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Fila Body Toning System Review

December 6th, 2010 · No Comments

I love having the opportunities to work with big companies to promote exciting workout apparel for women. These are the newest pant offered by Fila called the Body Toning System. They are designed to tone, sculpt and make your booty look amazing. In addition, the resistance in the pants is supposed to make your legs work harder.

What’s cool about them is that they are a thicker, (THANK YOU) workout pant- cold morning runs, all day low temperature PE classes are prefect for these pants. Yoga pants are as far as I am concerned not ever warm enough- so I was happy for that. They look really nice on- feels like a dressed up version of my sweat pants or yoga pants.

What’s not so cool about these (at least for me) is that they really do GRIP your quads and were very snug on me. After a several days of wearing them, they did feel like a workout in a pant! I also would have preferred another inch or two in the length (socks showing, not cool).

Has anybody tried these pants yet? What did you think of them?

You can purchase your own Body Toning Pants on Fila for $55 and at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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New Blog Post is now live on Well, Then

December 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Some of my best days of teaching, has involved nothing but yoga.  And, sometimes yoga with both the parent and the child has been even more rewarding for me…

You can read more on Well, Then…

Things I’ve learned Teaching Yoga to Kids!

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Get Yoga in Schools!

November 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I am a yoga teacher.  Daily, I teach an average of 3 hours of yoga to children under the age of 12.  Every child at my school gets yoga.  I am lucky and I believe the children are lucky, too.  This is not the norm in California, nor is it the norm for schools in general.  On average, in our town, children get physical education in the public schools, once per week and it is NOT yoga!  And, this might change again as well! Budget cuts, etc..You’ve heard the news, you know.

I believe children should have many many opportunities to experience both yoga and outside play!  There is much to be learned about themselves and others through body knowledge!

Knowing both sides of the coin in this situation {as an ex-public school teacher}, it is going to take a MOUNTAIN of effort to even get yoga in schools. Test scores versus yoga?! Test scores will win, however, if the pressure for more physical education came from parents, teachers, administration and the community, together we might MOVE that mountain!

If you are passionate about yoga or even keeping kids active in school, please visit this website and check it out.

YOGA-RECESS in Schools

Fighting Obesity and Chronic Illness

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Yoga Poses for Athletes…

October 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Yoga can be one of the most beneficial things you can do for your body. And, when the teacher is really good, you can go through an entire yoga practice without thinking about anything else—not what to cook for dinner, not what are the kids doing, not “ouch” this or that hurts, it can be very heeling.

However, if you are training seriously for a sport, spending another 90 minutes in a yoga class can be more time demanding than I’d like. And, sometimes, yoga is too much for a serious athlete to do on their rest days. OR, in my case, I am SO ridiculously sore, that yoga would hurt/or I would cramp/ or I would sit in child’s pose the entire time rather than doing the yoga.

Even with all that said, I still believe in yoga and I believe in the benefits of it. My absolute TOP FIVE yoga poses for serious athletes include: Side Lying Twists, Supine Hamstring Stretches with a strap {also called Supine Hand to Big Toe Pose}, Legs Up the Wall Pose, Pidgeon (with lots of variations), and Happy Baby Pose.

All of these yoga poses can be found online using the Yoga Journal Pose Builder. So, if you’re a serious athlete with no time to attend a yoga class, then, these would be a good place to start.

What do you do to help recover from exercise- so that you can go hard again the next day?!

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Yogamatic: A Traveling Yoga Mat

October 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

For those of you who travel regularly but are not interested in carrying a yoga mat, this is a fantastic alternative! has created a unique product that is both a towel and a mat—-as well as giving you, the buyer, the option of creating your own design! The underside of the mat has a non-slip resistant bottom, while the top side feels like a towel.

Since, I’ve been teaching yoga for three hour stretches at a time, the Yogamatic towel has been an incredibly nice addition for my daily use. I actually use it to cover my yoga mat. My students have LOOOVEEDDD it! They want to sit on it, touch it, feel it, ask me about it…It’s not a distraction, simply another addition to our yoga class as it is way more interesting than their purple ones. It does have a “towel” like feel to it, so, I’ve enjoyed resting my head on it more than I would a sweaty yoga mat and although it does absorb some sweat, it wasn’t intended to be functional for a hot yoga class.

Best uses for this Yogamatic towel would include yoga in a hotel room, as a coverage for your own yoga mat, or as a basic towel. It would be an especially nice gift for a business traveler or a yoga teacher!

You can purchase your very own Yogamatic towel/mat here. provided me with this towel for purposes of review and my opinions above are my own.

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Manduka Gets a Facelift!

September 13th, 2010 · No Comments

And, enter yourself to win free yoga for a year!

