Yoga Warm-Up Routine

Yoga Warm-Up Routine

As you probably already know if you’ve been following the blog or Facebook page, I recently wrapped up my yoga teacher training in Boca Raton, Florida and have been continuing teaching yoga-dance fusion classes back in my home state of Kentucky. A few of you asked me to share some of the specific flows I’ve been teaching. Well, ask and ye shall receive! I’ll be sharing more flows, and even including a soundtrack of some of my favorite music to use during yoga classes, so keep checking back. I’ll be adding more yoga and meditation resources in the near future… For now, this should be enough to get ya started! Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Warm Up Difficulty: Beginner (Level 1) to Intermediate (Level 2) Type: Ashtanga Inspired Vinyasa Note from Brittany: This is a warm up for a Vinyasa flow inspired by Ashtanga teachings. Certain asanas (postures) are not meant for beginners and should be performed only under supervision of a trained yoga teacher who can spot you and adjust you as needed. As you work through the following flow, please remember to listen to your body. Yoga is not the time for ego. It is not the time for comparing yourself to others. It is a journey through your breath. It is a journey to self love and acceptance. Breathe into the stretches just at the edge of what is challenging to your body, but don’t push yourself into pain. Love yourself, breathe, relax, and modify the postures as needed for any injuries or other physical conditions you might have. There might be more advanced versions of postures that...
My First Yoga Teaching Experience

My First Yoga Teaching Experience

I did it! I did it! On Thursday, I taught my first-ever full yoga class, a 1.5 hour Ashtanga-inspired Vinyasa flow. I taught in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, where I’ve spent the past month studying yoga as part of an intense, 200-hour yoga teacher training immersion. By the end of October, I’ll be certified through Yoga Alliance — and, sadly, departing the gorgeous tropical beach climate to head back to Kentucky, just in time for winter. I am usually a very comfortable public speaker, but I have to admit I found myself nervous as I stepped on that mat in the front of the room and prepared to teach a class of nearly two dozen gorgeous women from around the world. Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Florida, Tennessee, Mexico, New Jersey, Kentucky and Canada were all represented in that room. I couldn’t be happier with how my first class went. After a few minutes, I began to find my inner peace. A sense of calm confidence took over, and about halfway through the class I really found my flow. It didn’t hurt that I had included some empowering Beyonce jams in my yoga playlist, of course. Luckily, the ladies in the class were REALLY into it.. possibly even more than I was. We were laughing, joking, posing, dancing, shaking our hips, feeling our bodies, releasing feminine energy. The energy of the class, the positive feedback I received and the atmosphere in the room were so beautiful. One student told me, “I think I just fell in love with you.” Several others gave me warm hugs after the class, thanking me...
Major Announcement (Hint: It involves Yoga and the Beach)

Major Announcement (Hint: It involves Yoga and the Beach)

Major, major news today… After years of filling up my bucket list with life goals such as “go on a yoga retreat,” “do yoga on the beach” (yeah, I live in a landlocked state, y’all) and “become a certified yoga instructor” I have a big announcement to make. I’m leaving TOMORROW to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. I’ve been awarded a scholarship to study yoga during a month-long teacher training immersion in Boca Raton, Florida. That’s right. I’ll be WALKING DISTANCE to the beach. I’ll be practicing yoga, ayurveda and meditation each and every day (surrounded by other like-minded folks who are doing the same thing). I’ll be eating fresh, healthy vegan meals. I’ll be soaking up the sun for an entire month (just as the weather turns cooler here in Kentucky). I’ll be living and breathing this stuff, aaaaaand I’ll be hopefully certified to teach yoga when I return. Wow. Seeing that in writing is crazy. Even crazier? This new chapter of my life starts in 24 hours. So, I really was on the fence about whether or not to announce that here on my blog. I mean, this is 2014 and technically, if I wanted to, I could continue just scheduling blog posts and social media updates. You’d never really HAVE to know I was gone. But I want to be transparent. I want you to know what’s up (because hopefully, this yoga and self care stuff interests you, too). And, most importantly, I’m just wayyyyy too flippin’ excited to keep this a secret any longer. Here’s a photo I snapped of Ella the Wonder...

Mindfulness Based Self Esteem

“We are not who we think we are. A lot of the time, we are much, much bigger BUT we have very diminished views of ourselves.” Befriend your body without feeling the need to change it or fix it. Allow yourself to exist in a state of simply “being” without feeling a need to be constantly “doing” something. Learn to become more mindful and aware, rather than filling life with so many mindless actions and limiting beliefs. Jon Kabat-Zinn explains that accepting our bodies as they are isn’t so hard when you recognize how amazing they truly are, and that befriending them can do you a lot of good. This was part of a talk put on by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science...

Dalai Lama's Meditation on Reducing Anger

The following meditation was shared by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his trip to Louisville, Kentucky last year. It is still relevant for me today, and I hope it will be useful to anyone reading this who might be struggling with anger, conflict and/or forgiveness. His Holiness the Dalai Lama recommends using a meditation on compassion to reduce anger: Meditate on the person you have tension with or anger towards. Meditate on having compassion towards this person. Visualize yourself sending love and happiness to this person. Remember that this person wants the same things from life that you do — to be loved, to be happy, to feel good when things go well, to be free of pain and to be free from suffering. In this way, you are the same. Therefore, you can find a common ground. Allow yourself to feel compassion for thi person. Meditate on that compassion. Send him or her love and happiness, and let go of attachment to the...
Mantra for Prosperity

Mantra for Prosperity

Mantra for Prosperity by Sarah M. Winslow Prosperity resides within my very cells and mind As it is within me, so it is around me I release all programs in my mind of lack or poverty be they my own or from the collective mind and in doing so my life has within it continual, increasing, un-harming prosperity, abundance and wealth flowing eternally within and all around me and all of life on...