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New Year Resolutions

Posted January 5, 2016
It’s a new year and the traditional time to start resolutions, especially those involving exercise and diet. If you have committed to taking care of yourself by eating better and moving more, here are a few pointers to help you on your way:   1. Start with a clear intention statement. We can sabotage ourselves from the very start by giving ourselves pie-in-the-sky (and sometimes unattainable) goals. I intend to cut down on my sugar intake this year. I know that if I eliminate sweets entirely, I will begin to feel deprived. This feeling of being denied only leads to a binge which then results in “I fell off the wagon, so what’s the use of really trying?” (And the spiral of self-hate and loathing, along with self-talk consisting of things that I wouldn’t say to my best friend…)   “I will not eat sugar at all” is an all or nothing statement...

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Reduce (or Eliminate) Your Ab Workout

Posted December 11, 2015
People panic (or jump for joy) when I tell them that they can reduce or eliminate their abdominal routine. They are certain that those 100 crunches on the ab machine are the only things that are keeping the muffin top away. Not so – and here are some tips to incorporate into your fitness routine to get a strong core without all the crunches: 1. Slow down! If you're doing the movement fast, then you're using momentum to accomplish the move. When you slow down and concentrate on contracting and using the appropriate muscle(s), you maximize the work that the body does. Efficiency at its best.   2. Engage your core throughout your fitness routine. Whether you're lifting weights, running, practicing yoga or walking the dog, engage your core by bringing the bellybutton to the backbone and then feeling as if you're pulling the stomach up and under your ribs...

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Are You Ready For Yoga Teacher Training?

Posted November 23, 2015
The most frequently asked question I get about Transform NOLA's 200-hour yoga certification is this: “How do I know that I’m ready?”  If you’re wondering the same, consider these three things:   Have you experienced the benefits of yoga? I started practicing yoga with a vague idea that it would be a good fitness regime and might even help with my emotional and mental disposition. After getting started, I began feeling a lot better all-around and knew that it had to be the yoga. I couldn't say exactly what was going on. I just knew that it worked. If you've been practicing for at least one year and feel better because of it, then consider learning more about how yoga works...

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It's the Holidays!?!

Posted October 26, 2015
This is New Orleans... welcome to the holiday season which lasts from Halloween to Mardi Gras (and, for some, until Lent is over!) I hear over and over that people are too busy, too stressed, and don't have time to workout – too many parties and too much to do. Then, after a couple of months, they're not happy about being out of shape or gaining weight. Here are some strategies to help you stay on your fitness regime – or start a new one so that you're not facing January like it's Mount Everest. MAKE TIME: If it is truly important to you to maintain your level of fitness or prevent holiday spread, then make the time. Schedule your classes and workout times on your calendar for at least four days during the week...

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Going with the flow

Posted April 14, 2015
I think one of the most important things that I have had to learn (and am still learning) is to go with the flow. I spent plenty of time and effort fighting circumstances because they weren’t going according to my plan. After all, I knew the exact order in which events should happen and the exact way people should behave so that everything came out the way that it should be — which was MY way.    It took me a long time (and a couple of almost-nervous breakdowns) to learn that I am not in charge of the Universe. It was humbling and is still hard to accept at times — after all, who wants to admit that they are not in control? I was brought up by Montanans, generations of people who had immigrated to the West and scraped out a life for themselves, self-sufficient and independent...

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Faith. Gratitude. Love.

Posted March 10, 2015
Sometimes, (okay, quite a bit), I have to pinch myself to believe the life that I am living. If you had asked me ten years ago what my life would be like in 2015, I can guarantee that I would have totally missed the mark. Things that my past self would have not foreseen would include: being happy with being single; becoming a yoga instructor and personal trainer; business owner? forget it!; having a great relationship with my parents; and being a "good" (i.e. "not crazy) mother. My past self was looking through a telescope at a specific point in the sky and missed the full potential of the galaxy of possibility. I am grateful to my past self for her perseverance and faith – she took risks feeling that there was no safety net; she continued on despite fear and uncertainty...

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