Click here to read about all the amazing things Manduka is doing for yoga and the community.

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How to Stretch Your Piriformis!

June 14th, 2010 · 7 Comments

As you may have read on Friday’s post, I have a sore butt…or a**. Whatever you want to call it. I just spent 20 minutes hunting around for an image of the piriformis muscle, but, really it’s the muscle that can outwardly rotate your leg- like left and right. Mine is overly sore and the pain starts in my low back and wraps around to the front and then the pain radiates down the outer part of my leg, oh yeah. It’s not likely going to sideline me for very much time, but, it is a bummer!

And, on that note, I am of course —now that I have an injury—returning to yoga. I was teaching yoga all the way through last week which was prolly keeping me injury free and the minute yoga is canceled at school is the minute I show up with a sore bum.

Pidgeon. You can do pidgeon in the traditional way or also on your back. Very important stretch.

Side Lying Twists! These types of twists feel great on tight bodies. You can do it dynamically – moving through each side or statically stretching!

Image Credit: InnerLight Yoga
On the foam roller, sit on it with one leg crossed and roll on it until you find the sore spot and then sit on it! A tennis ball can do the same thing, too!

Image Credit: GoFit

And, that’s all the time I have at the moment, anybody have any other stretches to recommend?

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Just Take a Breathe Already!

February 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Today, in the middle of a yoga class of 15 primary children, I was reminded of something incredibly simple and vital to my mental sanity. One breathe. Doesn’t matter what pose, if I only focus on the inhale 1, 2, 3 and the exhale 1, 2, 3, I can feel peace or calmness. Awareness of the class, the mat, and the children, but, still completely calm- one moment at a time.

Admittadly, I am not yet a meditator of any sort- even though I am thoroughly educated on the benefits…but, just the power of stopping and taking a breathe can be so soothing.  Yoga is about breathe and as a teacher, I have tended to focus on the sequence but, today, maybe I can offer that bit of calmness to a student?

Try it. I will be.

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Shabby Apple’s New Fitness Line

February 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Featured here are the Warrior 2 Pant and the Lotus top in my yoga room!

I am in love with these clothes.  Stylish, but not over the top, love the details on the leg and on the side of the top.  Prices are reasonable for yoga clothes with the top priced at $24 and pants at $54.   My only note on these is that the website says “Fits Generously” and my feelings are that they run small.   I am wearing both a medium top and pant where I usually would take a small.  However, with that being said, I absolutely adore these clothes and would highly recommend them to you.

SHABBY APPLE has provided you with a coupon code  SAFIT10off.

My next purchase will be the Cobra full-zip top to match!

P.S. These clothes were sent to me for free for purposes of review.  Thank you, Shabby Apple!

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Warrior Yoga by Trudie Styler

January 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Guest Post Written by Penny (my amazing workout buddy).

Trudie Styler’s Warrior Yoga workout is truly a gift.  I had no expectations except that it might have some “dancing” in it.  I don’t know about you, but when I hear yoga and dancing in the same sentence I get the feeling that the spirit of yoga (mind and breath) is gone and it’s all about someone trying to make some money with yet another “yoga” workout.  So not true with Trudie Styler and James D’Silva’s beautiful yoga practice on this DVD.  I say “practice” because the essence of the yoga on this DVD feels like a spiritual bath in true Indian Yogic tradition that refreshes not only your body but your mind. It is the harmonious blend of the flowing yoga poses with the smooth and ego-less voice of James D’Silva mixed with the soothing background music of Sting and the beautiful Italian countryside that creates a full-sensory opportunity to really be in the moment and breathe and feel peaceful.

I didn’t know all of this until I began the DVD; but I now know I have found a yoga DVD that I can turn to when I need to have the perfect combination of a gentle flow yoga “workout” and a calming, peaceful experience. Just right for a busy mom who needs to take some time for herself so she can treat herself and her family with kindness.  The first time I put the DVD on I was in big need of an attitude adjustment but I couldn’t get out and go to a yoga class or even get on a walk by myself.  I had my two children with me and I was landlocked in the house.  Normally, my children climb all over me during an in-the-house yoga practice and I was gearing up for the same.  I’m not sure if it was the calming nature of James D’Silva’s voice or the soothing sounds of Stings music, but they played so peacefully and nicely during the entire 50 minute workout! I think it had a similar effect on them as it did me. I’ll take it.

As a bonus, the DVD also has an express 25 minute workout and interviews and meditations with Trudie Styler, Sting and James D’Silva. The scenery of Sting and Trudy’s Il Palagio estate is breathtaking and their philosophy of taking care of the environment is inspiring.    Thank you Trudie and James and Sting for making this DVD…it truly feels like a gift.

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