Further, I really don't like hiking in the mud because I'm already clumsy, so I don't need anything assisting me with getting injured! Finish a book: I've been reading a few at the same time, which of course means that I haven't finished any of them yet. Whoops. I really need to sit down and get through one of them jokers instead of trying to read everything at once!  Reset my nutrition: This is arguably the most important thing on the list, and I'm happy to say that I've actually checked it off the list! I've taken a mu...
I'm excited about getting to teach additional classes, but it just  hit me that I'm teaching 8 classes a week now! As I shared last week, I finally taught my first in-person (not with friends and family) yoga class, but I neglected to tell you everything else I'm teaching right now! I'll share the formats I'm teaching, and then I'll break down the days and times in case you want to join me for an in-person or virtual class. What I'm Teaching Indoor Cycling SPARK ( a US Fitness indoor cycling format - more below) Booty Burner Restorative Yoga Power Yoga When I'm Teaching Monday On Mondays, I teach a 45-minute SPARK class at the Sport & Health in Pike & Rose . I started teaching this class once our club reopened in the summer (we were shut down from about March-June 2020). We wear masks and practice social distancing, so we can only have 9 students in the classroom. Nonetheless, this is an enthusiastic group, and their energy keeps me going since...
On Sunday, I taught my very first in-person yoga class (that wasn't to my friends). I've been teaching yoga for longer than six months at this point, but I genuinely felt like I was teaching yoga for the first time ever . For the last several months, I have been teaching free yoga classes online on Sundays at 11 am ET; however, this Sunday kicked off my Power Yoga classes at the OneLife in Olney, Maryland . It's the same time, and it's still however I choose to sequence the class, but it's definitely a major difference from what I'm used to!...
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's only because it's just so fabulous, it doesn't want to overdo it with those extra days! Okay, so I may be a little biased because my birthday is this week. I stand by my statement! January brought an interesting set of challenges, some of which I'm still dealing with in February, but I'm generally feeling optimistic.  Last month , I set 6 goals: Teach my first class on Recess - Done! I taught a restorative yoga class on Recess last month. It was great! Check out my goals for this month to see what else I have cooking on Recess. Create a class to share with of all you - I still have not checked this one off the list, but I'm determined to get there! Adding it back in for February. Hit the 75% mark on my yoga teacher training - I tried, but then I realized that I needed to focus on my HIIT & Flow Teacher Training. I did  advance in my training, but I haven't quite gotten to 75% yet. Make it halfway...
This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx. All opinions contained in this post are mine! Recently, I received the Resolution Reset from BabbleBoxx. It was filled with some great goodies to check in on your health and wellness goals! What's In The Boxx? This box was filled with a great combination of items, including consumables, read-ables, and latherable goods! I'll dive deeper into my thoughts on each item in this Resolution Reset box, but here's a high-level overview of the items. The Habit Trip This is a neat activity book that helps you set goals, readjust priorities, develop better habits, and find joy. It is roughly 200 pages, and has fill-in-the-blank areas for you to figure out trouble areas and bad habits in your life, and set the course for new routines. This book is written by Sarah Hays Coomer, a Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach, a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Prenatal Fitness Specialist with the Am...
This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Breathe Right® . All thoughts expressed in this post are mine. Have you ever heard of Breathe Right® nasal strips? Before trying them out during my morning yoga practices, I only knew of Breathe Right to help reduce snoring. Did you know that they are also great for putting on before your workouts? They help open up your nose- something that was a major help for me! For my fellow nasal allergy-sufferers, pay attention! I’ve talked about my bad allergies so many times on this blog. As a result, I often wake up with a stuffy nose, meaning that my morning yoga can sometimes be a struggle. When you’re practicing yoga, you want to focus on your breathing and meditation - something that can be a real challenge when your nasal passages are congested. Who wants to be in a forward fold with a stuffy nose? Not this yogi!  As soon as I applied a Breathe Right nasal strip for the first time, I felt that I was able to breathe so much better! ...
This is part of the 50 First Hikes series.  To learn more about my #50FirstHikes Challenge, check out this post . On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, I completed my second hike in the #50FirstHikes Challenge. I had to attend a taping in a different part of my County that day, so I was able to get in a hike in a different area from where I live just before sunset. There are lots of trails at this park, so I definitely want to revisit it, but it was fun picking from all of the trails and just going for it. 48 hikes to go! Overview This was a very short hike in a wooded area. We hiked in the early evening just before dark.  Location Hard Rock Trail, Black Hill Regional Park , Boyds, Maryland, USA Trail Map/Website This trail is located in Black Hill Regional Park, a large regional park in Montgomery County, Maryland, so there is plenty of information on the Montgomery Parks website . There is a printable trail map for all of the trails at this park, and the trails are very well marked. Trail B...