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Borderline Stalker Obsession

When I try a new activity, I become borderline stalkerishly obsessive about it.

I just can’t help it.

It started at a very young age of 4, the first time I ever sat on a horse. That led into a lifelong love filled with lessons and competitions.  Then asking my parents for art supplies. Then surfing lessons. Then of course I desperately needed to learn how to snowboard. You get the picture.  I tried everything as a kid, and I’m so grateful my parents allowed me to do so.

Coming to adulthood, things did not change.

After my first trapeze lesson, I went home and researched how to join the circus. Yes, really.

After my first ballroom dance lesson, I went home and researched how to become a dance teacher.

I’m sure you know what happened after my first yoga class.

And last night I took my first Mysore class. Something I’ve been wanted to do for years but have been pretty nervous to try it.  Mysore follows the Ashtanga Yoga sequence but the teacher gives you a series of asanas to do and you don’t progress to the next series until they tell you to do so. You are also moving at your own pace, not like a normal yoga class where you all follow the sequence together as a class.

It was amazing and I’m buzzing from it today even still.

More than trying new things I love the way it makes me feel, the whole cycle. The nervousness, the anticipation, the not knowing what will happen and then doing it and feeling completely charged afterwards.  Riding the wave of emotions and ending on a high.  Because I’m always nervous in the beginning to try it. Always. Sometimes I’m even physically shaking with nerves (i.e. ballroom dance).  But the feeling when it’s all done, completely surpasses the nerves in the beginning.

I can’t imagine my life without having tried these things. And while I don’t snowboard or trapeze or even horseback ride routinely anymore, they are still a part of me, have taught me something and will come and go with the passing of time throughout the rest of my life.

So I ask of you to find something new that makes you excited but completely nervous to try. Then despite your nerves, do it.

Ride the wave. You’ll never ever regret it.

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My very young self at a riding competition.
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Over Coffee Project: Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart – Sarah Hart.Ca

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Sarah is a designer who creates beautiful websites, brand designs and e-books.  She offers a huge amount of free stuff on her website as well as e-courses and of course design.  What I love about Sarah is her ability to think outside the box — like this interview for instance.  She suggested we do a video rather than written and it turned out absolutely perfect.

Get to know Sarah here!

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5 Kettlebell Exercises to Improve Your Yoga Practice

Yoga is all about balance. Everything you do on the right side, you also do on the left side. Every peak pose has a counterbalance pose, like shoulderstand to fish. It’s an equally designed flow to make you stable and whole.

However, I often find that yoga practitioners have too much lower body flexibility and not enough lower body strength. If you have open hips and a lot of flexibility it’s so easy to sink into a pose like extended side angle and just hang out there like it’s no big deal. But that’s not yoga in its truest form. There is no activation there.

When we can start to add strength into our movements, we can start to activate and engage different muscles in our bodies and find that perfect balance of strength and flexibility. In extended side angle we can begin by pressing into our heels to activate our quads and hamstrings, this will take some pressure out of the hip and bring the line of energy up rather than down. When we start to activate muscles and focus on the line of energy you’re creating, the practice as a whole completely shifts into something truly amazing. I always say, it’s one thing to just show up to your mat, put your body in the positions and just hang out, sure you’ll get some benefit to that. But it’s a whole other world of a practice when you begin to let the poses work for you by using alignment and engaging muscles.

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Enter kettlebells, my new found love. KB’s are extremely versatile and I highly suggest you go and purchase one for your house. You can find one at any sporting goods store and I’ve even seen them at TJMaxx. And as much as I love going to the gym, I’m still pretty lazy. I like each one of my exercises to work multiple muscles at a time, not just one. KB’s are amazing for whole body training.

Here are 5 kettlebell exercises to improve your yoga practice from standing poses, to arm balances to funky variations of all sorts:

  • KB Walking Lunges – Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes, Calves
    If you have one KB, hold it right in front of your chest. If you have two KB’s hold one in each hand alongside of you. For an added ab bonus, hold different weighted KB’s in each hand.
  • KB Swings – Hamstrings, Glutes, Shoulders, Calves, Lower Back
    I prefer to hold the KB with both hands however this link shows it with one hand.
  • KB Russian Twists – Abs, Lower back
  • KB Goblet Squats – Quads, Glutes, Hamstrings, Shoulders
  • KB Figure 8’s – Abs, Glutes, Hamstrings, Shoulders

Give them a try and have fun!

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OVER COFFEE PROJECT: ASHLEY COYNE

Ashley Coyne – Heart Beet Kitchen

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What’s in your coffee cup?

Cinnamon tea

What does your typical day look like?

Alarm goes off at 6am. Go to the gym for an hour. Run a few errands. Get to heart beet by 9:30 to open it up by 11. Since we’ve opened we have been busier than I anticipated, which is incredible, but that has me there until about 9pm. Go home, sleep, and do it again!

What are some interesting things that people probably do not know about you?

Hmm – I’m a CRAZY football fan. Go Broncos and vols! I use to work front office in professional sports, too, always was my dream.  I graduated from the university of Tennessee with a degree in psychology. Who knows what my plan was for that!

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Do you have any rituals/routines?

Eating breakfast and working out. If my day doesn’t start with that I feel completely out of whack.

What inspires you day to day?

Others living out this same crazy life on a much larger scale. I have some wild plans for this business in next few years. #justwait

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How do you create?

Write it down. I discovered a little over a year ago that writing goals down and getting really clear on what you want your future to look like magically helps it all come to life a whole lot sooner than you ever expected it to. In a really scary, but amazing way.

What can we find you daydreaming about?

A few more locations.  There’s been some serious day dreaming about that in the past two weeks 🙂

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You just opened up Heart Beet, what was your biggest influence in doing so?  What made you take the leap?

The most supportive friends and family. I use to work at lululemon and that company is all about those big audacious goals. They’ve been so incredibly supportive of this crazy dream.

What are some of your favorite books/websites/apps/magazines?

books:

fire starter sessions by Danielle Laporte.

you are a badass by Jen sincero

apps:
you can always catch me on Pinterest & Instagram. it’s bad.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
If it’s not a hell yes then it’s a no.

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