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Uncategorized May 05, 2021

 

What happens when we stop looking for the path of least resistance?

 

The reason that so many of us fail to keep going is that we have a false expectation around what it takes to actually maintain the habit. We are so eager to find the path of least resistance that we don’t even have a fighting chance. Anything. And I mean anything worth changing for takes work. Unsexy, long, usually slow, usually uphill both ways type-of-work. “Work” is a concept that’s hard to sell.  

I’m convinced that most people don’t tell you the truth about it, because you can’t handle it. You can’t eat whatever you want and lose weight. One yoga class a week is not enough. Recovery is more than just stretching. You can do all the things and still get hurt. You can do all the work and still struggle.

Real change takes work, time and effort. You should be saying to yourself, “...Ok, let’s do it anyway.”

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Why Your Warm Up Is Everything

Uncategorized Apr 28, 2021

How you start has everything to do with how you finish. This week we talk about the importance of a warm up and what should be in it. 

The benefits:

  • Increased flexibility. 
  • Lower risk of injury.
  • Increased blood flow and oxygen. 
  • Improved performance. 
  • Better range of motion. 
  • Less muscle tension and pain.

We’ll also look at a standard warmup + activation exercises you can do for almost any total body routine and my top three things to think about when putting together your plan. Give it a try and let me know if it was helpful. Thanks for watching. I’ll catch you on the blog again next week.

Until then, 

A- 

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Why Your Warm Up Is Everything

Uncategorized Apr 28, 2021

How you start has everything to do with how you finish. This week we talk about the importance of a warm up and what should be in it. 

The benefits:

  • Increased flexibility. 
  • Lower risk of injury.
  • Increased blood flow and oxygen. 
  • Improved performance. 
  • Better range of motion. 
  • Less muscle tension and pain.

We’ll also look at a standard warmup + activation exercises you can do for almost any total body routine and my top three things to think about when putting together your plan. Give it a try and let me know if it was helpful. Thanks for watching. I’ll catch you on the blog again next week.

Until then, 

A- 

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Seated Meditation - the power of yogic breathing

Uncategorized Apr 21, 2021

Take a seat and chat about why your breath matters and how you can maximize your recovery with just one purposeful inhale and one elongated exhale. This week we look at HOW to breath and take a quick 5 min meditation to calm the mind.

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The Mindshift Conversation: What to say to yourself to finally commit

Uncategorized Apr 14, 2021

Do you ever wonder what successful people say to themselves that sets them apart? Why do some people thrive and others struggle. I'd argue the difference is in the mind. There are small mental conversations that successful people have that others don't. This week we look at my top 4. 

1. Making the best of little choices (over and over again)

2. Embracing "failure"

3. Taking the long road

4. Eliminating the need for a finish line

Press play to join the conversation. I'd love to hear which one resonated the most with you this week. 

Until next time, 

 

A-

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Rethinking Lower Back Pain

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2021

 
This week I take you through a short flow while we talk about all things lower back pain. 8 out of 10 people go through some sort of discomfort in this region. 8 out of 10!!!! Are you serious?! That's insane. Which tells me it's time to get to work.
Today, I'm going to show you how to incorporate my 4 must have exercises in combating lower back pain. Press play to watch the whole video. 
1 Hamstring lengthening
2 Glute strengthening
3 Spinal rotation
4 Abdominal engagement
 
 
What's tricky about lower back pain is that it can stem from almost anything. The origin of each person's pain is unique to them (it's not a one-size fits all). So trying to target a specific area to work on is more trouble than its worth. Instead, move the body through all three planes of motion (front to back, side-to-side, and through rotation). You might be surprised to find out what's actually in need of work (spoiler alert, it's not your lower back)....
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Overcoming Exercise Burnout

Uncategorized Mar 31, 2021

What happens when you're just over it? How do you come back to your fitness? How do you recharge and stay committed to your goals? 

This week we talk about the 4 tips I use to stay motivated. Press play and join me for a quick chat on things you can do and ways to can change up the game.

And if you're still struggling to get moving, try our 7 day yoga challenge below. Just click the link and start today for FREE. 

As always, I'm here if you need me. Don't be a stranger. Let me know how I can help!

Until the next time,

A-

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Is Injury Prevention a Myth?

recovery Mar 23, 2021

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What if I told you that no matter what you do you can't prevent injury? It seems almost obvious, but we throw around the term "injury prevention" as if it were magic. Hell, I've been doing it for years. I'm sure if you scroll through my website the words are everywhere.

But when asked this week if I had any tips on how to prevent injury, I was silent. For the first time, I really listened to that question and understood it on a different level. 

Injuries happen no matter what you do. You could break your ankle stepping out of bed, reach for a pen wrong and dislocate your finger. There is absolutely nothing you can do to prevent injury. Isn't that refreshing? It means that you don't have to beat yourself up when it happens. 

It's time to reframe the picture and instead look at the preventative measures you can take to truly set yourself up for success, so that when and...

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My Morning Routine - A Day in the Life

Uncategorized Mar 17, 2021
 

 To me, recovery is whatever you do to sustain an active lifestyle. period. It ain't the same for you and it ain't the same for me. There are some basic principles that show up everywhere, like sleep, movement and water intake, but the majority of it is ever evolving. 

The challenge most days is just fitting it in. We have the aspiration and we know how important it is, but where is the time? 

I'm a big believer in the power of conquering the morning. So I talk a lot about waking up early and getting after it. This week I thought I would show you. Today is a look at my morning routine and how I try to weave in recovery into all aspects of my life so that what I do is sustainable and effective for my life with three small children, a husband and a business to run. 

So set your alarm, click the link to this video and let's go! 

>> Wanna add more recovery? Check out our FREE 7-day yoga challenge (link in bio and on the side of our blog page)

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The Internal Journey - Living the Niyamas

Uncategorized Mar 10, 2021
 

Hey Friend,

Last week was all about the Yamas and how our actions affect those around us. Now, we look at the Niyamas and how the inward journey can transform our everything. 

Reading about these and practicing these in my life this week has been insane. I am dumbfounded at how simple, yet profound these concepts are. I feel like these are words and ideas that we have heard time and time again. But when they're are boiled down into, what I might call a check-list of sorts, they somehow turn into something tangible, more doable. 

So let's jump in this week and explore the Niyamas. Join the conversation on Instagram and follow along with our weekly challenge of incorporating these practices into your life. 

THE NIYAMAS

1. Saucha - purity of body and mind

2. Santosha - contentment (the practice of gratitude)

3. Tapas - discipline

4. Svadhyaya - self study

5. Ishvara Pranidhana - surrender 

Until the next time...See ya on the mat!

 

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