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IS YOGA ENOUGH?

At the end of the day, hatha yoga is still a movement based practice. Very simply, this is why I believe the art of asana needs to be viewed with a broader spectrum beyond forward folds, twists, binds, backbends, and inversions. What may seem balanced to one individual, may not be the case for someone else. It depends on many factors. Some of the obvious ones are: genetics, lifestyle, proprioception, pre-existing conditions (known and un-known), personality (yes, this is a big one), and environment. Environment could include the teacher(s), props if available, and temperature. Read More

20LBS, 1 YEAR AND 4 WHOLE30S LATER...

This is me 20lbs heavier from a year ago. Lots happened and I lost sight of my health and my eating got out of hand. Some may call me crazy. Over the course of a year, I decided to get my act together and did the Whole30...more than once...4 times to be exact. Some were more successful than others. I'd like to share my experiences with you in hopes that you too won't give up and will learn something new about yourself each time. Read More

ALCHEMY OF ASANA

ALCHEMY "a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way" - Merriam Webster Dictionary Have you given your practice enough time and dedication to witness your own evolution? Unfortunately, many people don't stick around long enough or practice consistently enough to experience the magic that DOES happen. Practice heals. Practice strengthens. Practice reveals and releases. Read More

WHY SO SERIOUS?

At first glance, it does look really serious. Yoga. While many of us have heard of its benefits, ie. increased flexibility, better body awareness, de-stress, enhanced breathing, etc. it's still not enough for some peeps to stick with it or even try it. The questions that I must ask are... Do you ever feel like the world is too noisy? Do you ever want to experience peace and quiet? Do you ever stop to smell the metaphorical roses? Read More

DIE HARD OR SIMPLY CRAY CRAY

2014 Snow Stormageddon. As we all know in the DC area, any kind of precipitation creates a panic. While it's totally legit since we're not equipped like Colorado for such fun times, there are those few who choose to confront the challenge with a big fat smile on their faces. That particular person is Mr. Shaun Louis Trujillo. Read More

PUNCH BUGGY!

Lo and behold we have a new family member! She's a 1973 VW Super Beetle. Her name is Orange Crush (Crush for short). After several months of waiting, she was finally ready and we drove out to West Virginia to pick this restored cutie up. It was me, Cashmere and Shaun together as one big family going to pick up Crush. The drive started out pretty smoothly. Shaun had never been to WV and the first part of the drive was sunny and glorious. Read More

DEFINING MOMENTS AT 40

I admit turning 40 made me think a lot about what I've done thus far with my life and what I want to do with the rest of it. It went from idealistic wish lists to pissed off rants (reminder: don't blog when PMSing). I decided to go back and redo this post...again...with an intention of how my reflection could help others. My collage is of everything that is truly important to me. It was easy actually. The ones that stuck out were of my sweet family Shaun and Cashmere, our studio, our members and friends, helping those in need, yoga, adventures, making yummy and healthy meals, intimacy, and rest. Read More

THREE'S A CROWD + A PEKINGESE

It's been 3 months since I've slept in my own bed. My mom stayed with us for the duration of her second knee replacement. Our cozy 754sf home with 1BA/1BR felt like a shoebox but somehow we made it work. How? I mean, I think most people would lose their shit. Did I mention there's also a Pekingese and a Mex under this one roof? Read More

A STRENGTH&CONDITIONING YOGI?! 8 REASONS WHY I'M A HYBRID

Yep, I do both Strength & Conditioning AND Yoga. It's a very personal choice for me. Honestly, it just works...for me. Some may consider me rogue or not even a yogi. Well, I guess you could call me a two-timer. How dare I even consider practicing other forms of yoga let alone strength training! Gasp! Read More

THE UNVEILING OF YOUR PRACTICE

There will come a time in your practice when you want less. If you're in it long enough, it'll happen. It happened to me. Eventually, the practice moves from an external one, full of fun music, crowded rooms, a teacher's cues, and a window with a view....to an internal silent wonderland. We have more than one body. We have several actually. Read More