I can 100% say I would be thrilled to receive anything off of today's gift guide. If you got a yogi in your life, or perhaps someone wanting to get into yoga, these are the things they need to be all set for their flow. From a good mat and towel, to fancy props, to a fabulous outfit (I am so into all the green this year if you couldn't tell), you can't go wrong! The best gifts to give are the ones they want but would never ask for, right? Here's my Gift Guide for Yoga Lovers: If they're . . .
I've been making lots of new yoga playlists for all the classes I teach, but this one has been a favorite in my classes. People stop me after class and say the music was perfect, so I had to share it! It's 55 minutes - perfect for an hour class if you start it after a quiet child's pose like we often do. Or you can just add in one more song to fill out the full hour! Here's the Spotify playlist, too... Enjoy -- leave me a message if you use it! . . .
Hey friends! Today I'm sharing a quick yoga video that is perfect if you have back pain. I don't know about you, but on days where I'm chained to my desk (so most days...), my back hurts. Taking just five minutes to stretch and backbend makes a world of difference! Spend a couple of breaths in each pose, or feel free stay longer if it's feeling extra juicy good. If you don't have a yoga block for supported fish, you can either skip it or try it unsupported by sliding your hands . . .
I had to think about the messages I wanted to share when I started to teaching yoga classes at school a few weeks ago. While some of the people that show up for the Monday night classes are regular yogis, others are pretty new and are just taking advantage of the opportunity to stretch or try something new. I was faced with the challenge of how to approach and explain yoga. How could I make yoga accessible and fun, but still get across some of the deeper lessons it has taught me? At . . .
This past Wednesday I was invited to a twilight yoga session at The Chase Park Plaza. The event was for local St. Louis influencers (which means I got to see Katie and Lindsay!) as away to promote the fitness and wellness offerings at The Chase. The Chase Park Plaza is a historic hotel and residence in the Central West End that includes restaurants, a movie theatre, special event space, bars, a pool deck and more! It is an incredible space with a cool history featuring tons of . . .
I'm teaching my first class as an official teacher today! I'm subbing for the studio owner and teaching a Slow Power class, which is mildly heated and just a little less vigorous than our standard power flows. It's still based on the standard Baptiste Journey Into Power sequence, though, so it won't be too far out of my comfort zone. I'm excited to get a little creative and teach a different style of class than I'm used to! My plan is to get to the studio early and go through my own . . .
I'm a yoga teacher! If you've been reading the blog for a few years, you know that this has been a dream of mine. I started practicing Baptiste Yoga at 502 Power Yoga in Louisville and fell in love with how it takes a powerful yoga practice and uses it to build community, give back, and challenge everyone to be their best selves. Going through the process at Metro Power Yoga with these people made it absolutely amazing! In the past four months we have become like family. . . .
I taught my very first yoga class at my studio last week, and it was one of our Friday "Community Classes." These classes are donation based and all the money goes to charity. We also have a little bit more fun with them, so music is a YES! I had so much fun coming up with a good playlist. I'm not a huge music person (I tend to like old music more than new stuff and don't really seek it out) but I got a Spotify account so I could find a bunch of stuff and make good playlists for my future . . .
These yoga teacher training weekends are becoming more and more exhausting. At the beginning of the summer we spent a lot of time talking. We talked about the history of yoga, foundations and principles of Baptiste yoga, the power of language, empowerment tools, and a lot of personal growth topics. We're pretty much done with the talking portion now, save for some check-ins and debriefing, and instead we are doing. Now instead of getting to sit and rest after 2.5 hours of yoga classes on . . .
There are two things new people usually comment on when then come to my yoga studio: No mirrors! No music! (Except on special occasions.) These things are often deal breakers, to be honest. But if people would stick around for a few classes and learned the messages being shared, the lack of mirror and music would make sense. The music thing I won't get into now. It has to do with being focused inward and on your breath instead of letting the music distract you. But the mirrors are . . .